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Samoa's Supreme Court has dismissed an attempted murder charge against a man who admitted assaulting his wife because she was having an affair with a taxi driver. The Samoa Observer reported that Latai Pule was initially charged with causing bodily harm, being armed with a dangerous weapon, using...
American Samoa-based StarKist Samoa has distributed tuna to more than 1500 employees who will be without work for the next five weeks. From this weekend until November 26 the Satala Fish processing plant will be closed for installation of equipment and upgrades intended to make it environmentally...
AMERICAN SAMOA JOINS U.S. CLIMATE CHANGE ALLIANCE — American Samoa Governor Lolo Moliga has pledged support for the intent of the Paris Agreement on climate change and is backing the United States Climate Alliance. The same day President Trump pulled out of the Paris Agreement, New York, California...
Marist Saint Francis school, which started off as an all-girls institution later became co-ed when the Marist Brothers all-boys school in Atu'u closed down in the late 80s because there weren't enough Brothers to oversee the operations. And now the eastern side of the Diocese — from Faga'alu to...
Tualauta faipule, Rep. Samuel Ioka Ale Meleisea strongly advises the ASG Scholarship Board to establish a new policy so they can collect monies owed to the government under the ASG student loan program. During a hearing called by the House Education & Scholarship Committee with members of the...
POSSIBLE CAUSE OF PURSE SEINER VESSEL FIRE REVEALED — The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has determined the possible cause of last year's fire onboard a US flagged purse seiner not far from American Samoa. No one was injured in the fire, which caused between $500,000 to $1 million...
Several of our readers have asked Samoa News if there is a breakdown of where the money in the Fono's budget goes? They ask: Why does the Fono need a budget of nearly $7 million to operate? With all those revenue bills they passed — it would be interesting to find out how our tax dollars are being...
The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council has approved a preferred recommendation that would, again, seek to reduce the size of the Large Vessel Prohibited Area (LVPA) in American Samoa waters, with Council member Va’amua Henry Sesepasara casting the only “no” vote. The LVPA reduction...
New solutions to help protect and preserve the Hawaiian and American Samoa marine sanctuaries and monuments will be developed through a multi-year agreement between Liquid Robotics and NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) Pacific Islands Region (PIR). At the core of the long-term...
Supply of fish remains a challenge for StarKist Samoa, which hopes that things will improve before year’s end or into the new year, says cannery executive Taotasi Archie Soliai, who is one of American Samoa’s three members on the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council. Taotasi gave a...

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