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  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 69.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 70.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 77.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 78.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 69.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 70.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 77.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 78.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 69.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 70.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 77.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 78.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 69.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 70.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 77.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 78.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 69.
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  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 77.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 78.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 69.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 70.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 77.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 78.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 69.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 70.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 77.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 78.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 69.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 70.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 77.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CDT/-5.0/DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 78.

December 25th

“ANZ HAS TWO SPEEDS—SLOW AND STOP”

Dear Editor;

I have banked all over this world, the Caribbean, North Africa, Central Pacific, Far East, East Asia, and here in the South Pacific for a long time and never have I experienced a more screwed up operation than the ANZ Tafuna Branch Bank!!!

A full house of customers and only one or two tellers who have to check with three or four supervisors just to change a dime into two nickels.



“FA’AFETAI AND FAREWELL”

I want to take this time to give honor and gratitude to Almighty God for the blessed opportunity I have had to serve the people of American Samoa in the American Samoa Government.



Highway funding for territory raises question of fairness

Road pothole maintenance repairs cannot be funded with FHWA funds
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American Samoa gets only 10% of the total funding allocation to four U.S. insular areas from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and this came as a surprise to Rep. Larry Sanitoa, who sought additional information from the federal government in an effort to expedite the repair of deteriorating local roads in the territory.

Sanitoa had written a Dec. 3 letter to Clifford Chew, who is with the Federal Highway Administration office in Honolulu, seeking an update on the territory’s federal funds for highway programs.



Senators selected for Sua

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Two more senators were selected last week by their county councils and traditional leaders. The senators are for the county of Sua.

SUA COUNTY

In accordance with local law and constitution, Sua county has two seats in the Senate. This county comprises the villages of Fagaitua, Amaua, Auto, Avaio, Alega, Aumi, Laulii, Sailele, Masausi, Masefau and Afono.



Court Report

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DISTRICT COURT CONFINEMENTS

The District Court was packed on Monday morning with a total of 29 people arrested, including five juveniles. Eleven had been arrested for public peace disturbances, four charged with felony cases and 10 arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. Among those arrested was a 16-year-old who allegedly entered a home without permission.



TCF inmate receives additional seven year sentence for Tool Shop theft

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A man who’s currently serving 30 years in jail for a murder conviction in 2010 was sentenced to an additional seven years in jail in connection with stealing items from the Tool Shop.

Sentencing for Mark Faipaua was handed down by Chief Justice Michael Kruse, Chief Associate Judge Logoai Siaki and Associate Judge Fa’amausili Pomele.

Fiapaua was initially charged with first degree burglary and stealing. However, in a plea agreement the defendant entered a guilty plea to stealing while the government moved to have the burglary charge dismissed.



American Samoa officials in Hawaii to look at bank options

Representatives of the incoming administration in American Samoa are approaching banks in Hawai’i about opening branches in the territory.

The Bank of Hawai’i’s closure next March will leave ANZ as the only commercial bank operating in American Samoa.

The Lieutenant Governor-elect Lemanu Peleti Mauga and two advisors have talked with the vice president for Central Pacific Bank, Lance Mitsumoto.

First Hawaiian Bank has shown an interest in getting involved and it is expected to arrange a meeting with the Lieutenant Governor-elect soon.



Women’s NGO in Samoa to carry out a Cyclone Evan farm-to-farm analysis

A women’s NGO in Samoa will carry out a Cyclone Evan farm-to-farm needs analysis in Upolu this week.

Women in Business Development Incorporated says its fieldworkers are giving up their holiday break to do the detailed analysis.

Executive director Adi Maimalaga Tafuna’i says her staff recognised that many farmers are in desperate need of help out there.

She says this work is incredibly important and will it help her group in 2013 to target the families who need help the most and to get them back on their feet.



South Africa: Mandela released from the hospital

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South Africa's presidency says Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid icon and former president, has been released from the hospital.

The 94-year-old had been in the hospital since Dec. 8. He was diagnosed with a lung infection and also had a procedure to remove gallstones.

In recent days, officials have said Mandela is improving, but doctors have taken extraordinary care with his health because of his age.

Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj says Mandela will receive more medical care at his Johannesburg home until he fully recovers.



COCOA PLANT PROJECT UNDERWAY, WITH 2,000 PLANTS DISTRIBUTED ISLAND WIDE

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is funding the local cocoa planting project with more than 2,000 cocoa plants distributed to farmers island-wide, with plans to expand the program next year, and the goal of exporting this product to the U.S. and overseas markets.

The cocoa plant project was first publicly revealed during a meeting in July this year  between the local Department of Agriculture, the Chamber of Commerce and officials from the Indonesian government who are based in Washington D.C.