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U.S. Federal District Court House, Honolulu. [All-Hawaii News]
A legal counsel with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the federal defendants in the Large Vessel Prohibited Area (LVPA) lawsuit, are “cautious” in their motion for reconsideration now before the federal court in Honolulu. Frederick W. Tucher, chief of the Pacific Islands...
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A church minister from Samoa, who entered American Samoa last week on a 14-day permit, was taken into custody late Tuesday night for allegedly assaulting a male relative, during a beer drinking session. Selesitino Teofilo is charged with two misdemeanor counts of third degree assault and public...
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Heavy equipment and machinery belonging to contractor McConnell Dowell are in place at Taputimu, to carry out the Shoreline Protection and Road Repair Project in that area. According the information from the Department of Public Works, which is overseeing the job, the project aims to provide "...
SYEP SUPERVISOR TRAINING Supervisors who will be in charge of overseeing the more than 800 youth who have applied for jobs under the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) went through an orientation session this past Wednesday. According to Dept. of Human Resources (DHR) officials, approximately...
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Tri Marine International has dismissed a public claim that “most of the gear” at its Samoa Tuna Processors Inc. facility in American Samoa is gone, saying the plant remains fully equipped. Tri Marine’s operations in American Samoa came up on Tuesday, during day-one of the three-day meeting in...
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FA’ANENEFU HALL A woman accused by the government of using a “sharp object” to assault another person, is being held without bail due to the seriousness of the crime, which caused injuries to the victim. Fa’anenefu Hall made her initial appearance in District Court on Tuesday. She is  charged with...
Illegal dumping along the road to and from Fagasa, where households, contractors and others dump along the steep slopes everything from construction debris, auto parts, and kitchen trash. Yes everything including the kitchen sink.  [Courtesy photo]
Villages helping Villages is the motto of the American Samoa Illegal Dumping Task Force, a group established last year to combat the problem of illegal dumping. The Office of Samoan Affairs, the National Park of American Samoa, other local agencies and many villages make up this group. With the...
The National Weather Service is advising of the KING TIDES expected arrival for all of American Samoa this Friday, June 23 and Saturday, June 24, 2017 around 06:00 a.m. and 07:30 a.m. respectively. King Tides can reach up to 3.5 feet for Tutuila and up 5 feet for Manu’a. A King Tide is the highest...
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As reported in Samoa News yesterday, Chairman/Interim CEO of the American Samoa Tele Communications Authority, Hon. Pulelei’ite Li'a Tufele Jr. has sent letters to more than 10 ASTCA employees notifying them to hand over their duties to appointed successors and start the process of retirement. The...
Commerce Department director Keniseli Lafaele [SN file photo]
Another federally mandated minimum wage hike following last year’s closure of Samoa Tuna Processors (STP) Inc., would be a devastating blow to American Samoa’s economy and a “final nail in the coffin,” says Commerce Department director Keniseli Lafaele. Congresswoman Aumua Amata introduced Tuesday...

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