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Tisa's 10th Annual Tattoo Festival — Friday

all photos: Tony Gasu

DYWA supports Cancer Coalition with fundraiser


DYWA Deputy Director Tapumanaia Galu Satele Jr., on behalf of Director Jonathan Fanene and the Department of Youth and Women's Affairs, yesterday presented the American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition with a check for $600, earned during their “Pink Car Wash” fundraiser held last Friday in Nuuuli to support and raise awareness for October, designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month across the nation.



“The over arching question which the American Samoan people have not decided, is— what form of government do we really want?”
This was the question posed by Department of Education Director Vaitinasa Salu Hunkin Finau during her remarks at the Close Up Summit earlier this week.
This is the fourth annual summit, which was held at Kanana Fou, and attended by about  sixty high school students from high schools across American Samoa.

Dance competition winners unhappy over slow payment of prize money


The four groups that won top honors during the first ever American Samoa’s Best Dance Crew (ASBDC) competition hosted by the Dept. of Youth and Women’s Affairs (DYWA) last month have contacted Samoa News, claiming that they still haven’t received their cash prizes.

Intl Day of the girl festivities set for tomorrow


An estimated 2,000 local residents—mostly women and girls—are expected to show up at the Veterans Memorial Stadium in Tafuna tomorrow when the territory celebrates for the first time ever, the International Day of the Girl (IDG).
As of yesterday afternoon, close to 1,800 people had already registered to participate, although applications were still pouring in.

Toa ole Afi Fire Knife Competition to take place tonight

Non-profit organization holds its first competition event

The first Toa ole Afi Fire Knife Competition will take place tonight at the Tafuna High School gymnasium from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Admittance is free and everyone is invited.
Head of the Toa ole Afi organization, Loso I’aulualo, told Samoa News yesterday that the competition is being held to coincide with the annual Mosooi Festival.

Cohort 28 teachers conduct professional development sessions for colleagues


Beginning earlier this month, and finishing up this week, the University of Hawaii-Cohort 28 teachers have been conducting professional development sessions at their respective schools.
Sessions began on October 9 and ended October 22.

Port Administration proposes hike in tug boat rates


An increase in the cost of Port operations has prompted the move to increase rates for the tug boats says Port Administration Director Taimalelagi Dr Claire Tuia Poumele.
According to the Director, the existing rates for the Tugs Tatoso II, Tautua and Sailele were established in 1980, more than 30 years ago. 
She explained that under a proposed rule change, the use charge per hour will go from $250 to $425; outside normal working hours, the hourly rate will be from $300 to $510.

Biz Beat: Tropical Blends whipping up great tasting, healthy treats


For nearly two months now, Tropical Blends in Nuuuli has been open for business and the reviews are nothing but positive. Offering delicious smoothies, juices, sub-sandwiches, salads, snacks, and “wellness shots”, Tropical Blends operates under the motto: “A healthier taste, a healthier you!”

Only 8 candidates attend ASCC Congressional Forum


Eight of nine candidates running for American Samoa’s congressional seat attended a forum hosted by the American Samoa Community College Student Government Association (ASCC SGA) held at the school’s gymnasium.


Glaringly absent was incumbent Congressman Faleomavaega Eni, which according to an SGA student-member who did not wish to be named, said: He had called in the day before the forum (Wednesday) that he would not be able to attend, as he was not feeling well. 


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