American Samoa

Samoa and American Samoa delegates meet to set agenda for May talks

Wed 02 Apr 2014 -

PAGOPAGO, American Samoa ----Trade and investment talks between Samoa and American Samoa this week will be a prelude to the two-Samoa talks in May.

Swains Island calls for voice in house of representatives

Tue 18 Mar 2014 -

PAGOPAGO, American Samoa ---- A resolution that would amend American Samoa's constitution to allow the delegate from Swains Island a voice in the House of Representatives has been introduced in the Fono.

American Samoa passes first anti-human trafficking law

Tue 11 Mar 2014 -

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa — Legislators in American Samoa have approved the territory's first anti-human trafficking law after several unsuccessful attempts over more than a decade.

Election law changes proposed for American Samoa

Tue 04 Mar 2014 -

PAGOPAGO, American Samoa --- The Election Office in American Samoa is drafting a new law which would give the governor the power to call off an election in a natural disaster.

Push for American Samoa to be the tuna 'hub' of the Pacific

Tue 04 Feb 2014 -

PAGOPAGO, American Samoa --- Tri Marine International says it wants American Samoa to be the tuna hub of the Pacific.

American Samoa visitors group says law change needed

Thu 16 Jan 2014 -

PAGOPAGO, American Samoa --- The American Samoa visitors Bureau says a law which prohibits foreign carriers from flying between the territory and the United States mainland needs to change before new airlines are welcomed.

American Samoa government unsure about helping fishing sector

Tue 07 Jan 2014 -

PAGOPAGO, American Samoa --- American Samoa's Governor, Lolo Matalasi Moliga, says he is sympathetic and wants to help local fishing vessels but he says the canneries are the government's main focus.

American Samoa Govt may ban fishing of sea cucumber

Thu 05 Dec 2013 -

PAGOPAGO, American Samoa --- There’s been a noticeable increase in sea cucumber fishing activities in American Samoa and the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources is taking action to control it.

Micronesian experience on reef protection to help American Samoa

Mon 04 Nov 2013 -

PAGOPAGO, American Samoa --- There are hopes that the experience of Micronesia may help American Samoa authorities understand the reluctance of some villages to sign up to ’no-take’ fisheries agreements or management plans.

Samoa's Manu’a Airlines to start commercial services in December

Thu 31 Oct 2013 -

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa --- In American Samoa, a new airline that was established specifically to serve the Manu’a islands is to start commercial services in the first week of December.

Fisheries Council wants staff to work with American Samoa Govt

Wed 30 Oct 2013 -

PAGOPAGO, American Samoa--- The federal Western Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Council has recommended that its staff work with the American Samoa government to fight against illegal fish imports.

US shutdown will devastate American Samoa: Treasurer

Thu 03 Oct 2013 -

PAGOPAGO, American Samoa ---- American Samoa Treasurer Falemao Pili says the United States Government shutdown will have a devastating impact on the territory's economy.

American Samoa ready for Samoa summit

Fri 16 Aug 2013 -

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa --- The new American Samoa governor, Lolo Matalasi Moliga, has written to the Samoa government saying his administration is now ready to hold the annual inter Samoa talks, or the Samoa Summit.

American Samoa government forks out nearly 1 million in back pay

Thu 15 Aug 2013 -

PAGO PAGO, Amercian Samoa --- The American Samoa government has paid over US$900, 000 in back wages to 256 employees, resolving findings of an investigation by the US Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division in 2011.

Lolo cites fisheries and construction as best options for economic expansion

Mon 29 Jul 2013 -

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa ---- The Global economic forecast remains guarded even though signs of economic recovery are being experienced, said Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga in his cover letter for the budget sent to the American Samoan Fono last week. He noted the political unrest in the Middle East, the ...

American Samoa governor submits $456M budget to lawmakers

Wed 24 Jul 2013 -

PAGOPAGO, American Samoa --- American Samoa Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga has submitted a budget of more than US$456 million to territorial lawmakers, 8 per cent less than the last fiscal year.

Ocean explorer returns for Swains expedition

Mon 22 Jul 2013 -

PAGOPAGO, American Samoa --- Ocean explorer Jean Michel Cousteau will visit American Samoa next month to undertake an expedition to Swains Island. His father was also a famous ocean explorer, Jacques Cousteau.

Battling American Samoa's obesity rate

Tue 09 Jul 2013 -

PAGOPAGO, American Samoa ----The first airline to charge passengers by their weight says the policy has been a success, with profits boosted by 20 percent.

Air Samoa rolls out XL seating

Fri 28 Jun 2013 -

PAGOPAGO, American Samoa --- Air Samoa has started an extra large seat service in which larger passengers are given more room.

American Samoa to start US$2M geothermal drilling in 2014

Mon 24 Jun 2013 -

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa — American Samoa will begin drilling for geothermal energy next year as part of a US$2.3 million project to reduce its dependence on diesel, the head of the territory's energy office said.

Infant obesity concerns in American Samoa - study

Wed 22 May 2013 -

A US study has found some American Samoan babies as young as 15 months are being classified as obese. According to an ABC report, the Brown University study of 800 babies born in American Samoa between 2001 and 2008 found 23.3 per cent of boys and 16.7 per cent of ...

American Samoa congressman questions territory’s future with US

Tue 21 May 2013 -

PAGOPAGO, American Samoa --- American Samoa’s Congressman, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, has told a group of graduates that they need to consider the political future of the territory and its relationship with the United States.

Lawsuit against ANZ-ASB has yet to have status hearing scheduled

Thu 16 May 2013 -

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa --- The High Court in American Samoa is yet to schedule a status hearing in the $150 million lawsuit filed by Tapa’i Tervola against the ANZ Amerika Samoa Bank last week.

American Samoan sues ANZ for $150 million

Tue 14 May 2013 -

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa ---- A bank customer in American Samoa is suing the ANZ Bank for over US$150 million in damages from what she claims are bad faith actions and misrepresentations made by the bank.

Lolo raises 'political status' with the U.S

Tue 07 May 2013 -

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa --- American Samoan Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga spoke briefly about the territory’s “political status” with the United States at last week’s cabinet meeting saying that it is “something that we all should think about.”