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Container at port beside the scanner
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Leasina/ Aitulagi Representative Gafatasi Afalava believes that one of the reasons drugs are entering our borders is that some of the Custom Office Inspectors who are assigned to search containers out in the field are not faithful with their job. A House Government...
LBJ hospital sign
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Vice President of the Senate and Senator from Tau, Nuanuaolefeagaiga Saoluaga Nua in a letter has recommended to Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga to use part of the funds from the CARES Act to help improve the conditions at the LBJ Hospital, including hiring professional...
Banner showing deadline for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan is August 8
Washington, D.C. – Tuesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata is reminding any remaining small businesses and employers that the current deadline for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan is August 8, and highlights information regarding forgiveness of some loans.   “I support extending this program,...
Rendering of the proposed new fono building.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A bill allowing the prosecution and defense to agree to, and the court to approve, a plea in abeyance — to suspend the entering of a defendant’s plea and place the defendant on probation whereby at the end of which, the court may reduce the charge the defendant plead...
Graph of Coronavirus Testing for Hawaii
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Rather than sitting around lamenting their plight, an organization of American Samoan’s stranded overseas have come up with a plan — and not just one plan — but a number of ways they think would be feasible to bring them home safely with no threat to the territory....
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In a 15-page decision last Thursday, the Trial Division of the High Court denied separate applications by plaintiffs Bryan Jackson and Steven Jay Pincus Hueter for a preliminary injunction, enjoining the governor and ASG from enforcing certain provisions of the COVID-19...
Reach Vet logo
Washington, D.C. — Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata and Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small (NM-02) worked together to introduce the bipartisan Recovery Engagement and Coordination for Health – Veterans Enhanced Treatment Report Act (the REACH VET Report Act). Their legislation would seek...
TBAS welcome sign
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Territorial Bank of American Samoa (TBAS) announced via a press release, a long awaited debit card, which, it says is “taking American Samoa online”. The bank’s new partnership with Mastercard, “raises local banking and finance standards to international levels...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata and Director of Health Motusa Nua
Washington, D.C. — Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed a discretionary grant through the Pacific Basin program for the American Samoa Department of Health. The health services grant entitles Health Centers to a total of $2,343,073 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has extended for 31-days his coronavirus emergency declaration, through the Seventh Amended Declaration, effective Aug. 1st to Aug. 31, as American Samoa — without a confirmed case — continues under the “Code Blue” threat-level. The amended...

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