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Youth applicants still needed for NMSAS advisory council

Deadline is today

Today is the deadline to apply for one of the three primary seats on the advisory council for NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa (NMSAS).
The three seats are for Manu’a/community-at-large, Aunu’u/community-at-large, and the youth.

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The Sailing School Vessel (SSV) Robert C. Seamans sailed away this past Sunday afternoon from the Malaloa Marina, where it had been docked for over six weeks.

Lolo takes novel approach to teacher shortage problem


Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga has reached out to American Samoa Government employees with teaching backgrounds to help with the problem faced by the Department of Education’s shortage of teachers.
“This is temporary, until DOE solidifies the contracts for the teachers from Samoa, then you will return to your respective Departments.” The governor met with these ASG employees yesterday at the Gov. H. Rex Lee Auditorium, where he asked them to please help the DOE.

Media report blamed for visitor harassment at TCF


A woman who visited her family member in jail says she felt threatened by a correction officer who questioned her, asking her if she was the one who reported to Samoa News the release of inmate Fualaau Tuua.
The woman contacted Samoa News yesterday, complaining that Samoa News should have named the source of the information regarding the release of Fualaau from jail, because it appears the correction officers are hunting that person down, and they are accusing the wrong people.

Hanipale Malae sex case may see charges dismissed against defendant’s wife


New information revealed in High Court last Friday, in a high profile sex case, has it that the Attorney General’s office may be dismissing the criminal charges filed against Asenati Malae, wife of Hanipale Malae’s and Fa’aso’oso’o Sosaiete, one of the girls who originally came forward as a victim but later changed her story, denying anything happening.

Man receives 15 years for murder, despite pleas for leniency

Ifogas were made and accepted

Despite a plea from the deceased’s mother for leniency in the sentencing of Matulino Tauali’i, the High Court sentenced him to 15 years in jail. Matulino last month pleaded guilty to second degree murder in connection with an incident where he struck another man with a hammer, who later fell into a coma and died.
Sentencing was handed down by Associate Justice John L Ward II and Associate Judge Fa’amausili Pomele last week Friday.


Public comments about pageant organization — say ‘worse ever’

“I am truly blessed to and honored to represent Tradewinds Hotel and American Samoa,” was a message posted by newly crowned Miss American Samoa Annelise Fa’aitumalo Sword on her FB the day after the pageant. Daughter of Lori Fale and Gary Sword, Annelise said “God always gets the glory for everything. He orchestrated everything accordingly and it showed beautifully at the pageant.”

LBJ board chair moves to lower fees; retain 2% tax


Chairman of the hospital Board, Mase Akapo told Samoa News back in March, when the first phase of the hospital fee reduction took place, that “a lot more people will take advantage by coming to the hospital. Thus, an increase of patients will bring in more money.”

Longliners again appeal to Lolo to lift 50-mile ban


The local association representing the longline fishing fleet has again appealed to Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga to lift the ban so its fleet can be allowed to fish temporarily within American Samoa’s 50-mile zone, where only local alias are allowed at this time.
In a Sept. 24 letter to Lolo, the Tautai-O-Samoa Longline & Fishing Association applauded the governor’s opposition to President Obama’s original Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument expansion plan (which has since been revised - see Friday's story.).

DOE will be included in Hawaii's Wa’a Talks next year


The Wa’a Talks will include the participation of the local Dept. of Education on February 15, 2015.
The Wa’a Talks — community grounded and globally connected — is sponsored by the Hawai’i Dept. of Education, Kamehameha Schools, and Punahou School, and administered locally by the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa.
According to the flyer, the Wa’a Talks encourages teacher-to-teacher interaction, connecting their classrooms around the globe with the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage.

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