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Pacific mourns Tonga's King; Burial set for Tuesday

fili@samoanews.com

Gov. Togiola Tulafono has written to the Prime Minister of Tonga, expressing deepest condolences from the people and government of American Samoa over the passing of King George Tupou V, who will be laid to rest tomorrow (Tuesday Tonga  time) at the Royal tomb in the country’s capital of Nukualofa.



Air conditioned school buses join DOE fleet for first time

reporters@samoanews.com

Speaking on his weekend radio program, Gov. Togiola Tulafono announced three new school buses for the Department of Education arrived on island recently and were last week turned over to DOE.

He said these are the first buses that have a radio and are air conditioned, which will be good for students but also might keep bus drivers inside without leaving the bus.



Malamalama’aga o le Kanesa

EXERCISE VERSUS PHYSICAL ACTIVITY...’UP-ING THE ANTE’

When you hear the word ‘exercise’ do you envision running, sweating, being short of breath, and muscle soreness? Does the word ‘exercise’ incite feelings of anxiety and pressure?  Do you feel that you should be exercising for your health but just don’t have the time or energy to do it?



Time to register your child for ECE

jeff@samoanews.com

The American Samoa Department of Education (DOE) Early Childhood Education (ECE) Program is now giving out registration forms to those who wish to enter their children into the DOE-ECE Program.

The DOE-ECE program staff was out Friday morning in front of the main ECE Office located in Fagatogo, reminding the public to get their youngsters registered for the ECE Program.



Samoana inducts 23 into National Honor Society

jeff@samoanews.com

Samoana High School held their ‘National Honor Society’ Inductee Ceremony this past Thursday evening inside of their gymnasium, with family members and parents witnessing their sons and daughters being inducted into the Samoana High School National Honor Society.

“It is always a great sight to see your child inducted into the National Honor Society,” said a proud mother of one of the inductees.

Here is the list of new inductees into the Samoana High School National Honor Society:



“Preparation is always half the battle”

ASCC Business Class enthused with Samoa business's use of raw local materials
frostlehualani@yahoo.com

It is the twelfth year the ASCC graduating Business Class picked Independent Samoa as the venue to directly observe and gain practical experience of management production, effective packaging and channels of distribution.

This year's business students, nine young ladies, fundraised extensively and planned for their 10 day trip to Apia and Savaii and even hosted a farewell dinner with their parents before leaving.



Hawaiian Air jet enters path of landing cargo plane

Plane forced to abort landing

HONOLULU -A Hawaiian Airlines flight bound for Honolulu mistakenly entered a runway where a cargo plane was landing Wednesday night in Kansai, Japan, aviation officials said.

Japanese aviation officials tell the Aviation Herald that All Nippon Airways 767 was on final descent when the control tower realized the Hawaiian Airlines plane was on the runway. The ANA pilot was told to abort the landing until Hawaiian Airlines flight 450 could taxi off the runway.

The cargo jet safely landed a few minutes later.



Tonga gets ready to bury late King George Tupou the fifth

Tonga will come to a standstill today and tomorrow for the state funeral of King George Tupou the Fifth.

His body is due to arrive in Nuku’alofa from Hong Kong just after midday, accompanied by his brother, the new King, Tupou the Sixth.

At the royal palace, the casket will lie in state overnight.

The chairman of the state funeral committee, Lord Vaea says church services will run all night, schools will keep lighted torches outside the palace fence, and noble families will drink kava as part of the all-night vigil.



Afghans: US paid $50K per shooting spree death

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) -- The U.S. paid $50,000 in compensation for each villager killed and $11,000 for each person wounded in a shooting rampage allegedly carried out by a rogue American soldier in southern Afghanistan, Afghan officials said Sunday.

The families were told that the money came from President Barack Obama. The unusually large payouts were the latest move by the White House to mend relations with the Afghan people after the killings threatened to shatter already tense relations.



Battle over Obama health law reaches high court

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The monumental fight over a health care law that touches all Americans and divides them sharply comes before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday. The justices will decide whether to kill or keep the largest expansion in the nation's social safety net in more than four decades.

Two years and three days after President Barack Obama signed into law a health care overhaul aimed at extending medical insurance to more than 30 million Americans, the high court begins three days of hearings over the law's validity.