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The United States government has received the official extradition request from the government of Tonga for the extradition of an American man wanted in Tonga for the alleged murder of his wife, according to federal court records. Fifty-four year old Dean Jay Fletcher, while in custody of Tonga...
The first “Chinese” cruise ship to visit American Samoa will arrive on Friday, December 23, according to the Samoa Visitors Bureau. The Costa Atlantica is on a 46-night return South Pacific Cruise from Tianjin, which departed November 30. The Atlantica’s visit will also be the ship's maiden call in...
San Diego-based Bumble Bee Seafood’s cannery has confirmed that its senior Vice President of Sales, Walter Scott Cameron, has been indicted by the US Justice Department for conspiring to fix prices on packaged seafood. USDOJ announced last week that Cameron has agreed to plead guilty to his role in...
As the Lolo Administration is preparing to start its new four-year term in office, cabinet directors have been reminded to comply with overtime policies, especially with the government heading into some tough times, and to hold off filling vacant positions that are funded with local revenues. Part...
FA’AMANATU MIKA The High Court has scheduled for next month the pre trial conference of Fa’amanatu Mika, after he pled not guilty to stealing and first-degree burglary — both felonies. Mika, who entered the pleas last week during his arraignment hearing, remains in custody unable to post $10,000...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has called on the American Samoa Visitors Bureau to revisit and conduct a new review of the agency’s long-term tourism development plan to focus attention on local developments and attractions first. The governor’s request was made during a recent cabinet meeting, where...
One positive aspect of the 13th Meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fishery Commission in Nadi, Fiji last week was the US government’s plea to the regional fishery body to allow more access by the US fleet to fish on the high seas as well as the importance of the tuna industry to American...
The US Government Accountability Office has informed the US Congress regarding the challenges faced by the canneries in American Samoa, which includes high labor costs, decreased fishing access and erosion of preferential trade status. The GAO report released Dec. 2 to US congressional members...
Tualauta faipule Vui Florence Vaili Saulo acknowledges the pressure she faces on a daily basis being in the legislature where men dominate, as she is the only woman. In a sit down interview with Vui in Apia, she told Samoa News of her experience when she was first sworn into office as a Tualauta...
Tri Marine International has confirmed it has delayed until the end of this week the indefinitely closure of it’s Samoa Tuna Processors Inc., canning operation in American Samoa. However, there is no confirmation as to whether there is a buyer for the cannery, which opened in January last year. The...

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