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Syndromic and enhanced surveillance employed during a Zika outbreak in American Samoa last year is credited for bringing a quick end to ongoing transmission and could be used to predict when ongoing transmission in similarly small populations will end.   “Establishing a timeline for discontinuing...
Territorial Bank of American Samoa chief operations officer Makerita T. Polu (left) and TBAS chief executive officer Philip Ware during a House committee hearing yesterday morning.  [photo: AF]
Territorial Bank of American Samoa is still working on getting a transit routing number and the process is taking longer then expected, says TBAS chief executive officer Philip Ware, who suspects that perhaps the reason is that the bank is American Samoa Government owned. And without a routing...
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ASG Treasurer Uelinitone Tonumaipea believes the scanner project will be able to pay for itself in three years time, based on the fees already enacted into law last year, with the highest fee charged — $200 — is for the container scanner equipment. Uelinitone along with Chief of Customs Moetulu’i...
Amata with her colleague Sen. Dan Sullivan, who is on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. [courtesy photo]
AMATA WANTS MORE VA STAFF IN AMERICAN SAMOA Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata and the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday to examine ways the VA might improve their hiring practices, and retain good employees. “I want to thank Chairman...
Head of State Tupua Tamasese Efi and his masiofo attended the red carpet event last Thursday evening in Apia, Samoa — the premiere of the new Samoan film, “One Thousand Ropes,” directed by Tusi Tamasese. The Head of State told Samoa News during an interview after the premier, “This movie was very authentic… lots of truths…”   [photo: Ese Malala]
Putting to bed expectations that Samoans only appear on screen for laughs or as gangsters, the new Samoan film that was released in theatres last night is definitely something some of our locals, who were present at the premiere, recommend to watch. Last week Thursday in Apia, Samoa, New Zealand...
Department of Marine of Wildlife Resources director Va’amua Henry Sesepasara has abstained from voting on a recommendation approved by the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council regarding a Honolulu federal judge’s ruling invalidating the US National Marine Fisheries Service 2016...
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A senior official with a Honolulu-based fishery company will be in American Samoa next month to meet with at least eleven displaced workers, who were laid off last December after Tri Marine International shut down cannery operations of its Samoa Tuna Processors Inc. plant in Atu’u. According to a...
Victor Roosen (third from left) of the American Red Cross Chapter of San Diego, and Vaitoa Hans Langkilde (second from left), chairman of the local Red Cross, along with Etenauga Lutu (second from left), a long-time donor to the Red Cross, and others after yesterday’s dedication of the new Red Cross building in Tafuna.  [photo: Leua Aiono Frost]
The new building for the Red Cross of American Samoa provides a space that can be converted into disaster mode when the non-profit group activates a response to a disaster. Launching construction of the one-story facility at its location in Tafuna was the vision of former local Red Cross chairman...
Members of the ASCC Fresh Print Club, with advisor Katrina Garcia-Helsham (middle row, third right), oversee the publication of the campus 411 Newsletter, and also fund-raise for good causes, such as the small but thoughtful improvement to the campus infrastructure they donated this semester.  [Courtesy Photo]
The Fresh Print student organization at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) has made its presence felt this semester through a thoughtful contribution to the campus infrastructure. With funds raised from Walk-A-Thons over the last two semesters, they have purchased bag-hangers to be...
Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale. [SN file photo]
The Lolo Administration is praising a ruling by the federal court in Honolulu that invalidates the 2016 decision by the US National Marine Fishery Service (NMFS) to reduce the large vessel protected area, or LVPA, in waters of American Samoa. Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale, who appeared at...

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