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Former Public Defender, Douglas Fiaui  [photo by AF]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The future of the Public Defender’s office is now in limbo. The Director of the office, Douglas Fiaui officially resigned from his post last week, while another assistant public defender will be leaving the office on June 12 on completion of her 2 years contract. Acting...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga and Lt. Gov. Lemanu Palepoi Sialega Mauga [SN file photo]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has established and appointed members for the ASG Project Review Task Force, to identify and prepare proposals under new federal economic development programs that'll help stimulate American Samoa’s economy. The governor notes in his May 3rd...
Honolulu, HAWAII — The Hawaii shallow-set longline fishery for swordfish has reached 33 of 34 allowed loggerhead sea turtle interactions for 2018 and was closed last week by the National Marine Fisheries Service until Jan. 1, 2019, as a settlement agreement approved by the US District Court,...
High Talking Chief Pulele’i’ite Li’amatua Tufele [SN file photo]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — We are deeply saddened and grieve the sudden passing of the Chief Executive Officer of the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority, High Talking Chief Pulele’i’ite Li’amatua Tufele at the LBJ Tropical Medical Center Friday evening May 11, 2018. The ill-fated and ill-...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Local florists are not the only ones getting advance orders of flower ulas, being flown in from Honolulu, as several local stores are offering the same service, and its booming as Mother’s Day nears. This Sunday, American Samoa joins the rest of the nation in honoring...
Members of the SSCC Board during the signing of an agreement between Samoa, Fiji Wallis & Futuna and Vanua Levu, Fiji, in Nov. 2016. (Photo JL)
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa Hawaii Cable company (“ASH”) announces the successful activation of new international submarine cable bandwidth on the TUI SAMOA cable for all its customers. Since reaching full capacity a few years ago, ASH has now been able to relieve the demands from...
Congresswoman Amata with representatives of the National Down’s Syndrome Society visiting Congress this week.  [photo: courtesy]
Washington, D.C. — Wednesday, May 9, 2018 — Congresswoman Aumua Amata expressed special appreciation based on her own family’s experience for this week’s remarkable and inspirational hearing in the Committee on Small Business examining how small business opportunities can empower people with...
Pulelei’ite Li’amatua Tufele Jr [SN file photo]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Chief Executive Officer of the American Samoa TeleCommunications Authority (ASTCA) Pulelei’ite Li’amatua Tufele Jr. passed away peacefully at the LBJ Medical Center early Friday evening. The news of Pulelei’ite’s death sent shockwaves across the territory. Over 100...
American Samoa’s Deputy Treasurer, Keith Gebauer [SN file photo]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Samoa and American Samoa are being used by foreigners who are non-Samoans to smuggle drugs into the countries.  So claims American Samoa’s Deputy Treasurer, Keith Gebauer, in response to questions from the Samoa Observer.  Recently, American Samoa Customs presented to a...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Bishop Peter Brown of the Diocese of Samoa-Pago Pago was presented a cyclone claim settlement check of $152,732.49 for cyclone Gita damages to the diocese properties insured with National Pacific Insurance Ltd. Presenting the check to the Diocese is Tower CEO Richard...

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