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Gov. Lolo has appointed Utu Abe Malae to head a task force to look at education reforms for ASDOE.  Utu who is also the Ex. Director of ASPA as well as the Chairman of the Territorial Bank of American Samoa, is pictured in this file photo from Oct. 2016 offering special remarks during the official opening of the new bank. [SN file photo]
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has established a seven-member task force, charged with providing recommendations pertaining to the future of public education in American Samoa, as the administration remains concerned with public high school graduates having to take remedial courses at the American Samoa...
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ASG’s $13.6 million MV Manu’atele vessel docking the morning of Jan. 4 at Pago Pago Harbor’s main dock, which was packed with government officials, leaders and members of the public. However, it appears that the vessel is having a minor problem. Port Administration Acting Director Taimalelagi Dr....
Long term criminal attorney and former Deputy Attorney General Mitzie Jessop-Ta’ase has returned to the Senate as their Legal Counsel, she’s pictured here with her husband, Tupulua “Bone” Ta’ase.  [Photo: JL]
Long time prosecutor MItzie Jessop-Ta’ase has resigned from the Attorney General’s office, and returns to the Fono as the Senate’s Legal Counsel, citing an opportunity and challenge “to grow” as too good to pass up. Jessop-Ta’ase was the Deputy AG and a criminal prosecutor, who managed more than 10...
Acting Health director Motusa Tuileama Nua in a Nov. 2016 file photo. [SN file photo]
Department of Health Acting Director Motusa Tuileama Nua has cleared the air that the "proposed contract" of $223,000 for DOH’s Independent financial consultant Uti Gebauer was a mistake that has been fixed with a proposed increase of $6,000 per month for an extension to one year, not the $12,000...
Michael Agasiva has been arrested again; this time he’s facing charges of burglary, sexual abuse, trespassing and third degree assault. Agasiva, who is being held on bail of $10,000, made his initial appearance in the District Court this week. According to the government’s case, the matter was...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga [SN file photo]
Through various loan programs offered by the Development Bank of American Samoa for local businesses, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga said more than $9 million has been injected back into the local economy over the last four years. The governor made the comments in his Comprehensive Report of the State...
House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale during the Inauguration Ceremony that took place on Jan. 03, 2017 at the Fagatogo malae.  [photo: AF]
The House of Representatives has appointed their respective committee members with each lawmaker as Chairperson, with the exception of newly elected Representative Gafatasi Afalava, who was not appointed as a Chair, but he is a member in seven of the standing committees, and is vice-chair of two of...
Parris Goebel posted a photo on Instagram of her visit to her mother’s village in Pesega. Parris, a well-known choreographer worldwide, relaxed in Beautiful Samoa for the Christmas and New Year holidays.  [Instagram Photo]
At the end of 2016 Parris Goebel finally relaxed and had down time in Beautiful Samoa after a big year of success. She is a 25-year-old, who is an award winning New Zealand-born choreographer, dancer, singer and actress of Samoan descent. Her dance crew, The Royal Family, has won the World Hip Hop...
 Evelyn Vaitautolu Langford [SN file photo]
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has confirmed that the American Samoa government is only able to recoup just over $2 million of the nearly $5 million paid to Native Hawaiian Holding Company (NHHC), which was awarded a multi-million dollar contract funded by the federal National Emergency Grant (NEG)...
Drug defendant, Gerhard Haleck Otto is facing one criminal count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, in connection with the latest drug bust at the Post Office last week. Samoa News notes the court document identifies the defendant as —Gerhard Haleck Otto — however, sources...

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