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FFAS looks forward to Next Goal Wins

“It was one hell of a ride, I must say, it was unbelievable,” Thomas Rongen said in describing his feelings after watching a sneak peak of the Next Goal Wins movie.
“I think it’s very rare for a documentary to capture a sense of excitement.  This is a real sporting history made.”
On April 19, Next Goal Wins premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

Court Report


A woman who has been labeled by the government as a threat to society was released by the High Court last week, with a stern warning that if she violates probation terms she will be taken back to jail. Etevise Tomasi was charged with first-degree assault, but in a plea agreement with the government, she pled guilty to second-degree assault after throwing a glass at another woman in a nightclub — the glass landed on the victim’s face.



One of the highllights of the Flag Day festivities is always the parade and the floats. This yearoOne of the ‘talked about’ floats in the 2014 Flag Day parade at the Veterans Memorial Stadium was the ASPA Power division’s float that had electric poles with climbing line-women and even a working street light.

This and over 50 other photos in our slideshow.

Siva & Pese slideshow —38 photos

Thirty-eight photos from Flag Day 2014 Siva & Pese at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Slideshows: American Samoa Flag Day highlights

“Government and Business in Partnership”

The one-day 2014 Flag Day celebration officially closed Thursday when the flags were lowered by the police honor guard just after 6:30p.m. following a full day of colorful festivities and speeches that went on despite sporadic rain in the Tualauta area, although other parts of Tutuila faced a heavy down pour in the afternoon.

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Slideshows: StarKist CEO speaks on behalf of biz

2014 Flag Day celebrates business and government in partnership

StarKist Inc., president and chief executive officer Sam Lee says the United States has a national interest in American Samoa and praised the territory’s top leaders for their continued fight for territory’s interests in the federal government.
Lee spoke on behalf of the business community during Thursday’s 2014 Flag Day ceremony dedicated to the private sector, under the theme “Government and Business in Partnership”.

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The final cash count for villages at Flag Day


Although Pago Pago’s fautasi ‘Aeto’ didn’t claim the title of Champ in the 2014 Fautasi Race regatta, the village was the big winner, when it comes to total cash received in prizes for three main events this year.
Cash prizes and awards were announced during the closing ceremony that started just after 6p.m. Thursday at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Christianity observes one of its holiest days, Good Friday


Today, Christians around the world, including those in American Samoa, are commemorating Good Friday; the day when they believe Jesus Christ was crucified and died on the cross at Calvary to save the world.
Good Friday in American Samoa is being marked with morning services by some church denominations, especially the Catholic Faith, whose parishioners re-create the final steps Jesus took while carrying his cross to the crucifixion site — they are embodied in the fourteen Stations of the Cross — the ceremony started just before sunrise.

1,000 strong — StarKist entertains at Flag Day


StarKist Samoa cannery workers prefer that the minimum wage in American Samoa be reviewed by a special committee and urged rejecting any move to continue wages hikes - with the next one set for Sept. 30, 2015.
This was the public message shared by the close to 1,000 cannery workers, during their traditional song, or pese, at their performance for the 2014 Flag Day celebration at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Tafuna marking the 114 years since the territory became part of the U.S. family.

Fautasi Fiva Slide Show — 97 Photos

Up close at the Flag Day Fautasi Race. Over 90 photos taken from the water near the long boats.

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