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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The three House members who filed a lawsuit last year against the American Samoa Economic Development Authority (ASEDA) board of directors, over the agency’s spending of proceeds from the 2018 bond series without Fono approval will not seek reconsideration of the High...
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Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga (front, center) met this week with students who are on scholarship to Fiji National University. Also pictured are Sen. Faiivae Godinet, DBAS president Ruth Matagi-Faatili, ASCC president Dr. Rosevonne Pato, ASG scholarship board official Donna Gurr, DOE director Dr. Ruth...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — All three former employees of O&O Enterprises convicted of stealing goods from the company in a scam that cost the business over $19,000 were each sentenced to serve 20 months at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF). Siueli Blake, Kalala Leilua, and Arona Ma’a...
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Pago Page, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 52-year-old man from Samoa with a criminal history has been ordered to depart the territory and remain outside of its borders upon release from the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF), as a condition of his 5-year probation sentence. Olataga Fifita, who has been in...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A young man who assaulted another man by punching him in the face and kicking him multiple times while he was on the ground was sentenced last week to 24 months behind bars. Valoaga Kome was initially charged with third degree assault; third degree property damage;...
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Honolulu, HAWAII — Six local students - with their chaperones - represented American Samoa at the 2020 Pacific Symposium for Science and Sustainability held Jan. 19-20th at the Alamoana Hotel in the Aloha State. According to hawaiiacademyofscience.org, “The Pacific Symposium for Science and...
The MV Manu’atele II crew, including chief engineer, Jimi Lang (far right), and master captain Loleni Faiai (2nd from right). Also pictured is  Capt. Sasualei Moliga and Port Administration director Taimalelagi Dr. Claire Poumele
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The MV Manu’atele II crew, including chief engineer, Jimi Lang and master captain Loleni Faiai arrived back in port Tuesday afternoon. The ASG vessel left last week Wednesday for the Manu’a islands, with plans to head first to Ta’u but instead, went to Ofu Harbor, due to...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A monsoonal trough has set up in its seasonal position across the region. This trough is active, sweeping back and forth across the islands through the end of the month. This active pattern will help generate occasional periods of extremely heavy rainfall, along with...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 39-year old Samoan woman, residing in Tacoma, Washington, who allegedly used identities of children living in American Samoa and Samoa to obtain federal benefits, has pled guilty to three felony charges in connection with a seven-year benefit fraud scheme. Iliganoa...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa 2020 Census Office has come up with a standardized Samoan translation of the questions on the census form, to ensure that enumerators don’t have different interpretations of the English questions, says local Census area manager, Meleisea Vai Filiga....

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