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FEMA approves millions for Futiga and Leone roads

Congressman Faleomavaega Eni says he has been informed by FEMA that ASG will receive close to $3 million in federal funding for two road projects— on each in Futiga and Leone.

Funding for both projects is provided by FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.



Man charged with assault of referee asks for bail cut

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Chief Justice Michael Kruse, accompanied on the bench by Chief Associate Judge Logoai Siaki and Associate Judge Fa’amausili, took under advisement a motion to reduce bail for Iopu Siolo, one of the defendants charged in connection with the assault of a referee from Samoa last year.



Team TeeJay arrives in territory

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TeeJay Mamea and family members spotted at the Tafuna International Airport early yesterday morning, after arriving on the delayed Hawaiian Airline flight. 

This is TeeJay’s first trip to American Samoa made possible by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, with the help of Hawaii community donors like Dave & Buster’s, Hawaiian Airlines, Platinum Limousine, Tihati Productions, Hawaii Balloon Company, Augie T and IMF Visions.



May 5 “Connect the Dots”

At nearly 1,000 events in over 100 countries, people will highlight how climate change is effecting their lives in the here and now.

People around the world are joining 350.org today, May 5 for the first ever Climate Impacts Day, a global event designed to “connect the dots” between climate impacts, such as extreme weather events, and the broader climate crisis.

The events taking place around the world on May 5 tell the story of a planet already reeling from the numerous impacts of the climate crisis.



Wheelchair Mission Project continues to give to community

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The Young Women's Christian Association of American Samoa(YWCA-AS) continues to distribute wheelchairs, canes and crutches to those in need, from their office at Tasi Street, Lion’s Park, Tafuna.

The  Wheelchair Mission Project started on April 12, 2012 with a brief presentation ceremony that was attended by the Governor, representatives of the American Wheelchair Mission, government officials and organizations that have already received wheelchairs.



Court Report

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DRUG DEFENDANT ON PROBATION FOR ONE MARIJUANA JOINT

A fisherman who walked into the main port with a marijuana joint behind his ear was placed on probation for five years and released from jail on Thursday.

Assistant Public Defender Leslie Cardin pleaded with the court to place the defendant, Vaoeli Lafoia, on probation given that the amount of marijuana found on him was minimal.

Vaoeli Lafoia took the stand and apologized for his actions.



US Fishery Managers Act to address endangered species, foreign fishing concerns

KOHALA COAST, HAWAII —The chairs and executive directors of the nation’s eight Regional Fishery Management Councils (RFMCs) on Thursday in Hawaii concluded their three-day Council Coordination Committee (CCC) meeting. The CCC is convened annually to enable the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), NOAA officials and others to exchange information with the RFMCs. 



Hawkeye: Aside From That!

“The wonderful thing about the imagination is that it stretches as far as you can take it but it never breaks!”

“You should be a lantern for yourself. Draw close to the light within you and seek no other shelter.”

And another fine good morning to all fine friends, foes, and habitual readers of yours truly: Hawkeye.

Aside from all the B/S that life has a way of bestowing upon us, how are we holding up to the strain? Good would be Hawkeye's guess, and we must continue to hang on to life as though every breath is our last.



As Japan shuts down nuclear power, emissions rise

TOKYO (AP) -- The Fukushima crisis is eroding years of Japanese efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming, as power plants running on oil and natural gas fill the electricity gap left by now-shuttered nuclear reactors.



After exile, career reset: Earl Sweatshirt Is back from the wilderness

AT Coral Reef Academy, a therapeutic retreat for at-risk boys in Vaitele, outside of the Samoan capital of Apia, your progress is tracked on a map with a bus. Around the island the bus goes, until eventually it lands at the airport, at which point you’re finally free.