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The American Samoa Power Authority has not ruled out the possibility of reduction of working hours instead of layoffs early next year as the ASG semi autonomous agency has accumulated too much debt — accounts payables — over the years. While the total number of employees to be laid off was not...
With possible changes looming in the federal government, through the new administration of US President-elect Donald Trump, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has called on his cabinet to be prepared for any impending federal changes that will trickle down to American Samoa, impacting the local government....
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has recommended the creation of a US Department of Labor-constituted committee to set minimum wages appropriate for American Samoa, based on prevailing economic conditions, which also takes into account local cultural practices. Federally mandated law set minimum wages for...
Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources Director Dr. Ruth Matagi-Tofiga told delegates at the 13th Western and Central Pacific Fishery Commission meeting in Fiji that American Samoa’s economy is highly dependent on fishing and sustainable fisheries in the Western and Central Pacific ocean areas...
The late local patron of Dancing Fingers, Lealaifuaneva Peter E. Reid, Jr., a businessman, sportsman, and beloved father and grandfather. He will be honored tomorrow during a Christmas concert open to the public at at 6:00 p.m. at Calvary Temple AOG at Lepuapua (Leone). Six of Leala’s grandchildren will be performing in tomorrow’s concert that also honors their grandfather, as well as celebrates Christmas.  [Courtesy photo]
The late local patron and businessman Lealaifuaneva Peter E. Reid, Jr. will be honored tomorrow night during a Christmas concert, the first-ever public performance by 68 students from the Dancing Fingers Learning Center (DFLC) and the Strings of Psalms, an advanced strings ensemble from Calvary...
In the latest twist regarding the government’s case against four men accused of shooting at the Leone police substation two years ago, possible jurors were dismissed as the government reached a plea agreement with the defendants, who pled guilty to one-misdemeanor count with three of the defendants...
The American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) had a board meeting a few days after this year’s championship game, to discuss matters on the violence that Tafuna High School students and supporters cause every year they make it to the big games. This year, THS students and supporters...
While the new six-year South Pacific Tuna Treaty does not appear to provide any special recognition or benefits to the American Samoa’s tuna industry, Commerce Department Director Keniseli Lafaele says the Treaty is a way forward and the territory hopes to find opportunities under the Treaty that...
MATTHEW BARJA A 19-year-old man who was accused along with two juveniles of breaking into Tafuna High School and stealing school property including iPads will be sentenced Jan. 13, 2017 after he pled guilty to felony stealing. Matthew Barja was initially charged with three counts of first-degree...
The American Samoa Community College has moved to “implement cost containment measures” with the only institution of higher education in the territory faced with a “deficit” at the start of its new fiscal year 2017, which began on Oct. 1, 2016, says ASCC Acting President Rosevonne Makaiwi-Pato...

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