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Faoa and Sanitoa officially launch bid for gov and lt. gov

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Candidate for governor Faoa Aitofele Sunia says some government offices are telling employes which campaign they should be supporting, while the government had no confidence in decisions made by Lt. Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga when Gov. Lolo Matalasi was taken ill off island in early 2014.
 



Many speak out against Sunday Samoan photo

Samoa faafafine Assoc it was a “violent attack on her corpse”
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APIA, SAMOA — A front page photo on the Sunday Samoan of a dead transgender hanging from a rope in a church hall in Apia, alleged to have committed suicide, has led to many in the Samoa community expressing their disappointment of Samoa’s daily newspaper on social media.
 
According to the Sunday Samoan, the woman was found in a Catholic church hall in Apia on Friday morning.
 



Apia taskforce arrests 3 suspected of gang activity

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APIA, SAMOA — An undercover operation by the Samoa police led to the capture of three men accused of several robberies in Apia in the past three weeks including an incident where two women and a man who were eating dinner behind the government building in Apia were robbed by the trio, this is according to Samoa’s Police spokesperson, Maotaali’i Kaioneta Kitiona.
 



Happy Father’s Day

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Father’s Day celebration, currently underway in American Samoa today, is filled with Sunday church services dedicated to fathers, followed by the usual Sunday to’ana’i, or Sunday feast.
 
Part of church services today will include special programs performed by fathers, especially at churches territory-wide for the Methodist faith, where fathers will perform skits, singing special songs and even plays — some of which are based on stories about fathers from the Bible.
 



FEMA works to tailor disaster assistance to Insular needs

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The US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has developed methods to deliver its Individuals and Households Program (IHP) to residents of the Insular Areas, including American Samoa, to assist survivors following a disaster.
 



2Samoa Talks discusses return of the 14-day permit

Economic Initiative moves forward on trade, travel, ag, fisheries
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APIA, SAMOA — The reinstatement of the 14-day permit for Samoa residents to enter the territory of American Samoa was among the many issues discussed during the Joint Samoa Economic Integration Initiative (aka the “Economic Initiative”) as part of the Samoa Talks this year. Held at the Tanoa Tusitala Conference Room in Samoa last month, the two-day meeting was officially opened by Lautafi Fio Selafi Purcell, Minister of Commerce, Industry and Labour.
 



Cong. Aumua Amata confirms bid for second term

“Let’s maintain continuity”
compiled by Samoa News staff

Congressman Aumua Amata has officially confirmed that she is seeking a second two-year term as American Samoa’s Delegate to the US House in the Nov. 8 general election. The confirmation was made by the Congresswoman in a statement released yesterday afternoon. Here is the full text of her statement:
 
Our Beloved People of Tutuila, Ofu, Olosega, Ta'u, Aunu'u and Olosega Mamao:
 



Gov sends strong memo regarding Acting Directors

“If you don’t have confidence in your deputy, stay home and manage your agency”
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Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has informed his cabinet members that the deputy director will assume the acting director’s role of a department if the director is off island or unable to work, according to the governor’s June 13 memo to department directors, heads of offices and agencies, as well as presidents and chief executive officers of semi-autonomous agencies.
 
Lolo’s strongly worded memo comes after deputy directors had to seek a director’s approval before attending a meeting or discussion called by the administration.
 



2016 Election News

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  • Samoa judge jails traditional healer on sex charge

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    APIA, SAMOA — Samoa’s Supreme Court Justice Vui Clarence Nelson handed down a 12 months sentence on Monday for a well known traditional healer (Taulasea) out of Sagaga Leusoga County in connection with a sex case involving a 15 year old girl who was his patient. Malosi Timo was charged with having sex with a minor, a charge to which he pleaded guilty.



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