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Through a Sept. 27 general memorandum, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has appointed an eight-member task force to review Health Department nurses’ salary reclassifications, following a proposal by the department’s nurses. The governor appointed his special assistant Iulogologo Joseph Pereira to “...
LOLO ORDERS FLAGS LOWERED FOR FORMER ISRAEL LEADER PEREGov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has ordered flags in American Samoa to be flown at half-staff as a mark of respect for the memory of Shimon Peres, the former president and prime minister of Israel. Peres died early this week at the age of 93 after...
Two local businessmen have filed separate complaints with the US Transportation Department over Hawaiian Airlines’ new policy in which passengers can no longer pre-select seats via the airline’s website or kiosk in its Pago Pago flights. Hawaiian spokesperson Ann Botticelli told Samoa News on...
The US Department of Transportation has granted approval of a joint application filed in July by US based American Airlines and Fiji’s national carrier, Fiji Airways to expand the two carriers’ code-sharing agreements — in which each airline publishes and markets a flight under its own airline...
Seven new police officers to be recruited for the Department of Public Safety, and whose salaries are funded by a federal grant, will be serving as community officers at schools, says Criminal Justice Planning Agency (CJPA) director Keith Gebauer during a House Judiciary Committee hearing yesterday...
The caseload currently handled by the Public Defender’s Office has decreased compared to the past case load, and Public Defender Douglas Fiaui believes the reason for the drop in cases is that the Attorney General’s Office is charging people on what “they can prove.” It was revealed during a recent...
In making a permanent program that provides communications equipment to low-income individuals who are deaf-blind, the US Federal Communication Commission has also extended the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP) to residents of American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of...
Ropate Delana (R)  and Princess Diana Pulu Iaulualo are members of the American Samoa Aquatic Agency (ASAA) Surf-Guard that were on hand last Saturday at the Su’igaula ole Atuvasa Beach Park during the DOC Annual Coastal weekend celebration. They rescued one man, who was not wearing a life jacket, when his kayak overturned and couldn’t swim, as well as two young children who were swimming in the Utulei Beach area.   [photos: courtesy ASSA ]
Last week Saturday during the DOC Annual Coastal weekend celebration, a man with no life jacket or swimming skills was rescued from the waters in front of the DDW Café area, Utulei Beach, during a kayak-racing event, by the American Samoa Aquatic Agency (ASAA) Surf-Guard. Apparently the man was...
Fall 2016 inductees into the Alpha Epsilon Mu chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society at ASCC pause for a group photo while waiting for last week's induction ceremony to begin. (  [Photo: J. Kneubuhl]
The American Samoa Community College (ASCC) Alpha Epsilon Mu chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society held its fall 2016 induction ceremony on Thursday, September 22, welcoming 15 new members who took the oath of allegiance into the prestigious nationwide organization. Family and friends...
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In the wee hours of Wednesday morning, the Department of Public Safety’s Fire Department worked hard to try put out a huge fire at around 3a.m. at the Asifoa building in Fagatogo, located behind the ASTCA communications building. Luckily, the Fire Department contained the fire from spreading to...

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