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Nuku'alofa, TONGA — An American sailing yacht that was denied entry to Tonga is heading to Tongan territory anyway, expecting to anchor at Minerva Reef (Tele ki Tonga and Tele ki Tokelau). Tonga's patrol boat VOEA Neiafu is currently at Minerva Reef, the HMAF Navy confirmed today. The ‘Sailing...
Garret Muagututi’a
Le alo o Amerika Samoa mai le afio’aga o Vatia lona aiga atoa, Garret Muagututi’a, ua ta’uta’ua lona tauau ma le fa’asologa o ana ta’alo i so’o se taimi ua tofia ai i au fa’avaomalo a le Iunaite Setete, lea ua ia manatu e fia fo’i mai e ta’alo mo Amerika Samoa i so’o se taimi e faia ai ta’aloga a...
ASCC auditorium showing chairs set up for social distancing
Screen shot from last week’s presentation by the American Samoa Community College showing chairs set up for social distancing for student registration at the ASCC Auditorium. [photo: FS]  
Samoa Airways plane
Honolulu, HAWAII — Love them, hate them, or in recent news, litigate them, the bottom line is the Samoa Government and ASG have a favorable track record in protecting the public from Covid-19 (with advance experience from last year’s deadly regional measles epidemic). Cool Stuff suggests a few...
Road patch and potholes Kokoland Road
More pothole photos from the Fagaima-Kokoland area. This one from the Kokoland Road, as road conditions in Fagaima and Kokoland have become deplorable and unsafe. Tualauta Reps. Larry Sanitoa and Sam Meleisea are calling on Public Works to assist with fixing them.  [photo: Rep. Meleisea]
Park closed sign and red construction fencing along the shoreline
“PARK CLOSED” signs are posted at Suigaula o le Atuvasa beach park at Utulei — as seen in this Samoa News photo on Tuesday — due to ongoing shore-line protection work being carried out for the past several weeks. In addition,some of the small faleo’o have been taken down with only the roofs...
Potholes on the Fagaima road
Just two of the new potholes on Fagaima Road seen yesterday, as road conditions in Fagaima and Kokoland have become deplorable and unsafe. Tualauta Reps. Larry Sanitoa and Sam Meleisea have called on Public Works to assist with fixing them. [photo: Rep. Meleisea]
Health Department epidemiologist Dr. Aifili John Tufa
Health Department epidemiologist Dr. Aifili John Tufa during his team’s continuous inservice training. A serious challenge, during the COVID-19 declaration as well as the repatriation phase, is the DoH staff shortage and “burnout”, with Health director Motusa Tuileama Nua citing overworked medical...
(l-r) Lead Main Pack Seneuefa Faoasau, Epi Schuster, Supervisor So’o Maanaima, and Lead Fish Cleaner Tausala Tuimaseve
StarKist Samoa honored one of its longest serving employees, 66-year-old Epi Schuster (second from far left), with a farewell befitting her 30 years of service last Friday. She was showered with monetary gifts, ulas and lots of food, clothing and all sorts of gifts prepared by her packing room...
Yearly rainfall chart
Rainfall across American Samoa varies drastically from year-to-year and day-to-day. Highlights: — 2020: June has already seen nearly 20 inches of rainfall for the month. — 2020: February’s monthly rainfall of 32.73 inches; set a record. — 2020: January monthly rainfall of 21.97 inches was over 7...

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