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The annual White Sunday celebration coupled with the Monday federal and local holiday (Discoverers’ Day), adds up to a three-day weekend, and a busy one at that, as residents gear up for Sunday, dedicated to the children of American Samoa. Introduced in the islands by Christian missionaries in the...
On board the Research Vessel (R.V.) Geo Resolution is Capt. Mike Rowland Hill (right) explaining to ASTCA marketing manager Jason Pritchard features of the vessel, which arrived in port yesterday to conduct a marine survey of territorial waters to lay the new undersea fiber optic cable Hawaiki. ASTCA have signed on to Hawaiki cable.  [photo: AF]
American Samoa TeleCommunications Authority is gaining another step in connecting the territory to a new undersea fiber optic cable, with the marine survey of American Samoa waters in preparation to lay the cable. ASTCA has signed a contract with Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP, the owner and developer...
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Nuku'alofa, TONGA — Tonga's Attorney General’s Office is asking the United States for a provisional arrest warrant of Dean Jay Fletcher, who is accused of murdering his wife in Neiafu, Vava'u. Fletcher fled police custody on September 29 and sailed to American Samoa in his yacht Sea Oak. The...
Dean J. Fletcher (left) is escorted by a police officer after his initial appearance in District Court yesterday. According to media reports, Fletcher is wanted by Tongan authorities for murder in the island Kingdom.  [photo: AF]
American Samoa authorities have arrested an American man, wanted by Tongan authorities for murder, and he is being held without bail per order of the District Court, where he will appear again on Oct. 26. Fifty-three year old Dean J. Fletcher made his initial appearance yesterday in District Court...
Chairman of the Territorial Bank of American Samoa (TBAS), Utu Abe Malae offered special remarks during the official opening of the new bank on Monday. In his remarks, he corrected figures touted by one of the gubernatorial teams, in the newspaper and on the radio, as one of the reasons TBAS is not a good investment of the people’s money.  [Photo: JL]
Chairman of the Territorial Bank of American Samoa (TBAS), Utu Abe Malae in his special remarks, during the opening of the new bank on Monday, used the opportunity to correct “the math” about the bank advertised in the paper and discussed on the radio by one of the gubernatorial teams. Utu did not...
The gubernatorial candidates at the forum hosted by members of the ASCC Student Government Association (SGA). The three gubernatorial teams that participated are: Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga & Lt. Gov. Lemanu Palepoi Sialega Mauga; Faoa Aitofele Sunia & Larry S. Sanitoa; and, Tuika Tuika & Salanoa Iuni Maeva Saveena.  [Photo: JL]
Education, each gubernatorial team’s platform, the Samoan language, Manu’a transportation issues were among the issues the ASCC Student Government Association (SGA) asked the three gubernatorial teams during the forum held at the ASCC gymnasium yesterday afternoon. Attending the forum were the...
A man who is accused of sexually abusing his biological daughter once a week throughout the month of August after he allegedly smoked ice was arrested over the weekend and made his initial appeared in District Court yesterday. To protect the victim, Samoa News is not identifying the defendant by...
POSSESSION OF DRUGS CASE NOW IN HIGH COURT The government’s case against two men charged with drug possession is now with the High Court and their next court appearance is next month. Defendants Wayne ‘Ueni’ Gasolo and Ioane Sakopo, aka Inky, were arrested last month at a vacant house which was...
Hawaiian Airlines’ new policy, which does not pre-assign seats on its Pago Pago flights applies to all passengers and “is not discriminatory”, according to the US Transportation Department’s response to one of the two local businessmen who filed separate complaints last week about the new policy....

Kava bowls on displace at the new Territorial Administration on Aging store at the TAOA compound in Pago Pago that was officially dedicated and opened Monday. [photo: AF]
The Territorial Administration on Aging has opened a shop at its compound in Pago Pago selling handicrafts made by senior citizens and have also hired just over 20 senior citizens to work part time under a federally funded program. The two events for TAOA were launched Monday morning. During the...

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