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Although the Territorial Bank of American Samoa is now operational, Bank of Hawaii has not set a timeframe to officially close down its local operations while the Honolulu-based financial institution works with Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga for a smooth transition from BoH to TBAS. During Monday’s...
ASG Shipyard Service Authority board chairman Keniseli Lafaele has confirmed the shipyard is in discussions with StarKist Samoa about the need for the cannery for additional cold storage freezer space — and a suitable location has yet to be determined. However, when asked for comments, StarKist Co...
Selection of cabinet members, taxes, unfriendly immigration laws, increase of government workforce and tourism were among the issues discussed during the American Samoa Chamber of Commerce (ASCoC) forum with the gubernatorial candidates which included the teams of Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga...
The annual White Sunday celebration coupled with the Monday federal and local holiday (Discoverers’ Day), adds up to a three-day weekend, and a busy one at that, as residents gear up for Sunday, dedicated to the children of American Samoa. Introduced in the islands by Christian missionaries in the...
American Samoa TeleCommunications Authority is gaining another step in connecting the territory to a new undersea fiber optic cable, with the marine survey of American Samoa waters in preparation to lay the cable. ASTCA has signed a contract with Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP, the owner and developer...
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Tonga's Attorney General’s Office is asking the United States for a provisional arrest warrant of Dean Jay Fletcher, who is accused of murdering his wife in Neiafu, Vava'u. Fletcher fled police custody on September 29 and sailed to American Samoa in his yacht Sea Oak. The...
American Samoa authorities have arrested an American man, wanted by Tongan authorities for murder, and he is being held without bail per order of the District Court, where he will appear again on Oct. 26. Fifty-three year old Dean J. Fletcher made his initial appearance yesterday in District Court...
Chairman of the Territorial Bank of American Samoa (TBAS), Utu Abe Malae in his special remarks, during the opening of the new bank on Monday, used the opportunity to correct “the math” about the bank advertised in the paper and discussed on the radio by one of the gubernatorial teams. Utu did not...
Education, each gubernatorial team’s platform, the Samoan language, Manu’a transportation issues were among the issues the ASCC Student Government Association (SGA) asked the three gubernatorial teams during the forum held at the ASCC gymnasium yesterday afternoon. Attending the forum were the...
A man who is accused of sexually abusing his biological daughter once a week throughout the month of August after he allegedly smoked ice was arrested over the weekend and made his initial appeared in District Court yesterday. To protect the victim, Samoa News is not identifying the defendant by...

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