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Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga’s appointments of Muavaefa’atasi John Edward Suisala as director of Human and Social Services, and Kenneth Soala Tupua as director of Parks and Recreation were introduced this week in both the Senate and House. Senate confirmation hearings begin today at 9a.m. for Tupua...
RESTON, Va. - Jan. 10, 2018 — American Samoa is modernizing communications technology for its first responders. Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga accepted the First Responder Network Authority and AT&T plans to deliver a wireless broadband network to the territory's public safety community....
American Samoa is looking at tapping into the wedding market — a booming industry in the Pacific — by amending local laws, hence allowing foreigners to exchange vows in the territory. Current local marriage laws are a “big deterrent” for American Samoa to be a potential destination for weddings,...
Based on a High Court ruling, local attorney Barry Rose and the law firm Mooney Wieland Smith & Rose PLLC (MWS Rose) can continue to represent Aoe’e Adolfo Montenegro, who is suing his former employer, Bluesky Communications. The court’s decision was handed down last October, after AST Telecom...
Four drug cases were on high court’s calendar last Friday. One was granted a continuance, while three were heard by Chief Justice Michael Kruse. GALU NOFOA AND IOSEFA ALO One of the two defendants in a drug case that surfaced last year and led to two Tafuna High School students being taken into...
Prior to the Lolo and Lemanu Administration, the cost of shipping a vehicle on the MV Sili from Tutuila to Manu’a was $250 one-way, says Port Administration director, Taimalelagi Dr. Claire Tuia Poumele, who acknowledged that shipping to Manu’a had been free between 2013 and 2016. As reported by...
Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga and US Congresswoman Aumua Amata have released statements of condolences, calling the passing of Thomas S. Monson, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a sad day for American Samoa and the world. THE GOVERNOR OF AMERICAN SAMOA Press Release —...
The newest faipule for the House of Representatives, Fialupe Felila Fiaui Lutu (middle), pictured with secretary to the House Speaker, Aliti Taliva’a, and the Senate’s chief of personnel, Ata Gaoteote on Monday afternoon following the closing of the Fono joint session for the 3rd regular session of...
The 3rd session of the 35th Legislature opened this past Monday at the Fale Laumei and pursuant to prevailing statute, Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga reported on the "successes and failures with respect to the implementation of programs in 2017 to move the territory forward," during his State of the...
The Samoan culture is alive and well, as witnessed last week when local master tufuga Su'a Wilson Fitiao completed a pair of 'malu' (traditional Samoan tattoo for females) in Poloa village for Fogafogaolealataua Liua Ta'ase Pisamoa Taifane and Ashley Taumua Mata'afa. Malo lava le onosa'i. [photo:...

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