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[Photo: Blue Chen-Fruean]
Last Tuesday morning, Samoa News had the dubious pleasure of driving behind this bus (DOE #105) coming from the east side, heading into the town area. The thick cloud of white smoke was so bad that at times, those driving behind had to stop and keep their distance, because the smoke made it...
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A Department of Public Safety officer who allegedly assaulted another person in June of last year, has been charged with two misdemeanor counts, according to court documents, which make no mention as to why the charges are just now filed when the alleged incident occurred some 10 months ago. Semi...
[photo: American Samoa tourism website]
A group of scientists are interested in conducting research based on Swains Island, but the lack of, or no, ocean transportation at this time, is slowing down setting up the necessary operation on the remote atoll. “Its been a few years since the last passenger vessel trip Swains and because of the...
Funafuti's oceanside shoreline, Tuvalu  [Photo: RNZI / Johnny Blades]
While rising seas nibble away at fast eroding shores and saltwater intrudes the thin coral atolls, shrivelling crops and contaminating water supplies, the people of Tuvalu are watching. The roughly 10,000 people of the low-lying nation, who are already battling the impacts of rising sea levels and...
An email to Samoa News over the weekend, says ASDHS info released during a press conference last Friday morning, of the reported Manu’a incident is puzzling — although it’s possible that the 4 vessels the department says were passing by Manu’a had their transponders turned off.  Samoa News was sent these screenshots from Global Fish Watch to show only one Taiwanese vessel was in the American Samoa EEZ, at the time of the reported Manu’a incident — the rest were American. Tui Samoa is not shown — and the clo
The reported Manu’a incident from a week ago, that lit up Facebook posts, and caused concern in the territory’s communities, continues to raise questions, despite a press conference held by the American Samoa Department of Homeland Security on the incident, on Friday, Apr. 28 at the ASDHS...
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A 20-year old man, who is accused by the prosecution of “messing around with a child”, in connection with a sex case involving a 12-year old girl, has been sentenced by the High Court, which pointed out the seriousness of the crimes the defendant was initially charged with. “The defendant was...
Defensive Back Shalom Luani [photo from Raiders.com]
With the 221th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders selected Washington State defensive back Shalom Luani. After trading out of the sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders ended up with four seventh round picks. The first selection of those four was Washington...
The reported Manu’a incident from last weekend, that lit up Facebook posts, and caused concern in the territory’s communities, continues to raise questions, despite a press conference held by the Department of Homeland Security on the incident, today, at the DHS conference room. Samoa News reported...
Inter Island Airways on the ground in Tau, Manu'a. [photo: Wikipedia]
The US Department of Transportation has revoked “without prejudice” the authorization certificate for Inter Island Airways to operate “scheduled flights” after the locally based carrier has not conducted passenger service for three years. However, USDOT has yet to clarify or elaborate further on...
Proposed site for a dedicated berthing pier for cruise ships. [SN file photo]
Cabinet directors have been asked to “review your newer lists” of “shovel ready projects” for construction, as the American Samoa Government anticipates the Trump Administration’s solicitation of such projects. During a cabinet meeting last December, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga revealed that a letter...

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