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Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga is urging all smokers to refrain from smoking today, “in hope that it is a beginning of a life as a non-smoker.” He also urges all local residents to “support all activities planned by the Department of Health, Tobacco/Diabetes Prevention Control Programs, Tobacco/...
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LEUPENA ITELE The High Court has taken under advisement a plea agreement between the government and Leupena Itele, who is scheduled to return to court in July, at which time there is hope that the court has reached a decision on the plea. Itele was initially charged with one count each of second...
In this Samoa News file photo,  ASCC President Dr. Rosevonne Makaiwi-Pato after she delivered the keynote address for Manual Academy’s 8th grade graduation last week. (L-r) Pastor Lemmy Seumanu, Dr. Makaiwi-Pato, Donna Gurr -Vice Chairperson of the Manumalo Academy school board, and board member Tish Peau. [photo: Blue Chen-Fruean]
American Samoa Community College has been meeting with chief executives of the private sector on how the college can assist them, and one area identified so far is “leadership development” in which cabinet directors can help, says ASCC President Dr. Rosevonne Makaiwi Pato at last week’s cabinet...
CHILDREN’S CULTURE MAINTENANCE SUMMER PROGRAM Looking for something to keep the kids occupied during the summer months? Why not have them learn about the Samoan way of life during the Children’s Culture Maintenance Summer Program, hosted by the American Samoa Council on Arts, Culture, and...
Dr. Charles Birkeland and Dr. Alison Green with local scientists Motusaga Vaeoso and Alice Lawrence were in the water, completing the Aua Transect survey for the program’s 100th anniversary celebration last week. The survey is the oldest survey of a coral reef in the world. [photo: courtesy]
The celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Aua Transect Village Project ended last Friday, but the work will continue. Dr. Charles Birkeland and Dr. Alison Green, two visiting scientists who have previously surveyed the transect and documented the state of the coral community on the 100th...
For the first time, the local Department of Health (DOH) will be awarding scholarships to graduates from the six public high schools, Manu’a HS included. The scholarships are made possible through grant funding from the World Health Organization (WHO) and will be awarded to seniors who have met the...
This photo provided by ASPA, shows the “first smoke” of engine number 3 on March 3, 2017 — considered an important milestone for the new Satala Power Plant. [SN file photo]
In moving forward renewable energy for the territory, American Samoa Power Authority board chairman, Fonoti Perelini says ASPA believes in a Public-Private Partnership in order to gain success. Fonoti made the comment during his remarks last Thursday at the official dedication of the $56 million...
The Class of 2017 of Manumalo Academy High School with principal Tiana Trepanier (far left) and faculty members Seongshim Park and Miriam Mirasol (far right). The four graduates were all recipients of the congressional award and all of them will be continuing their education at off island colleges and universities. This is the first high school graduating class for the Flames since 2013. [photo: Blue Chen-Fruean]
For the first time in four years, Manumalo Academy graduated a senior class. Manumalo High School was closed for one year back in 2013 and since it reopened, this is the first graduating class. The four graduates of the Flames Class of 2017 are: Alice Park, Seon Woong Ham, Shawn Min Ki, and Feng...
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With federal defendants offering no new evidence in the Large Vessel Prohibited Area (LVPA) legal battle, the Territory of American Samoa has asked the federal court in Honolulu to dismiss defendants’ motion for reconsideration and to amend the court’s judgement. Early this month, the federal...
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Gov. Lolo Matasi Moliga (right) shakes hands with Port Administration Water Transportation Division employee Sunia Davetawalu (left), who was one of the three Port employees presented with special recognition awards and monetary gifts last week recognizing them for their efforts in saving the life...

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