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ASG website MIA


Over the past week, Samoa News has received numerous telephone calls and email messages from local residents and Samoans living off island, wanting to know if the American Samoa Government (ASG) has an alternate website, as the <americansamoa.gov> website account has been suspended.


To date: 14 pregnant women test positive for Zika virus

DOH outreach services are ongoing and free

As of yesterday, a total of 29 local residents have already tested positive for the Zika virus. Of that number, fourteen are pregnant women.
Those expectant mothers are now considered “high risk” and the Department of Health (DOH) will continue to monitor them closely as they near delivery.

Samoa Police Beat


“A violent act against the Police Commissioner is an act against the entire Police Service,” said one Senior Police Officer who is furious with an incident that occurred in the county of Lea’Ana Samoa where the Commissioner’s vehicle was struck with a rock,  shattering the window of the driver.

Aumua announces $250,000 grant for healthcare in AS

Source: Media Release, Aumua Amata's office

Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata announced Thursday that the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Grant Service Office has issued $250,000 in discretionary funds to the American Samoa Department of Health as part of the Pacific Basin Program.

Temporary blindness tied to smartphone use in dark

LONDON (AP) -- Warning: Looking at your smartphone while lying in bed at night could wreak havoc on your vision.

Two women went temporarily blind from constantly checking their phones in the dark, say doctors who are now alerting others to the unusual phenomenon.

The solution: Make sure to use both eyes when looking at your smartphone screen in the dark.

In Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine, doctors detailed the cases of the two women, ages 22 and 40, who experienced "transient smartphone blindness" for months.

Tala otooto mai le Fa’amasinoga


E 67 aso lea ua poloa’i e le fa’amasinoga maualuga le ali’i o Jared Kupu na te tuliina i le toese i Tafuna, ina ua fa’amaonia tu’uaiga fa’asaga ia te ia, i lona le usita’i lea i poloaiga o lana nofovaavaaia sa tu’uina atu e le fa’amasinoga.

New shipping link launched between Hawai'i and Samoas

Matson Shipping will soon provide a direct shipping link between Hawai'i and the two Samoas.

At present there's no direct link from Hawaii to American Samoa and goods have to be sent via the US mainland.

Matson will officially announce the service from Hawaii to Samoa and on to American Samoa at a reception featuring former All Black rugby great Michael Jones, who is promoting the move.

Just Asking ...


What ever happened to the federal government case against Faoa Aitofele Sunia during the time he was lieutenant governor in the Togiola Administration? Wasn’t he convicted? There was no mention of the case and his conviction in recent Samoa News stories on Faoa seeking the governor’s post. What’s the deal Samoa News?  Just asking...
Samoa News response:

Amata speaks on behalf of VET Act following passage through House

Source: Media Release, Aumua Amata's office

Washington D.C. —Congresswoman Aumua Amata and a few of her colleagues from the House Veterans Affairs Committee spoke to the press regarding the passage of H.R. 3936, the Veteran Engagement Team Act (VET Act), Wednesday afternoon in front of the United States Capitol.

Pacific pledges to do more to fight NCD crisis

Leaders in the region have pledged to do more to beat the Pacific's leading killer at a gathering in Tonga's capital, Nuku'alofa.

The first summit addressing the Non-Communicable Diseases crisis wrapped up on Wednesday with a day focussed on diabetes.

17 key statements have been addressed in an outcomes document from the summit.

These include a Pacific wide commitment for laws to meet the Convention on Tobacco Control taxation targets to help achieve a Tobacco Free Pacific by 2025.

Leaders also agreed to try to improve funding mechanisms to cope with the NCD crisis.

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