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In this 2012 file photo, then-Chamber of Commerce chairman David Robinson addressed about 20 members of the private sector at a presentation on economic development. [SN file photo]
Former Chamber of Commerce Chairman David Robinson says American Samoa has some missed economic development opportunities and believes the most important one deals with technology including the development of a technology park. Robinson is retiring and moving to New Zealand at the end of the month...
TOGITOGI CHARGED WITH ESCAPE FROM CONFINEMENT Escaped inmate, Joe Togitogi, has been charged with one count of escape from confinement, a felony crime punishable by not less than 5 years in jail, a fine of $5,000 or both. Togitogi made his initial appearance in District Court on Monday. Following a...
ONE MORE CONFIRMED ZIKA VIRUS CASE There is another confirmed Zika virus case for American Samoa, based on data released last week by the Department of Health (DoH). DoH reported last month that as of Sept. 22, there were 52 cases of the Zika virus confirmed through laboratory testing. Of the 52...
The three gubernatorial teams at last Thursday evening’s gubernatorial forum hosted by the American Samoa Bar Association. [photo: FS]
Raised at last week’s gubernatorial forum, hosted by the American Samoa Bar Association, was another long standing controversial issue in the community on whether or not to elect senators by popular vote, similar to the House of Representatives. The forum, which was also televised, was held at the...
Bluesky Communications employees pose for a group photo, just before the dedication ceremony to open their newly renovated store at the Laufou Shopping Center, yesterday morning.  [photo: TG]
Bluesky Communications Company held a dedication ceremony yesterday morning for their newly renovated ground floor store at the Laufou Shopping Center in Nu’uuli. Bluesky Communications, Senior Consultant, Pulelei’ite Li'amatu Tufele Jr. welcomed honored guests and others who attended the event “on...
Hawaiian Airlines revealed last Saturday the first of three “Moana” themed planes at its home base at Honolulu International Airport.  Pictured on the stairs are Auli‘i Cravalho, the Hawaiʻi-born actress who is the voice of Disney’s “Moana,” and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, the voice of demigod Maui, and were among the first to see the new design. [Photo: Donald Traill for Hawaiian Air]
Hawaiian Airlines has confirmed the carrier will operate three extra flights during the Christmas and New Year holidays — as per their usual during the holidays to accommodate the busy travel between Honolulu and Pago Pago. Hawaiian spokesperson Ann Botticelli told Samoa News yesterday the three...
The case of methamphetamine (“ice”), which arrived through the US Post Office in a package that had a container in it labeled amazon.com, has resulted in a man being charged with one count of of unlawful possession of a controlled substance —methamphetamine. Yuseff Carter made his initial...
A man accused of firing into the air five shots and then “threatening to kill each and every one of them [the defendant and family] who refuse to leave” family land has been charged in District Court with another court hearing set for Oct. 20. Falaniko Fiso Jr., is charged with one count of...
Pago Pago, AS — Bluesky Communications is pleased to announce the Grand Re-Opening of its newly redesigned and renovated flagship retail store located at the Laufou Shopping Center on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 (today). "The new store layout was redesigned with customers in mind,” says Country...
Toaipuapuagā Opapo-Ah Chong shows the signs of “stigmata” — the term used by members of the Christian faith to describe body marks, sores, or sensations of pain in locations corresponding to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus Christ, such as the hands, wrists, and feet. “Toa” left for Rome last week Friday with her husband and a Samoa government official — apparently to meet with Catholic Church officials at the Vatican about her stigmata. [SN file photo]
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa’s Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi along with the Catholic Church in Samoa have supported the messages written in ancient Hebrew by Toaipuapuagā Opapo-Ah Chong — and she and a delegation led by the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, La’aulialemalietoa Leautea...

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