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Complaints filed with USDOT over new HA seating policy


Two local businessmen have filed separate complaints with the US Transportation Department over Hawaiian Airlines’ new policy in which passengers can no longer pre-select seats via the airline’s website or kiosk in its Pago Pago flights.
Hawaiian spokesperson Ann Botticelli told Samoa News on Tuesday that the airline had just finished a survey of the Pago Pago route and the survey “showed an increase in average passenger weight, which required us to redistribute weight in our Boeing 767 cabins to meet manufacturer’s guidelines.”

Good news if Fiji Air agrees to operate to & from PPG

US DOT approves expansion of Am Airlines and Fiji Airways code-sharing agreement

The US Department of Transportation has granted approval of a joint application filed in July by US based American Airlines and Fiji’s national carrier, Fiji Airways to expand the two carriers’ code-sharing agreements — in which each airline publishes and markets a flight under its own airline designator and flight number, as part of its published timetable or schedule.

Am Samoa remembers the 2009 Tsunami disaster

It killed 34 people in American Samoa, 3 of which were never found

Although American Samoa has recovered physically through repairs of damaged properties following the September 2009 tsunami, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga says the pain continues to linger within the heart of family members who lost loved ones.
Seven years ago today — on Sept. 29, 2009 at 6:38 a.m. — a strong 8.1 earthquake shook the Samoan islands and some 15 to 20 minutes later was followed by the most devastating tsunami ever to hit the Samoan islands.

TBAS has started marketing its ‘fa’alavelave loans”


Territorial Bank of American Samoa has already started marketing its products to government employees and some of those products include debit cards and ‘fa’alavelave loans”, which is expected to attract a lot of customers for the ASG owned commercial bank still set to open next Monday.

Former Faga’itua Viking – “won’t face assault charges”

Probably acted in self defense, says prosecutor

Washington State Cougars star safety and former Faga’itua Vikings Shalom Luani is being blown all over social media with the latest story about Luani not facing charges from a fight in a Pullman Domino’s Pizza on August 24, of this year, in Washington state. The Seattle Times reported that Shalom Luani would not be charged in the assault, as he may have acted in self-defense.

Fish supply shortages causing StarKist shutdown


As a result of fish-supply shortages, StarKist Co. has confirmed that its StarKist Samoa operation in American Samoa will shut down for one week next month.
Samoa News learned Monday from some StarKist Samoa cannery workers of the shutdown starting Oct. 10 — right after the White Sunday holiday — but they weren’t sure as to the reason for it. The workers were a little pleased with the one week shutdown because it follows a holiday on Monday and they could spend a longer period of time with families in Samoa for White Sunday.

ASCC student alleges finding dead lizard in food he bought at local cafe

DoH conducts health inspection, offers advice to complainants

An American Samoa Community College student, who claims to have found a dead ‘lizard’ in a plate of food that he was already eating and had purchased Monday from a fast food place is hopeful that Department of Health will take his take concerns seriously.
On the other hand, Health Department offers great advice for customers who face similar situations — and that is to make sure to keep all the evidence.

BlueSky mgrs. get the word — sale agreement signed

CEO Aoe’e Adolfo Montenegro’s management contract “concluded”

In an email to Bluesky employees, leaked to Samoa News, the CEO of Amper SA (Amper), Jaime Espinosa announced the signing of “the Sale and Purchase Agreement between Amalgamated Telecom Holdings ("ATH") and the Amper Group by which
 Amper sells all its Telecom Businesses in South Pacific to "ATH".

Utu answers concerns about wearing “too many hats”

Says the question should be: “Are there more ways for more people to serve the community?”

Concerns — and perhaps some are complaints — have surfaced in the past few months about American Samoa Power Authority executive director Utu Abe Malae “wearing too many hats” in serving the government on a handful of boards and committees.

PD says local drug laws should be “re-visited”

Give court some leeway in sentencing

Public Defender Douglas Fiaui told the House Judiciary Committee during a hearing held last week, the problem that he sees with local stringent drug laws, is they do not give an offender parole or probation and suggested that the Fono revisit the local statute under Title 13 Chapter 10 — titled Medicine and Drugs. 

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