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DBAS dedicates new $3.1M building

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Mrs. Cynthia Moliga, the wife of Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga, was given the honor of cutting the ribbon during the official opening and dedication ceremony Thursday for the new Development Bank of American Samoa building in Pago Pago. Standing behind Mrs. Moliga is Chief Justice Michael Kruse.
 



Health Awareness Fair draws dialysis patients

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A Health Awareness Fair was held yesterday at Utulei Beach Park. The Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Health Awareness Fair was just one of the activities to celebrate Nephrology Nurses Week.
 
Yesterday was a day for the families of patients — especially dialysis patients — to help spread the awareness of the NCDs, which have taken over our health concerns.
 



Study: Artificial Sweeteners may promote diabetes

NEW YORK (AP) -- Using artificial sweeteners may set the stage for diabetes in some people by hampering the way their bodies handle sugar, suggests a preliminary study done mostly in mice.

The authors said they are not recommending any changes in how people use artificial sweeteners based on their study, which included some human experiments. The researchers and outside experts said more study is needed, while industry groups called the research limited and said other evidence shows sweeteners are safe and useful for weight control.



Bluesky Moana TV improves services for customers

(PRESS RELEASE)  – Bluesky Digital Moana TV customers will soon be enjoying new channels and premium packages. Here at Bluesky we are constantly looking for ways to improve our services for customers. Earlier in the year we had an open forum where we encouraged customers to offer feedback on what channels they would like to see Moana TV offer. The feedback was tremendous and we decided to try and bring some of the recommended channels to our customers.
 



ASPA's tieline system & Satala groundbreaking

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The Satala Power Plant building and facility replacement project recently held their ground breaking ceremony, and the estimated cost for the project is $12 Million according to the contractors.
 
This project is designed and built to accommodate 23Mega Watts of diesel generators consisting of seven diesel generators and their associated auxiliary equipment, black start engines, switch gears and distribution feeder power grid system, with a centralized control room and related supporting facilities.
 



Seau among 113 Hall of Fame nominees

Super Bowl-winning quarterback Kurt Warner and linebacker Junior Seau are among 15 first-year eligible modern-era candidates nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Also nominated for the class of 2015 in their first year of eligibility are receivers Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt, tackle Orlando Pace, and placekicker Jason Elam.

A total of 99 players and 14 coaches comprise the 113 nominees. A modern-era player or coach must be retired at least five consecutive seasons to be eligible.



ASCC-SAFF performs at Teuila Festival

Over the last few years, the Student Association for Faasamoa (SAFF) has established itself as one of the strongest student organizations at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC).
 
Overseen by the Samoan Studies Institute (SSI), the SAFF promotes Samoan culture, arts and values while also providing its members with an academic support group, particularly in the area of Samoan Studies.
 



Samoan soprano takes top opera honor

Samoan soprano, Marlena Ott Devoe, has won the Joan Sutherland Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Award in Australia.

In doing so, she has overcome fierce competition to secure the top prize, giving her another step up the ladder as she continues her journey to the top.

The award was established in the memory Sutherland and Bonynge's legacy to develop great opera singers for the future and ensure the sustainability of opera.



Delegation attends Coral Reef Task Force

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Scientists and experts from across the United States met in Kaanapali, Maui to discuss key national issues and proposed new actions, as well as present progress reports in their efforts to protect the coral reef ecosystem.
 
The 32nd US Coral Reef Task Force (USCRTF) meeting took place Sept. 2-7 and was co-hosted by the Dept. of Commerce, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Dept. of Interior.
 



Video: 'Five-O' celebrates season five

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Despite heat and humidity, thousands turned out for the fifth season of a show that has as much staying power as they do -- "Hawaii Five-O."The cast and crew of the hit CBS television series also came out for what's become an annual tradition, getting a sneak preview of the first episode of the new season on a big screen at a "Sunset on the Beach" event in Waikiki.



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