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NOAA’s OFFICE OF NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARIES LAUNCHES VIRTUAL DIVE GALLERY Can’t get over to your National Marine Sanctuaries? Thanks to the wonders of 360-degree photography and virtual reality, these underwater treasures now are as close as the tip of your fingers. According to a media release...
This undated photo provided by ASG Commerce Department, shows DOC director Keniseli Lafaele (far right), next to him is Paul Young, ASPA’s Managing Director and the Governor’s Tongan Liaison Officer, Sione Lousiale Lotolua Kava (far left) and officials of the Tonga Forestry and Milling Company in Tonga. In the background (on the right side) are electricity poles manufactured by the Tonga Forestry and Milling Company.  [photo: provided by DOC]
Exploring “viable trade and commerce” between American Samoa and the Kingdom of Tonga was the focus of a recent visit by ASG officials to Nuku’alofa, with recommendations to be provided to Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga, says Commerce Department director Keniseli Lafaele, who led the territory’s...
(Center) Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga, SVSG president Siliniu Lina Chan, and SVSG patron, First Lady Cynthia Malala Moliga, during a visit to the shelter in June 2016.  [Courtesy photo]
In keeping his word to continue providing assistance for the children at the Campus of Hope, the American Samoa Governor and the Patron of the SVSG (American Samoa) Lolo Matalasi Moliga and his good lady Mrs. Cynthia Malala-Moliga made a generous donation for the children, during their visit to...
The only female to compete in this year’s 2017 World FireKnife Competition, Jeralee Galea’i of Aua, won her first place in her division of 12- 17 years old, competing against 8 males. She is seen here with her father, David Galea’i who has won the competition 3 times. Congratulations Jeralee!. [courtesy photo]
This past weekend in Hawai’i the 25th annual World’s FireKnife Competition was held before a sellout crowd,  at the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC). Pati Levusa who was the World FireKnife Champion for 4 years told Samoa News, “This is the biggest event in Hawa’ii mainly for the Samoans. This is a...
The recent heavy rainfall and windy weather conditions have not only flooded the roads and caused the overflowing of rivers and streams, it has also contributed to one of the biggest landslides in recent years. The landslide occurred in the far west village of Malota late last week, cutting off...
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For one-year since the reduction of the large vessel prohibited area (LVPA) there have been “no adverse impacts on catch rates” for other American Samoan fishery participants, while providing benefits to the locally based US longliner fleet, according to a declaration by Michael D. Tosatto, a US...
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If pictures can tell WHAT we see in our "Moms", then I am happy to share with you this one of mine. I took this picture about 3 years ago after she came out of the hospital, she didn't know I was taking pictures of her. And of all the photos I took, it was this one that captured it all. Sometimes I...
Through his defense attorney, Sen. Nuanuaolefeagaiga Saoluaga T. Nua has requested the Trial Division of the High Court to deny the plaintiffs’ motion for reconsideration and a new trial, arguing that the court didn’t err in its Mar. 31st decision, dismissing a challenge filed by three traditional...
American Samoa joins the rest of the nation on Sunday in celebration of Mother’s Day, which was designated on the second Sunday in May each year by the US Congress, via a joint resolution approved May 8, 1914. And many residents are hoping for good weather on Sunday after the territory has been...
TITIFALAULA SIAUMAU An employee of the Customs Office accused of importing marijuana, with a street value of $20,000, into American Samoa, will be arraigned soon in High Court after his case was bound over from the District Court on Wednesday. Titifalaula Siaumau is charged with one count each of...

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