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Parents call on government to make Iliili road safer for school children


A traffic accident this week in which a Lupelele Elementary School student was struck by a vehicle has re-ignited calls by Ili’ili residents and parents of students attending the school, for the government—including Tualauta lawmakers— to do something that will reduce the speed of cars traveling on the Ili’ili-Airport road that runs in front of the school.

Health Dept. closes down Pago laundromat


The Dept. of Health’s Environmental Services Division continues to crack down on businesses that are operating in conditions that pose a threat to the health and safety of the territory’s residents.
Earlier this week, a DOH team shut down the T.M. Inc. Laundromat in Pago Pago after customers complained that a very strong bad odor was coming from some of the broken washing machines.

May rainfall well over norm


The total rainfall so far for this month is 11.80 inches, well over the norm of 10.62 for May. This is according to local meteorologist Carol Maafala-Baqui who said that the rainy weather will continue until tonight.
She said the stationary front will eventually dissipate around noon today, “yet there will be clouds near the Samoan islands that will move westward, causing scattered rainfall to pass over the island.”

Community Briefs


The Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ASC-WASC) has accredited Fa’asao Marist High School for another three years and the decision was made during the Spring 2015 ASC-WASC meeting.

Father of toddler held in custody in Samoa, found guilty

A matter arising in September last year where a defendant Sauafea Siaosi Tiava’asu’e of Matautu Falealili was held in custody with his three year old child, went to trial last week.

The presiding judge was His Honour Judge Vaepule Vaemoa Va’ai.

Sergeant Richard Ah Ching appeared for the prosecution while Ms Leuluaialii Olinda Woodruff appeared with her assistant Iopu Tanielu for the defendant.

For the prosecution, Sergeant Ah Ching called five witnesses yesterday.

Sauni ‘au Softball finau mo se pine auro Ta’aloga Pasefika


E tasi lava le itu o lo o taula’i i ai le vaai a le ‘au Softball a tama’ita’i o le atunu’u, ao sauni atu ai mo Ta’aloga lona 15 a le Pasefika i Papua Niu Kini i le masina o Iulai 2015, o le manumalo lea i se pine auro mo Amerika Samoa.

Police Report


The Department of Public Safety is currently investigating a traffic incident where a Lupelele Elementary School student was struck by a vehicle during the school’s lunch time on Tuesday, this week.

Gov Lolo to Decolonization Committee

Perhaps we should stay on UN list until we decide what we want

Until the people of American Samoa determine their own future political status, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has suggested to the UN Decolonization Committee to perhaps keep American Samoa on the United Nation’s list of the world’s 17 non self- governing territories.

Community Briefs


The Home of the Lions will be graduating its 50th high school class this year and preparations are already underway for a week long celebration event for all the alumni and their families.
The festivities are planned for the week of Oct. 12

Chocolate company to revitalise Samoa cocoa exports

A New Zealand chocolate company says it hopes by sourcing cocoa from Samoa, it can help revitalise Samoa's cocoa export market.

The Whittaker's new Artisan collection was released this week, including the 'Single Origin Samoan Cacao' block, which uses cocoa from the Vaai Family Plantation in Savaii, Samoa.

Whittaker's head of international markets, Matt Whittaker, says he wanted to include Samoa as it's such a big part of New Zealand culture, and is creating cocoa so close to home.

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