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Samoa is raising the permit fees for US nationals from American Samoa entering Samoa. Beginning Oct. 9, the fee for a 14 day permit will double to $20. For expedited service the fee will be $30. A multiple entry for 12 months will cost $150. For people who overstay their permits, a new fee of $80,...
Education director Dr. Ruth Matagi-Tofiga [SN file photo]
Education director Dr. Ruth Matagi-Tofiga said a school bus assigned to transport students to Manulele Tausala Elementary School on Tuesday broke down en route to the school, but a bus was available and did pick up students after school. Matagi-Tofiga’s response to Samoa News questions, comes after...
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This past Wednesday, local business Tautua Mo Oe (TMO) presented a generous monetary donation that officially made them the Gold Sponsor for this year's Miss American Samoa pageant, set to be held at the Governor H. Rex Lee Auditorium (Fale Laumei) in Utulei next Saturday, with six young beauties...
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Washington, D.C. — Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata was pleased to announce a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) grant of over $900,000 for the American Samoa Government. “I welcome this financial support for American Samoa’s coastal management efforts,” Aumua Amata said. “...
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In a letter to “government leaders”, Neil’s ACE Home Center shared its views on three revenue measures proposed by the Lolo Administration, and the more than 30-year-old family-owned company is calling for a thorough review of the proposed taxes, which they say will burden consumers. The Sept. 5th...
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The United States has restated that no US territory can become a member of an international organization. A senior US official Matt Mathews made the comment to American Samoa's KHJ News after Governor Lolo Moliga explored closer ties with the Pacific Island Forum and the Polynesian Leaders Group....
Seniors police officers parading during Police Week celebration earlier this year at Malaeoletalu in Fagatogo. DPS has a new established unit - the Training Division - which is set up to provide training for local police officers. See story for full details.  [photo: AF]
Police Commissioner Le’i Sonny Thompson has established a new unit in the Department of Public Safety. The Training Division is to provide training for local police officers and assist them in their duties. In an interview with Samoa News earlier this week, Le'i revealed that he has established the...
Rendering of the proposed new Fono Building. [SN file photo]
If she was governor and the government was faced with a financial shortfall requiring action to be taken, Sen. Fonoti Tafa’ifa Aufata said pay cuts for cabinet directors would be her priority. The Tualauta female senator made the comment during a Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee hearing...
One of the major challenges when local American Red Cross volunteers are deployed to the US following a disaster is the “cost of airfare”. This is according to local and off-island individuals who are familiar with the situation. “Perhaps the big challenge for the Red Cross is the cost involved in...
Office of Budget and Planning director, Catherine D. Saelua [SN file photo]
During the first day of the Fono joint budget committee review of the new fiscal year 2018 Basic Budget yesterday, ASG Treasurer Uelinitone Tonumaipea emphasized  to lawmakers that revenue sources to fund the new fiscal year are estimates or projections, and this is especially important for local...

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