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Due to “fish supply shortages” StarKist Samoa, the largest private employer in the territory, is shutting down production next week and will resume once additional delivery of fish is made, according to StarKist Co., owner and operator of the local cannery. “We will share more details as they...
American Samoa’s estimated gross domestic product (GDP) decreased in 2016, as government and private sector investment declined compared to previous years, according to data released Monday by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) of the US Department of Commerce. BEA said estimates of GDP for...
ASG Budget and Planning Office director Catherine Saelua. [SN file photo]
Utility and personnel costs are exempted from the cutoff date for government purchases for the current fiscal year (FY 2017), according to a letter from ASG Budget and Planning Office director Catherine Saelua to cabinet members. The letter also states that all outstanding commitments and...
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A young man who was arrested earlier this year — while on probation — and charged with first-degree burglary and felony stealing is going to prison. Siaosi Ieremia, 23, of Vaitogi will serve a straight sentence of 15 years imprisonment as ordered by the High Court last week, after he was convicted...
The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council says it is disappointed that the federal court in Honolulu has denied the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s motion to reconsider and to amend the court’s judgment in the Large Vessel Prohibited Area (LVPA) case. Meanwhile a...
Photograph by Shawn Boyd inside the fire lines of the Cove Fire. Much of the devastation was described by fire chiefs as “a nuclear winter.” [Cal Officer of Emergency Services website]
American Samoa's local fire crew is playing a crucial role in fighting fires in the US, working alongside their peers from the mainland, since they departed the territory earlier this month. Recently, the local fire crew was involved in efforts to contain the Modoc July Complex Wildfire, which...
Flowers have been placed at the site where the late Lopesi Lameko was struck and killed by a vehicle earlier this year in June. Folasa Galea’i, who was the driver of the vehicle, has been charged by the government with vehicular homicide - a felony.    [photo: AF]
Folasa Galea'i, who is facing one count of vehicular homicide for the death of a man in his late 60s earlier this year in June, allegedly told police that he fell asleep at the wheel. Galea’i’s case was bound over to the High Court, after District Court Judge Fiti A. Sunia found probable cause to...
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In an Executive Order issued and signed by Police Commissioner, Le’i Sonny Thompson, 8 officers are identified as those who will engage in Vice & Narcotics operations on island. They are: Lt. Tolia Sola'ita (Assistant to the CO), Det. Ioane Paselio, Det. John Seumanutafa, PSO Justin Thomsen,...
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CAMERON IEREMIA  After failing to comply with all conditions of probation, the High Court more than a week ago sentenced Cameron Ieremia to serve out the remainder of his jail term. Ieremia was ordered to serve 28 months in jail, which was one of the conditions of a 7-year probation sentence,...
Commerce Department director Keniseli Lafaele speaking at last Thursday’s cabinet meeting regarding the upcoming Two-Samoa Talks now set for Oct. 12th in Apia.  [photo: FS]
The annual Executive Summit of the two Samoas headed by Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga and Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi is set for October this year, and the governor has requested certain cabinet members to look at ways American Samoa can utilize the ASG land - designated by Samoa...

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