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Lt. Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga (far left) cuts the ribbon to officially open yesterday morning the Transnational Crime Network center in American Samoa that is overseen by the Department of Public Safety. Looking on are Samoa Police Commissioner Fuiavailiili Egon Keil (middle) and American Samoa Police Commissioner Le’i Sonny Thompson (far right). [photo: AF]
As the newest member of the Pacific Transnational Crime Network (PTCN), American Samoa has now joined the TCN unit, with a system-network center housed at the one-story building next to the DPS facility and the local unit was dedicated yesterday. The dedication followed about an hour after the...
[photo: ASG]
Although the Territorial Bank of American Samoa is projecting a loss of “a little less than a million dollars” for calendar year 2017, the government owned commercial financial institution has not touched the seed money of $10 million provided by the government to launch the commercial bank,...
Reduction of the Large Vessel Protection Area (LVPA) in territorial waters “was not a dictatorial thing” but a response by the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council to a  “desperate plea” from the U.S longliner fleet based in American Samoa already faced with many challenges, says...
NO CLEAR ANSWER ON THE ISSUE OF CIGARETTE SHORTAGE The supply of popular cigarette brands is almost non-existent, and smokers are having a hard time satisfying the urge for a ‘nicotine fix’. Since last month, popular brands like Benson and Hedges (Lights and Regular) as well as Kool (long and short...
 Seahawk 68, grounded on the reef.  [Photo: US Coast Guard]
Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources director Va’amua Henry Sesepasara continues to seek federal funding to help remove a foreign longline fishing vessel grounded off Coconut Point in Nu’uuli almost two years ago. Va’amua made the revelation at last week’s, three-day, 169th Meeting of the...
Alamea (crown of thorns starfish) on a coral reef in American Samoa.  [photo: National Park Service of American Samoa]
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa — Alamea (crown of thorns starfish) is native to American Samoa reefs, but in the last few years have been seen in alarmingly high numbers. The National Park of American Samoa, along with other agencies including ASG Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources and NOAA/...
Last Saturday night, Spawnbreezie and local musicians joined together in a concert hosted by Bluesky Communications at the Fagatogo Pavilion. It was Spawnbreezie’s first concert on island. The laser light show was also a first for the island.  [Courtesy photo]
The territory's first laser light show was on display this past Saturday during the Spawnbreezie concert hosted by Bluesky Communications at the Fagatogo Pavilion — it was part of the celebration that launched their new 4G Superior Network in the Territory, this past week. The laser light show was...
[Courtesy photo]
The people of American Samoa are being asked to come together and pray for a Toa o Samoa, US Army Private First Class (PFC) Aukuso Kiliona Atanoa Jr. The 22-year-old soldier from Pago Pago is fighting for his life at the Walter Reed Medical Center, a military hospital facility on the East Coast....
At 2:30p.m last Friday a container truck [top of photo] went through the container scanner equipment, while another container truck [bottom of photo] waited at the entrance to the Port of Pago Pago for its turn to go through the scanner located at the main dock.  [photo: FS]
The container scanner fee is set to go into effect early next week, after training of Customs agents, who are charged with manning the equipment, is completed, according to a statement released by the Treasury Department. However, it remains unclear whether the canneries will be exempt from paying...
[photo: Sylvia Spalding/Council]
[l-r]  Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council member Christinna Lutu-Sanchez, Council scholarship recipient Valentine Vaeoso, Council member and new DMWR director Va’amua Henry Sesepasara with another Council scholarship recipient Faasalafa Kitiona — all from American Samoa — Wednesday...

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