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Amata boards the boat in Manu’a. [courtesy photo]
Aumua Amata departed for the Manu’a Islands yesterday, where she will be conducting town hall meetings and visiting with the local school children over the next few days. “I’m always glad to visit Manu’a while I’m home. It is important that I am able to see and hear from everyone in American Samoa...
The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) will offer a Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor workshop in Pago Pago on Monday, April 24 and Tuesday, April 25, from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM, both days. The workshop will be conducted at Pago Plaza, Suite 202.  This two-day workshop is free to...
American Samoa operates under a “free market” when it comes to the prices of goods sold to consumers while the local “price gouging” law, applies only when the governor has issued an “emergency declaration,” says Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale in testimony before a House committee last week...
Territorial Bank of American Samoa has already made additional submissions to the federal regulator to confirm that there is no government or political influence on decisions by the bank, which as of last Friday morning was still awaiting approval of its transit routing number from the Federal...
These students volunteered to model, the BugBling, a new “mosquito repellent band” product not yet available in the territory. The mosquito repellant band can be worn on the wrist - as a wrist watch, a person’s ankle (see student model, second from far right) and clipped on a student’s backpack strap (see student model, first from far right.)  [photo: AF]
With the widespread mosquito borne diseases such as Dengue fever and Zika virus in American Samoa, Rep. Vesi Talalelei Fautanu Jr., went searching for another type of mosquito repellant with DEET product, to help local residents protect themselves. And the Manu’a lawmaker found the ‘BugBling’,...
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Some quick answers to some quick questions from one of our readers about the One-Hour-Reduction that starts today with the American Samoa Government. A reader asked: Quick questions I wanted to ask since this one hour cut in working hours per day got me thinking things... 1. Is the Fono exempt from...
Those who participated in the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training [ASIST] held last month included ASCC students, and staff members and volunteers of Catholic Social Services and Alofa Tunoa Ministry. The program is a part of the Pasefika Youth Project.  [Courtesy photo]
Youth who are lonely and feel that there is nowhere to turn during times of crisis now have an option available to them 24 hours a day, seven days a week, thanks to a project funded through the US Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) Administration for Children and Families, Family and...
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Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo V. Ale (left) swearing in Commissioner of Public Safety, Le’i Sonny Thompson, during a brief ceremony over the weekend at the DPS conference room in Fagatogo. This is the first known time this type of ceremony has been carried out in which the Attorney General...
Okesene Alo, who remains in custody under a $200,000 bond. [SN file photo]
The third of the four Public Safety officers accused of illegal activities and misconduct at the Juvenile Detention Center (JDC), is facing 35 counts including several charges of alleged rape involving a minor juvenile detainee as well as several charges in connection with illegal drugs, according...
Tapa’au Dr. Dan Aga [SN file photo]
More than 100 students from both public and private high schools convene today for a two-day forum, where five main issues, such as political status, constitutional protection of land and cultural and US citizenship will be discussed and debated. The “Political Status and Constitutional Review...

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