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Attorney General, Talauega Eleasalo Ale. [SN file photo]
Attorney General, Talauega Eleasalo Ale believes there is no need for the American Samoa Government to apologize to the Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles (LA), for the incident that resulted in ASG officials arresting and detaining a Chinese man who showed up at the Post Office to claim a box with...
Pulu Ae Ae Jr. was the only witness at last Friday’s public hearing in the Senate on a measure seeking to give the Fono the authority to override the governor’s veto of an approved Fono bill. He said the public is not comfortable testifying before the Senate — it needs village level meetings.  [photo: FS]
Sen. Fonoti Tafa’ifa Aufata was the lone opposition vote on a measure, which gives the Fono authority to override the governor's veto. The proposed amendment to the Constitution now goes to the House for consideration. The Senate Joint Resolution was approved (14-1) during third and final reading...
Utu Abe Malae, chairman of the ASG’s Territorial Bancorp Holding Company board. [SN file photo]
While the Territorial Bank of American Samoa awaits federal approval of its routing number, TBAS continues to carry out operations, including “active car activities”, in which the bank has taken over car loan portfolios from local car dealers. This is according to Utu Abe Malae, chairman of the ASG...
Nikolao Pula, Director of the Office of Insular Affairs. [SN file photo]
The Dept. of Commerce is inviting the public to attend an economic development seminar 9 a.m. tomorrow at the Lee Auditorium.  The seminar is being held in partnership with the University of Hawaii's Pacific Business Center Program and the keynote speaker will be Nikolao Pula, Director of the...
[photo: Blue Chen-Fruean]
Yesterday morning, chairman of the American Samoa chapter of the Red Cross, Vaito'a Hans Langkilde was presented a check of $1,898 by members of the National Honor Society at Manumalo Academy, to help with relief efforts for the victims of Hurricane Irma, the strongest hurricane worldwide in 2017...
Remi Galasso, CEO of Hawaiki and Pule Tufele, Executive Director of ASTCA at the signing. [courtesy photo]
American Samoa Telecommunications Authority (ASTCA) and Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP (Hawaiki) have signed an amendment to their agreement for the installation of a spur connecting American Samoa to the Hawaiki cable and the provision of international capacity to mainland United States. The contract...
“Total public debt per capita grew from $414 per person in fiscal year 2005 to $1,212.80 in fiscal year 2015,” according to the US Government Accountability Office, which also notes that any additional disruption in the local cannery industry will impact the government’s ability to repay its debt....
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga [SN file photo]
After he line-item vetoed amendments made by the Fono, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga signed into law last Saturday, the American Samoa Government’s more than $394 million budget for fiscal year 2018, which commenced on Oct. 1, 2017. The original total FY 2018 Basic Budget submitted was $395.26 million...
American Samoa Telecommunications Authority (ASTCA) CEO, Puleleiite Tufele Li’a Jr. appeared before the House Telecommunications Committee for a hearing last week.  [photo: AF]
While the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority (ASTCA) is planning to use both Tui Samoa and Hawaiki Cable, CEO Puleleiite Tufele Li’a Jr. said he will recommend to the American Samoa Government to stay with Hawaiki Cable — not only is it cheaper but its capacity is big enough to cover...
Members of the AS Drug Control Commission, selected by Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga, who attended the official launch of the ASDCC yesterday morning at the Fale Laumei. [photo: Leua Aiono Frost]
A hotline will be set up for the public to anonymously report tips about incidents involving illegal drugs in the territory, and Human and Social Services director Taeaoafua Dr. Meki Solomona is urging students, youth, and everyone to use the service. “When you see it, report it. Call the hotline,...

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