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The Leone High School Parent Teacher Association (PTA) has stepped in and donated a trophy and monetary gift to Class of 2017 Valedictorian Ramona Tinae who was not able to attend the presentation ceremony last Friday. Tinae's father accepted the trophy and gift on her behalf. Staff members,...
If you have a child with a disability — any age, any disability — you will be happy to note that Special Olympics of American Samoa, partnering with the Parents of Children with Special Needs Network (PCSN) will be hosting a Unified Sports Camp this summer, scheduled for two weeks in July, from...
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The Trial Division of the High Court has denied a motion for reconsideration and a new trial sought by three traditional leaders of Ta’u County in Manu’a, who challenged the selection of Nuanuaolefeagaiga Saoluaga T. Nua to hold one of the two senatorial seats for Manu’a District No. 1. In their...
ANZ Amerika Samoa Bank in Fagatogo, Am. Samoa. [file photo]
Washington, D.C. — The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 10  Financial CHOICE Act on Thursday.  Included in H.R. 10 was Congresswoman Amata’s bill H.R. 385, which would eliminate the long wait times for checks to clear in both American Samoa and the Northern Marianas. “The passage of my...
A look at some of the officers as the take the oath of office, as sworn in officers, during Friday’s 25th Police Academy graduation ceremony at Gov. Rex Lee Auditorium. [photo: Fili Sagapolutele]
Government and traditional leaders, cabinet members, along with friends and family members packed the Gov. Rex Lee Auditorium on Friday morning to witness the 32-graduates of the 25th Police Academy graduation ceremony. Also taking part in the ceremony are 8 police officers who graduated from the...
Class of 2017 Valedictorian Ramona Delsey Tinae [SN file photo]
What happened to the trophy and monetary gift for Leone High School’s Class of 2017 Valedictorian Ramona Tinae? That’s what a lot of her family members and friends are wondering. During the seniors’ awards banquet held last week, a trophy and monetary gift provided by House Speaker Savali Talavou...
 Office of Program Planning and Budget director Catherine D. Saelua. [SN file photo]
With major challenges impacting American Samoa Government’s revenue collection, ASG cabinet directors have been informed that their new fiscal year 2018 budget threshold is set at 90% of the FY 2017 budget, according to the Office of Program Planning and Budget director Catherine D. Saelua’s June 5...
The American Samoa small-boat alia longline fleet included around 40 active vessels in 2002; a single vessel remains active today.  [courtesy photo]
(BASED ON PRESS RELEASE) — Scientists from throughout the Pacific will convene in Honolulu June 13 to 15 to provide recommendations on managing fisheries in Hawai'i, American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and the US Pacific Remote Islands Areas.  The meeting...
Interior Acting Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Nikolao Pula [SN file photo]
(BASED ON PRESS RELEASES) —Interior Acting Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Nikolao Pula this week announced in a media release that Interior has made available $380,447 in maintenance assistance funding from the Office of Insular Affairs to support two regional initiatives and one local...
Proud Samoana graduates pose for  the Samoa News camera before heading into their graduation ceremony to receive their high school diplomas. Congratulations graduates! [Photo:EM]
The Home of the Mighty Sharks was crowded with proud parents, close friends and honored guests who came together to celebrate the turning of the tassels and the beginning of a new chapter for the graduates. The Sharkies were dressed in their traditional school color – royal blue with their class...

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