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Tualauta faipule, Rep. Samuel Ioka Ale Meleisea strongly advises the ASG Scholarship Board to establish a new policy so they can collect monies owed to the government under the ASG student loan program. During a hearing called by the House Education & Scholarship Committee with members of the...
POSSIBLE CAUSE OF PURSE SEINER VESSEL FIRE REVEALED The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has determined the possible cause of last year's fire onboard a US flagged purse seiner not far from American Samoa. No one was injured in the fire, which caused between $500,000 to $1 million in...
Several of our readers have asked Samoa News if there is a breakdown of where the money in the Fono's budget goes? They ask: Why does the Fono need a budget of nearly $7 million to operate? With all those revenue bills they passed — it would be interesting to find out how our tax dollars are being...
The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council has approved a preferred recommendation that would, again, seek to reduce the size of the Large Vessel Prohibited Area (LVPA) in American Samoa waters, with Council member Va’amua Henry Sesepasara casting the only “no” vote. The LVPA reduction...
New solutions to help protect and preserve the Hawaiian and American Samoa marine sanctuaries and monuments will be developed through a multi-year agreement between Liquid Robotics and NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) Pacific Islands Region (PIR). At the core of the long-term...
Supply of fish remains a challenge for StarKist Samoa, which hopes that things will improve before year’s end or into the new year, says cannery executive Taotasi Archie Soliai, who is one of American Samoa’s three members on the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council. Taotasi gave a...
While appreciative of funds for local fishery investments from the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga says such investments should be guided by local established priorities and not dictated by the Council. In his written remarks read by Marine and...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata this week is hosting several town hall meetings to discuss recent events in Congress, take questions and hear from constituents in American Samoa. “It’s always so good to be home with our people, and talk with you about all that’s happening here in American Samoa and in...
The 2017 Samoa Pacific & Global Breadfruit Summit concluded last week in Apia with a resounding thank you to Samoa for a hosting job well done. The Summit theme, "Home of the Ma'afala" resonated with participants who came from around the Pacific, Caribbean, Asia, Africa, the US and Canada in...
Federal instructor and trainer, Ernie Haleck, has certified forty-one local police officers to carry weapons while on duty. Samoa News should point out that certain police officers — such as those in Vice & Narcotics Tactical Unit — are on call 24/7, which means they are armed 24/7; this would...

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