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Acting Director Muavaefa’atasi John E. Suisala of the Department of Human and Social Services (DHSS) is pleased to announce that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service, has just approved today a one-time bonus payment for all recipients of the American Samoa Nutrition...
Jamica Batts sits on a hotel bed with her two-month-old baby Jarasiah Batts as they pack to leave Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, in Houston. Batts and her brother Alvin may now be forced to go from the hotel they have been staying in after Hurricane Harvey, to an area shelter. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
The Lolo Administration is working on putting together a fundraising event for the victims of Hurricane Harvey that has so far claimed more than 30 lives in Texas, while the local American Red Cross office is awaiting “official word” from the national level for deployment of volunteers to hurricane...
Local American Red Cross Disaster Team member Fa’asaei Davenport speaking with members of a family in Ili’ili, who lost their home in an Aug. 28 fire. Remnants of the burnt home are seen behind the family members. Five different fires displaced 5 families — with their homes a total loss, during the last week of August. The Red Cross depends on public donations from the community to help those in need; and Red Cross donation boxes can be found on the check out counters of many retail stores in the territory.
Local American Red Cross disaster response team members were kept busy over a one-week period responding to calls for assistance following home fires at five villages. From Aug. 24th through Aug. 31st, the local Red Cross office received calls from 5 different families, victims of house fires, with...
Police Commissioner Le’i Sonny Thompson [SN file photo]]
Police Commissioner Le’i Sonny Thompson has denied complaints from some local cops that not all police officers were notified about the DPS promotion test that was held last week — and as a result, some of them were unable to take the test. “That’s not correct,” said Le’i. “As far as I’m concerned...
[photo: Leua Aiono Frost]
First Lady, Cynthia Malala Moliga (left), on behalf of McDonald’s American Samoa Inc., presented the McDonald’s Special Recognition Award to Teofilo Magalo during last Friday’s Workforce Appreciation Day at Veterans Memorial Stadium. The award, signed by McDonald’s chief executive officer and...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga with his eyes closed and head bowed in a silent prayer, after calling for a moment of silence to remember the victims and survivors of Hurricane Harvey, which ravaged several areas of Texas and parts of Louisiana. The governor made the call during last Friday’s annual Workforce Appreciation Day at Veterans Memorial Stadium.  [photo: Leua Aiono Frost]
American Samoa observed a moment of silent on Friday, Sept. 1, during the annual Workforce Appreciation Day, to remember and pray for victims and survivors of Hurricane Harvey, which left behind devastation and destruction impacting communities on the Gulf Coast of the US mainland, especially in...
Chief Warrant Officer Sara Matos, assigned to the 303rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, 9th MSC, labels a map with critical locations during Ocean Sun EDRE in American Samoa, 14-18 Aug. (Photo by Capt. Liana Kim)
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa — A dozen Pacific Army Reserve Soldiers deployed to conduct “Ocean Sun” Emergency Disaster Response Exercise at the Konelio Pele U.S. Army Reserve Center, here, Aug. 14-18. “Training events like this enhance the mission capability and capacity of the 9th Mission Support...
The governor’s new nominees to the American Samoa Economic Development Board [l-r] Commerce Department deputy director Uili Leauanae, Chief Procurement Officer, Dr. Oreta Mapu Crichton; Public Works director Faleosina Voigt at the conclusion of their Senate confirmation hearing this past week. [photo: FS]
The Senate has endorsed Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga’s three nominees to the American Samoa Economic Development Authority (ASEDA); while the Fono is prepared to hold soon, committee hearings on an administration bill to amend a single provision of the local sex offender law, to comply with federal...
During the course of their investigative work, which includes looking into the source of illegal drugs in the territory, special agents with the local Homeland Security Department (ASDHS), will ask people who are being interviewed for their identification, according to Homeland Security director,...
[photo: Fili Sagapolutele]
A look at part of a large crowd representing both the government and private sector before the start Friday morning of the 5th annual Workforce Appreciation Day at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Early this week, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga declared next Monday, Sept. 4, as the Labor Day holiday in the...

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