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Cohort 28 teachers conduct professional development sessions for colleagues

jeff@samoanews.com

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

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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

blue@samoanews.com

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

joy@samoanews.com

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. 

 



Ulu Project recognized as avenue for development

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The University of Hawaii at Manoa Pacific Business Center Program (PBCP) was recognized for its achievements in economic, business and community development for its Pacific Region Breadfruit Initiative at the Fall 2014 University Economic Development Association‘s (UEDA) annual summit held in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
 



All treats and no tricks at KS Mart Halloween contest

blue@samoanews.com

The scariest ghouls and prettiest fairies will be out and about next week Friday, when the territory’s residents—both young and old— celebrate the one day of the year when it is okay to dress up as any character, whether cute or horrific.
 



4 DAY CELEBRATION: TISA’S TATOO FEST UNDERWAY TODAY AT ALEGA BEACH

“I am thrilled that Tisa’s Tattoo Fest is the time each year for us to honor our traditional Tatau art form and to celebrate how it has been re-envisioned by the new generation of artists. The success of Tisa’s Tattoo Fest over the years belongs to the new generation,” Tisa Fa’amuli told Samoa News as the 10th Annual Tattoo Fest gets underway today at Alega Beach.
 



Swains Islanders to select their delegate this weekend

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Residents of Swains Island will be selecting their delegate to the local House of Representatives during an open meeting this weekend at the Election Office in Tafuna.
 
Swains Island is currently represented by Rep. Su’a Alexander Eli Jennings who was first selected to hold office following the 2004 general election. He is currently serving as chairman of the House Public Safety Committee and is also a member of other committees.
 



Court Report

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TOLMIE BENCH TRIAL AWAITING CLOSING ARGUMENTS PHASE
 
Chief Justice Michael Kruse, accompanied by Chief Associate Judge Logoai Siaki and Associate Judge Faamausili Pomele, have given the attorneys involved in the bench trial of Michael Tolmie, who’s charged with three counts of embezzlement, a few days to prepare their closing arguments.
 
Tolmie is in court on allegations that he misappropriated funds from an enterprise he was involved with, New Dimension Company, or NDC.
 



“Hope Starts Here” — Community Cancer Coalition aims high with next fundraiser

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As Chairperson for American Samoa’s Community Cancer Coalition, Rochelle Reid has written a heartfelt letter to members of the community, inviting them out this Saturday, October 25 for a fundraiser meant to bring both help—and hope— for more of our local families who have had someone diagnosed with cancer.
 



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