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VP-elect Pence and Congresswoman Amata in the U.S. Capitol last month.  [Courtesy photo]
Washington, D.C. — Saturday, Vice President-elect Mike Pence appointed Congresswoman Aumua Amata to the Presidential Transition Team Executive Committee. "Amata is a great friend and colleague and I am delighted she will be joining our team," said Vice Chairman Marsha Blackburn, a senior Member of...
Scheduled mandated minimum wage increases for American Samoa will eventually affect wages of almost all tuna cannery workers in the territory, according to the US Government Accountability Office report to the US Congress; and also points out that there is a drop in tuna exports to the US. Based on...
[photo: Blue Chen-Fruean]
The team from the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa (NMSAS), along with local sponsor South Pacific Distributors/ Aloha Maid, held four fishing derbies on three islands – Ta’u, Aunu’u, and Tutuila — in areas within and adjacent to the Sanctuary sites. According to the NMSAS, the events...
A man in his early 20s accused of molesting a 5-year old girl two weeks ago, claims that he was assaulted last week by two other inmates at the Territorial Correction Facility following a disagreement inside the TCF compound. When defendant Muaiga Siatiu, aka Povi, was in District Court last Monday...
US Department of Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) believes it’s critical to consider the particular circumstances of American Samoa when adopting a process of adjusting the territory’s minimum wage and suggested an in-depth study, says OIA Director Nikolao I. Pula in response to a US...
TWO YOUNG MEN FACE CHARGES IN PAGO PAGO FIGHT Police took into custody on Tuesday night two young men following a fight in Pago Pago between the youth of Pago Pago and those from Fagasa and Fagatogo, according to court information. The accused, Divine Laina and Garfield Himphill, made their initial...
In its quest to ensure that the community including senior citizens are aware of ways and methods to prevent diabetes in American Samoa, the Department of Health has launched a new six-week awareness program, starting last week with seniors citizens, who are members of the Toe Afua Mai Matua (TAMM...
The Samoa government owned MV Lady Naomi has three trips to and from Pago Pago for the rest of the year, as many local residents have already made plans to visit family in Samoa for the holiday season. Polynesian Shipping, local agent for the Lady Naomi, says the last three trips for the vessel in...
The three nights of Christmas songs and skits, performed by youth groups from villages and churches as well as local schools, kicks off at 6:30p.m Sunday at the Fagatogo Pavilion, and runs through Tuesday night. The annual holiday music festival, a collaboration between the American Samoa Council...
Two female minors — ages five and thirteen — are victims of two new sexual assault cases, one of which involves the biological father. They were filed this week in District Court, where both defendants made their initial appearance early this week. BIOLOGICAL FATHER In the case involving the...

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