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WHITESANDS CASINO IN MULIFANUA, SAMOA OFFICIALLY OPENS

PM says opposition believe “casino is evil – but BINGO is good”
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The Whitesands Casino, the first casino to open its doors — in Samoa — officially opened this past Friday (Saturday, October 4 Samoa Time), in a small ceremony attended by local residents, parliament members, heads of different government departments, with special remarks offered by the Prime Minister of Samoa.
 
The event included the presence of visitors from American Samoa, the Orient, as well other countries, i.e. New Zealand, Australia, etc.
 



BISHOP OF SAMOA PAGO PAGO PETER BROWN MEETS IN ROME WITH POPE

Diocese of Samoa Pago Pago, Bishop Peter Brown met recently with the Holy Father Pope Francis in the Vatican. Bishop Peter, who took over leadership of the Catholic Church in American Samoa last year, returned last week Sunday from his orientation visit to the Vatican as a new bishop.
 



TSUNAMI REMEMBRANCES: ASCC, ROTARY & HAWAIIAN AIR, LEONE HEALING GARDEN

ASCC HOLDS TSUNAMI REMEMBRANCE
by James Kneubuhl, ASCC Press Officer
 
“We want our students to know that even though this was a tragic event we all can join together to get through anything,” said Mrs. Tiare Tupua, former Administrative Assistant with the American Samoa College Research Foundation (ASCRF) based at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC), as she explained the Tsunami Remembrance held by the Foundation Student Association on Monday, September 29.
 



BANK OF HAWAII CONTINUES MAKING ITS ANNUAL DONATION TO HOPE HOUSE

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This past Monday, the Bishop of Pago Pago, the Most Reverend Peter Brown accepted on behalf of Hope House, a generous donation of $10,500 from the Bank of Hawaii (BOH). According to Sister Faustina of Hope House, the donation was approved by the Community Development Office in Honolulu and for the past several years, it has become a regular event in order to assist Hope House with the continued service and care for the elderly and children in their community.
 



GHC REID ASHSAA FOOTBALL: TAFUNA BARELY MADE IT TO REMAIN ‘UNDEFEATED’

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Once again, the Warriors Varsity squad sounded off at the end of the “Battle of the Toa’s” victoriously, after barely beating the Vikings, who will be looking to come back in the second round, to correct what should’ve been a game to remember in the home of the Vikings. Tafuna thought they were about to see their first loss in 3 years of being an Unbeatable program, against Fagaitua in a 38 - 34 match.
 

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MEET THE NEW MISS AMERICAN SAMOA — ANNELISE FA’AITUMALO SWORD

Public comments about pageant organization — say ‘worse ever’
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“I am truly blessed to and honored to represent Tradewinds Hotel and American Samoa,” was a message posted by newly crowned Miss American Samoa Annelise Fa’aitumalo Sword on her FB the day after the pageant. Daughter of Lori Fale and Gary Sword, Annelise said “God always gets the glory for everything. He orchestrated everything accordingly and it showed beautifully at the pageant.”
 



PAUL IETI SPECIAL GUEST AT ASBDC FINALE — ROCK SOLID 2 VICTORIOUS

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Fans got a treat this past Thursday during the grand finale of the first ever American Samoa’s Best Dance Crew (ASBDC) competition, when world famous singing sensation Paul Ieti took the stage for a special performance.
 
Paul, of Aoa, arrived in the territory on Monday and is here for three weeks. His mother and biggest fan, Akenese Ieti, accompanied him to the ASBDC finale.
 
After all the performances that night, and before the official standings were announced, Paul was given the chance to perform two songs.
 



MEET THE MISS AMERICAN SAMOA CONTESTANTS — PAGEANT 7 PM FRIDAY

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Five beauties will vie tonight for the title of Miss American Samoa, to be held at the Governor H. Rex Lee Auditorium, where the contestants will be showcasing their loveliest sarongs, evening wear, traditional wear —and of course, their talent.
 
The theme for this year’s pageant is “Malu o Aiga ole Tausala Samoa” (Pride of the Samoan Woman).
 



SPONSORS KICK OFF MISS AMERICAN SAMOA PAGEANT’S WEEK OF FESTIVITIES

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With just over eight years since their establishment in the territory, Pacific Independent Distributor (PID) owned by Fritz and Helen Gaisoa is the major “Gold” sponsor for this year’s Miss American Samoa pageant, slated for this coming Friday with five beautiful contestants vying for the crown. This year’s contest carries the theme “Malu o Aiga, le Tausala Samoa” (Pride of a young Samoan woman).
 



“IT’S BEEN AN AWESOME EXPERIENCE” SAYS MISS AMERICAN SAMOA

Soon to relinquish her crown, she tells contestants, “Be Yourself”
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“Traveling around the Pacific islands, working for the tourism industry (Visitors Bureau Office), the experience gained, meeting new people and being appointed to sit on a government task force,” are some of the highlights of the reign for Miss American Samoa Eleitino Maaelopa Tuiasosopo.
 



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