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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Territorial Bank of American Samoa (TBAS) has received applications from local businesses that are pending approval for funding under the US Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) — the federal program, which assists businesses impacted by...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —Injured fireman, Ta'ita'ifono "Tinei” Igafo was medivaced to a New Zealand hospital Wednesday afternoon. ASG Medicaid Office director Sandra King-Young told Samoa News yesterday that Igafo was admitted around midnight (Thursday in New Zealand) at the ICU at Christchurch...
Chamber of Commerce chairperson, Ella Gurr
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa Chamber of Commerce has established its COVID-19 Economic Task Force (CETF), whose members are leaders representing various local industries. They had “very successful” first meeting on Tuesday, says Chamber chairperson Ella Gurr, who is also a member...
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Pago Pago, AMERICA SAMOA — Plaintiffs in the US citizenship case have asked a federal appeal’s court to “affirm” a lower court decision to grant citizenship to persons born in American Samoa, which is “in the United States” within the meaning of the Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment....
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man, who is on probation for 5 years after being convicted for giving marijuana cigarettes to a high school student two years ago was ordered by the High Court to immediately depart the territory and remain outside of its borders for the duration of his 5-year...
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Washington, D.C. — Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata congratulated the Territorial Bank of American Samoa upon being approved as a lender for the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program. “This represents more access for people and is good news for American Samoa,” Amata said...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Associate Justice Fiti Sunia rejected a signed plea agreement between the government and a female defendant accused of violating local drug laws, after the defendant told the court her defense attorney did not explain nor read to her the whole plea agreement. Rosemarie...
Education director Dr. Ruth Matagi-Tofiga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Education director Dr. Ruth Matagi-Tofiga confirmed yesterday that all public high school graduations for this school year “will be virtual” and will be held next month, as American Samoa remains under the COVID-19 emergency declaration, which has been extended until...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Government employees making $50,000 or less a year will be entitled to overtime pay for work outside of their usual 40-hours per week for work involving the coronavirus declaration. Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga announced the “benchmark” overtime pay for COVID-19 during the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — During sentencing for a young man convicted of stealing a vehicle while he was intoxicated, Associate Justice, Fiti Sunia stated that any time a person is intoxicated and drives a vehicle on the road, the vehicle becomes a deadly weapon. Mealeaga Ale, who had been in...

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