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 The Manu'atele ferry
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa's new inter-island ferry is out of action again. The one-year old ferrry, the Manu'atele, needs a new bow thruster, which is used to reverse of turn the vessel. A government committee heard the problem was spotted during a recent inspection, and it could...
Rendering of proposed new Fono Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Following some very tense moments during a Senate committee hearing yesterday, the majority of senators agreed to table for future discussion — until early next year — the approved House version of an Administration bill seeking to raise the local investment rate from 17...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The government revealed during the second day of Tautua Letasi’s jury trial that based on the evidence they collected from the vehicle Letasi drove on the early morning of May 21, 2017, along with other evidence found at his home in Aoloau, they came to the conclusion...
Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale
Pago {ago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale has told senators there are a lot of consumer complaints received by his office regarding businesses such as car repair shops and insurance, but didn’t elaborate as to the type of insurance businesses the complaints are referencing...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has closed its investigation and reduced the penalty against a US based fishery company, Cape Ferrat Fishing Lp., following the death last year of a man who fell overboard a fishing vessel that was docked at the...
Auseugaefa M.F. Va’asatia Poloma Komiti (third from left)
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Samoa Government’s Consul General to American Samoa, Auseugaefa M.F. Va’asatia Poloma Komiti departs the territory the end of the month for his new overseas diplomatic post in Australia, starting Oct. 15th. Auseugaefa has served as Consul General for American Samoa since...
Tumuatasi Lefatia, also known as “Mama”
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — District Court Judge Pro-Tem, Gwen Tauiliili-Langkilde denied a motion to reduce bail for the owner of the LE AUTE Sports Bar during a hearing yesterday morning. Tumuatasi Lefatia, also known as “Mama” appeared in District Court yesterday morning for a hearing to...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was convicted by the District Court for assaulting his wife has been ordered to spend 10 days at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) as a condition of a 12-month probation term. The detention period will see the defendant spending 5 straight weekends at...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man from Samoa, who arrived in the territory recently under a 30-day visitor’s permit, and is described by the District Court as a visiting tourist, has been ordered to respect all local laws, if he wants to visit American Samoa again in the future. Natu Ifopo was...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Samoa News was asked what the raise in the federal minimum wage for American Samoa is on Sept. 30th (this month) — 40¢ or 50¢? It’s 40¢ across the board for all industries. The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007 (Public Law 110-28), as amended, applies to the minimum wage...

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