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The National Weather Service in Tafuna issued Thursday evening, a High Surf Warning now in effect until futher notice, with wave and surf activity along south and east facing coastal shorelines of Tutuila, Aunu’u, Swains and Manu’a islands.   
The public is advised to take extra precaution and stay away from affected coastal shorelines.  Swells, high surf and breaking waves may unexpectedly wash over certain shoreline areas, strong rip currents exist.

Lawmakers target economic development at DOC budget review

Study after study, plan after plan, but nothing comes of them, says faipule

Economic development and new tenants for the Tafuna Industrial Park were some of the main issues targeted by lawmakers, who had many questions during last week’s review of the Commerce Department's fiscal year 2015 budget.
At the outset of the hearing Senate President Gaoteote Tofau Palaie asked how many new businesses have been established in the territory and DOC director Keniseli Lafaele responded that he does not have the data on hand, but can provide it later.

Nat'l Park & DOE create Healthy School Partnership


The University of Hawaii Cohort 30 teachers have accomplished a milestone in the territory. As they focus their sights on Place Based Education — PBE — they are the first group of teachers to participate in the National Park’s Healthy School Partnership Program.

Tafuna High senior finds his passion restoring coral reefs


During a time when the territory scrambles to find youth interested in pursuing careers in marine biology and ocean science, a Tafuna High School senior is currently conducting research on a project he calls “Biorock Coral Reef Restoration” — a project that has the strong support and backing of many in the local marine ecology field.

Aunu’u man dies while saving sister from drowning


An ASPA worker from Aunu’u died Wednesday evening after he jumped in the ocean to save his sister, who had fallen off a small craft that was heading to the Auasi wharf.

Poly Air going to Manu'a — 30 day exemption granted


The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has granted Polynesian Airlines application for an emergency exemption to operate the territory’s domestic air service, but the initial period of the exemption is only for 30-days.
Polynesian’s request — made Aug. 25 — was to permit the Samoa government airline to  transport persons, property, and mail to and from the Manu’a islands for a period of 90 days beginning Sept. 1, 2014.

Amnesty bill first step in Immigration reform


Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale says the immigration amnesty bill is the first step by the Lolo Administration towards immigration reform as the governor’s office will in the future submit appropriate legislation to fix any current immigration law “loopholes” which allow more foreigners to stay in the territory than necessary under the annual immigration quota.

Hokule'a, Wyland mural, Swains film— what a week!


The arrival of Jean-Michel Cousteau and Dr. Sylvia Earle last week set the tone for an historic week in American Samoa that saw not only these two notables, but the crews of the Hokule’a and the Hikianalia arrive and the south Pacific premiere of ‘Swains Island — The Last Jewel of the Planet’

Local Small Business Credit Initiative program will “open for biz” by November


The territory’s State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) documents have been fully executed and American Samoa’s federally funded program will be “open for business” by early November, says Commerce Department director Keniseli Lafaele.
The DOC director explained, “Basically the program invests in businesses (equity) or lends money (debt) to businesses in the form of senior debt (better risks hence low interest rates) or mezzanine (high risks thus high interest rates).”

New classrooms being built inside Samoana HS gym


Construction is underway for ten temporary classrooms that will be used by Samoana High School students next Tuesday when the new school year begins.
One of the school’s buildings, built over four decades ago, was damaged after part of the ceiling came down following one of the recent downpours.

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