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District Court Judge Fiti A. Sunia has dismissed 12 sex related charges including 10 counts of rape against Public Safety officer, Okesene Alo, one of the four officers, assigned to the Juvenile Detention Center, charged with various crimes over alleged misconduct at JDC. Sunia’s decision followed...
Sen. Tuaolo Manaia Fruean [SN file photo]
Sen. Tuaolo Manaia Fruean has questioned why the American Samoa government is not liable for debts and obligations incurred by the Territorial Bank of American Samoa, which is governed by a seven-member board of the Territorial Bancorp Holding Company, an ASG entity, according to local law which...
The American Samoa Power Authority has provided a written explanation to a House committee as to how it drastically reduced its accounts payables, which peaked at about $14 million in July 2016. While Samoa News and KHJ News have reported extensively on this issue in the past three weeks, the...
ASG Treasurer Uelinitone Tonumaipe’a [SN file photo]
Treasury Department’s Tax Office is offering an amnesty program for the remainder of 2017 to tax payers who have an outstanding income tax liability, while the tax filing deadline for tax year 2016 is next week Tuesday, April 18. TAX AMNESTY In a statement released late yesterday morning ASG...
PLAINTIFFS REACTION TO TRIAL DIVISION DECISION ON MANU’A SENATOR Marcelus Talaimalo Uiagalelei said his clients will be looking at options and decide from there on their next legal move after the Trial Division of the High Court dismissed a lawsuit brought by three traditional leaders of Ta’u...
Amata boards the boat in Manu’a. [courtesy photo]
Aumua Amata departed for the Manu’a Islands yesterday, where she will be conducting town hall meetings and visiting with the local school children over the next few days. “I’m always glad to visit Manu’a while I’m home. It is important that I am able to see and hear from everyone in American Samoa...
The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) will offer a Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor workshop in Pago Pago on Monday, April 24 and Tuesday, April 25, from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM, both days. The workshop will be conducted at Pago Plaza, Suite 202.  This two-day workshop is free to...
American Samoa operates under a “free market” when it comes to the prices of goods sold to consumers while the local “price gouging” law, applies only when the governor has issued an “emergency declaration,” says Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale in testimony before a House committee last week...
Territorial Bank of American Samoa has already made additional submissions to the federal regulator to confirm that there is no government or political influence on decisions by the bank, which as of last Friday morning was still awaiting approval of its transit routing number from the Federal...
These students volunteered to model, the BugBling, a new “mosquito repellent band” product not yet available in the territory. The mosquito repellant band can be worn on the wrist - as a wrist watch, a person’s ankle (see student model, second from far right) and clipped on a student’s backpack strap (see student model, first from far right.)  [photo: AF]
With the widespread mosquito borne diseases such as Dengue fever and Zika virus in American Samoa, Rep. Vesi Talalelei Fautanu Jr., went searching for another type of mosquito repellant with DEET product, to help local residents protect themselves. And the Manu’a lawmaker found the ‘BugBling’,...

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