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Port Administration director Taimalelagi Dr. Claire Tuia Poumele, during her confirmation hearing yesterday before the Senate.  [photo: FS]
The Fono has officially endorsed two more cabinet directors — Port Administration Director Taimalelagi Dr. Claire Tuia Poumele and ASG Treasurer Uelinitone Tonumaipea — for the Lolo Administration for the next four years. The final decision came yesterday when the Senate confirmed Taimalelagi in a...
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Although the backbone of the local economy relies on the private sector, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga says that is not seen today, in the Territory, and called on his cabinet members to come up with new ideas to boost the economy — create jobs. Lolo was responding to Commerce Department acting...
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The controversy surrounding immigration status of Filipino National, Merlie Gumanab, who appealed the Immigration Board’s decision denying her application submitted under the Amnesty Program, was raised during Talauega Eleasalo Ale’s confirmation hearing for Attorney General in both the House and...
Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale. [SN file photo]
Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale says the police investigation into the deaths of the three men, due to an industrial electrocution incident at the Manu’a’s Store compound at the Tafuna Industrial Park, is ongoing. The tragic incident, which occurred last month, claimed the lives of U.S. Army...
StarKist Co., vice president of corporate communications Michelle Faist (left) and StarKist Samoa general manager Mr. Kwon during last Friday’s news conference at StarKist Samoa office.  [photo: FS]
US based StarKist Co. maintains that it is committed to American Samoa despite the many challenges the cannery continues to face, including the lack of land space to expand StarKist Samoa operations, with company officials saying a decision must be made soon by the government on the land lease at...
In a vote of 14- 3, the House yesterday confirmed the governor’s appointment of Uelinitone Tonumaipea as ASG Treasurer, with the final decision resting with the Senate — it is holding a committee confirmation hearing this morning and a vote by the full Senate is expected to follow thereafter....
DEAN’S LIST ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM OFF-ISLAND COLLEGES The following students have been named to their respective school’s Dean’s List for the 1st quarter of the 2016- 17 Spring academic year. At Wentworth Military Academy and College, those who have achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and...
ASCC Political Science Club president George Young (standing, center) congratulates the presenters at the Political Status Forum held at the college last week. They are (l-r) House Rep. Samuel Meleisea, Dr. Dan Aga, Director of the ASG Office of Political Status (seated), and ASCC Executive Counsel Mr. Kenneth Kuaea.  [Photo: J. Kneubuhl]
The Social Science Department at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) hosted a Political Status Forum last week, focusing on the pros and cons of our Territory’s ongoing political relationship with the United States of America. Students, faculty, administrators and members of the public...
Talauega Eleasalo Ale during the Senate confirmation hearing yesterday. He is the first of the cabinet nominees to be confirmed by both the Senate and the House.  [photo: AF]
The Fono has officially confirmed Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga’s nomination of Talauega Eleasalo Ale as Attorney General for the next four years. Talauega is the first cabinet nominee confirmed by the Senate and the House. Both chambers handed down their respective votes yesterday, with the Senate...
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American Samoa now has an online sex offender registration website page, where names of sex offenders can be searched, while the Attorney General’s Office staff that works on this federally required program need office space to carry out their work moving forward. The US Justice Department’s Office...

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