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T.B. CASES IN SAMOA HAVE DOUBLED SINCE 2011 The number of Tuberculosis (T.B.) cases in Samoa has doubled since 2011. And although the annual number of new T.B. cases remains “relatively low” compared to the estimated population, the identification and diagnosis of T.B. is poor and screening (...
The 7 cadets of Wentworth Military Academy from American Samoa who graduated last Saturday. It was the school’s final graduation, school officials announced last month they were shutting own after 137 years of service. Congratulations soldiers and best wishes on your next success!  [photo courtesy]
Last weekend seven of our American Samoan cadets graduated from one of the well-known military academy in the states — Wentworth Military Academy. Sadly, they are in the last class to graduate from this school, which has been around for 137 years. Last month officials announced that Wentworth was...
#Methamphetamine a big problem in #Hawaii -now 1 less kilo quantity trafficker in #Oahu - 20 yrs for Epati Malauulu [from the DEA Twitter account]
A Samoan man, described by federal prosecutors as a “career drug dealer”, who was sentenced late last month at the federal court in Sacramento, California for a drug conviction, has filed notice to appeal his conviction and sentence. The 42-year old Epati Herbert Malauulu of Suisun City, California...
Depictions of Samoan people have stirred controversy. [courtesy photo]
A Mormon church's exhibition which encourages people to superimpose their face on a Samoan warrior has been slammed as exploiting a culture for amusement. A "discovery centre" at a Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints in Utah, in the United States, allows visitors to learn about...
For its conspiracy role to fix the prices of shelf-stable tuna fish, such as canned and pouch tuna, sold in the US, the San Diego based Bumble Bee Foods LLC has agreed to plead guilty to the charge and also pay a $25 million criminal fine, according to the US Justice Department. Last December two...
[Photo: 123RF via RNZI]
The Samoa government has extended the license for air service of Virgin Samoa by another five month. This will allow for more negotiations with the Virgin Group that should determine the fate of the joint venture between it and the government of Samoa. The license expired at the weekend but was...
 Tracking map for the newly formed Category 1 Cyclone Ella Photo: Fiji Meteorological Service
Cyclone Ella, which has formed south of Samoa, is forecast to intensify to Category 2 as it moves towards Fiji. The Category 1 cyclone is forecast to move towards Fiji at about 7km/h. It is expected to move west, past Tonga's northernmost islands. The new storm in the Pacific comes as Cyclone Donna...
  Sex work is illegal in Samoa and takes place at the margins of society, therefore, sex workers in Samoa are widely invisible and, up to the time of this report, there was no credible information related to them.  This is according to the Pacific Mapping and Behavioural Study: HIV and STI Risk...
  GINORMOUS STAR FIELD: Star mound in Vaito’omuli, Palauli, Savai’i. (Photo: Fa’ae’e Taula, CSS via The Observer)
Most of us have heard of the massive Macchu Picchu Incan citadels in Peru and the humongous mysterious stone heads looking out on the shores of Rapa Nui.  Now, we have the ginormous star fields, in the hidden forestry of Savai’i. This week, a research team from the Centre of Samoan Studies...
BLUESKY WELCOMES NEW FINANCE CONTROLLER, JOSEPH TUITELELEAPAGA Bluesky American Samoa is pleased to welcome our new Finance Controller, Joseph Tuiteleleapaga. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and an M.B.A. with 20+ years of experience in accounting and finance. Prior to joining our...

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