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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man who entered into a plea agreement in a drug case has been ordered to depart the territory and remain outside of American Samoa borders for the duration of his 5-year probation sentence. Joshua Taavili appeared in High Court last week for sentencing. He was...
Fara Utu (left) and DoH Pharmacist, Dr. Francine Amoa
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Health Department deputy director Fara Utu and DoH Pharmacist, Dr. Francine Amoa were among senior health officials who attended a news conference yesterday, where Dr. Amoa said that the second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will begin this Sunday through next week...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The New Year babies born in American Samoa have received gifts from Pacific Independent Distributors Inc. (PID Inc.) and Kimberly-Clark®, the manufacturer of ‘Huggies’, on Monday this week. A baby girl — Mao Lili — is the first New Year 2021 baby born on January 1st,...
Dr. Saipale Fuimaono, Dr. Ronald Yip, Dr. Aifili John Tufa
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — While there is no firm date to commence repatriation flights for American Samoa residents stranded across the U.S, Health Department Senior Epidemiologist, Dr. Aifili John Tufa said DoH is preparing for the start of repatriation at the end of the month. And so far some...
Uifaatali Amata in her D.C. office
Washington, D.C. — Thursday, Congresswoman Uifaatali Amata released the following statement: “In proceedings led by Vice President Pence, the United States has certified the official results of the U.S. national election. The election is over, along with any meaningful election challenges. The...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The former manager of Pacific Shipping Services (PSS) convicted by the High Court in 2015 for embezzling $200,000 from the company is back in court this week after he was arrested by police on the weekend for embezzlement and stealing. Lepuia’i Allen Mayer made his...
ASH Cable chief executive officer, Paul Young
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been informed that the American Samoa to Hawaii fiber optic link of the American Samoa Hawaii Cable, LLC (or ASH Cable system) was decommissioned last summer while the link connecting the two Samoas remains in service...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man convicted of receiving stolen property was released from jail last week after the court decided that the 154 days he served at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) was enough for his actions. Tafaevalu Kipasa Mano, who has been in custody since his arrest...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man with a prior burglary and stealing conviction was sentenced by the High Court last week to serve 7 years behind bars, a straight sentence, after he was convicted for stealing. Lauolefiso Manu Naea, who has been in custody since his arrest in 2019 appeared before...
Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga and Lt. Gov. Talauega Eleasalo Ale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The first cabinet meeting for the new Lemanu and Talauega Administration was held Monday this week, where Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga introduced the new cabinet members. It was also during the cabinet meeting, held at the Agriculture Department conference...

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