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D.C. art competition for local high school students

Washington, DC — Tuesday, this week, Congresswoman Aumua Amata announced that for the first time, high school students from American Samoa will have the opportunity to participate in this year’s Congressional Art Competition — “An Artistic Discovery.”
 



“A HEALTHY HEART” FOR WOMEN HIGHLIGHTED DURING FEBRUARY

Heart disease is the #1 killer of women
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February — wintery cold in the northern climes and steamy hot south of the equator — is a month of contrast. No matter where you live, it is also time of chocolate truffles, fragrant flower bouquets, red hearts, pink valentines, and love poems, because smack in the middle of the month, we celebrate Venus instead of Mars.
 
The origins of Valentine’s Day are uncertain, but one thing is sure: it’s all about the human heart, and the warmth of love in all its forms.
 



IGIA meeting highlights significance of climate change problems for insular areas

Lolo outlines Territory's efforts to combat climate change
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Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has declared that American Samoa “is most vulnerable to the effects of climate change” — adding that the territory has taken steps to address this global problem and among those steps is for our utility provider to move toward renewable energy.
 



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MARINE SANCTUARY SEEKING APPLICANTS FOR ADVISORY COUNCIL
 
NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa is seeking applicants for the primary research seat on its advisory council. The council ensures public participation in Sanctuary management and provides advice to the Sanctuary superintendent.
 



President of teachers federation cries FOUL

Especially in light of salary upgrade for teachers from Samoa
joy@samoanews.com

Some veteran educators are threatening to ‘walk out’ of the Department of Education if DOE does not upgrade their salaries in accordance with the teacher’s new base salaries set by the Governor, as DOE has already done for the teachers from Samoa, wrote P. Ben Te’o, President of the Federation of American Samoa Educators (FASE) in a letter to Governor Lolo M. Moliga, DOE Director Vaitinasa Salu Hunkin and Human Resources Director, Sonny Thompson.
 



Bluesky expands reach, buys 60% of Telecom Cook Is

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Bluesky Communications has expanded its reach in the South Pacific by acquiring a majority share of a telecommunication firm in the Cook Islands, and the purchase is being financed by a regional financial institution.
 
in a news release on Monday this week, Bluesky Group announced that its Cook Islands subsidiary, Teleraro Ltd, has completed the purchase of a 60% interest in Telecom Cook Islands from Spark New Zealand.
 



ASCC-UCEDD Director chosen for FCC Committee

Ms. Tafaimamao Tua-Tupuola, Director of the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC), has been selected to serve on the Disability Advisory Committee (DAC), a group made up of individuals recognized for their exemplary advocacy on behalf of the disability community, who will advise the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on a wide array of disability matters within the jurisdiction of the Commission, and facilitate the participation of people with disabilities in proceedings before the Commission.



DOE director says SPED personnel have been relocated, not changed

joy@samoanews.com

Director of Education, Vaitinasa Dr Salu Hunkin Finau says no personnel changes have been made to the Special Education Division of the Department of Education, rather, it’s a temporary appointment of Paulo Salave’a as interim supervisor for the Special Education Division of the Education Department.
 
Vaitinasa also told Samoa News yesterday that titles and positions of the SPED officials have not been changed and that Assistant Director for the Special Education Division, Jeanette Vasai Tilo, along with other SPED personnel have been relocated.



Update: IGIA meeting hears from Gov Lolo on influx of Chinese into territory

fili@samoanews.com

Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga told a meeting of federal and territorial leaders that American Samoans are “enticing” Chinese people with money into the territory, due to the fact that local residents “need to survive and live” and despite residents having a hard time dealing with the Chinese in the Territory.
 



Lolo expects update from feds today on request for cabotage waiver

fili@samoanews.com

Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga is expected to be updated today by federal officials regarding air transportation issues for American Samoa, such as the administration’s plea for a cabotage waiver which would allow foreign airlines to operate in and out of Pago Pago carrying paid passengers to other U.S. airports.
 
U.S. Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas, Esther Kia’aina has called on DOI’s federal partners to understand the remoteness of the territory, which faces unique challenges.
 



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