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Methodist Youth Groups perform Easter Sunday

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Samoa News brings you a slide show of the Methodist Youth Groups and their performances during the Methodist Good Friday Youth Camp held as part of celebrating Good Friday and Easter Sunday here in American Samoa - 2014.

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Dancing Fingers— Le Petit Star to perform

PETESA UTA—  Small, tiny and fragile are words one uses to describe her. During her first piano recital, the audience had to sit up because she looked so small on stage. To this day, her feet dangled lifelessly below the piano bench. Yet with confidence and agility she could control a massive 88-key concert piano with her small fingers.
 



Crown of Thorns Starfish removal program on track

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The most efficient way to remove Crown of Thorns Starfish (COTS) is by injecting them with ox bile, a substance that kills the starfish without harming the reef.
 
Each bile injector can hold enough bile to inject up to 400 COTS at a time.
 



FINAL JUDGING TODAY FOR ISLAND WIDE ELEMENTARY HISTORY DAY COMPETITION

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The first day of the Island-Wide History Day competition took place yesterday for grades 6-8 at the Lumana’i Building 2nd Floor with Elementary School students from public and private Elementary schools. This year’s theme is ‘Right and Responsibilities in History’. Students were asked to examine how these subjects have shaped the course of history, especially with our very own local history.
 



Good news: Copy of birth or marriage certificates can now be ‘ordered’ online

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American Samoans living off island who are seeking a copy of the their birth or marriage certifricate can now order the documents online through a new service provided by VitalChek, which has provided such online services for some 20 years.
 
Samoa News found that the total fee for ordering through this online service is $19.75 — including shipping.
 



No relief for Tualauta; Boil Water Notice remains

ASPA responds to one resident’s idea for new reservoir
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“The original plan to manifold the Fagaima wells is no longer feasible, due to land issues, and the majority of the wells have now been classified by the Environmental Protection Agency as GUDI (Groundwater Under the Direct Influence) of surface water,” said Reno Vivao, ASPA’s Chief Operation Office.
 
Vivao was responding to concerns raised by Tualauta faipule Larry Sanitoa, who inquired on the status of ASPA & EPA's plan to address the Boil Water notice still in affect in Tualauta county.
 



DOE Director concurs with head of Family Planning; Sex Ed should be taught in school

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Education Department director Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin-Finau said Samoan parents today may not be inclined to have sex education taught in classrooms, and that the issue of sex education is “still swept under the rug”. However, the DOE director said that she concurs with Marilyn A. Pavitt-Anesi, who heads LBJ hospital's Family Planning division, that sex education should be part of the health curriculum, and taught in a culturally sensitive manner.
 



DPS Commissioner determined to boost morale of police officers

Says Fuega Moliga will help him do so
joy@samoanews.com

In an effort to boost the morale of police officers, Special Assistant to DPS Commissioner Fuega Moliga has been tasked to work with personnel issues faced by the department, as officers are not getting appropriate salaries and promotions they “rightfully deserve” said Commissioner of Public Safety, William Bill Haleck.
 



Court Report

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ELDEN SIOKA JAILED IN BURGLARY/SEXUALLY RELATED CASE
 
A young man who broke into a Vaitogi home and inappropriately touched a girl who was sleeping was sentenced yesterday to serve 28 months in jail, as part of his seven-year sentence.
 
During sentencing yesterday, Elden Sioka apologized to the court for his wrongdoing and pleaded with the court for a second chance to return home to care for his family, and at the same time straighten out his life.
 



Blue Journey — American Samoa documentary accepted to the 2014 Beneath the Waves Global Film Festival

Sharing the story of American Samoa’s ocean connection globally

Ocean City, NJ — Bruckner Chase Ocean Positive, Inc. is excited to announce that their 2103 National Marine Sanctuary Foundation Hollings Grant film project will reach a global audience in 2014 as part of the Beneath the Waves Global Film Festival.
 
The film is the first of what is planned to be many more Blue Journey endurance expeditions that explore our personal connections to the oceans and share the stories of ocean communities around the world. This is Bruckner Chase’s and the non-profit’s first documentary release.
 



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