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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security USCIS has approved the application for a Regional Center under the Immigrant Investor Program for American Samoa. The Fairhaven Capital Advisors American Samoa Regional Center Corp., a collaborative effort between Fairhaven Capital of Washington State and...
Gov. Lolo M. Moliga, with Lt. Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga, addressing the cabinet during a meeting last week. The governor says he is going to veto some of the revenue measures that were passed by the Fono. [photo: AF]
Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga informed his cabinet during a meeting last week that he's going to veto some of the revenue measures that were passed by the Fono, because he feels a lot of changes need to be made before they are resubmitted to the Fono next year. The relationship between the Fono and...
Attorney General, Talauega Eleasalo Ale and Police Commissioner, Le’i Sonny Thompson appeared before the House Public Safety Committee this week, to testify on the issue of arming police officers.  [photo: AF]
Police Commissioner Le’i Sonny Thompson was not in the mood when faipule started asking questions on whether local police officers who have been certified to carry weapons have received all the necessary training. Le’i and Attorney General, Talauega Eleasalo Ale were called to testify during a...
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Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed news that a veterans hearing will be scheduled sometime in the second session of the 115th Congress to examine the challenges of veterans in Pacific insular areas. Congresswoman Amata led a bipartisan letter earlier this month, joined by her...
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It's been revealed the American Samoa government has again been the victim of a hacker. In 2011 $US1.2 million dollars was transferred from an American Samoa government account to a Vietnamese Bank account. It took years to recover the money. KHJ News reports a second occurrence happened earlier...
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Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has directed his cabinet to “cease the practice of preselecting employees” to fill vacant positions in Executive Branch departments and agencies, and they must follow local law, meaning going through the Department of Human Resources (DHR). The governor’s directive comes...
William Spitzenberg and Paselio are inviting those who are serious about weight loss and healthy living to join the Slimmer Stronger You (SSY) program, which boasts a 100% success rate. No need for pills, juices, or gym memberships.  [photo: courtesy]
American Samoa is popular for many things: NFL players, actors, and record breaking recruitments for military service. On the flip side, the territory is also known for having one of the highest rates - globally - of obesity and associated ailments like diabetes and heart disease. In recent years,...
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Two church ministers are among the three new members of the ASG Parole Board appointed early this week by Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga. Local law calls for a five-member Parole Board, not employed by the government, and appointed by the governor. The board selects one of its member to be chairperson....
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New Zealand construction firm, McConnell Dowell, has been awarded the contract for the upgrade of the Pago Pago airport runway in American Samoa. This project is funded by the Federal Aviation Administration which has allocated $US9.2 million dollars and given McConnell Dowell until the end of...
Attorney General, Talauega Eleasalo Ale. [SN file photo]
Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale has posed a challenge for faipule to think about: whether it is the right time for the Fono to have sessions and hearings broadcast live on television and radio, so the public will know exactly what's being discussed, and to avoid the media from publishing...

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