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  Samoa Submarine Cable Company (S.S.C.C.). [Talamua On-line News]
Samoa News has learned that the American Samoa Government has filed their ‘Letter of Intent’ with the Samoa Submarine Cable Company (SSCC) to join the Tui Samoa cable. This was reported by the Samoa Observer. The Observer reported that the cost may have gone up, given that they did not sign on when...
A recent photo, provided by the ASG Port Administration, showing the tugboat, ‘Signet Courageous’, in Louisiana. This used tugboat is being checked by Port Administration engineers, who are in Louisiana, as a possible second tugboat for the Port of Pago Pago.  [courtesy photo]
ASG Shipyard Authority chief executive Moefa’auo Bill Emmsley and Port Administration director Taimalelagi Dr. Claire Poumele, who is also a member of the shipyard board, gave different explanations to a Senate committee this week regarding repairs of ASG tugboats and the purchase of a second one....
Rendering of the proposed new Fono Building. [SN file photo]
The Senate Rules Committee wants to hear from the public, on Friday, their views and opinions on a proposed amendment to the Constitution which gives the Legislature the authority to override the governor’s veto of legislation that’s been approved by the Fono. Meanwhile, a Conference Committee of...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata questioning the panel about veterans’ health access in American Samoa. See press release for details.  [photo: courtesy]
Congresswoman Aumua Amata highlighted the healthcare needs of American Samoan veterans in a Veterans’ Affairs Health Subcommittee hearing to examine up to ten health-related bills that are under early consideration in the Committee, including draft legislation to improve the VA’s Health...
Deputy Commissioner Falana’ipupu Ta’ase Sagapolupele (left) and two other police officers escorting Police Officer Fa’auma Malo (right) from the DPS Central Station in Fagatogo, to an awaiting police unit, after he was arrested last Friday morning. Malo made his initial appearance Tuesday. [photo: courtesy]
The preliminary examination hearing for DPS officer Fa'auma Malo, who was arrested last week, is scheduled for this morning in the District Court. Malo, who made his initial appearance Monday before Judge Fiti Sunia, is being held at TCF until he pays a $5,000 surety bond. Malo is charged with one...
Sen. Tuaolo Manaia Fruean [SN file photo]
Sen. Tuaolo Manaia Fruean wants to know if American Samoa is getting any share of the multi-million-dollar proposed settlement agreement between StarKist Co., and the US Department of Justice, over the cannery’s violation of federal environmental laws in Pago Pago Harbor.  USDOJ is currently...
Rendering of the proposed new Fono Building. [SN file photo]
The Senate has reduced the excise tax for imported non-carbonated sugary drinks and hiked the current 5% miscellaneous excise tax. The changes are included in the Senate version of an Administration bill, which seeks to amend several provisions of local excise taxes. The measure was approved during...
Grove Roots at Waiata Maori Music Awards  [photo: screencapture/waiata maori music awards]
STOP SEX WORK   Member of Parliament, Olo Fiti Vaai, has called on the government to end commercial sex work in Samoa. He has also strongly criticized plans by the Ministry of Health to offer educational and counseling services to “commercial sex workers” as part of a bid to promote healthy living...
Bruckner Chase returns to American Samoa with NOAA national weather service for beach and ocean safety film project and program development — the “Blue Journey Dangerous Waves” film series.   [courtesy photo]
Bruckner Chase, Uila o le Sami, who swam from Aunu’u to Pago Pago in 2011 is back on island as part of a National Weather Service Ocean Today expedition to create an educational film series on beach and ocean safety that will focus on the unique hazards around the island. This innovative project...
Ernest Haleck, a certified Firearms and Tactics Instructor from Honolulu, during yesterday's official opening of a training session held at the OMV conference room and aimed at preparing local cops to be armed. [photo: AF]
Training to arm local police officers kicked off yesterday morning at the Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) in Tafuna, under the supervision of Ernest Haleck, who arrived last week from Honolulu, HI. Haleck is the lead instructor in Firearms and Tactics for the National Tactical Officers Association (...

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