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Territorial Bank of American Samoa chooses first CEO


Territorial Bancorp Holding Company board of directors has recruited Philip Ware as the first chief executive officer of the ASG owned Territorial Bank of American Samoa. Ware had retired from the banking industry where he worked for a long time with extensive experience.

Customs canine sniffs out gun and drugs in vehicle

Vehicle still released by DPS to consignee — a local resident

Several days ago, the canine unit for the Customs Division of the Treasury Department uncovered a firearm and drugs inside a vehicle that was imported to the territory, and manually searched inside the Customs warehouse.
Investigators from the Department of Public Safety (DPS) were contacted and a ‘change of custody’ resulted in the weapon and drugs being transferred to the DPS.

Samoa Fa’afafine Assn responds to Samoa Observer

Asks for community to stop persecution of LGBTI under the guise of religious correction

PRESS RELEASE — The article by the Sunday Samoan (published and owned by the Samoa Observer newspaper) of 19th June 2016 was in our view an indecent document and publication because it not only misgendered a member of the SFA, it went beyond the acceptable code of ethics in journalism and published an image of Ms. Tuivaiki in her final repose at death.

Fono: ASG projected FY2016 deficit over $11Million

Administration predicted underspending of $4.31 million

Based on the trend of revenue collection and spending during the first six-months of fiscal year 2016, the American Samoa government’s projected deficit at the end of the fiscal year stands at over $11 million, according to an analysis by the Legislative Financial Office staff, following requests by lawmakers, who sought such information as the Fono prepares to convene on July 11 — with a top priority of the debate and review of the new fiscal year 2017 budget.

Faoa resigns as Retirement Fund legal counsel


ASG Employees Retirement Fund (ASGERF) in-house legal counsel, Faoa Aitofele Sunia has tendered his letter of resignation to the Retirement Fund board.

FDA strengthens warning for common diabetes drug

It’s prescribed for Type 2 diabetes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has strengthened the existing warning about the risk of acute kidney injury from a common medicine prescribed for Type 2 diabetes: canagliflozin (Invokana, Invokamet) and dapagliflozin (Farxiga, Xigduo XR), according to a notice issued this week.
According to the FDA, due to recent reports, FDA has revised the warnings in the drug’s labels to include information about acute kidney injury, and added recommendations to minimize this risk.



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  • Fishing rights, water use policies have global impact

    “When policies integrate Samoan culture and Samoan values, they are more effective”

    Samoan culture and traditions need to be valued and incorporated into policies pertaining to ocean use in American Samoa, according to preliminary findings by a California based college history professor in her research and study for a soon-to-be-published history book titled, “Histories of Ocean-Policy Use in American Samoa”.

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


    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”

    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.

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