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10th Annual Tisa’s Tattoo Fest officially underway


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  • Coral species collection continues to grow


    Former Coral Reef Monitoring Ecologist for the Dept. of Marine and Wildlife Resources (DMWR) Douglas Fenner is working on a coral species collection that he hopes to one day write about, through multiple articles and publications.
    Fenner resigned from the DMWR last year but continues to use his passion for sea life as a motivation to collect coral species and learn more about them.

    Immigration to resume hearings for corporate sponsorships


    Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale believes the Immigration Board is prepared to move forward with business applications for sponsorship of foreigners after he clarified to board members the status of proposed legislation that was considered during the Fono’s recent special session.
    He was responding to Samoa News queries after members of the business community voiced their frustration when this week’s Immigration hearing for businesses was abruptly cancelled. 

    Manu’a chief predicts kick off for new airline


    A Manu’a chief says that if all goes well a new airline called Tausani is in the works to fly between Manu’a and Tutuila.  Responding to Samoa News questions asked after the coconut wireless signaled the planned airline, he said he and his partners plan to kick off flights in December. 
    The chief who is the president of the new company declined to issue a formal media report until his partners had their input, but he did agree to answer our questions.

    Tisa's 10th Annual Tattoo Festival — Friday

    all photos: Tony Gasu

    DYWA supports Cancer Coalition with fundraiser


    DYWA Deputy Director Tapumanaia Galu Satele Jr., on behalf of Director Jonathan Fanene and the Department of Youth and Women's Affairs, yesterday presented the American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition with a check for $600, earned during their “Pink Car Wash” fundraiser held last Friday in Nuuuli to support and raise awareness for October, designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month across the nation.



    “The over arching question which the American Samoan people have not decided, is— what form of government do we really want?”
    This was the question posed by Department of Education Director Vaitinasa Salu Hunkin Finau during her remarks at the Close Up Summit earlier this week.
    This is the fourth annual summit, which was held at Kanana Fou, and attended by about  sixty high school students from high schools across American Samoa.

    Dance competition winners unhappy over slow payment of prize money


    The four groups that won top honors during the first ever American Samoa’s Best Dance Crew (ASBDC) competition hosted by the Dept. of Youth and Women’s Affairs (DYWA) last month have contacted Samoa News, claiming that they still haven’t received their cash prizes.

    Intl Day of the girl festivities set for tomorrow


    An estimated 2,000 local residents—mostly women and girls—are expected to show up at the Veterans Memorial Stadium in Tafuna tomorrow when the territory celebrates for the first time ever, the International Day of the Girl (IDG).
    As of yesterday afternoon, close to 1,800 people had already registered to participate, although applications were still pouring in.

    Toa ole Afi Fire Knife Competition to take place tonight

    Non-profit organization holds its first competition event

    The first Toa ole Afi Fire Knife Competition will take place tonight at the Tafuna High School gymnasium from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Admittance is free and everyone is invited.
    Head of the Toa ole Afi organization, Loso I’aulualo, told Samoa News yesterday that the competition is being held to coincide with the annual Mosooi Festival.

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