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ESYFL closes its regular season this Saturday

tony@samoanews.com

This upcoming Saturday, will feature the closing of this year’s Eastern Star Youth Football League’s regular second season, with a double header that will see the kick off with the Pagai Buccaneers facing the Utumea 49ers for the first game at 8:00 a.m., followed by the main event of the day — the reigning Champions of last year’s season, the Aua Redskins, going up against the still undefeated Lauli’I Patriots.

Games will be at the Onesosopo Park Saturday morning.



ASTCA promises more bandwidth, world class services coming

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The American Samoa TeleCommunications Authority has declined to disclose at this time the cost of its contract with Calix Inc., the Petaluma, Calif., based telecommunication equipment supplier who announced last week that it has been selected by ASTCA to support and implement its Broadband Linking the American Samoa Territory (BLAST) project.

The Blast project has been touted by ASTCA as its delivery vehicle of advanced broadband services across the islands.



Samoa invites two fautasi teams for 50th anniversary

With caveat: only traditional boats may be used, including oars
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The Independence Committee for Samoa’s 50th Anniversary celebration has invited two fautasi teams from American Samoa — those which placed first and second during American Samoa’s Flag Day race earlier this month.

Aeto from Pago Pago Village won the race, with “Nu’uuli” from Nu’uuli Village taking second place.

In an interview with Samoa News, Co-Chairman of the Independence Committee Tolofuaivalelei Falemoe Leiataua said the invitations have already been sent to the office of Samoan Affairs for the two fautasi crews.



Territories fail to block cuts on Medicaid funding

A unified voice from U.S. territorial governors and delegates failed to block Republicans from reducing Medicaid funding for the territories.

Delegate Gregorio Kilili Sablan (Ind-MP) said yesterday that Republicans on the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee voted to take away some $100 million in Medicaid funding from the CNMI and increase the CNMI's local match by 11 percent.



Invention Contest encourages innovation

The ARRA Student Workers, a subsidiary of the Student Government Association (SGA) at the American Samoa Community College, staged an imaginative promotion of energy saving earlier this week with an Invention Competition open to the College’s student clubs.

Participating clubs were asked to come up with an invention that demonstrated an efficient use of energy, and the resulting entries confirmed that all it takes is imagination and ingenuity to use familiar materials in unfamiliar ways which can result in energy saving.



Dancing Fingers 8th Annual Spring Concert to be held tonight

PETESA UTA — Twenty-six fine young pianists will perform for the Dancing Fingers 8th Annual Spring Concert tonight at the Calvary Temple AOG at Lepuapua (Leone).  Pastor David Willis of the Church of Christ will offer the invocation and the closing prayer.

The school’s honorary patron of arts, the Hon. Gov. Togiola and First Lady Mary Ann Tulafono are expected to attend as well as Lt. Gov. and Mrs. Faoa Aitofele Sunia.



Court Report

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HEARING CONTINUED FOR ASG EMPLOYEES FIGHTING TERMINATION

Due to one of the government’s witness being unavailable, there has been a delay of the hearing in the case of three Port Administration employees who are disputing their termination after they failed a mandatory drug test required of Port Administration Employees.

The hearing was scheduled for three days this week before Administrative Law Judge Toetagata Albert Mailo, however the government again moved for another continuance.



Appeals court denies Fagaima Milovale’s recusal motion and objection

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Fagaima Milovale’s motion to recuse two Associate Justices — John Ward and Elvis Pila Patea — from the appellate panel to hear his appeal has been denied by the Appellate court. Also denied was Fagaima’s objection to Assistant Attorney General Vincent Kruse representing the government, as it is his father’s decision that is being challenged in the appellate court. Vincent’s father is Chief Justice Michael Kruse.



Five contracts worth almost $5MIL awarded for E-Rate program

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The Procurement Office has awarded five separate contracts totaling close to $5 million for the Department of Education Year 15 E-Rate Program — in which 90% of the total cost of each contract award is paid by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) and the balance by ASDOE.

Each contract award is for five years beginning July 1, 2012 and ending June 30, 2017, with the option to extend for two additional 1-year periods, according to information provided by Procurement Office.



Cancer survivors urged to eat better, exercise

ATLANTA (AP) -- A cancer diagnosis often inspires people to exercise and eat healthier. Now the experts say there's strong evidence that both habits may help prevent the disease from coming back.

New guidelines issued Thursday by the American Cancer Society urge doctors to talk to their cancer patients about eating right, exercising and slimming down if they're too heavy.