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Garlands of more than 3,600 paper hearts on a walnut tree
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — While death is often referred to as part of the natural order of our lives, it is not an easy thing to accept, especially by family members and friends, whether the departed were public figures or otherwise. Each loss is keenly felt and mourned, with the hope that time...
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Washington, D.C. — Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed the announcement by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that once a COVID-19 vaccine is approved, it will be available for free to those depending on Medicaid or Medicare. “It’s important for seniors with services...
Dear American Samoa Government, The Government has one job and that job is to do right by its people! However, the American Samoa Government has failed not only myself but my family and its citizens. By making us feel like unimportant irritants and pariahs to society. We’ve exhausted every measure...
teachers receive their certificates
Pavaiai Elementary School teachers have completed their Google Classroom training that was held for 4 weeks at the school in preparation for the new school year 2020-2021. ASDOE plans to utilize in-class and virtual learning to meet the academic requirements for students. Those who participated...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Due to the recent “uptick” in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Hawaii, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga early this week requested, and Hawaiian Airlines says it “will comply” with suspension of flights between Honolulu and Pago Pago through July 31st. The governor...
Denver Broncos outside linebacker Bradley Chubb
DENVER (AP) — Seasonal colds and the flu spread through NFL locker rooms just about every year, sending some players home sick while others slog through practices hoping they’ll feel better by game day. Last December, the Patriots flew two airplanes to Houston to keep the healthy players apart from...
Donations from Chamber of Commerce member, Wightman Crane & Stuart
American Samoa received a huge donation from one of its Chamber of Commerce members,  Wightman Crane & Stuart. “We are grateful to our Chamber members for their concern and compassion towards our healthcare providers, other public servants, and community leaders,” said Chamber chairperson, Ella...
 [l-r] Dr. Aifili John Tufa, Papali’i Marion Fitisemanu, Farah Utu, and Dr. Saipale Fuimaono
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Criteria for who is to be tested for the deadly coronavirus has already been established and shared with LBJ Medical Center, according to Health Department Epidemiologist Dr. Aifili John Tufa, who points out that American Samoa is a step-ahead with preventive measures to...
Frank De Lima pushing a shopping cart and giving shaka sign
In this Tuesday, March 31, 2020 photo, comedian Frank De Lima poses with a "shaka" gesture while standing in the checkout line at a Sam's Club store in Honolulu.  Before the pandemic, his trips to the warehouse store were filled with handshakes and hugs. But not now. On a recent visit, he had to...
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Apia, SAMOA — There have been posts on social media falsely reporting a Coronavirus case in Samoa. These statements are not supported by any evidence, and all ongoing investigations have found no Coronavirus cases (no suspected and no confirmed). The result of these false social media statements is...

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