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Lions Park Tennis Vets Club beats Chanel

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The American Samoa Lions Park Veterans Tennis Club wrestled the championship trophy from the visiting Chanel vets tennis club from Moamoa, Apia when they met last weekend at the Tafuna Tennis Courts for two days of competition.

Because of bad weather, only 28 matches were completed on Friday, 25th and Saturday, 26th. The local vets club won 16 of those matches while Chanel took 12 of them.



Op-Ed: A Decade of Progress on AIDS

I’ll tell you the worst part about it, for me. It was the look in their eyes when the nurses gave them the diagnosis — H.I.V.-positive — then said there was no treatment. I saw no anger in their expression. No protest. If anything, just a sort of acquiescence.



Local money found to shore up TAO after ARRA funds reprogrammed

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The Territorial Audit Office (TAO) is back to being fully funded for fiscal year 2012 after the agency got a reduction of stimulus money in FY 2011 causing concern that it may not have enough to money to cover expenses for (among other things) the salary of the Territorial Auditor at the end of FY 2011 heading into the current fiscal year.

Territorial Auditor Robert Dantini told Samoa News yesterday that Gov. Togiola Tulafono stepped in to provide local funds for FY 2012.



Business Briefs

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Hawthorne Machinery of Samoa Inc. has hired Christopher Bullinger as the new General Manager, replacing Doug Harrington, who has retired.



Body spray used in bizarre Samoa robbery

A 22-year-old woman has been charged with attempted robbery after she allegedly sprayed her body deodorant at an employee of Western Union Money Transfer with the intention of stealing money.  The incident took place last Tuesday at the Western Union branch at the Maota o Samoa complex, Tuana’imato.

Assistant Police Commissioner Le’aupepe Fatu Pula said Fialelei Ene Siaosi entered the money transfer outlet and sprayed the face of the cashier.



Tension high in West Papua as Auckland raises Morning Star

The Morning Star flag, banned in West Papua, was raised in Aotea Square in Auckland today to mark the 50th anniversary of the declaration of West Papuan independence. Maire Leadbeater of the Indonesia Human Rights Committee said there was “extremely high tension” in West Papua as the Indonesian forces prepare to clamp down on celebrations today. “I’m very worried, particularly after recent episodes where police have opened fire on peaceful protesters,” she said.



Land Grant hosts Masefou Kindergarten

The Masefau Kindergarten class took a trip to the ASCC Land Grant on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011 to learn more about plants.

The five students and their two teachers learned the names of different plants that grow in American Samoa and how to take care of them, and the visitors were also given some plants to take back with them to Masefau to grow in front of their classroom.



Kiwi families fight for Samoan land

Two New Zealand families will depart for Samoa in the next week in a desperate bid to win back land that has been at the centre of a fraud investigation. The Stowers family live in New Zealand, but the land they own in Samoa is a special link to their home country.

But the Stowers discovered by accident their mother's property was transferred into the name of Toluono Feti Toluono, when he was an MP.



Pele's courageous battle ends

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Bernadette Marie "Pele" Scanlan Langkilde, a native of Fagatogo, American Samoa who has long fought a battle with Lou Goehrig's disease, passed away peacefully at LBJ Medical Center on Tuesday evening, November 29 with her husband and family members at her side.

For the past 16 years, Pele and her family courageously battled the disease, which kept her immobilized and on a ventilator.

The community fought right along with her, as they organized walks and drives to help the family cope with the debilitating illness - "Pele's Walk" became an annual event in the community.



ASCC awards Fall 2011 in-house scholarships

The Student Services division of the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) recently announced the recipients of the College's Presidential Merit Scholarship as well as the Saili Le Atamai Scholarship sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA).