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One of the major challenges when local American Red Cross volunteers are deployed to the US following a disaster is the “cost of airfare”. This is according to local and off-island individuals who are familiar with the situation. “Perhaps the big challenge for the Red Cross is the cost involved in...
Office of Budget and Planning director, Catherine D. Saelua [SN file photo]
During the first day of the Fono joint budget committee review of the new fiscal year 2018 Basic Budget yesterday, ASG Treasurer Uelinitone Tonumaipea emphasized  to lawmakers that revenue sources to fund the new fiscal year are estimates or projections, and this is especially important for local...
Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale. [SN file photo]
ASG  Revenue Task Force senior officials contend that an Administration proposal setting a 1% alternative minimum business tax (AMBT) ensures that all businesses subject to taxation in American Samoa will pay their fair share of taxes, to help with the government’s financial woes. The AMBT, which...
On the first day of the 48th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting, the American Samoa Power Authority signed a two-year supply agreement for 500 30-foot Class 4 and 100 40-foot Class 1 Caribbean Pine power poles with the Aotearoa-Tonga Forest Products Limited. The contract is valued at USD $205,...
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The young man who robbed 9 Asian stores, including a store in Malaeimi at gunpoint, and making off with the cash register containing $260 last year, was sentenced last Friday to 30 straight years behind bars — meaning no conditions for probation, no work release. But, he was not ordered to pay...
Pulele’iite Li’amatua Tufele Jr.who resigned from the fono in order to take over the CEO post at ASTCA. [SN file photo]
A special election is set for next month to fill a seat in the House of Representatives, now vacant following the resignation of Rep. Pulele’iite Li’amatua Tufele Jr. who has served, for several years, District No. 5, Sua No. 1 -  which is comprised of Fagaitua, Amaua, Auto, Avaio, Alega, Aumi and...
ASG Treasurer Uelinitone Tonumaipe’a [SN file photo]
The Fono’s review of the government’s proposed $395.26 million budget for the new fiscal year 2018 begins today and it will be a joint hearing of both the Senate and House committees on Budget and Appropriations, held at the Senate’s current chambers — the fale Samoa next to the site of the old...
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Acting Director Muavaefa’atasi John E. Suisala of the Department of Human and Social Services (DHSS) is pleased to announce that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service, has just approved today a one-time bonus payment for all recipients of the American Samoa Nutrition...
Jamica Batts sits on a hotel bed with her two-month-old baby Jarasiah Batts as they pack to leave Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, in Houston. Batts and her brother Alvin may now be forced to go from the hotel they have been staying in after Hurricane Harvey, to an area shelter. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
The Lolo Administration is working on putting together a fundraising event for the victims of Hurricane Harvey that has so far claimed more than 30 lives in Texas, while the local American Red Cross office is awaiting “official word” from the national level for deployment of volunteers to hurricane...
Local American Red Cross Disaster Team member Fa’asaei Davenport speaking with members of a family in Ili’ili, who lost their home in an Aug. 28 fire. Remnants of the burnt home are seen behind the family members. Five different fires displaced 5 families — with their homes a total loss, during the last week of August. The Red Cross depends on public donations from the community to help those in need; and Red Cross donation boxes can be found on the check out counters of many retail stores in the territory.
Local American Red Cross disaster response team members were kept busy over a one-week period responding to calls for assistance following home fires at five villages. From Aug. 24th through Aug. 31st, the local Red Cross office received calls from 5 different families, victims of house fires, with...

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