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Traditional leaders of Manu’a District No. 1, the counties of Ta’u, Faleasao and Fitiuta, have returned Sens. Galeai M. Tu’ufuli and Nuanuaolefeagaiga Saoluaga Nua for the next four years in the Senate. The two senators will be serving their second consecutive four-year terms. Galeai had previous...
Washington, DC — Congresswoman Aumua Amata, in a response to President-Elect Donald Trump’s announcement on Monday last week, regarding his plan to withdraw the United States from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), Congresswoman Amata released the following statement in support of the President’s...
Due to “critical issues” affecting locally grown agriculture products, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has made an “emergency appointment” of an Acting Director for the Agriculture Department in the absence of the department’s director and deputy director from the territory. In a separate memo, the...
Ma’oputasi County used an unusual way to select its third senator — through a “se’i” or drawing — after traditional leaders of Leloaloa/Atu’u and Aua failed to reach a consensus. Ma’oputasi County traditional leaders re-affirmed, during a county meeting last week Monday, the return of Sen. Tuaolo M...
Swains Rep. Su’a Alexander E. Jennings is hopeful that Samoans will adopt and embrace gluten free breadfruit flour, which is being produced locally by his mini mill operation while ASG is waiting to see if this is an effective industry to purchase. “Samoans are not used to seeing breadfruit flour,...
Swains Rep. Su’a Alexander Eli Jennings’ retrofitted freight container dehydrator that he developed locally is not only moving “more and more to solar power” but it can also be deployed to “remote islands.” Dr. Jeff Gwirtz, Kansas State University’s Professor of Food Engineering, milling and flour...
In his presentation on behavior health care, pertaining to mental health in American Samoa, Department of Health psychiatrist Dr. Peni Biukoto shared with participants in last week’s 7th Bilateral Health Summit of the two Samoas some of the challenges faced by the territory when it comes to mental...
Rep. Faimealelei Anthony Allen, speaking at the 26th Pacific Parliamentary Forum in New Zealand, which was held from Nov. 14-18. Some 50 lawmakers from the Pacific region attended the forum. Faimealelei was selected by House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale to represent American Samoa at the annual forum...
MUSU FAILAUGA The High Court has continued to next week Monday the sentencing hearing on the case of a woman accused of possession of marijuana as the judges seek further clarification before sentence is handed down. The government’s case against Ms. Musu Failauga stems from an incident on Aug. 13...
The results of a local survey conducted three years ago on the prevalence of cigarette smoking, alcohol and illicit drug use by students was shared by American Samoa with Samoa at last week’s 7th Bilateral Health Summit of the two Samoas held at the Gov. H. Rex Lee Auditorium and results have been...

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