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The Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Lopao’o Natanielu Mua, has accused the American Samoa government of dragging their feet in lifting the ban they placed on taro exports from Samoa. Speaking to The Weekend Observer, Minister Lopao’o said he is puzzled by the behaviour of the American...
The Department of Port Administration has raised the rate for one-way shipping of private vehicles between Tutuila and Manu’a and the move is not sitting well with some members of the community, including one elderly woman who recently had a family car shipped to her from the US early last month,...
Washington, D.C. – Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed a $2,321,000 federal grant for the American Samoa Department of Health, for the Pacific Basin Health Center Cluster program. “I appreciate this funding for American Samoa,” said Aumua Amata. “Access to quality health services can be a...
UTULEI, Am Samoa —The Territorial Bank of American Samoa is pleased to announce that the American Bankers Association has issued a Routing Transit Number to the bank. Accordingly, the bank is in the process of finalizing relationships with correspondent financial institutions. Once these...
The American Samoa Power Authority would like to apologize to its customers on Ta'u for a power outage that began at 2pm on Monday, January 1, 2018. The cause of the outage was a trip in the PV system. In such an occurrence, the three diesel engines are programmed to start automatically and...
For seven years, Sharring Faamalo Aoelua Fanene Niusulu (from Afono, Aua and Nu'uuli) has been in search of a bone marrow match since she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in 2010. In an effort to find a bone marrow match, she returned to American Samoa in 2011 to host a Bone...
Police were called to the Department of Health’s clinic in Fagaalu on Wednesday afternoon after a crowd of people, who were there for their health cards, with many having waited in line since early morning hours, refused to leave, after being told that the clinic only serves 20 people a day,...
The Statistical Yearbook 2016 reports that births to girls “under age 15” dropped to zero in FY2016, a significant decline from 2010 when there were seven. However, of the total births in the year 2016, 10% of the births were to teenage mothers — ages 15-19, according to information from the LBJ...
Former Sen. Paepae Iosefa Faiai (right hand raised and back to camera)  was sworn in Tuesday at courtroom two of the High Court as the new Associate Judge. He is accompanied by his wife Mariana (back to camera) and his aunty, Fa’ailoilo Lauvao, holding the Bible. Chief Justice Michael Kruse...
Local Homeland Security (ASDHS) director Samana Semo Ve’ave’a has recommended to the governor that American Samoa “opt-in” and participate in the deployment of the nation-wide public safety broadband proposed by the federal First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), an independent entity within...

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