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Repatriated residents deplaning
Pago Pagol, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Lemanu and Talauega Administration’s First 100-Days report, “Leading the Charge” was publicly released Wednesday afternoon, highlighting achievements in key priority areas, since the new administration took office in January this year. Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi...
A Chinese fishing vessel under control of Argentine navy
Washington, D.C. — Chinese fishing boats’ illegal overfishing in the South Pacific has been devastating some island economies. According to two former U.S. officials, “illegal, unregulated fishing by Chinese vessels has become common in American Samoa and Guam and as far east as Hawaii.” American...
Man walking by StarKist Samoa canning plant
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — StarKist Samoa has launched a new advertising campaign to attract workers, such as fish cleaners, as the cannery is dealing with an employment shortage, which the company says is “impacting our ability to keep up with global demand” and that StarKist Samoa “has been...
Seasonal workers
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa is earning millions of dollars from its labour force on the New Zealand and Australian seasonal workers schemes. The Labour Minister Lautafi Fio Purcell announced the earnings during his reply on the Supplementary Budget 2020/2021 in Parliament. He said in the 14 years since the...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa Government's final budget proposal for fiscal year 2021 is 10% higher than the FY 2020 approved budget, said Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga in his cover letter to Fono leaders. Lolo explained that the FY 2021 budget  — which was transmitted to the Fono two...
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Pago Pago, AMRICAN SAMOA — As mandated by federal law, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO released yesterday its latest report on the minimum wage for American Samoa and the report — which doesn’t make recommendations on whether or not to increase or decrease local minimum wage — was...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — As of now THE Government of Samoa has deep reservations in opening the borders for international travels even if it’s only for repatriation purposes, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has indicated in an exclusive interview with a TVNZ News representative Friday afternoon...
Ngaire Ho Ching, chief executive officer of Neil’s ACE Home Center
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa Chamber of Commerce learned some disturbing information after reaching out to local businesses for input on the business association’s COVID-19 economic response plan forwarded to ASG recently.  Some of the larger local businesses pointed out that...
Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, left, senior research fellow and scientific lead for coronavirus vaccines and immunopathogenesis team in the Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory, talks with President Donald Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) —Since breaking out of China, the coronavirus has breached the walls of the Vatican. It’s struck the Iranian holy city of Qom and contaminated a nursing home in Seattle. And around the world, it’s carrying not just sickness and death but also the anxiety and paralysis that can...
American Samoa Executive Office Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Lolo Administration is confident “in the future strength of our economy” due to — among other things — strong private sector business recovery, establishment of new  technology-based companies, and additional jobs created by StarKist, according to Gov. Lolo Matalasi...

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