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Products “Made in the US by Dream Builders Inc. of American Samoa”, in photo last Friday are: gluten free breadfruit pancake mix (with a receipt on the back), gluten free breadfruit flour and the newest product gluten free green banana flour. Front are freshly based muffins from gluten free green banana flour. [photo: FS]
The locally based company, which uses solar energy to dry breadfruit and process it into gluten free breadfruit our has manufactured a new product, which is made from locally grown bananas — the “fa’i paka” that’s in abundance on island, and available year round. The gluten free breadfruit flour,...
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Director of the American Samoa Medicaid Ofice, Tofoitaufa Sandra King-Young says that since American Samoa’ s Medicaid State Plan had never been changed in over 30 years to add more Medicaid providers, “our territory had to overcome several obstacles like lack of financial and utilization data to...
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Chief Justice Michael Kruse had a strong message last Friday during the sentencing of a 24-year-old man, convicted of violating local drug laws. According to Kruse, a lot of young people in the territory now-a-days are taking lightly the many opportunities they have, wasting most of their time...
William Reader, a homeless man who lives out of a tent on the side of the main road in Nuuuli. [photo AF]
Community members and even lawmakers are assuming that William Reader, a homeless man who lives out of a tent on the side of the main road in Nuuuli, is a spy or a drug dealer. Samoa News was able to interview Reader yesterday morning, to obtain his side of the story. “I just want to let the people...
Director of the American Samoa Medicaid Office, Tofoitaufa Sandra King Young denies allegations that she is after Congresswoman Aumua Amata’s seat and says the ‘rumor’ has become a distraction, veering the focus away from more critical issues like Medicaid. In response to Samoa News inquiries over...
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Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata on Monday welcomed an FCC waiver, which she directly requested from both former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and then Chairman Ajit Pai on behalf of the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority (ASTCA), giving ASTCA the licensing to continue efforts to...
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Another overstayer appeared for sentencing before Chief Justice Michael Kruse last Friday. Loimata Mika, 28, traveled to American Samoa on a 7-day permit and according to his statement to the court, he was here to look for a job. Chief Justice Kruse during sentencing mentioned that the court was...
The Samoa News interns: Losaline Vaeono, Jeremiah Matafeo (not pictured), Sefo Tone, and Fau Tuifaina, were put to work not only to help them gain on-the-job training, but also to boost their self confidence and encourage them to have a voice, to stand up and speak articulately in front of an audience, including supervisors, co-workers, and customers. At the end of their month-long service, we can honestly say they came, they learned, and they conquered. We will miss you guys. Thank you for reminding us of
PARENTS URGING SCHOOL OFFICIALS TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF BULLYING — The new school year begins later this month and teachers are taking part in workshops and training sessions aimed at helping them address several critical issues that may arise while school is in session. One of the increasing...
About 20 students spent their summer — 6 weeks — studying “Twinderella” as part of the Silipas Playhouse, a children’s theatre, workshop. The theatre is part of Dancing Fingers Learning Center and its founder and director, Poe Mageo used the script to teach basic reading skills and literary elements.  [Courtesy photo]
Besides usual summer camp activities such as fishing or hiking, about 20 students spent six weeks analyzing plot, character, theme, and setting of Twinderella, a musical based on a book by Charlie Lovett and set to lyrics and music by Bill Francouer.  The program started in June 12, and ended on...
Immigration Board chairwoman, Fanene Edda Wyberski, when she appeared before the Fono for confirmation of her appointment to the Immigration Board.  [photo: AF]
While Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has already proposed recommendations to the Immigration Board on additional steps to be taken in the vetting process for foreigners entering the territory, Immigration Board chairwoman Fanene Edda Wyberski told Samoa News that the Board is taking the matter very...

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