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Sen. Soliai Tuipine Fuimaono has called on the government to be diligent in monitoring locally operated and managed Asian businesses sending money off island, a move, he says is taking money away from the local economy. The Ituau senator made the call during a Senate Budget and Appropriations...
The American Samoa Government has promised a subsidy of up to $2.5 million annually for the Pago Pago International Airport, as part of its corrective action plan following a land use audit of the Tafuna airport released two years ago by the US Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA requires that...
One of the activities of the ASCADSV Summer program - Agricultural Hydroponics was visits to hydroponics farms to see for participants to see for themselves the long term benefits of hydroponics as a form of gardening. The program focuses on Women Empowerment in Community Services.  [courtesy photo]
A special program to empower American Samoan women’s effective participation and contribution to the development of families and local village communities was one of the main initiatives of the American Samoa Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (ASCADSV) held at its main office, located...
American Samoa Power Authority is projecting a decrease in revenue for three divisions under its proposed fiscal year 2017 budget, which shows that only the Solid-waste Division is forecasting a slight increase in revenue collection. ASPA’s proposed FY 2017 budget totals $80.58 million with 471...
A hazardous oil spill was recently spotted in the ocean at the Malaloa dock, and Boating Access personnel Tovine Leifi from the Department of Marine and Wildlife (DMWR) noticed a bird struggling in the oil and immediately alerted the DMWR Wildlife Division. The bird was brought to the department...
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AIRCRAFT FORCED TO CARRY EXTRA FUEL ON MANU’A FLIGHTS   Because there are no jet fuel tanks in the Manu’a islands, Polynesian Airlines has had to carry extra fuel on flights to both Fitiuta and Ofu airports. Because of the extra fuel, the airline can only take so many passengers and cargo on these...
ASCC visual artist Regina Meredith-Fitiao is seen with a large siapo she transported to San Francisco for inclusion in the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts exhibit "Deep Blue Sea: String of Pearls," which also featured works by her husband Su'a Tupuola Uilisone Fitiao and a number of west coast artists.   [Courtesy Photo]
Although American Samoa Community College (ASCC) Visual Artist Regina Meredith-Fitiao of the College’s Fine Arts Department has returned home for the start of the fall 2016 semester, several of her artworks will remain on display until September 9th as part of “Deep Blue Sea: String of Pearls,” a...
Fiji Airways is looking at expanding operations in the Pacific, and American Samoa is being considered as part of the expansion, according to American Samoa Visitors Bureau Executive Director David Vaeafe in a letter to Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga and Lt. Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga.   An Aug. 15th...
Members of the Department Of Health and media representatives that were present during CDC's 2016 Zika Virus Response press conference that was held yesterday – posing with CDC representative Dr. Gerry Fajardo (center-bottom). [photo: TG]
The Center of Disease Control (CDC) reached out to American Samoa on the issue of our local Zika Virus cases, through CDC Team Leader Dr. Geronicio C. Fajardo, who was present during the 2016 CDC Zika Virus Response Media Round Table held yesterday morning at the Department of Heath satellite...
Robert Ho Chee testifying during his Senate confirmation hearing yesterday as Commissioner of the Office of Financial Institution. He was later confirmed by the Senate and is now the first commissioner for the Office of Financial Institution.   [photo: AF]
The Fono has officially confirmed Robert Ho Chee for a four-year-term as the first Commissioner of the Office of Financial Institution. The OFI’s initial operation expenses will be funded with proceeds from bonds issued by the American Samoa Economic Development Authority (ASEDA).   Ho Chee was...

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