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The National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa (NMSAS) will be hosting the “Ta’iala ole Sami Youth Summit” tomorrow at the Tauese P.F. Sunia Ocean Center in Utulei from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. The “Ta’iala o le Sami” is a program for local public schools that are located in close proximity to Sanctuary...
One of the three local archaeologists, who conducted a an intensive survey of Rose Atoll, has shared with the US Interior Department the importance of the atoll, known as Muliava in Samoan, and the need to keep its designation as a marine monument, for “American Samoa’s future generation”. Rose...
The “poor ranking” of StarKist Co., canned tuna product “is not the fault of Samoan workers” at the American Samoa processing plant, but the company itself as well as its owner, Dongwon Industries, says John Hocevar, director of Ocean Campaign at Greenpeace USA. Last month global environmental...
ASKA FALEALI’I LAULU The High Court has taken under advisement, with a decision to be issued later, a request by inmate Aska Faleali’i Laulu for work release, in order to earn money to care for his family and pay a court fine. However, the court noted the importance of safety of the female victim,...
The federal court in Honolulu has given the Territory of American Samoa later next week to file a response to federal defendants motion early this month requesting the court to reconsider or remand back to the US National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) its decision invaliding the reduction of the...
With the police force facing a shortage of officers, Police Commissioner Le’i Sonny Thompson is out on the road and in the community helping cops, who are described by Le’i as the “unsung heroes” working long hours to protect the people of American Samoa. And don’t be surprised if the next time a...
Save yourself from paying a hefty fine or serving possible jail time by buckling up. Officers from the Department of Public Safety are cracking down on all drivers  – and passengers – not wearing seatbelts. In addition, cops will be issuing citations for other violations including children riding...
In a general memorandum dated May 15, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga appointed Alataua county tradition leader Fuamatu J.V. Fuamatu as the new Western District Governor, a post left vacant since the passing early this year of the late Lualemaga Faoa. The governor’s appointment, which became effective...
TITIFALAULA SIAUMAU An employee of the Customs Office accused of importing marijuana, with a street value of $20,000, was arraigned last Friday in High Court after his case was bound over from District Court on Wednesday. Titifalaula Siaumau, who is out on bail, is faced with one count each of...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga (at podium) during special remarks yesterday at the Malae o le Talu (Fagatogo malae) for the official opening of Police Week in American Samoa. On stage, at the Fagatogo Pavilion, [l-r] former police commissioner Sen. Tuaolo Manaia Fruean, current Police Commissioner Le’i...

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