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Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has directed his cabinet to “cease the practice of preselecting employees” to fill vacant positions in Executive Branch departments and agencies, and they must follow local law, meaning going through the Department of Human Resources (DHR). The governor’s directive comes...
American Samoa is popular for many things: NFL players, actors, and record breaking recruitments for military service. On the flip side, the territory is also known for having one of the highest rates - globally - of obesity and associated ailments like diabetes and heart disease. In recent years,...
Two church ministers are among the three new members of the ASG Parole Board appointed early this week by Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga. Local law calls for a five-member Parole Board, not employed by the government, and appointed by the governor. The board selects one of its member to be chairperson....
New Zealand construction firm, McConnell Dowell, has been awarded the contract for the upgrade of the Pago Pago airport runway in American Samoa. This project is funded by the Federal Aviation Administration which has allocated $US9.2 million dollars and given McConnell Dowell until the end of...
Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale has posed a challenge for faipule to think about: whether it is the right time for the Fono to have sessions and hearings broadcast live on television and radio, so the public will know exactly what's being discussed, and to avoid the media from publishing...
Members of the local marine safety detachment unit of the US Coast Guard are currently conducting an investigation into the death of a man on board a US flagged purse seiner vessel that arrived yesterday. The Department of Public Safety was contacted about the situation Wednesday, after local USCG...
The Student Government Association (SGA) at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) will hold a Halloween carnival fundraiser this Saturday, October 28, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the College’s Gymnasium. Going by the theme “Freak Show,” the carnival will feature 20 game booths, costume contests, and...
The total budget for “personnel services” for the Legislative Finance Office (LFO) for fiscal year 2018 is $841,500 for 35 employees. And it is broken down in quarterly apportionments (every three months) of $210,375 Samoa News has obtained a copy of the Fono’s final FY 2018 budget, which shows...
“ONE THOUSAND ROPES” DEBUTS TONIGHT — The film, “One Thousand Ropes”, is set to debut tonight at the Fatu-O-Aiga Hall, in Tafuna, Thursday, Oct. 26, with another showing for Friday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m. From the writer and director of The Orator - O Le Tulafale – Tusi Tamasese, “One Thousand Ropes” is a...
While there are a lot of questions about the status of an investigation into allegations of wrongdoings against the governor’s Chief of Staff Fiu Johnny Saelua, Private Attorney David Vargas, who is the court appointed Independent Prosecutor for the case, has continued to refuse to comment on its...

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