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Since 2009, Neil’s Ace Home Center has partnered with the American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition to raise stipends for cancer patients for their medical expenses, medical care and daily expenses. The annual holiday fundraising project includes customer participation. At the time of the customer'...
In this Sept. 8, 2015 photo, a Burmese fisherman, center, is embraced by a friend as he leaves the port town of Ambon, Maluku province, Indonesia. More than 2,000 fishermen have been rescued this year from brutal conditions at sea, their freedom prompted by an Associated Press investigation into seafood brought to the U.S. from a slave island in eastern Indonesia. Dozens of Burmese men in the bustling port town of Ambon were the latest to go home, some more than a decade after being trafficked onto Thai tra
In response to the AP story on Sept. 8, 2016, of the employment of foreign crews on Hawai’i longline vessels, the Hawai’I Longline Association (HLA) imposed a universal crew contract for all foreign crews, last year, according to the Pacific Islands Fishery News (Fall 2016). For example, HLA said...
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Washington, D.C.— House Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (OH), released the names of the Subcommittee Chairmen for the 115th Congress, including Congresswoman Amata, who will continue to serve as the Chairman of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Health & Technology. Along...
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SARASOPA SIANINI A man accused of assaulting his father has been sentenced to serve 45 days in jail and the 22 days of pre trial confinement is counted towards the jail term. Sarasopa Sianini was initially charged with two misdemeanor counts of third degree assault and public peace disturbance...
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Twenty-four hours after the new 115th Congress took office on Jan. 3, Congresswoman Aumua Amata reintroduced federal legislation providing a longer cabotage waiver period for foreign carriers operating American Samoa’s domestic air route, while the Lolo Administration is still hoping to remove the...
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American Samoa is getting a boost of just over $1 million from the US Centers for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS) to combat the spread of the Zika virus as well as treatment services for health conditions related to Zika — there are more than 1,000 suspected cases in the territory.  In a news release...
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The Attorney General’s Office has charged two brothers in connection with an assault case that occurred last November 2016 in Utulei. Romeo and Raymond Faaloua are each held on bail of $10,000 and each are facing one count of first degree assault and one count of third degree assault. The felony...
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The cheerful and helpful atmosphere — a trademark of service in Manu’a’s Stores — has been replaced with a somber one, as staff and management mourn the loss of co-workers, friends and family members electrocuted last week Saturday at Manu’a’s Store location in the Tafuna industrial park. According...
The new Satala Power Plant, which is undergoing pre commissioning, can be converted to run on Liquefied Natural Gas, according to Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga, who also says that the cost of butane gas in American Samoa has decreased “dramatically” due to competition. Lolo made the comments in his...
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The Department of Treasury, Customs Division has written a letter to “all concerned” of the new way Customs will be computing the 5% excise tax it currently levies on all goods for sale or commercial use coming into the Territory, as of February 1, 2017. However, Samoa News has found out that...

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