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Samoana — the Jazz Fest inspired by a legend

Begins tonight on Tutuila
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The sweet sounds of jazz, in many of its fascinating forms, will be heard on Tutuila this weekend, as an extraordinary woman — with the help of her many island friends and fellow musicians — launches the first ever Samoana Jazz and Arts Festival tonight.
 



Cool Stuff: All Blacks vs USA Eagles

Back in the day, Michael Jones, Frank Bunce, Christian Cullen, Eric Rush and Terry Wright were the cream of NZ All Blacks and sometimes Manu Samoa royalty. This week they were just really great guys that Pacific Islander University of Hawai’i, where athletes had faintly heard of them from parents and cousins, but had no direct recall.
 
We OG's know and love these guys for their commitment as players and their proud representation of Pacific Island people.
 



10th Annual Tisa’s Tattoo Fest ends on a high note

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Hundreds flocked to Tisa’s Barefoot Bar in Alega from Oct. 23-26 to be part of the 10th Annual Tisa’s Tattoo Fest celebration, the one time of the year when the traditional form of Samoan tattooing and modern style artwork come together and are put on display for local residents and visitors to enjoy.
 



AP IMPACT: US health care unprepared for Ebola

(AP) — The U.S. health care apparatus is so unprepared and short on resources to deal with the deadly Ebola virus that even small clusters of cases could overwhelm parts of the system, according to an Associated Press review of readiness at hospitals and other components of the emergency medical network.



From Nationals to Citizens, soldiers naturalized

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Some of the 47 locally based soldiers, who are all U.S. nationals born in American Samoa, took the Oath of Allegiance to become U.S. citizens during a ceremony held yesterday at the Veterans Memorial Hall in the Tafuna Industrial Park.
 
The oath was administered by David G. Gulick, director of District 26 of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) which coordinated the ceremony with the U.S. Army Reserve Theater Support Group-Pacific (USAR TSG-Pacific).
 



AS-EPA celebrates Environment Week 2014

The American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency (AS-EPA) is commemorating its annual Environment Week, which started Oct. 27th - 30th. The theme of this year’s Environment Week is “Keep American Samoa Beautiful” (KASB), which was chosen because it recalls and celebrates the year-long KASB program that was implemented on November 3, 2013.
 



Masefau Mosiula is Moso'oi Cricket league champs

The Moso'oi Cricket league wrapped up its 12-week tournament with their championship games played this past Saturday at Faga'alu
 
Park. The park was filled with cricket enthusiast from 7 in the morning all the way up to 6pm when the final wicket was knocked down in an exciting finish to the Masefau vs Faleniu game that saw the Mosiula Cricket team from the village of Masefau emerge as the 2014 Cricket Champions for this year’s league.
 



Halloween Bash at Evalani’s next Friday

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Looking for somewhere to party and relax with family and friends during Halloween next Friday? Then head over to the biggest Halloween Bash in the territory, happening at Evalani’s in Pago Pago on Oct. 31
 
Every year for the past eight years, Evalani’s has hosted the hottest, craziest, and most entertaining Halloween get-togethers and next Friday will be no exception.
 



Recruiter re-enlists for three more years

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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.



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