American Samoa

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American Samoa

Official Country Name: American Samoa
Region (Map name): Oceania
Population: 65,446
Language(s): Samoan, English
Literacy rate: 97%

American Samoa has been occupied by the United States as a territory since 1900, but it is believed to have been inhabited since 600 B.C. Today, the country's five islands and two coral atolls, which lie near Western Samoa in the Pacific Ocean, are managed by the U.S. Department of the Interior and a local, popularly elected Governor. The legislature consists of a House of Representatives and a Senate, and the country also sends an elected delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives. The population of American Samoa is estimated to be 607,000. The literacy rate is 97 percent. Most Samoans are bilingual in English and Samoan, a dialect closely related to Hawaiian and other Polynesian languages. The economy revolves around tuna fishing and tuna canning. The government is also a major employer. Efforts to diversify the economy have been hindered by the country's geographic isolation and a fierce hurricane season.

As a territory of the United States, American Samoa enjoys the press freedoms provided under the U.S. Constitution. American Samoa has two newspapers: the Samoa News and the Samoan Post. Stories in both newspapers appear in English and Samoan. The Samoan News is printed Monday through Saturday; its circulation is approximately 4,000 a day in addition to an online edition. The Samoan Post publishes Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. Its approximate circulation is 1,500.

Three FM stations and three AM stations serve approximately 57,000 radios. One television station broadcasts over three channels to approximately 14,000 TV sets. It is owned by the Office of Public Information of the American Samoan government. Samoanet is the country's sole Internet service provider.


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Jul 1, 2020 @ 12:12 pm

Can you provide me any info regarding the case of Loma Loma (male)? I could not locate any news story of this convicted child rapist in Samoa News. Are all convicted felons that commit lewd acts with a child posted in Samoa News or Talanei or somewhere in AS?

Chief (?) Fa'alaigaga Nina Tua'au-Glaude from Amanave requested the court to release him early. Are convicted felons with heinous & lewd acts with a child, able to be released by someone who requests the court?

Fa'alaigaga Nina Tua'au-Glaude lives in St. Petersburg, FL & not Amanave; how is this person able to request the court for early release of this convict when she doesn't live there?

I appreciate any info. Thank you.


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