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WIFE BEATING CASE The High Court has scheduled for late next month the pre trial conference hearing for a man accused of beating his wife, who allegedly suffered bruises to her body and face. The defendant, who Samoa News does not identify by name in these types of cases to protect the victim, had...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has announced six more cabinet appointments, which includes six designated as acting directors subject to Fono confirmation. The separate memos, all dated yesterday, were released late yesterday afternoon by the Governor’s Office. “Pending nomination and confirmation” by...
A look at the Manu’a’s Store compound after three employees of the store passed away from their injuries during an electrocution accident that happened on site. Seen here are banners and flowers in honor of the three Manu’a’s Store employees, Iosefa Elia, Saito Paulo and Toese “Masta Tee” Ume. The area is still cordoned off, but DPS is no longer present at the site. The lawn has been mown since the accident.  [Photo: JL]
Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga has called on the Workmen’s Compensation officials to assist the families of the six men who were injured as a result of the electrocution accident that occurred two weeks ago at the Manu’a’s Store, in the Senator Inouye Industrial Park. “The incident is not lost on...
ASG’s new MV Manu’atele during one of its three turnarounds in front of the main docks in Fagatogo, upon sailing into the Port of Pago Pago on Jan. 4. It is still awaiting US Coast Guard clearance for its maiden voyage to the Manu’a islands. See story below.  [photo: AF]
The government’s $13.6 million vessel, MV Manu’atele, has yet to sail to the Manu’a island group, as planned for last week, while there are at least two US Coast Guard issues to be addressed first by Port Administration. The vessel was to have sailed to Manu’a last week Wednesday after a problem...
Department Human Social Services employee Simeonica Tuiteleleapaga, a transgender, has confirmed that she has filed an official complaint with the US Department of Labor against the Acting Director of the DHSS, Taeaoafua Meki Solomona on allegations that he humiliated her during a meeting at the...
BARJA SENTENCE TO 28 MONTHS A 19-year-old man, described by the prosecutor, as the “leader” of a three-member group, who broke into Tafuna High School at least three times, has been sentenced by the High Court to 28 months imprisonment as a condition of his seven-year probation. Matthew Barja’s...
The Lolo and Lemanu Administration will be holding their first cabinet meeting this Friday for the new year and it’s mandatory that those who head the departments, agencies and authorities to attend — not their staff, said Chief of Staff, Fiu Johnny Saelua, in a general memorandum issued by the...
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Despite efforts over the past years to reduce the cost of water, the American Samoa Power Authority faces the critical problem of replacing an old and leaking water system, says Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga, who noted efforts continue to deter residents from using the village water system. The...
Tina Fonoimoana Reid poses with her samples of koko Samoa brownies with different toppings. Tina will be opening her new dessert business in Nuuuli as a one-stop location for people to pick up their koko Samoa brownies or dine in. She is the recipient of the Bank of Hawaii $5,000 Small Business Grant Awards.  [photo: Ese Malala]
Brownies come in all varieties — with nuts, caramel, swirled with cream cheese, shot through with mint, snickers or fruit filling, sprinkled with chocolate chips, spiked with espresso, or just plain chocolate in a million variations — including a taste of our island the koko Samoa. Tina Fonoimoana...
A nine-year old boy took the stand, yesterday morning, during the jury trial of his father, Mataupu Mamona, to tell the jury of what he had witnessed when his father allegedly his mother. Mamona is facing charges of second-degree murder, assault in the first degree, making false reports and two...

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