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ASG PARKS AND REC EMPLOYEE HONORED FOR DEDICATION AT CABINET MEETING

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The Lolo and Lemanu Administration on Tuesday began a new tradition in the American Samoa Government by honoring an employee of the Department of Parks and Recreation with a plaque and a $500 check directly from the governor’s office, given to him for his dedication and commitment to his job. The employee is Sulu Eliu, who works as a maintenance man.
 
The plaque was presented at Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting, the first held in more than two months. The check is to be presented and released at a later date.
 



PHOTOS: RAIN INUNDATES TUTUILA AND AUNU’U —PARTS OF GATAIVAI EVACUATED

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Lt Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga this afternoon called on Utulei residents in Gataivai (tank farm mountain side) and up the tramway, to evacuate before night fall.  Two families living on the mountain lost their homes in a mudlisde as well as the CCCAS Gataivai church was partly demolished today from  mudslide.



PAUL IETI MAKES THE CUT, HEADS TO NEW YORK TO PERFORM AT RADIO CITY

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American Samoa’s singing soldier Paul Ieti has survived Judgment Week on America’s Got Talent and he is now heading to New York to perform at Radio City Music Hall for a chance to win the grand prize of $1 million.
 
Ieti, the son of Maua and Akenese Ieti of Aoa, made the initial cut during the auditions last month and had to perform again this past Wednesday, where the final list of performers was officially announced.
 



LANDMARK DEAL: SAMOA REAPS BENEFITS FROM THE HUMBLE BREADFRUIT

“We now have the means to produce and distribute millions of breadfruit trees for tree planting projects in the tropics, where hunger and lack of food sustainability are prevalent.”

The government has received US$12,240 (T$29,000) from the sales of a Samoan breadfruit cultivar as a result of a landmark benefit-sharing agreement entered into six years ago.

The cheque was presented by Dr Diane Ragone, the Director of the Hawaii-based Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden (N.T.B.G) to the Deputy Prime Minister, Fonotoe Nuafesili Pierre Lauofo this week.



MAN SURVIVES JUMP FROM THIRD FLOOR BALCONY OF EXECUTIVE OFFICE BUILDING

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A man, believed to be in his 30s jumped just after 8:30a.m. today from the third floor of the Executive Officer Building, hitting the ground floor of the EOB Atrium.

Two eyewitnesses told Samoa News at the scene that the man is reported to have a mental disability. Many people were on the ground floor and some of them were giving police their eyewitness statements.

One person, who works at the EOB, said he has seen this man almost daily at the EOB, but there hasn’t been any problems in the past.



VIDEO: BLUESKY JOINS THE WORLDWIDE ‘ICE CHALLENGE’ TO BATTLE CANCER

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Puleleiite Li’a Tufele of Bluesky Communications was the first to shower in the ice cold bucket of water during their Ice Challenge held last Friday as part of the worldwide online fiesta “Ice Challenge”, a tribute to all those who have and are battling cancer.
Tufele presented a $2,000.00 check donation from Bluesky Communication to the American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition at the end of the event.
 

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VIDEO: SAMOA-I-TEXAS A’OGA SAMOA

This is a special year for the Samoa-i-Texas A’oga Samoa.  They celebrate 20 years this summer.  This year saw the largest enrollment ever, over 70 students.  Founded by the late Tina Fa’avaefou Sasa, it has been instrumental in teaching the Samoan culture to Samoan children born and raised outside of Samoa.  They learn aspects of the culture and language.
 

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COOL STUFF: UILA AFI TAIWAN

Taiwan's roads are good, the people are happy; food is high quality as well as a real low priced value.  Taiwan is a proud nation that honors family, its military, and its unique ethnicity of Taiwanese and Chinese heritage — with some of the older folks still fluent in Japanese.
 



ASCC NURSING DEPT RECOGNIZES 22 WHO HAVE COMPLETED NURSING STUDIES

A total of 22 young men and women who have completed their studies with the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) in the areas of Practical Nursing (LPN) and Registered Nursing (RN) were honored during the Nursing Department’s recognition ceremony this past Friday at the Lee Auditorium. Family and friends, along with government, health care and ASCC dignitaries, filled the venue to celebrate along with the Nursing students as they received their ceremonial nurse’s pins and caps.
 



VIDEO: LEONE WHITES KEEP ASRU SHIELD AFTER HARD FOUGHT BATTLE WITH NU’UULI

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This past Monday evening, July 14, 2014, at the Veterans Memorial Stadium, one of the oldest rivalries in the history of American Samoa rugby, which has carried through to American Samoa Rugby Union matches, played a Shield Game — with the Leone Whites, current holders of the shield and the Nu’uuli Rugby Team fighting it out — and, at one point in the game, literally. The Whites did hold onto the Shield at the end of the game, with a score of 10- 8.
 

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