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CHAMBER VOTES IN NEW EXECUTIVE BOARD In it’s general membership meeting Wednesday night, the Chamber of Commerce voted in its new seven-member executive board. Outgoing chair, Francine Gaisoa didn’t seek to return to the board during the voting process. The new board comprises Taotasi Soliai of...
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Since 2009, Neil’s Ace Home Center has partnered with the American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition to raise stipends for cancer patients for their medical expenses, medical care and daily expenses. The annual holiday fundraising project includes customer participation. At the time of the customer'...
“The guilty verdicts on the assault count, PPD (Public Peace Disturbance) and false reporting were a just result, and although he wasn’t found guilty on the murder charge, I feel that we did the family justice. The children lost their mother and I hope that we brought some closure to the family, in...
StarKist Samoa official Taotasi Archie Soliai; StarKist Co., vice president of corporate communication, Michelle Faist; and StarKist Samoa general manager C. Kwon, following a news conference last Friday afternoon at the StarKist Samoa headquarters.  [photo: FS]
Negotiations, which began last year, for additional land space for StarKist Samoa to expand operations has reached a standstill as both the American Samoa Government and the largest private employer in the territory have provided each other counter offers. Land space for StarKist Samoa to build...
Rep. Su’a Alexander Eli Jennings and customers who showed up at his display table last week at the Fagatogo Market Place to check on gluten free breadfruit flour and two dried breadfruit that can be used to make hash brown.  [photo: FS]
Su’a 6348 Rep. Su’a Alexander Eli Jennings and customers who showed up at his display table last week at the Fagatogo Market Place to check on gluten free breadfruit flour and two dried breadfruit that can be used to make hash brown. [photo: FS]   Su’a 6376 These ladies were some of the several...
In withdrawing the United States from participating in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, US President Donald J. Trump says the US will negotiate directly with each country when it comes to trade agreements. Trump on Monday signed an executive order withdrawing US participation in the...
A look at some of the Chamber of Commerce members who attended Wednesday night’s general membership meeting, where Commerce Department acting director Keniseli Lafaele presented on the administration’s economic development.  [photo: FS]
In an effort to attract foreign investors, the American Samoa Government has applied to the federal government for a regional center in the territory under the federal EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, which is known as EB-5 Program for the name of the employment-based fifth preference visa that...
Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer, Taufete’e John Faumuina welcomes the “unannounced” visit by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) officials, who arrived last Friday night. Taufete’e declined to further comment on the CMS visit, only telling Samoa News earlier this week that “it’s...
In this recent file photo of Lualemaga Faoa, he is seen standing next to Lt. Gov. Lemanu P. Mauga (far right) in a group photo with Gov. Lolo M. Moliga (center) and Secretary of Samoan Affairs Mauga Tasi Mauga (third from left), after being sworn in as the Western District Governor three weeks ago, at the Office of Samoan Affairs.  [OSA courtesy photo]
“We have lost a great traditional leader, he was a pillar in his county, his village, his family and the Government of American Samoa, for he has worked in all of the three branches of the government,” said Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga, who is stunned by the news that Western District Governor...
Commerce Department Acting Director, Keniseli Lafaele speaking Wednesday night to the Chamber of Commerce general membership meeting on economic development issues.  [photo: FS]
Due to internet costs in American Samoa, Datamatics, the company looking to set up a local business process outsourcing (BPO) operation — similar to a call center — has opted out of the territory, despite the local government’s tax breaks, according to Commerce Department Acting Director, Keniseli...

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