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The "Most Creative Female Polynesian" tattoo at this year's Tisa's Tattoo Fest is a goat, by Otto Jonigkeit. [photo: courtesy]
Alega Beach, AS —It was indeed another successful year of the Tatau celebration for Tisa’s Tattoo Fest 2017. And a major part of this success came from our long time local businesses and new sponsors, who continue to give their Tautua to maintain and celebrate the famous Tatau Art of Samoa. Our...
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A six-member, all-female jury delivered a 'not guilty' verdict in the case against a former Coleman Elementary School teacher this week, who was charged with one count of child abuse, a felony, and one count of endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. The charges stem from an incident...
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The 11-year-old victim in the government's case against former Coleman Elementary schoolteacher Tony Leatualevao told the jury yesterday that the defendant used a wooden paddle to strike him five times last year. This is according to testimony provided during Day 2 of Leatualevao's jury trial in...
 National Weather Service Office meteorologist Elinor Lutu-McMoore with local Department of Homeland Security officials Fale Ulufale and Vinnie Atofau.  [photo: FS]
With American Samoa now in cyclone season — which runs through Apr. 30, 2018 — the National Weather Service Office in Tafuna and the local Department of Homeland Security/TEMCO have reached out to local media outlets to help keep people informed as part of preparations before and after a storm.  ...
The American Samoa Government (ASG) Office of Archives & Records celebrated this year's American Archives Month with various activities. [photo: courtesy]
The 7th night following the 3rd quarter full moon in October and November are generally the predicted dates for palolo spawning in the territory. That means the slimy worms are expected to rise during the late evening hours tomorrow, Nov. 10th, early morning hours of Saturday, Nov. 11th - although...
ASCC President Dr. Rosevonne Makaiwi Pato congratulates this semester's recipients of the College's in-house scholarships. (l-r) Dr. Pato, Jin Lin Du, Louaivasa Laulu, Jingling Jiang, and Rianna Lafaele.  [Photo: J. Kneubuhl]
Most students at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) are US citizens or nationals, which gives them access to federal financial aid, particularly the Pell Grant which covers the majority of a student’s college expenses. ASCC also serves a number of young men and women who do not qualify for...
BUYERS BEWARE: There are “Gatorade” drinks being sold locally that are allegedly not authentic. The sole distributor of Gatorade products is Pago Pago Trading Company (PPTC) and they are currently suing an Asian owned business for parallel shipping. According to PPTC, the Gatorade being brought in by this other company appears tainted and is not the real thing.  [photo: courtesy]
The folks at Pago Pago Trading Company (PPTC) are urging the community to be on the lookout for Gatorade products that are being sold in local stores, because some are allegedly not authentic and "could make people sick." Currently, PPTC is suing Pacific Mini Mart in Tafuna for parallel shipping...
Joe Perez skips away from a Kenyan, scoring a second half try in Samoa's 26-7 trouncing of Kenya at Canada Sevens, Day 2, BC Place, Vancouver, Canada in March of this year.   [Photo by Barry Markowitz, 3/12/17]
More than WST$350,000 (€119,000/$138,000) has been generated in a fundraiser for the Samoa Rugby Union after SRU chairman, and the Pacific Island nation’s Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, declared that the sport’s governing body was “insolvent”. Tuilaepa had earlier stated that the...
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You read about it or hear about it and you figure — that could never happen to you: You give birth to a healthy baby girl at the hospital, name her, take her home, nurture her, introduce her to the world, and two weeks later the hospital calls you and says that you were sent home with the wrong...
As has been the norm in past years, Paramount Builders donated $12,000 yesterday to the LBJ Medical Center, to help with costs associated with having a team of cardiologists and specialists from the Oregon Health and Science University in the territory this week to treat local youngsters with possible cases of rheumatic fever and those already diagnosed with rheumatic heart disease. Mrs. Wanda Alofa, wife of Paramount Builders owner/ CEO, presented the check to LBJ Chief Executive Officer Faumuina Taufetee
American Samoa has knocked New Zealand from the #1 spot of having the highest incidents of rheumatic heart disease in the world. In response, a team from the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) based in Portland, OR arrived Monday night and will be treating local youngsters suspected of...

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