Measles outbreak in American Samoa

American Samoa has issued a public health emergency after an outbreak of measles has spread across the U.S. territory. As of Tuesday, there has been one laboratory-confirmed case among an 8-year-old and 31 suspected

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Amata co-sponsors legislation to counter Chinese cybersecurity threats

U.S. Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata is highlighting the House passage of the Countering Untrusted Telecommunications Abroad Act or HR 1149, which she co-led with sponsor Rep Susan Wild, D-Pennsylvania.  Their

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CNMI, American Samoa criticise Pacific Remote Islands expansion plan

U.S. President Joe Biden’s plan to expand the Pacific Remote Islands’ marine sanctuary has been receiving negative responses from territorial leaders, who criticised the lack of consultation prior to the

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Congresswoman Amata opposes Pacific Remote Islands expansion plan

Closing off more areas around the Pacific Remote Islands would only invite foreign vessels to poach into the U.S. waters, American Samoa delegate Uifa’atali Amata Radewagen said, opposing the Biden administration’s

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Biden administration to reduce financial burden on U.S territories

The Biden administration has announced new efforts to reduce the financial burden on the U.S territories of American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam and U.S Virgin Islands.  The U.S.

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EU adding tax-haven blacklist unfair: Chikoti

The European Union (EU) blacklisting member states of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific (OACPS) has been described as a “fig leaf” exercise. OACPS Secretary General, Georges Rebelo Chikoti told

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American Hospital CEO defends recruiting nurses from Fiji

Hiring nurses from Fiji and the Philippines, instead of neighboring Samoa has raised a lot of eyebrows. During a press conference at the ceremony to welcome nurses from Fiji, LBJ Hospital CEO, Moefaauo Bll Emmsley

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StarKist Samoa to hire Samoan graduates

Starkist Samoa is targeting students graduating from Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) at the National University of Samoa (NUS). Samoa’s government owned newspaper reported that a partnership to

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WESPAC opposes Pacific monument expansion

The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council (WESPAC) has again made clear its position against further expansion of monuments in the Pacific Ocean and the possible consequences to the Pacific island fishing

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American Samoa: Amata says No to U.S. citizenship

American Samoa Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata supports U.S. President Joe Biden’s decision not to ‘impose’ U.S. citizenship on U.S. nationals in American Samoa.  “I am gratified that the Biden

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Scientists closely monitor earthquakes in American Samoa

American Samoa has flown in experts to monitor seismic activities in the territory, after ongoing earthquake swarms prompted alarm over a possible volcanic eruption.  For weeks, earthquakes have rattled the

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Community Bank of American Samoa proposes buying Territorial Bank of Samoa

A local group of investors is proposing they buy the Territorial Bank of American Samoa (TBAS), the government-owned bank that started operating when Bank of Hawaii departed American Samoa four years ago. In a letter to

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