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The territory’s first Palm Pisupo Recipe Contest sponsored by McCallum Industries, the manufacturer and distributor of Palm Corned Beef products, hosted by Samoa News, took place Thursday afternoon at the newspaper’s main office. It was judged by Chef Gemini Samana Ve'ave'a of Double Z's Burger in Malaeimi .
A special thanks goes out to the MASI Association and contestants for joining Samoa News for lunch and helping us judge the delicious recipes. Each contestant also received a gift of a 3lb Palm pisupo, courtesy of McCallum Industries.

Community Briefs




The International Day of the Girl (IDG) will be celebrated in the territory - for the second year in a row - at the Veterans Memorial Stadium in Tafuna later this month.


Last year, for the first time ever, the IDG was celebrated through a day full of festivities catered to women of all ages.


News from Congresswoman Aumua Amata's Office

Source: Media Releases, Aumua Amata's office

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  • No decision yet on proposed longliner expansion


    The US Fishery and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has recommended that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) include measures to minimize derelict fishing gear in the proposal by NOAA to allow large longliners to fish in portions of the Large Vessel Protected Area (LVPA) of American Samoa waters.

    New credit card chip system now in effect

    Source: Media Release, Aumua Amata's office

    Congresswoman Aumua Amata, and the House Committee on Small Business conducted a hearing to examine the upcoming Europay, Mastercard, Visa (EMV) chip deadline, and the efforts being made to ensure that America’s small businesses are in compliance with the requirement of these credit card processors.

    $200K set for recruiting police


    The Criminal Justice Planning Agency (CJPA) has been awarded, for the first time, more than $200,000 under the federal COPS Hiring Program (CHP) to assist with the recruitment of police officers at the Department of Public Safety.
    Two weeks ago, the US Justice Justice Department announced grant funding awards through its Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office), COPS Hiring Program (CHP).
    The distribution list of grantees shows that $272,371 is awarded to the CJPA in American Samoa.



    The Sunset Islands of American Samoa are hailed as the place where America says good-bye to the day, the year—and the millennium—while just over the International Dateline, 50 miles to the west, the islands of independent Samoa greet the new day and the morning of the world.
    With that in mind, the Samoana Jazz & Arts Festival (SJAF) 2015 has been set up to say “good night and good morning” to music and art lovers of every description and many nations. And the good news is—SJAF is just around the corner!

    Georgia senator lobbies for American Samoa minimum wage hike

    A 40-cent rise in the minimum wage in American Samoa signed into law Wednesday is designed to help workers in a South Georgia tuna plant.

    Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., led the Georgia delegation’s efforts to boost the $4.76 hourly wage in the tiny Pacific island territory. That’s because two tuna-processing plants there compete with Chicken of the Sea International’s plant in Lyons, Ga.

    Police hunt on for Samoa prison escapee

    Police Commissioner, Egon Keil, has promised a thorough investigation into how a prisoner ran away from Tafa’igata Prison, boarded and plane and left for Australia.

    The prisoner in question is Valufitu Fiu Uolilo who escaped from prison last year.

    Speaking to the media, Mr. Keil said the Police are working with the Prisons and Correction Services to track down Uolilo in Australia.

    “There’s a lot of moving parts to this particular case,” said Mr. Keil. “To fully investigate we need some other questions answered as well.

    If only all the children of the world were blessed with White Sunday — Lotu Tamaiti


    The annual White Sunday celebration coupled with the Monday federal and local holiday (Discoverers’ Day), adds up to a three-day weekend, and a busy one at that, as residents gear up for Sunday, dedicated to the children of American Samoa.
    Introduced in the islands by Christian missionaries in the 1800s, White Sunday has became a special holiday, with children being treated to the best — from White Sunday outfits to food served during family toanai. It is always celebrated on the second Sunday of October.

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