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A truck with a container, prepares to go through the container scanner at the main dock around 2:30p.m Friday, Mar. 24, 2017 in Pago Pago, American Samoa. ASG Treasury says the container scanning fee of $200 per container of 20 foot and over, goes into effect Apr. 3. [photo: Fili Sagapolutele]
The new container scanner fee is set to go into effect Apr. 3, after training completed for Customs agents, who are charged with manning the equipment at the main Port of Pago Pago, as well as a testing period that involved officials from the off island company contacted for the Rapi-Scan project....
Congresswoman Amata and House Speaker Ryan discuss the need for healthcare reform in the U.S. territories  in the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday. [courtesy photo]
Washington, D.C. — “Although House leadership has pulled the bill for now it would not have affected American Samoa in the first place,” said Congresswoman Aumua Amata. “Because this is a reconciliation bill, only those provisions included in the 2010 Affordable Care Act can be considered in this...
StarKist Co., sees the value of working together with its partners in American Samoa and this includes the US flag longline fleet, which is currently undergoing Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification assessment, says StarKist Samoa official Taotasi Archie Soliai during the Western Pacific...
American Samoa’s only Certified Athletic Trainer Florence Wasko attended the IOC World Conference last week for an update on the latest within the field of sports medicine. She works for ASDOE — Athletic Division — and is seen here during a local football game treating a player who was injured during play.  [SN file photo]
The 2017 IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport: Call for proposals was hosted in Monaco this past weekend, March 16-18, and American Samoa’s Certified Athletic Trainer, Florence Wasko took part in this global sports medicine event, which is held every three years. Its...
Development Bank of American Samoa has moved to recover more than $200,000 in loan proceeds to locally based start-up Tausani Airline, which was to use the loan money to purchase two aircraft from a now bankrupt Guam firm and there was nothing in Tausani’s initial loan proposal for leasing the ASG...
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Syndromic and enhanced surveillance employed during a Zika outbreak in American Samoa last year is credited for bringing a quick end to ongoing transmission and could be used to predict when ongoing transmission in similarly small populations will end.   “Establishing a timeline for discontinuing...
Territorial Bank of American Samoa chief operations officer Makerita T. Polu (left) and TBAS chief executive officer Philip Ware during a House committee hearing yesterday morning.  [photo: AF]
Territorial Bank of American Samoa is still working on getting a transit routing number and the process is taking longer then expected, says TBAS chief executive officer Philip Ware, who suspects that perhaps the reason is that the bank is American Samoa Government owned. And without a routing...
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ASG Treasurer Uelinitone Tonumaipea believes the scanner project will be able to pay for itself in three years time, based on the fees already enacted into law last year, with the highest fee charged — $200 — is for the container scanner equipment. Uelinitone along with Chief of Customs Moetulu’i...
Amata with her colleague Sen. Dan Sullivan, who is on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. [courtesy photo]
AMATA WANTS MORE VA STAFF IN AMERICAN SAMOA Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata and the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday to examine ways the VA might improve their hiring practices, and retain good employees. “I want to thank Chairman...
Head of State Tupua Tamasese Efi and his masiofo attended the red carpet event last Thursday evening in Apia, Samoa — the premiere of the new Samoan film, “One Thousand Ropes,” directed by Tusi Tamasese. The Head of State told Samoa News during an interview after the premier, “This movie was very authentic… lots of truths…”   [photo: Ese Malala]
Putting to bed expectations that Samoans only appear on screen for laughs or as gangsters, the new Samoan film that was released in theatres last night is definitely something some of our locals, who were present at the premiere, recommend to watch. Last week Thursday in Apia, Samoa, New Zealand...

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