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Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale has provided more details, such as examples of permitted and prohibited activities, under the new entry requirements for citizens of 38 countries listed on the American Samoa Entry Permit Waiver Program (EPWP). Talauega stresses that the Immigration Office no...
Police Commissioner Le’i Sonny Thompson has voiced his support of a Senate bill, which mandates a minimum five-year imprisonment for anyone convicted of delivering, dispensing, distributing, possession with intent to deliver, dispense or distribute, produce or manufacture a controlled substance. Le...
If the news on the world front has become a little hard to bear, take heart. There’s a bright spot here in the Territory, and it involves none other than our Special Olympics athletes. Tafaimamao Tua Tupuola, chairwoman of Special Olympics Amerika Samoa (SOAS) Board spoke to Samoa News recently...
To combat the influx of illegal immigrants to the territory, “bringing with them illegal drugs”, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has directed local law enforcement officials to set up immigration entry policies, under which only the Attorney General or his designee will have the sole authority to issue...
Although the Legislature’s fiscal year 2018 budget has not gone through the Fono Joint Budget Committee review, the House has moved forward with the passage of the governments’ final 2018 financial plan of $395.2 million - a 4% hike from the approved FY 2017 budget. The House version of the FY 2018...
Port Administration director Taimalelagi Dr. Claire Poumele says the US Coast Guard has allowed port to use just one tugboat at the Port of Pago Pago, with the understanding that the department is getting a new tugboat before the end of the year. Taimalelagi made the comment during yesterday’s...
District Court Judge, Fiti Sunia has dismissed the latest drug case against a man from Pago Pago after the court was unable to find probable cause and sufficient evidence to bind the case over to High Court for arraignment. Sio Godinet Jr. was in custody since his arrest on Tuesday, Sept. 5th -...
The Phillipines-based company looking to establish a multi-food processing plant in American Samoa, with an investment of more than $100 million, is moving forward on its own with phase 1 of the project, slated to start construction next month, says Commerce Department director Keniseli Lafaele....
Haleck Enterprise Inc., president and chief executive officer Avamua Dave Haleck along with Neil’s ACE Home Center president and chief executive officer Ngaire Ho Ching have voiced opposition to an administration proposal establishing a 1% alternative minimum business tax (AMBT) on gross receipts....
FRANK GAISOA CONFIRMED AS MEMBER OF RETIREMENT FUND BOARD The governor’s nomination of local businessman Frank Gaisoa to the ASG Employees' Retirement Fund board of trustees is officially confirmed by the Fono, following last Friday’s unanimous 13-0 Senate vote. The House gave its full endorsement...

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