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In this Samoa News file photo, former Assistant Secretary for Insular Affairs of the Department of Interior, Esther Kia’aina delivered the keynote address of the 2016 Flag Day. [Photo: JL]
Esther Kia’aina had formally resigned as Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas to give the Trump administration a free hand in appointing the new person to head one of the divisions under the U.S. Department of the Interior. OIA director Nikolao Pula of American Samoa, according to the DOI website...
Hong Kong Police oversaw Indonesian domestic workers protesting against working conditions, agent fees in an organized demonstration in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.  [Photo: Barry Markowitz]
Recently on Mark Walter's AAR national radio program, Cool Stuff saluted the host for his political astuteness in predicting Trump's election and Electoral College results. Mark appreciated that particularly because he knew I preferred other candidates (yup, Cool Stuff ate crow live on air). Cool...
Legendary artist George "FIJI" Veikoso performed with other Polynesian artists — his "usos" — in celebration of Bluesky 4G Plus that was launched last week in Samoa. FIJI and other artists brought the house down and proved to sound just as good as he does on his albums. Bluesky American Samoa is hosting Spawnbreezie’s Concert, which will include a laser light show at the Fagatogo Pavilion on Saturday, Mar. 25.  [photo: Ese Malala]
Last week Friday night in front of the Government building in Apia, Samoa was where families, friends and fans gathered to celebrate the Bluesky 4G Plus launch, which hosted a free concert with the legendary George “FIJI” Veikoso. “We are so happy we got to host this concert because the 4G plus...
During a dive on sonar anomalies suspected to be a shipwreck, the Deep Discoverer remotely operated vehicle instead discovered the remnants of asphalt volcanoes, or “tar lilies.” Image courtesy of NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Okeanos Explorer Gulf of Mexico 2014 Expedition. [NOAA]
NOAA WELCOMES STUDENTS ON BOARD Apia, SAMOA — Students in Samoa met scientists from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) who were at the Apia Harbor as part of a joint deep-water research mission between America and Independent Samoa. Last Friday, science students from...
 Former American Samoa Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin was laid to rest at the Provo Cemetery in Provo Utah on Sunday with full military honours for the Vietnam War veteran. [Photo: Leafaina Tavai Yahn]
Former American Samoa Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin was laid to rest at the Provo Cemetery in Provo Utah over the weekend with full military honours for the Vietnam War veteran. There was a gun salute and honour guard and a flag of the US which draped Faleomavaega's oak coffin was presented...
U.S. President Donald Trump has a proposed a major reduction in the the budget of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the elimination of the NOAA-managed Sea Grant program, according to media reports. NOAA, the federal agency in charge of fisheries management, weather...
Samoa Tourism posted an image of a handsome man on its Instagram account last week with the hopes of enticing tourists to the country. [photo: Samoa Tourism]
Samoa may see a rush of visitors this year after its tourism agency posted an image of a handsome man posing on one of the country's famously blue beaches. Samoa Tourism posted the image of the man on its Instagram account last week with the hopes of enticing tourists to its islands.  'Is Samoa on...
Member of Parliament Fonotoe Lauofo Pierre [photo: JL]
Apia, SAMOA — Member of Parliament Fonotoe Lauofo Pierre is calling on the Samoa Government to amend their policies to make it easier for visitors from American Samoa to visit the country’s casinos. His comments were made during the parliament session last week during the discussion on the Casino...
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The festival, the largest Pacific Island cultural festival in the world, takes place at Western Springs Park on Saturday, 25 and Sunday, 26 March. Saturday’s festivities will be capped off with an anniversary showcase, with contemporary music and dance and cultural performances, while Sunday’...
Apia, SAMOA —Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi did not welcome suggestions by Member of Parliament Faumuina Wayne Fong for the government to consider a change in the policy where only gold medalists receive a monetary award from the Samoa Government. The comments from the MP were made during the...

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