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Tonga and American Samoa sign shipping deal

A Tonga government owned vessel will begin making regular trips to American Samoa bringing cargo to and from the island kingdom.

The Niuvakai is scheduled to arrive in the territory this Friday to begin its regular trips to the territory.

It will deliver agricultural produce from Tonga for Samoa and American Samoa and will take back fuel and US products to Tonga.

The Kingdom of Tonga and American Samoa trade arrangement began earlier this year with a visit from a trade delegation from Tonga.



Single hander sailing around world for freedom

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Sailor Rimas Meleshyus, originally from Sochi, Russia, escaped Russia in 1988 by taking political asylum.  He later attained his American citizenship, and discovered a love for sailing.
 
On December 8, 2014, he docked safely in American Samoa, with the help of the DPS Marine Patrol.
 
According to DPS, they received a beacon notifying them of a distress call from a sailboat floating just out of our 50-mile zone due to high and strong waves, and they reacted to save the sailor.
 



NU'UULI FAMILY PRAYS FOR THE GIFT OF LIFE THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON

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As Christmastime nears, everybody is in a rush, trying to get everyone on their gift list crossed off. But for one Nuuuli family, this holiday season couldn’t be more complicated.
 
Abraham and Diana Soli have made the parking lot of the LBJ Medical Center their temporary home, sleeping with their three-year-old son AJ in the back of their truck as they do everything they can to stay close to Baby Melchizedek (Mel) who is only four months old and has been fighting for his life since December 1.
 



Governor calls on DOI to support local canneries

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Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has called on the U.S. Department of Interior for support in fisheries issues which will have an impact on the future of American Samoa’s two tuna canneries, already faced with stiff global competition and “cut throat” policies pursued by the Chinese.
 



Utu: Our harbor is the “most important physical asset of American Samoa”

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ASPA CEO, Utu Abe Malae has raised concerns about the poor service that is provided when vessels arrive in our harbor and believes that the group of officials there to clear the vessels are not responsive in a timely or respectful manner.
 
His concern was raised at the Cabinet meeting last week, where Utu also raised concerns about the closing of the Port on the weekends because the government cannot pay for overtime, noting that the harbor, the Port of Pago Pago, is the most important physical asset of American Samoa. 
 



New Honolulu Division boss says FBI remains committed to Territory

Especially with misuse of federal funds in American Samoa
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Honolulu Division’s new boss has reiterated the federal agency’s commitment to investigating federal crimes, especially misuse of federal funds, in American Samoa.
 
FBI headquarters in Washington D.C. announced last Friday that Paul D. Delacourt has been named as Special-Agent-in Charge of the FBI Honolulu Division, which oversees all FBI operations in the Pacific, including the Hawaiian Islands, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas islands, and American Samoa.
 



ASPA advocates “GAOIOI” through its fitness program

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In the spirit of keeping its employees healthy and physically productive at work, the American Samoa Power Authority has launched a fitness program, says ASPA CEO Utu Abe Malae.
 
He said ASPA and its employee programs encourage physical activity because they want all of their employees to stay healthy so that they can be productive at work, at home and live longer.
 



Lolo again appeals to DOI to help remedy our air transport issues

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Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has again appealed to the U.S. Department of Interior for support in improving both domestic and international air service for American Samoa, that will not only boost tourism but aid economic development.
 
Lolo’s request was made in a letter last month to Esther Kia’aina, the new Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas. The letter included a list of economic and social developments for American Samoa from the Lolo Administration.
 



Community Briefs

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IT’S BEGINNING TO FEEL A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS
 
Eight local youth groups, church choirs, and high school swing choirs took the stage this past Sunday evening during the official opening of the 37th Annual Holiday Music Festival at the Malaeoletalu, Fagatogo Pavilion.
 
Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga was the guest of honor and was joined in the audience by cabinet officials, members of the clergy, and local residents. Hundreds also tuned in from home as KVZK-TV streamed the event live on channel 2.
 



Catlin Seaview Survey completes mapping

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Richard Vevers, the project director of Catlin Seaview Survey based out of Australia along with his team travels around the world visiting protected marine sanctuaries where they record underwater coral reefs as they currently exist, so they can get an accurate record to monitor change over time.

 



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