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Talavalu sets off for two 7s meets

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Members of the American Samoa National Rugby Team Talavalu left yesterday afternoon for Apia where they will over-night before catching a flight to Australia, where they will be playing in the upcoming FORU Oceania 7s at Noosa, and then on to the first leg of the HSBC Gold Coast 7s, which kicks off on Australia's Gold Coast a week later.
 
Rev. Dr. Tuioti and the Nu'uuli Methodist Congregation presented a donation of $500 to Talavalu Head Coach Leota Setefano Fata for the national team.
 



Andrew Choe takes over at Starkist corporate

Starkist president and chief executive officer Sam Hwi Lee will retire on Oct. 31 after exactly two years in the roles.

Replacing him is Andrew Choe, currently senior vice president of supply chain at Starkist, effective Nov. 1.

Choe, who was with Dongwon Enterprises before joining Starkist in 2010, has held the position of senior vice president of supply chain and director of strategic planning and development for Starkist.



Samoan soprano has done it again

A young Samoan, whose voice mesmerized hundreds at Leauva’a recently during the Opera Under the Stars Concert, has done it again.

This time, Isabella Moore, has won the Dame Malvina Major Foundation Aria Competition in Dunedin, adding that title to a string of other recent singing successes. "Winning always feels good," 24-year-old Ms Moore said. She won first prize, the NZ$5,000 (T$9,000) Dame

Malvina Major Foundation award, from six fellow finalists, during the Senior Vocal Festival 2014, at the Burns Hall, First Church, Dunedin on Saturday.



Gaping holes in service wharf pose danger

Port lets RFP for repairs
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Port Director Taimalelagi Claire Tuia Poumele says repairs on the service wharf at the main dock have been delayed for over seven years and a Request for Proposals (RFP) for this major infrastructure project is now in process. “This project has been in the plans for the past seven years,” she said.
 



Remembering the 2009 tsunami victims

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In memory of the victims of the 2009 earthquake and tsunami, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has ordered all flags in American Samoa to be lowered and flown at half-staff next Monday, Sept. 29 — marking the anniversary of the disaster in the territory.
 



Plans move forward for Int’l Day of the Girl

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Moana Purcell, event coordinator for the upcoming International Day of the Girl celebrations and co-chair for Women and Sports Commission under the American Samoa National Olympic Committee (ASNOC), speaks during a meeting this past Wednesday for all event partners, held at the ASNOC conference room in Tafuna.
 



Author “looking for a few good men” — and women

If you, or anyone in your family ever served in the US armed forces, this is for you
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It may be the best book ever written on American Samoa — the one you’ve always heard about — but never read. It is the Centennial Book, written for American Samoa’s anniversary in the year 2000, when the only U.S. Territory south of the equator celebrated 100 years beneath the Stars and Stripes. It’s a relationship which has, for the most part, been one of mutual agreement, close cooperation and loyal friendship.
 



SSV Seamans professor shares harbor findings

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The Sailing School Vessel (SSV) Robert C. Seamans, which has been in the territory since August 11 to conduct educational outreach by inviting local members of the community onboard, has also spent time conducting scientific research of Pago Pago Harbor.  The research was led by Jan Witting, a Professor of Oceanography with the Sea Education Association (SEA) group.
 



Te'o 'frustrated and devastated' with foot injury

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Chargers inside linebacker Manti Te'o says he's "frustrated and devastated" with a third foot injury in 13 months.

Te'o sustained a fractured right foot in Sunday's 22-10 victory at Buffalo and is out indefinitely.

Te'o and the team are declining to reveal much information, but club spokesman Bill Johnston said Wednesday that it's a different injury than the one Te'o suffered in the first exhibition game of his rookie season in 2013. Te'o missed the first three games of 2013 with a foot injury and had surgery in the offseason.



BPW inducts new board and officers

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The Business and Professional Women of Pago Pago recently inducted their new officers and board of directors for the 2014-2015 administration. Just as the Business and Professional Women’s International federation does each year, the local group held a candle-lighting ceremony to honor the many aspects of the organization, which was founded more than 80 years ago in the United States by Dr. Lena Madesin Phillips.
 



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