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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 42-year-old man was charged last week in District Court after he allegedly stabbed another man at a friend’s house. The victim sustained wounds on his left arm and shoulder and was admitted to the surgical ward, because the knife’s blade penetrated the joint area of...
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by Samoa News staff In a public notice issued last Thursday afternoon, the local Health Department outlined documents required for clearance for local residents being repatriated from Samoa. And the repatriation is being carried out in three-phases, with the first one last week. The notice, signed...
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Honolulu, HAWAII — The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council will convene June 22 to 25 to address management of American Samoa bottomfish and protected species interactions in the Hawai'i and American Samoa longline fisheries. The meeting will be held by video conference with host...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who was intoxicated and caused a disturbance at his family home in Tafuna was arrested and charged with public peace disturbance. Taase Tufuga made his initial appearance in District Court last week, where he entered a 'not guilty' plea. He was later released on...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — One of the 17 surviving passengers from last Monday’s tragic accident between Auasi and Aunuu island after an alia boat carrying about 20 passengers capsized in rough seas, killing two people — has spoken out about his dramatic rescue after spending over two hours in the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Taking into consideration the Samoan culture when setting the federally mandated minimum wages for American Samoa was one of the topics on which local employers and employees shared their views, when interviewed by a US Government Accountability Office (GAO) team that...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man suspected of burglarizing the home of an Asian couple in Tafuna has been charged with interfering with a police investigation. Jimmy Aloese is facing two misdemeanor charges: public peace disturbance and interfering with a police investigation. He made his initial...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two men were arrested by police last month during a traffic stop on the allegation that illegal drugs were found in their possession are now charged with violating local drug laws. Both men also had outstanding bench warrants for failing to appear in District court...
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — On June 11, the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders hosted their second virtual AAPI Business Town Hall. Chair of the Commission, Dr. Paul Hsu of Florida, provided opening remarks, in which he highlighted the many accomplishments of Asian...
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PACIFIC ISLANDS — The Pacific islands are home to an ongoing health crisis. Across thousands of islands scattered in the Pacific Ocean, millions of people are struggling from a debilitating diabetes epidemic. The World Health Organization (WHO) has alarmingly revealed that on average half of the...

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