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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — An advisory issued last week by the Health Department revealed the rise in cases of “sexually transmitted infections” in the territory for a certain age group, who are urged to get tested. According to the advisory, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) — like gonorrhea...
Gov. Lemanu P.S. Mauga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa Government is taking action to further develop opportunities to help prepare and sustain the American Samoa economy during difficult times like the COVID-19 nationwide lockdown and unprecedented supply chain challenge. A statement issued this week by...
Lt. Governor Talauega E.V. Ale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In two separate executive orders issued last week, acting governor Talauega E. V. Ale, formalized the transfer of funding, personnel, property and equipment to the new government agencies — the Department of Corrections; and the Department of Search and Rescue. In June...
(l-r) the Governor’s senior executive assistant, Aoelua Solomona, ODPAM director Lisa Tuato’o and Public Works director Faleosina Voigt
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa will participate in a federal supply chain study in the Pacific region, which includes Hawaii and the other U.S Pacific territories and will be conducted by the U.S Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This was confirmed in a news release yesterday...
LBJ HOSPITAL
Pago Page, AMERICAN SAMOA — As one of his first acts as Acting Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ledua Akapusi has opened LBJ Hospital's Non-Urgent Care extension of the Emergency Room. A statement issued by the hospital states that the LBJ is committed to high quality and safe patient care.  “It is our...
Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata
Washington, DC — Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata has been named Vice Chairman of the full House Veterans’ Affairs Committee (HVAC) for the 118th Congress, as part of the leadership team of the Committee directed by Chairman Mike Bost. Additionally, she will serve on all her top choices for her six...
former hospital Chief Executive Officer, Moefaauo Bill Emmsley
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — It was in “the best interest of LBJ to advance without further disruptions,” which led the former hospital Chief Executive Officer, Moefaauo Bill Emmsley to resign from his post. This was outlined in a statement released yesterday morning in response to Samoa News...
Video of police at bicycle incident
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Department of Public Safety remains mum on a video circulating online of four police officers trying to subdue a 20-year old male. The video in question was posted on social media by Ueseli Wilson Isileli on Saturday and is going viral on Facebook. It appears from...
Papalii Laulii Alofa following the SSIC hearing
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Senate Select Investigative Committee on Friday heard firsthand that local businessman Papalii Laulii Alofa was eager to develop the “Nu’u Fou” land for the benefit of the villages that “own” these lands and that’s why he invested in surveying them. He was...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The local Health Department issued a COVID health advisory late last week, confirming the presence in American Samoa of three Omicron subvariants. “According to recent sequencing results, the Omicron subvariants BQ1.1, BQ1.1.24 and CH 1.1.3 are present in our territory...

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