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Lt. Gov. delivers emotional speech at medical symposium on cancer in the territory

Asks: We hear more about Stage 4 patients locally… “what rock haven’t we turned?”

Speaking at Friday’s opening of the two-day Medical Symposium, LBJ Medical Center chief executive officer Taufete’e John Faumuina outlined the many medical challenges faced by American Samoa while Lt. Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga told the gathering the government will provide resources to help fight the war on the many types of cancers affecting American Samoa.


Swains Island delegate selection on Oct. 29


Residents of Swains Island will be selecting their delegate to the local House of Representatives during an open meeting this coming weekend at the Election Office in Tafuna.

New this year — Forum kicks off Tattoo Fest

Here it comes — Tisa’s 12th Annual Tattoo Festival
compiled by Samoa News staff

Alega, A.S. — The fun filled weekend we have been waiting for is almost here. The sweet fragrance of Moso’oi flowers are in full bloom, Palolo season is here, and Tisa’s Tattoo Festival leads the way for festivities of fa’afiafiaga season for Motu o Fiafiaga in October 27- 30, 2016. Are you ready?

STP workers told 4 companies interested in cannery

Apia-based Samoa businessman toured STP cannery last week

A businessman from a well-known family in Samoa that owns and operates several businesses was in the territory last week and toured Samoa Tuna Processors Inc., (STP) cannery, along with two males, who are believed to be officials from a US company, according to STP employees, who also say that there is a possible company to take over the Atu’u-based cannery.

Forum question on illegal drugs draws surprise answers

Tuika alleges police involved in drugs, Faoa says he’s never seen an illegal drug…

During the recent American Samoa Bar Association gubernatorial forum, candidate for governor Tuika Tuika didn’t mince any words to the question about the spread of illegal drugs in the territory, alleging that most of the people who are enforcing the law “are also involved in drugs.”
However, candidate for governor, Faoa Aitofele Sunia says he has never seen an illegal drug so he couldn’t give a response to the issue.

High Talking Chief, Velega Savali passes — a righteous voice lost to the community


Velega Savali Savali Jr. was known for his bravery and outspokenness — speaking with “few words” when criticizing government leaders head on — out front. Former Senator, Treasurer, Chief Election Office, Vietnam Veteran and High Talking Chief, Velega passed away Friday October 15, 2016, he was 72.
Married to Leleiga “Raina” Fa’atili Esera, their daughter Lela Savali Siufanua said cancer took away her amazing father.

Eastsiders scoop up big buckets of palolo

Tisa and Candyman at Tisa's Barefoot Bar took time off from preparing for next week's Tattoo Fest when one of the biggest palolo swarms in recent years happened over night.


Tisa told Samoa News it was a "huge harvest".   Yum, yum.


National Georgraphic reported several years ago that the palolo's curious behavior has attracted the attention of more than just hungry South Pacific islanders.


NOAA finds non-compliant foreign longliners in AmSam


Federal enforcement officers from the US found during their inspection in American Samoa foreign flagged longliners not in compliance with regional conservation measures, according to a Enforcement Activities report as of Sept. 30 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Law Enforcement (OLE).

Cool Stuff: Tia & Samoana Jazz Festival

Tia Carrera has fond regard for her time in both Samoas. And with her Dad and tennis Ace sister's time in the Territory, you can bet she would listen to an offer to perform at the next Samoana Jazz Festival. Only problem, nobody ever thought to invite her.  

Police Report

Samoa News staff translation

Police Commissioner Save Liuato Tuitele has confirmed that a police investigation is on going as a result of an Asian inmate, Tao Liu, who allegedly escaped from the Territorial Correctional Facility at the end of last month.
Save also told Samoa News last week that there is a lot more information and evidence that police are not aware of and are trying to find out, but declined to give details because of the ongoing probe, saying only that the investigation continues.

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