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Archive - Feb 8, 2012

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ASHSAA Wrestling season begins with 300 in attendance

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The American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA), wrestling season began with a big bang, as it just held its first regular season tournament this past Saturday at Samoana High School, with just over 300 people in attendance to watch these elite athletes from seven different high schools — the South Pacific Academy Dolphins, Samoana Sharks, Kanana Fou Stallions, Nu’uuli VocTech Wildcats, Leone Lions, Faga’iuta Vikings and Tafuna Warriors — with even a few wrestlers from the elementary school level competing.



Op-Ed: Health Care System: ‘Free’ Ideology vs Sobering Reality, Part 2

A Historical Overview, Implications & Recommendations

The period of 1961 to 1968 marked the modernization of Tutuila and Manu’a when Governor Rex Lee received Congressional and Presidential support and funding.

Revolutionary in nature was the change in the education system where a television education system was installed to broadcast lessons by stateside certified teachers from the television station in Utulei to elementary and high schools around the island.



With no cash infusion, LBJ set to lay off 200 workers

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Faced with “a lack of funds”, LBJ Medical Center chief executive officer Michael Gerstenberger has informed many workers at the hospital they are being laid off effective Feb. 19 for an “indefinite period of time — we believe less than one year.”

Samoa News understands that the total number of affected employees is around 200 workers, of which many are medical personnel, including about 20 physicians, more than 60 nurses and several technicians at the laboratory.



Pasia tulafono e fa’asa ai ona inu pia i paka fa’asao

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Ua pasia e le Maota o Sui se tulafono taufa’aofi, e fa’asa ai ona taumafa le 'ava malosi i nofoaga o lo o i ai paka fa’asao, sei vagana ai lava nofoaga ua fa’atagaina i le tulafono, ua ta’oto atu ai ma se fautuaga mai molimau a le malo, ina ia i ai se auala e fa’aleleia ma siitia ai le fa’amalosiga o le tulafono, mo i latou o lo o tagofia le ‘ava malosi i nofoaga nei e aofia ai ma fanau laiti.

Na pasia e Faipule lenei tulafono, i lona faitauga fa’atolu i le vaiaso na te’a nei.



Joblessness blamed for burglaries says head of CID

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The minimal job opportunities offered in the territory is the reason behind the burglaries occurring now; criminals resort to looking for income elsewhere, even if it means breaking the law. That’s the message from Captain Lavata’i Taase Sagapolutele who heads the Department of Public Safety’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID).



Community input on Promoting Healthy Lifestyle

This past December and January, American Samoa Community College Community and Natural Resources (ASCC CNR) staff reached out to the public by holding four meetings to discuss ways to promote healthy living habits. These meetings took place in Fagaitua, Tula, Aua, and Aoloau, and gave parents, teachers, and community leaders a chance to express their input on encouraging families to eat more fruits and vegetables, drink more water and less sugar-sweetened beverages, exercise more, and get enough sleep.



Weather clears up for cruise ships visits

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With a strong wind advisory cancelled early yesterday morning, the P&O Cruise ship the Aurora, with around 1,800 passengers and 850 crew members, entered the waterway into the Pago Pago Harbor just before 8 a.m. following a stop in Apia, Samoa.

Missing at the main dock for the cruise ship’s visit are the usual vendors’ tents. Waterfront and recreational activities for Pago Pago Harbor were closed Monday due to bad weather and it was lifted early yesterday morning.



Biz Beat: A ‘flower dream’ come true

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 His love for plants gave him the ambition to open a floral shop, and today, he is the proud owner of newly established Alanoa Petals located in Nu’uuli.  Aniani Sili, who’s a military veteran, said the establishment of his new floral shop was made possible with the assistance of the Veteran’s Affairs office and Selina Higa in Honolulu.



E LEAI LAVA SE 'AU LAITIITI O MALO I SE 'AU TELE

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E leai lava se 'au latititi ua mafai ona faiaina ai se 'au tele i le taimi nei, ai ona o le laiti o nai tamaiti lea o lo'o fa'aatoa ai 'au laiti a isi alalafaga.

O le télé lava o 'au laiti, pe maua le to'alima o tamaiti na e fa'a-atoa ai, e amata mai i le 16 tausaga e o'o lava i le 19 tausaga.

O nai tamaiti la na o le fa'amoemoega o le afio’aga i le lumana'i i lenei lava ta'aloga a Samoa o le kirikiti.



Still no consensus from Fono on $3 MIL for LBJ

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More than $600,000 worth of claims following the 2009 tsunami were paid out from the Workmen’s Compensation Account while other claims are still pending, according to House Vice Speaker Talia Fa’afetai Iaulualo, during a Fono Conference Committee hearing, which sought to resolve differences between the House and the Senate over a $3 million funding bill for the LBJ Medical Center — the issue remains in conference.