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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...
“DIABETES AWARENESS” EVENT KICKS OFF TODAY AT UTULEI The Dept. of Health along with its partners, both government and non-government organizations, are inviting the public to attend today’s “Diabetes Awareness” event set to kick off at 9a.m. under the theme, “Healthy eating leads to healthy living...
A federal judge in Texas has blocked a US Department of Labor rule set to go into effect Dec. 1 that raises the exemption for salaried workers throughout the United States and the judge’s ruling may also apply to American Samoa. Companies in the U.S have praised the court’s decision following a...
The US Army Corps of Engineers has been requested to “consider remediation assistance” to American Samoa during construction of the wastewater project in the village of Aua, to off set costs associated with soil contamination caused by the US Navy, which operated a fuel farm in Aua during World War...
Apia, SAMOA — A man who sexually assaulted his wife’s 10-year-old niece has been sentenced to 22 months in jail. To protect the identity of the victim, Samoa News has opted to withhold the name of the defendant in this case that was before the court earlier this week. The uncle was charged with one...
Acting Director Department of Agriculture, Peter Gurr said there was no reason to conduct testing to determine if illegal chemical were being used on the farms. He said farmers simply need to follow the compliance requirements, as Food Safety is the Department’s priority. The Acting Director was...

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