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Co-Ed Slow Pitch Update

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The Department of Parks and Recreation 2012 Ben Solaita Co-Ed Slow-Pitch Softball Classic concluded another week of action with exciting games this past Saturday at the Tony Solaita Baseball Field in Tafuna.

First off, Marist East topped Kip McGrath 17-7.  In other games, Alanoa hammered Meto Youth by a score of 19-4, Marist West was able to hold on to the lead in a narrow win, when they downed ASESRO Cobras 7-5, while the Department of Public Works held on to defeat Leone II by a score of 15-12.



American Samoa Wrestling Association holds beach wrestling tournament

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The American Samoa Wrestling Association (ASWA) held a cookout/ beach wrestling tournament this past Saturday at the Maliu Mai Beach resort for all of the wrestlers who competed in this year’s American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) wrestling season. The event crowned three champions.

“With the ending of the ASHSAA wrestling, we thought it would be a great idea to have a cookout get together along with a beach wrestling tournament,” said Ethan Lake, President of the ASWA.



Clinics: Austerity measures now in effect at LBJ

Most clinics closed on Fridays, effective Mar. 9
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LBJ Medical Center is moving forward this week with more austerity measures as part of the agreement the hospital reached last month with Gov. Togiola Tulafono in order for the medical center to receive the $3 million the government borrowed from the Workmen’s Compensation Account.

Hospital chief executive officer Mike Gerstenberger said that effective Mar. 9, all outpatient clinics — except for the Dialysis Clinics and Family Planning clinics — will be closed on Fridays, until further notice.



Togiola seeks support of feds to expand Sanctuary

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Gov. Togiola Tulafono, in his official remarks at the 27th U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Meeting in Washington D.C., last month, said he fully supports the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration proposal.

The Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary would add five new areas to its current area, according to the NOAA proposal; while local opposition has been en-capsuled in a Senate Concurrent Resolution calling for a full congressional review of NOAA’s proposal.



OIA director confirms $7MIL set aside for wharf project

Wharf area lease to StarKist for cold storage changes original intent and purpose of project
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A U.S. Department of Interior official has confirmed that about $7 million has been set aside for renovation of the service wharf area, which is adjacent to the main dock and this local project is overseen by the Port Administration Department.



A DECADE OF EXCELLENCE: SPA MATH STUDENTS AT TOP OF THEIR GAME

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South Pacific Academy has garnered numerous academic awards over the years, but a recent win is a milestone for them, and one for the local record books.

This year the private school in Tafuna won — for the tenth consecutive year — First Place overall in the territory's island wide Math competition, sponsored by the Department of Education's OCIA (Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Accountability) division.



COHORT 24 begins literacy service project

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The students of University of Hawaii Cohort 24 began on Saturday their project for community service —  “Read and Write Everyday, Lead a Better Life.” The Cohort 24 has dedicated the month of March to promoting Literacy in the territory.

Their kick-off for Literacy Month was at Utulei Beach Park, where they stood along the road, waving and holding out books signifying the importance of Reading and Writing. Some of the books were given away to the first cars who stopped.



Reynolds picked for Calif NPS spot

SAN FRANCISCO – Mike Reynolds has been selected as the new superintendent of Lava Beds National Monument and the Tule Lake Unit of World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, both located in northeastern California.  He replaces Dave Kruse who was recently named Facilities Chief for the Pacific West Region of the National Park Service.



Thank you American Samoa!

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The American Samoa All Star Football team, along with family members, fans and supporters, were out last Saturday in front of Samoana High School, waving at passersby and thanking all of American Samoa for their support in their recent trip to Australia, where they defeated the Australian High School Under 19 All Star Football team.

The team will now be heading to Austin, Texas to play in the 2012 International Federation of American Football World Junior Championships, representing the Oceania Region, that will be taking place from June 28-July 8.



Unanimous House vote amends ASPA BOD expiration terms

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In a unanimous vote last Thursday, the House approved in final reading a Senate bill (S.B.31-20) that seeks to amend the statute which allows the American Samoa Power Authority board of director members to continue to serve after their terms have expired.

The terms for ASPA  board chairman Asaua Fuimaono and board member Va'a Sokelati are current, while terms for board members  Steve Felte, Fanene Morris Scanlan and Norman Okamura have long expired.