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Penina Tausala set for Gangneung Danoje Festival

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Miss American Samoa Skyline Nua and members of the Penina Tausala Dance Production will represent American Samoa at the seven day Gangneung Danoje Festival held annually in the Republic of Korea.

This is the second time Penina Tausala Dance Production will attend this festival, at the invitation of the government of Korea through the Gangneung Danoje Festival Committee, said Meafou Imo, founder of the Penina Tausala.



What French election result means for US, world

(AP) —French voters chose Socialist Francois Hollande as their new president Sunday in a race that will have implications for Europe's debt crisis, the Afghanistan war and global diplomacy.

Hollande, largely unknown outside French borders, beat out conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy, who faced widespread anger and disappointment over his handling of the economy.



ASBA gives Morrow Justice Award to Ipu Lefiti

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During the Law Conference’s 40 year anniversary celebration, that was held by the American Samoa Bar Association at the ASCC lecture hall last week, Mrs Ipu Avegalio Lefiti was awarded the first annual Arthur A. Morrow Justice Award.

The Arthur A Morrow award is named after American Samoa's longest serving chief justice, from 1937 to 1966, and this award recognizes an individual or an organization that has made significant improvements to the justice system and the rule of law in American Samoa.



Apia gets makeover for the 50th Independence Day

As Samoa’s 50th Independence draws closer, Apia is being given a makeover from in front of the Fiame Mataafa Faumuina Mulinuu II building towards the Mulinu’u peninsula. 

Employees of the Samoa Tourism Authority (STA) toiled in the boiling sun yesterday while they worked on aligning transplanted coconut trees on the grass in front of the Government building.  A worker who gave his name as Moe, said the makeover is in preparation for the Ind



Community Briefs

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HAWAIIAN AIR FLIGHT THURSDAY NIGHT DELAYED FOR SIX HOURS

Hawaiian Airlines' Thursday night flight from Honolulu didn’t arrive in Pago Pago until around 3:30am yesterday consequently departing the territory at around 5:10am.

Its' local office issued a memo early Thursday evening saying the flight - which departed Honolulu on time at around 5:20pm “has returned to Honolulu due to mechanical reasons” causing a delay of about six hours.



OCEANSIDE EVENT CELEBRATES POLYNESIAN CULTURE

Oceanside High School students and educators celebrated Polynesian culture and honored two graduates Friday at the annual Wally Molifua Day Celebration, which included a tribute to Junior Seau.

"Uncle Wally" Molifua was a beloved teacher at the school who coached Seau in the 1980s and started the Polynesian club there in the 1970s.

School employees and family members restarted the annual celebrations after Molifua's death in 2005 to pay tribute to him, share Polynesian culture and raise money for scholarships.



Op-Ed: Convicted Sex offenders -- free to re-offend

How do you protect yourself and your family from a convicted sex offender who is on probation?

In a Samoan family the adults decide whether to forgive and love and trust again the family member who was convicted.  Attitudes vary from forgiveness (with promises to never re-offend on the part of the convicted person)... to ' he has done his time' ...to 'eh! It’s a generational family sickness'... or 'don’t worry we will keep an eye on him' or even 'Marrying the impregnated minor he raped will solve the social issues'.



ASCC PTK at National Conference



Supermoon glows around the globe

(AP) —It may have been only an optical illusion, but what a sight. The biggest and brightest full moon of the year arrived Saturday night and glowed around the world.

In Brazil it illuminated the landmark Christ the Redeemer statue and later set behind a shanty town. In Florida, fishermen worked their lines amid the moonlight in Bal Harbour. And near Athens, tourists watched as the moon rose behind the Temple of Poseidon.



Wife saw bullet hole while Skyping with soldier

DALLAS (AP) -- An Army nurse showed no alarm or discomfort before suddenly collapsing during a Skype video chat with his wife, who saw a bullet hole in a closet behind him, his family said Sunday.

Capt. Bruce Kevin Clark's family released a statement describing what his wife saw in the video feed recording her husband's death.

"Clark was suddenly knocked forward," the statement said. "The closet behind him had a bullet hole in it. The other individuals, including a member of the military, who rushed to the home of CPT Clark's wife also saw the hole and agreed it was a bullet hole."