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Tampa Bay concludes Draft with RB Joey Iosefa

Even in the seventh round of the 2015 draft, the Buccaneers think they may have landed a potential starter in Joey Iosefa, a primary ballcarrier at Hawaii who could land the fullback role in Tampa.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 2015 draft wasn't all offense, as it surprisingly played out a year earlier, but it was close. To close out their seven rounds of draft work on Saturday evening, the Buccaneers selected Hawaii running back Joey Iosefa with the 231st overall selection, giving the team six new players on the offensive side of the ball.

Bluesky appoints Filifotu Va’ai-Tinitali as Country Manager

Source: Bluesky media release

Nu’uuli, AMERICAN SAMOA — Blueskey Communications has appointed Filifotu Va’ai-Tinitali as the new Country Manager   to   oversee   Bluesky’s   operations   in   American   Samoa.

Tree planting and reforestation is not a one day event in the territory

ASCC Land Grant and National Park Service are here to help
Source: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture media release

Arbor Day (April 24) is recognized as an opportunity to celebrate the planting of trees to reduce soil erosion, cut cooling costs, clean the air, produce life-giving oxygen, and provide habitat for wildlife — but it doesn’t need to be a one-day event.

Community Briefs


 It's that time of year again, when police officers start cracking down on drivers and passengers who don't wear their seat belts.
 The national "Click it or Ticket" (E Fusi Pe Tusi) campaign kicks off next month and all motorists are urged to obey seat belt laws or get slapped with a ticket. No Excuses!

American Samoa makes European ocean debut


The Valley of Giants in the Manu'a Islands, one of the biggest coral colonies ever found, is being featured in an article published in Ocean 71 Magazine, using information and photographs captured by Richard Vevers and Christophe Bailhache. The images are used by Google to create an “Ocean’s Streetview”, a breathtaking trip to the underwater world.

Cool Stuff: Bill Hyman Magic

 The Moon, The Stars, & Bill Hyman are now in alignment for the Paquiao vs Mayweather Fight. Bill Hyman's magic allows for the pay per view showing, which will be held Saturday at Maliu Mai Resort from 2-7pm.

Mormon Church makes huge donation to swimming pool project


The Rotary Club of Pago Pago will be getting a huge financial contribution for its Community Swimming Pool Project from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
 Rotary member Utu Abe Malae told Samoa News yesterday, “We are overjoyed to receive an announcement from Elder Vincent Haleck that the LDS (Mormon Church) is donating $25,000 to the Pala Lagoon Swimming Center.”

Senate committee to keep after DBAS over the $1 million funding


Senate Government Operations Committee chairman Sen. Galea’i Tu’ufuli says his committee will not give up on getting spending details of the $1 million that the Development Bank of American Samoa received in fiscal year 2014 to help boost local business development.

Amata and committee pass Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization

Source: Press Release, Cong. Aumua Amata’s office

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Aumua Amata, praised the passage of the Magnuson Stevens reauthorization through the House Natural Resources Committee markup on Thursday.
 Aumua, who serves as the Vice Chairman of the Indian, Insular & Alaska Native Affairs Subcommittee voted in favor of the measure. “This is the first step in the process, but I am pleased that the committee saw the importance of this much needed re-authorization of the law that is the foundation of our nation’s fisheries management,” she said.

Trade Fair organizers issue a mostly positive report


The 2Samoas Trade Fair and Fashion Show that brought numerous businesses together in a four-day exhibition that culminated with a gala fashion show created more than 100 future trade partnerships according to a report released by the 2Samoas Trade Committee.

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