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There is an increase in the number of confirmed Zika cases in American Samoa, based on the latest data released from the Health Department, which has been awarded federal funding under the Zika Maternal and Child Health Services Program. Data released by DOH last month shows that as of Nov. 18...
StarKist Samoa’s last day of production for 2016 is today — it will resume in three weeks time. However, today is a sad day for some 700 employees of Samoa Tuna Processors Inc. — the cannery is closing down its canning operation indefinitely. The three-week down time for StarKist Samoa and the...
Boundaries of the Rose Atoll Marine National Monument were “incongruently overlaid” with the Large Vessel Protected Area in waters of American Samoa, causing a loss of more than $200,000 per year to the American Samoa longline fleet, according to a Dec. 1 letter from the Western Pacific Regional...
The two local canneries are waiting for feed back from the Governor’s Office as to whether they are exempt, through their ASG tax exemption certificates, from paying the new fees for the use of the X-ray scanners on their containers at the Port of Pago Pago. In the meantime, the new fees for...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga is looking at proposing new legislation that would make a “simple law” when it comes to annual leave for government employees, saying people — including attorneys — have their own interpretation of current law. The governor’s comment was made during a recent cabinet...
Hawaiian Airlines’ return flight to Honolulu didn’t depart Pago Pago until yesterday afternoon due to a display problem dealing with fuel load on the aircraft, says airline spokesperson Ann Botticeli. Hawaiian’s flight from Honolulu arrived on time, to a bustling Pago Pago International Airport...
Alcohol continues to be a contributing factor to new cases involving public peace disturbance that come before the District Court for initial appearances. And during Monday’s court proceedings before District Court Judge Pro Temp Gwen Tauili’ili-Langkilde, three new cases involving alcohol were...
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...

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