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Recruiter re-enlists for three more years


Yesterday morning, Sergeant First Class (SFC) Jancey Fano Shimasaki re-enlisted to serve another three years in the United States Army. 
Administering the enlistment oath was Captain Puletasi Wong-Mageo of the American Samoa Army Reserve Center.  SFC Shimasaki, a Samoana High School graduate, is the son of Mitch and Terry Shimasaki of Fagaalu. 

Moso'oi Cricket League playoffs underway

Sakai Tufele, one of the lead batters for the Tama o le Mua'au cricket team from Faleniu, an all-around great batsman, is seen here focusing most of his energy on hitting the cricket ball out into the ocean during a tough game against the Mosiula team from the village of Masefau.
The game, part of the Moso'oi Cricket League, was played Wed. afternoon at Faga'alu Park. Due to night-fall the game was stopped and will be continued this Saturday, with Mosiula at 118 points and 19 outs -vs-  Tama o le Mua'au at 100 points and 15 outs.

DYWA supports Cancer Coalition with fundraiser


DYWA Deputy Director Tapumanaia Galu Satele Jr., on behalf of Director Jonathan Fanene and the Department of Youth and Women's Affairs, yesterday presented the American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition with a check for $600, earned during their “Pink Car Wash” fundraiser held last Friday in Nuuuli to support and raise awareness for October, designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month across the nation.

All treats and no tricks at KS Mart Halloween contest


The scariest ghouls and prettiest fairies will be out and about next week Friday, when the territory’s residents—both young and old— celebrate the one day of the year when it is okay to dress up as any character, whether cute or horrific.

Arts Fiafia underway at the Hayden Museum


Local artists will be showing off their creations this week during the “Arts Fiafia” program, hosted by the American Samoa Council on Arts, Culture and Humanities to celebrate various Samoan culture forms and arts.
The week-long celebration kicked off yesterday and will conclude this Friday.

Local girl flies high as commercial pilot


Laura Faamoe Ale-Englebrecht recently completed a two-week electronic training course, following a month of formal training in full flight simulators covering normal emergencies including engine failures, in-flight fires, four exams, and six-day trips to ensure her overall readiness to carry passengers on Delta Airlines’ new 330 Airbus.
Ale-Englebrecht is the daughter of the Territorial Administration on Aging (TAOA) Director Tifi Ale and Mrs. Fujiyama Nomura Ale of Leloaloa.

Two selected for Emerging Pacific Leaders


The Emerging Pacific Leaders' Dialogue (EPLD) 2014 is a one of a kind event held every four years that aims to strengthen the capacity of the Pacific region's future leaders. It seeks to manage Pacific challenges collaboratively, positively and creatively by promoting a culture of leadership across the Pacific region that is aligned with democratic values and good governance, while developing participants’ leadership skills and broadening their horizons.

Cool Stuff: Aussie Jarryd Hayne, NRL

My niece Monique Salofa always asks for my approved list of nice guys.  In the middle of Hurricane Ana, the class act, Jarryd Hayne pops out of the middle of the drama enroute to achieve his NFL American Gridiron football dreams.

Tradewinds hosting a Spooktacular Halloween Bash


It’s that time of year again. Come one, come all! This Halloween, whether you dress up as a ghoul, a princess, a beast, a pirate, or a cheerleader, the management and staff of the Tradewinds Hotel in Ottoville will welcome you with open arms during their Halloween Night Bash that promises to be a “thrillin’ evening of chillin’ fun and spooky laughter.”

Our sons & daughters in the Armed Forces


Sgt. 1st Class Ghayle Kaleopa-Lynn, a native of American Samoa is the noncommissioned officer-in-charge of overseeing operations at the Supply Support Activity (SSA) point for Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan where they are in the process of closing it down and transitioning to a Forward Issue Turn-In Point (FITIP). 
She is a member the 533rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, of the 4th SBDE. She is the only Wrangler Soldier working at the site with civilian contractors.

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