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NO STOP ORDER SERVED YET ON FONO FALE SAMOA

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Despite reports that a Stop Order has been issued by the Project Notification Review System (PNRS) Board, work on the Fale Samoa at the Fono is still ongoing. An official from Paramount Builders, the contractor for the job, says they have yet to be served with a stop order notice. 
 
"Until we receive the paperwork, we will continue working," he said, adding, "Once we are served, we will cease all construction work until we get the say-so to resume."
 



PM TUILAEPA’S OPINION ON HOW FIRE COULD’VE STARTED

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi believes the fire that demolished the Savalalo Market could have been started by someone who was not happy with his boss.

“These days, bad people do things like that if they are not happy with someone,” the Prime Minister said.

“When they are (unhappy), they could start up something like that and it doesn’t end there. It spreads to the whole building…but things like this can be protected through insurance.”



NORTHWEST POLYNESIAN TATTOO FEST SET FOR JULY IN WASHINGTON STATE

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Planning to travel to the Pacific Northwest during the summer months? Then make time to stop by the Showroom at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington where the first ever Northwest Polynesian Tattoo Fest will be held on July 1-3.
 
The three-day convention is an "all-ages" event so the kids are invited.
 
Jumpers will be available for the youngsters and everyone will be treated to refreshments — around the clock — free of charge.
 



PACIFIC REGIONAL BREADFRUIT INITIATIVE IS MORE THAN AN ECONOMIC VENTURE

Gluten free breadfruit has major health advantages
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The Pacific Regional Breadfruit Initiative (PRBI) has the potential to provide major health advantages, economic development, food security and sustainability benefits wherever it can be supported, according to Papalii Dr. Tusi Avegalio, University of Hawaii Pacific Business Center Program Director and PRBI project manager. Papalii was recently on island to observe test milling of locally produced ulu flour that took place at the ASCC/CRC Land grant facility last week. (See the Wed. Jan 20, 2016 issue for details.)
 



ONLINE FUNDRAISING DRIVE SET UP FOR VENDORS OF SAVALALO MARKET FIRE

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A group of Samoans out of New Zealand have launched a global Savalalo Market Fundraising Appeal after a fire completely burned down the iconic flea market in Apia, Samoa, which held more than a 100 stalls and shops. The appeal will be running only for three weeks.
 
In an email to the Samoa News, the group said the fundraising appeal is in response to the plight of stall holders and small market vendors whose livelihoods were destroyed when the Savalalo Market in Apia was completely burned to the ground on Saturday evening January 16, 2016.
 



PACIFIC REGIONAL BREADFRUIT INITIATIVE REACHES NEW MILESTONE

Locally produced ulu flour test-milled at ASCC
joyetter@samoanews.com

For the first time in the territory, a small-scale test mill produced gluten free, low glycemic index flour in American Samoa after University of Hawaii Professor of Food Science Dr. Alvin Huang, assisted by Representative Su’a Alex Jennings, successfully assembled and tested the small-scale test mill that arrived last week on Hawaiian Airlines.
 



HIGH SURF GENERATED BY TC VICTOR WASHES OVER ROADS AND PROPERTY

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A Fogagogo family has reached out to the Tualauta Faipule, Larry Sanitoa after the high waves over the weekend damaged the wall between the ocean and their residence.
 
A female resident said the waves “at Fogagogo were magnificent but very destructive.” She is seeking assistance from the Department of  Homeland Security for any disaster relief help for her family.
 
Sanitoa said he knew there were reports of big waves washing up rocks and debris on the road in Fatu-ma-Futi and several villages on the eastern side on Saturday.

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HOW FADS ARE DECIMATING MARINE ECOSYSTEMS

A recent report from the PEW Charitable Trusts finds that the exploitation of drifting fish aggregating devices (FADs) to catch tuna is on the rise, with FAD development more than doubled since 2006 in the Pacific Ocean alone. From 2011 to 2013, the estimated number FADs deployed worldwide grew from as many as 105,000 to as many as 121,000 – a 14 percent increase in only two years.
 



NEIL’S ACE HOME CENTER DONATES OVER $16,000 TO CANCER COALITION

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Since 2009, Neil’s ACE Home Center has partnered with the American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition to help raise funds that are used as stipends for cancer patients and their families, for their medical expenses and medical care.
 
The ACE annual holiday fundraising project includes customer participation. At the time of the customer’s purchase, ACE cashiers asked their customers if they would like to make a donation to the Cancer Coalition.
 



US ARMY PACIFIC COMMANDER STOPS OFF IN AMERICAN SAMOA

US Army Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, US Army Pacific Commander, at Ft. Shafter, Hawai’i, was on island early this week with his wife Dr. S. Brooks, accompanied by military personnel, for a short visit while their airplane was refueling en route for meetings with some South Pacific island-countries and countries in South East Asia, according to Capt. Puletasi Wong-Mageo of the local US Army Reserve, which hosted them during the visit.
 



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