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Local gas outlook poor, survey of stations tells story

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A survey of six gas stations on Tutuila by the ASG Office of Petroleum Management (OPM) revealed the average retail gasoline price for American Samoa is just below $4.60 per gallon; and for the future outlook for American Samoa, OPM petroleum officer Sione Kava told Samoa News, “the next MAP does not look good”.

The next MAP is to be released Apr. 16 — just before Flag Day 2012 marking 112 years since American Samoa became part of the U.S. family.



Emergency siren test blows every first Friday at noon

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa —The Department of Homeland Security / TEMCO will be conducting an emergency siren test this Friday, April 6 at 12 noon.

This is part of the regular monthly siren tests that will be conducted on the first Friday of every month at noon. TEMCO officials are advising the community that this is only a routine test to be conducted regularly to make sure that the siren system throughout the territory is working properly, and also to get everyone used to what the sirens and the messages sound like.



QUEST: A course where students cheer

ASCC Marine Science and UH Sea Grant partner with many agencies

Students don’t often cheer when a teacher walks into class, particularly on a test day. However, this is exactly what happened in one Marine Science class at the American Samoa Community College during the first class meeting after spring break.

Eight students had given up their spring break to participate in the Quantitative Underwater Ecological Surveying Techniques (QUEST) course held from March 12-17 in Faga’alu, and could only express their excitement over QUEST with applause.



AMERICAN SAMOANS IN GUAM HELP WITH HIGH SCHOOL CLEAN UP

 While students are out on Spring Break, one southern Guam school gets a much-needed makeover with the help of students from American Samoa. 22-year-old Tony Solaita left his home in American Samoa two months ago in search of better opportunities.

"Guam to us is a place for us to find better jobs to help support our family back home," he shared. While on Guam, Solaita is one of thirty American Samoans helping the Center for Micronesian Empowerment, a non-profit organization based on Guam.



Samoa Police wait for Pathologist

A pathologist has yet to be found to conduct a post mortem on a young girl who died more than six weeks ago. Police suspect she died as a result of a beating she received at the hands of her school teacher. The teacher has since been charged with assault and appeared in Court on Monday.



Fono donates to Family Student Support Group project

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A generous donation of $500 was made yesterday morning from the House of Representatives. In the photo, the Speaker of the House Savali Talavou Ale (far left), during the presentation of the House’s donation to the Family Student Support Group (FAMSS), with founder of the group, Maddy Unutoa (far right) and FAMSS member Sheri Unutoa (center), on hand to receive the donation.



UPDATE: Participants in DHR NEG work program ‘pleased’ with their experience

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Participants of the American Samoa National Emergency Grant (NEG) work experience internship program, overseen by the Department of Human Resources, say they are pleased to have been given the chance to work in both private and public sectors under the paid internship program.

This project is an allowable employment and training activity under the U.S. Department of Labor Workforce Investment Act and is part of the approved American Samoa NEG Workforce Development Strategy to assist participants who are currently enrolled in the NEG program, said DHR.



Court Report

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FORMER POST OFFICE EMPLOYEE CASE IN HIGH COURT

A retired Post Office employee facing criminal charges in connection with the alleged theft of money and postage stamps to the tune of more than $2,000 back in 2009 was arraigned in the High Court yesterday morning.

Nikolao Fa’asala is charged with embezzlement, stealing and responsibility for the conduct of another to commit forgery.



Silia 50 au malaga fuafua mo le Faaaliga Tu ...

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... ma Aganuu Pasefika

E le o i ai se fuafuaga a le Komiti o loo tapenaina le au malaga a Amerika Samoa mo le Faaaliga lona 11 o Tu ma Aganuu a le Pasefika, lea o le a faia i Solomona, e ova tele atu ma le toa 50 le aofa’i o le au malaga o le a fai ma sui o le teritori mo lea faamoemoe.



Tala o Faamasinoga

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MOLIA SE TAMALOA NA FA’AFEFE LONA AFAFINE I SE FANA MA SE NAIFI

O le taeao o le Aso Lua na se’i mavae atu nei, na tula’i ai i luma o le Fa’amasinoga Fa’aitumalo ia se tamaloa o lo o molia i lona fa’afefe o lona afafine i se agaese ma se la’au malosi.