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One death reported amid heavy floods, landslides


Around 5p.m. yesterday afternoon, a report of a young girl being swept away in the waters as they thundered down from the Faga’alu waterfall-stream heading to the ocean was confirmed by the Department of Homeland Security Director, Utuali’i Iunisasolua Savusa.
At he time they were still searching for the 16-year old.
By 5:50 pm the body of the young girl recovered from the Faga'alu Bay.  Her name has not yet been released.
Updates as more details are available.

Daughter Facebooks mom in Texas for help after father’s alleged attack in Kokoland

Mother emails Homeland Security to report assault

Department of Public Safety’s Criminal Investigation Division arrested a man over the weekend on allegations of assaulting his daughter in the presence of her minor children. The defendant made his initial appearance in the District Court yesterday morning with bail set at $500.
To protect the identity of the victim Samoa News will not name the defendant who is the victim’s father.

Manu’a Airways slated to be up and running Oct 2014

…if all goes as planned

Earlier this year Executive Vice President of Inter Island Airways, Barney Sene told the Fono that Segaula and Manu’a Airways would be up and running by April this year, before Flag Day. It did not happen.
Responding to Samoa News queries, Sene says this time that — with all final inspections completed — the airplane will be up and running in October. He stated, “When I provided an update to the Fono in March, it was with a caveat that it depended on FAA inspections and certain avionics equipment that needed to be replaced in the aircraft.

Bigeye tuna in trouble — according to SPC assessment

Bigeye represents $6.2 Billion in 2013 regionally

Noumea, NEW CALEDONIA — The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) this week released new assessments on the status of key regional tuna stocks – skipjack, yellowfin and bigeye tuna – which show that skipjack and yellowfin remain in a reasonably healthy state, but bigeye, the mainstay of the tropical longline fishery, has now been reduced to less than 20% of its un-fished stock size. 

Suleman family and territory bid farewell to father and son lost in plane crash

Memorial at sea

The Suleman family has not given up hope yet — despite it being the 6th day of the Search & Rescue mission for Barbar Suleman, the father of the duo - son and father team —who were attempting to fly around the world in a fundraising trip for a school in Pakistan.

One Poly plane down again after “scary” runway incident


One of Polynesian Airlines’ Twin Otter aircraft experienced an incident at Fagalii airport, last Friday (our Thursday) and Polynesian Airline Chief Executive Officer Seiuli Alvin Tuala confirmed this in a statement issued to the media yesterday afternoon.
According to Seiuli, on Friday, July 25, 2014, “One of its aircraft experienced a controllable runway excursion at Fagalii airport.”
(A runway excursion is an event in which an aircraft veers off or overruns the runway surface.)

Deputy Treasurer nominated as next ASG Treasurer


Deputy Treasurer, Ueligatone Tonumaipe’a, who’s been with Treasury for over 20 years, has been appointed as Treasurer and his nomination was submitted to the Fono leaders last week Tuesday. In a letter to the Fono, Lt. Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga noted that due to the untimely passing of late Treasurer Dr Falema’o Phil Pili, the duty falls upon the administration to nominate his successor.

Coast Guard suspends air search for Babar Suleman


The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for 58-year-old Babar Suleman who went missing during a plane crash last Tuesday in the waters off American Samoa.
In a statement Sunday, the Honolulu unit of the Coast Guard says the search - using its C-130 aircraft, which was dispatched from Hawai’i last Wednesday - was suspended Saturday.
Commander of the Honolulu unit of the Coast Guard, Rear Admiral Cari Thomas, says the decision to suspend a search and rescue case is a difficult one.

Memorial Service at sea for Haris Suleman set for Sunday


The American Samoa Government will be holding a memorial service at  sea at 1pm Sunday afternoon in memory of Haris Suleman who died in the crash of his single engine Beechcraft airplace this past Tuesday night, a mile out from the Pago Pago International Airport. Search and rescue efforts for 58-year Babar Suleman who was traveling with his son on the around-the-world flight, continue.

DoH confirms three cases of "Chik Virus" in territory


Department of Health has now confirmed the presence of chikungunya — sometimes called the "Chik Virus" - in American Samoa with three cases confirmed as health officials urge the community to clean their surroundings where mosquitoes could breed.

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