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A look at some of the Chamber of Commerce members who attended Wednesday night’s general membership meeting, where Commerce Department acting director Keniseli Lafaele presented on the administration’s economic development.  [photo: FS]
In an effort to attract foreign investors, the American Samoa Government has applied to the federal government for a regional center in the territory under the federal EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, which is known as EB-5 Program for the name of the employment-based fifth preference visa that...
Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer, Taufete’e John Faumuina welcomes the “unannounced” visit by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) officials, who arrived last Friday night. Taufete’e declined to further comment on the CMS visit, only telling Samoa News earlier this week that “it’s...
In this recent file photo of Lualemaga Faoa, he is seen standing next to Lt. Gov. Lemanu P. Mauga (far right) in a group photo with Gov. Lolo M. Moliga (center) and Secretary of Samoan Affairs Mauga Tasi Mauga (third from left), after being sworn in as the Western District Governor three weeks ago, at the Office of Samoan Affairs.  [OSA courtesy photo]
“We have lost a great traditional leader, he was a pillar in his county, his village, his family and the Government of American Samoa, for he has worked in all of the three branches of the government,” said Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga, who is stunned by the news that Western District Governor...
Commerce Department Acting Director, Keniseli Lafaele speaking Wednesday night to the Chamber of Commerce general membership meeting on economic development issues.  [photo: FS]
Due to internet costs in American Samoa, Datamatics, the company looking to set up a local business process outsourcing (BPO) operation — similar to a call center — has opted out of the territory, despite the local government’s tax breaks, according to Commerce Department Acting Director, Keniseli...
WIFE BEATING CASE The High Court has scheduled for late next month the pre trial conference hearing for a man accused of beating his wife, who allegedly suffered bruises to her body and face. The defendant, who Samoa News does not identify by name in these types of cases to protect the victim, had...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has announced six more cabinet appointments, which includes six designated as acting directors subject to Fono confirmation. The separate memos, all dated yesterday, were released late yesterday afternoon by the Governor’s Office. “Pending nomination and confirmation” by...
A look at the Manu’a’s Store compound after three employees of the store passed away from their injuries during an electrocution accident that happened on site. Seen here are banners and flowers in honor of the three Manu’a’s Store employees, Iosefa Elia, Saito Paulo and Toese “Masta Tee” Ume. The area is still cordoned off, but DPS is no longer present at the site. The lawn has been mown since the accident.  [Photo: JL]
Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga has called on the Workmen’s Compensation officials to assist the families of the six men who were injured as a result of the electrocution accident that occurred two weeks ago at the Manu’a’s Store, in the Senator Inouye Industrial Park. “The incident is not lost on...
ASG’s new MV Manu’atele during one of its three turnarounds in front of the main docks in Fagatogo, upon sailing into the Port of Pago Pago on Jan. 4. It is still awaiting US Coast Guard clearance for its maiden voyage to the Manu’a islands. See story below.  [photo: AF]
The government’s $13.6 million vessel, MV Manu’atele, has yet to sail to the Manu’a island group, as planned for last week, while there are at least two US Coast Guard issues to be addressed first by Port Administration. The vessel was to have sailed to Manu’a last week Wednesday after a problem...
Department Human Social Services employee Simeonica Tuiteleleapaga, a transgender, has confirmed that she has filed an official complaint with the US Department of Labor against the Acting Director of the DHSS, Taeaoafua Meki Solomona on allegations that he humiliated her during a meeting at the...
BARJA SENTENCE TO 28 MONTHS A 19-year-old man, described by the prosecutor, as the “leader” of a three-member group, who broke into Tafuna High School at least three times, has been sentenced by the High Court to 28 months imprisonment as a condition of his seven-year probation. Matthew Barja’s...

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