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The final cash count for villages at Flag Day

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Although Pago Pago’s fautasi ‘Aeto’ didn’t claim the title of Champ in the 2014 Fautasi Race regatta, the village was the big winner, when it comes to total cash received in prizes for three main events this year.
 
Cash prizes and awards were announced during the closing ceremony that started just after 6p.m. Thursday at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
 



Christianity observes one of its holiest days, Good Friday

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Today, Christians around the world, including those in American Samoa, are commemorating Good Friday; the day when they believe Jesus Christ was crucified and died on the cross at Calvary to save the world.
 
Good Friday in American Samoa is being marked with morning services by some church denominations, especially the Catholic Faith, whose parishioners re-create the final steps Jesus took while carrying his cross to the crucifixion site — they are embodied in the fourteen Stations of the Cross — the ceremony started just before sunrise.
 



1,000 strong — StarKist entertains at Flag Day

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StarKist Samoa cannery workers prefer that the minimum wage in American Samoa be reviewed by a special committee and urged rejecting any move to continue wages hikes - with the next one set for Sept. 30, 2015.
 
This was the public message shared by the close to 1,000 cannery workers, during their traditional song, or pese, at their performance for the 2014 Flag Day celebration at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Tafuna marking the 114 years since the territory became part of the U.S. family.
 



Fautasi Fiva Slide Show — 97 Photos

Up close at the Flag Day Fautasi Race. Over 90 photos taken from the water near the long boats.



Senate President calls for cheers to celebrate Flag Day

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In his Flag Day address, Senate President Gaoteote Tofau Palaie paid tribute to American Samoa’s forefathers who ceded the Eastern Samoan islands to the United States and thanked the private sector for their contribution to the territory's economy.
 
Speaking to a crowd of over 2,000 at the Veterans Memorial Stadium, Gaoteote took the podium with a call to the audience for cheers in marking the 114 years since American Samoa became part of the U.S. family.
 



Court Report

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DISTRICT COURT TO HOLD SPECIAL SESSION ON SATURDAY
 
Judge John Ward will open District Court on Saturday, April 19, 2014 allowing those who are arrested on Flag Day (Thursday) and Good Friday to make their initial appearance, instead of waiting for Monday.
 
In a letter sent to Commissioner of Public Safety William Bill Haleck, last week, Ward pointed out to the Commissioner that it will be a four-day weekend, and the court will open on Saturday to minimize the traffic at the District Court and help it run smoothly on Monday.



SAMOAN STUDENT IN FLORIDA RECEIVES MILITARY CHILD OF THE YEAR AWARD

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A Florida high school student of Samoan ancestry is among five recipients being  presented the 2014 Military Child of the Year Award, an event which recognizes the top military child from each of the five military services of the U.S. Armed Service.
 



ASCC Student Art Show opens next week

Visual artworks typically start off as just an idea on a drawing board, and a group of Art students at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) have expanded on that truism to come up with “Welcome to the Drawing Board” as the title of their student art show that will open on Monday, April 21st in the ASCC Cafeteria and will remain on display through Friday, April 25th.
 
The show will include the work of current and potential Art majors, and is open to the public.
 



Link to Flag Day Live: Flag Raising, Siva and Pese today

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American Samoa today marks the 114th year since these Eastern Samoan islands became part of the United States family and Senate President Gaoteote Tofau Palaie will deliver the Flag Day Address.
 
Also speaking at the ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Stadium in Tafuna, is Sam Lee, president and chief executive of StarKist Inc., representing the business sector, to which this year’s Flag Day festivities are dedicated, under the theme “Government and Businesses in Partnership”.
 



Governor Lolo confers with Cabinet via Skype call

Lemanu says he’s the Lt. Governor — not the ‘acting’ governor
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Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga told his cabinet that he has sought the Department of Interior’s opinion regarding the veto override referendum which will be on the ballot in the general election in November this year.
 
During the cabinet meeting on Tuesday, via a Skype session, he noted that it’s important that ASG seek the opinion of DOI as they have been working with DOI as the administering authority for a long time.
 



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