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The High Court has ordered Apelu Saito Lilo, convicted of having a sexual relationship with a 12-year-old girl, to depart American Samoa and return home to Samoa, upon serving his jail term at the Territorial Correctional Facility. Lilo, 20, was initially charged with one count each of child...
During his testimony before the members of the Subcommittee of Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs this week, LBJ Medical Center CEO Taufete'e John Faumuina focused on areas of challenges or needs at the local hospital. They are: Compliance with CMS standards; inadequate staffing and...
The American Samoa Area Health Education Center (AHEC) summer program is in full swing and the participants have been engaged in various activities. Thursday, the group made their first of three planned visits to the LBJ Medical Center in Fagaalu for orientation, after which they will begin...
The Lolo Administration, as promised, has proposed to change the way the excise tax is imposed on imported beer, heavy equipment and secondhand goods, while imposing a new import tax on non-carbonated sugary drinks — which the government claims is a “health hazard” to local residents. The proposed...
Because of the many opportunities available for them in the territory, more and more Filipinos are choosing to settle down in American Samoa. For many of them, this means they are limited in the number of times they can travel home to visit family members and friends. One key reason is the...
Preparations are underway to mark the 30th anniversary of Hope House, which accepted its first elderly resident three decades ago and is the only facility of its kind in American Samoa providing 24-7 care for elderly patients, the terminally ill, and children with severe disabilities. Hope House...
American Samoa’s ballpark figure of $200 million for a new hospital, with a request to be funded by the federal government, has no supporting documents, but it’s an “unofficial” amount for the proposed facility on ASG’s “wish list”, according to testimony by American Samoa Medicaid Agency director...
Because several winning bidders have been unable to cough up the remaining 90% of their total bid package submitted on items that were up for sale during the government auction two weeks ago, an exact dollar amount of what ASG stands to collect is still not known. Hundreds of items —including...
ANOTHER DROP IN FUEL PRICES FOR AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa is seeing another drop across the board on all fuel products sold in the territory thanks to a decrease in crude oil price last month, according to the latest data from the ASG Office of Petroleum Management (OPM). The new fuel prices...
From exciting site visits to learning about traditional Samoan taro planting methods, the three dozen kids currently participating in the 2017 Summer F.I.T. Camp will be taking with them so much more than they expected. FIT, which stands for "Functional. Interactive. Training" is a three-week...

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