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1 hr ago | Samoa News

Sixty candidates will vie for...

Some sixty candidates including several women are vying in this year's general election for the 20 elected seats of the American Samoa Samoa House of Representatives. And according to the list of candidates released just after 1a.m. Sunday, only one incumbent, Faimealelei Anthony Allen from District Number Eleven - Aua - is running unopposed.

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6 hrs ago | Samoa News

Fed sequester prompts Lolo to call...

Gov. Lolo M. Moliga's mitigation plan to address automatic federal budget cuts across the board is to call for a 10% budget reduction for all Government Agencies and Departments for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2013. The Federal cuts, also known as sequestration, have resulted in the Department of Interior implementing a 5% reduction in remaining funds to the American Samoa Government.

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14 hrs ago | The Honolulu Advertiser

Strong winds detour voyaging canoes

The voyaging canoes Hokule'a and Hikianalia are on Swains Island this weekend after strong winds led navigators to detour from the original plan of journeying to Fakaofo, Tokelau. Under the guidance of master navigator Nainoa Thompson, apprentice navigators Jenna Ishii and Lehua Kamalu used traditional wayfinding to guide Hokule'a and Hikianalia since leaving Apia, Samoa, on Sept.

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19 hrs ago | Samoa News

Starkist hopeful Congress will...

StarKist Company is able to increase the workforce at StarKist Samoa plant due to a "greater degree of confidence" in the cost structure of manufacturing in American Samoa and StarKist is hopeful that the U.S. Congress will delay the next minimum wage hike in the territory, said Mary Sestric, the company's spokesperson, based at headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pa. Gov. Togiola Tulafono revealed on his weekend radio program that StarKist Samoa has increased production and has hiked its workforce by 900 - from 1,200 two years ago to 2,100 as of more than a week ago.

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Sat Sep 13, 2014

Samoa News

ASHSAA Girls Varsity Volleyball...

The surprise team in this year's American Samoa High School Athletic Association Girls Varsity Volleyball season is the Iakiana Academy Saints, who are heading into the Quarter-Finals beginning this Monday Nov. 18. [photo: Jeff Hayner] The American Samoa High School Athletic Association 2013-2014 Girls Varsity Volleyball season will be heading into Quarterfinals Monday with the regular season ending last Thursday. The entire regular season was all about the ASHSAA defending champion Tafuna Warriors as they defeated every team that stood on the other side of the net, beginning with the first time they defeated the Faga'itua Vikings who have been chasing the Warriors since.

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Samoa News

No decision on combined graduation...

Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga is waiting for the Education Department director to return from an off island business trip to further discuss the proposed one-day combined graduation for public high schools on Tutuila before a final decision is made, says Iulogologo Joseph Pereira, the governor's executive assistant. Samoa News reported last Friday that, "In a proposal..." to the governor, DOE is looking at a combined graduation for Tutuila on June 11 with a June 9 date set for Manu'a High School.

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Samoa News

Coordinator hired for ASG's...

Hoping to remove American Samoa as a "high risk" designee imposed by the federal government, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has recruited from off-island a coordinator for the ASG High Risk Task Force and appointed his legal counsel, Steve Watson, as chairman of the group. Late last month the governor issued a memo establishing the High Risk Elimination Task Force, whose members are Education Department director Salu Hunkin-Finau, Treasurer Dr. Falema'o 'Phil' M. Pili, Human Resources director Le'i Sonny Thompson, Chief Procurement Officer Ti'atalaga John Kruse and Budget Office director Catherine Aigamaua-Saelua.

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Samoa News

Human Resources withholds $1.5 MIL...

The Department of Human Resources is holding off on making the last payment of $1.5million to the Native Hawaiian Holding Company citing "questionable costs and failure to comply with condition of contract" for the $3.2million that was already paid out, according to a letter sent by Le'i Sonny Thompson, Director of DHR to the CEO of NHHC, Dennis Kanahele. The NHHC was to provide training and employment in the contact center industry for 900 NEG participants and was also supposed to operate job placement and supportive services in a setting that would serve as part of the Workforce Investment Act Workforce System.

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Fri Sep 12, 2014

Samoa News

Human Resources withholds $1.5 MIL...

The Department of Human Resources is holding off on making the last payment of $1.5million to the Native Hawaiian Holding Company citing "questionable costs and failure to comply with condition of contract" for the $3.2million that was already paid out, according to a letter sent by Le'i Sonny Thompson, Director of DHR to the CEO of NHHC, Dennis Kanahele. The NHHC was to provide training and employment in the contact center industry for 900 NEG participants and was also supposed to operate job placement and supportive services in a setting that would serve as part of the Workforce Investment Act Workforce System.

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Thu Sep 11, 2014

Samoa News

Sanford federal trial set in...

The federal court in Washington DC denied this week six separate motions by Sanford Limited, which seeks to dismiss federal charges against the New Zealand based company, whose fishing vessel San Nikunau is alleged to have been non-compliant with the federal Act of Pollution from Ships while fishing in the waters of American Samoa for the past six years. Sanford and a former chief engineer are also charged with obstruction of justice.

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PR-inside.com

Meat Market in American Samoa: Databook to 2017 - New Study Released

The report presents detailed historic and forecast data on the Meat consumption trends in American Samoa, offering consumption volume and value at market and category level. Bringing together Canadean's research, modeling, and analysis expertise to develop uniquely detailed market data, it allows both foreign and domestic companies to identify the market dynamics of overall Meat sales, and remain sensitive to those categories that will be in the ascendency in the coming years.

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Bangor Daily News

Maine State Society seeks Cherry Blossom Princess for festival

The Maine State Society of Washington, D.C. seeks candidates for Maine Cherry Blossom Princess to represent the state and the Society in the 68th annual National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C., April 5-11, 2015. Neither a beauty pageant nor talent competition, the festival is a unique opportunity for a young Maine woman to represent Maine and the Society at the largest, best-known non-governmental, civic and social event in the nation's capital which attracts national and international interest and participation.

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Samoa News

Drop in local gas consumption...

The ASG Office of Petroleum Management reports a drop in gasoline consumption in American Samoa during the first five months of the current fiscal year 2012 compared to the previous fiscal year, while the new maximum allowable price , or the wholesale price, for all petroleum products has an across the board decrease. "The drop in price for all petroleum products sold in the territory may not be significant but it is an indication that demand for diesel is dropping as the U.S moves out of the winter months and into the summer," Sione Kava, the OPM's petroleum officer said yesterday.

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Wed Sep 10, 2014

Samoa News

Eni's Advice to Next Admin - ...

In one of their rare photos together, Faleomavaega and Governor Togiola sing Samoan songs in the Congressman's Washington office, on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 as they celebrate the Governor's birthday. The Congressman surprised the Governor with a birthday cake and refreshments after their meeting to discuss a number of important issues affecting American Samoa.

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The New Zealand Herald

American Samoa receives major disaster declaration

The federal government is approving American Samoa's request for help with storms, flooding and landslides that caused more than $5 million in damage and left one person dead. The White House announced the major disaster declaration for the territory on Wednesday.

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The White House

President Obama Signs Territory of American Samoa Disaster Declaration

The President today declared a major disaster exists in the Territory of American Samoa and ordered federal aid to supplement territory and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, flooding, and landslides during the period of July 29 to August 3, 2014. Federal funding is available to territory and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms, flooding, and landslides.

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Examiner.com

Risks for chikungunya increase in U.S.

Health officials have confirmed the first human case of the chikungunya virus in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Public Health said in a news release Wednesday that a man from central Iowa is He recently returned from a trip to the Caribbean.

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Samoa News

Coastweeks 2014 planned to be "best ever"

This year's Coastweeks 2014 will kick off next week Monday, September 15 with canoe races that will begin right behind the DDW Cafe. The opening ceremony is scheduled to begin at 4:00 p.m., followed by the races.

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Tue Sep 09, 2014

Samoa News

Fed court issues new...

The appeals court in Washington D.C. has denied the U.S. State Department's motion to affirm the lower court's decision in the citizenship lawsuit case, while a "merits panel" is to convene to receive and review briefs by Congressman Faleomavaega Eni and the American Samoa Government. Last October, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Wynne P. Kelly, representing the U.S. State Department, the federal government, and two officials of the U.S. State Department asked the appeals court to affirm the lower court's decision - which held that the Citizenship Clause "did not guarantee birthright citizenship" - to the plaintiff-appellants based on the plain language of the Constitution.

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Samoa News

Watch for those potholes, more...

A power pole was knocked to the ground last Saturday afternoon during the high winds and rain, which occurred over the weekend. The pole was located between the Samoa News building and the post office in Fagatogo, and ASPA crews worked to replace the pole the same day.

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