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Okesene Alo, who remains in custody under a $200,000 bond. [SN file photo]
The third of the four Public Safety officers accused of illegal activities and misconduct at the Juvenile Detention Center (JDC), is facing 35 counts including several charges of alleged rape involving a minor juvenile detainee as well as several charges in connection with illegal drugs, according...
Tapa’au Dr. Dan Aga [SN file photo]
More than 100 students from both public and private high schools convene today for a two-day forum, where five main issues, such as political status, constitutional protection of land and cultural and US citizenship will be discussed and debated. The “Political Status and Constitutional Review...
An easy, everyday action people can take to protect mangroves is to place litter/rubbish in covered trashcans and dumpsters so it doesn’t get washed down streams into mangrove wetlands. Also, keep on the lookout for people filling in mangroves with dirt or rubbish and report the crime to the Department of Commerce.   [Photo: NPAS]
Drain the swamp! It is a timeworn cry. Swamps are wastelands, mosquito zones and trash filled dumps, right? WRONG! Mangrove swamps (wetlands) are a very important part of our islands and crucial to healthy villages. Mangroves play a critical role in protecting coastlines from erosion and storm...
[photo: Fili Sagapolutele]
A large procession of worshipers - several of then carrying palm branches — from the Holy Family Parish at Fatuoaiga, on Palm Sunday, Apr. 9, took part in a procession commemorating Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, an event mentioned in the Bible. Similar processions of worshipers were held...
A container trailer truck goes through the M60 container scanner equipment around 7a.m. on Monday, Apr. 3, when the scanner operation as well as the scanner fee, went into effect, at the main dock of the Port of Pago Pago. Customs officials says some 30-plus containers were scanned on Monday. [photo: Fili Sagapolutele]
Deputy Treasurer of Revenue, Keith Gebauer describes the first few days since the launch of the M60 container scanner as a success, with the new Customs operation scanning just over 100 containers at the Port of Pago Pago. The new container scanner operation went into effect on Monday, with the $...
With much regret the American Samoa Rugby Union is compelled to cancel the international side of the annual Flag Day 7s Rugby Tournament. We have notified the Samoa Rugby Union where most of our international teams come from, and also the individual teams from the provincial unions in Samoa that...
84-year-old Toe To’oto’o of Pago Pago, a legendary Samoan gospel artist in her prime, will perform ‘He Lives’ (Ackley), a hymn composed in 1933 and it’s still popular today.  [Courtesy photo]
With the reduction of working hours for the government, Poe Mageo, music director for the Samoan Gospel Homecoming Singers Ministry, has found a way to reach out to the community. “These are very trying times.  And instead of abandoning hope, we need to put our trust in God. He is still in control...
Ms. Claudia Thompson speaking at the Okeanos Telepresence Event at the Tauese P.F. Sunia Ocean Center on February 24, 2017.  [Photo. K. Anderon-Tagarino]
One deserving ASCC Marine Science student, Claudia Thompson, will participate in a prestigious internship with the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research. Claudia flew out of Pago on Friday, March 31st, on her way to Manchester, New Hampshire, where she will be mentored by bathymetric...
A container trailer truck goes through the M60 container scanner equipment around 7a.m. on Monday, Apr. 3, when the scanner operation as well as the scanner fee, went into effect, at the main dock of the Port of Pago Pago. Customs officials says some 30-plus containers were scanned on Monday. [photo: Fili Sagapolutele]
Representatives and senior officials of local businesses have raised several questions over their concerns regarding the safety of their employees, especially drivers, from radiation exposure from the container scanning equipment when it’s in operating at the main dock. The private sector is also...
Tualauta Rep. Vui Florence Saulo  [SN file photo]
With Tualauta being the most populous county in American Samoa, Tualauta Rep. Vui Florence Saulo is seeking to amend the Constitution by adding two more seats to the local House of Representatives for Tualauta, which currently has two seats. Vui’s move has received support from her colleagues,...

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