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The final cash count for villages at Flag Day


Although Pago Pago’s fautasi ‘Aeto’ didn’t claim the title of Champ in the 2014 Fautasi Race regatta, the village was the big winner, when it comes to total cash received in prizes for three main events this year.
Cash prizes and awards were announced during the closing ceremony that started just after 6p.m. Thursday at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Samoa? There’s a new ‘app’ for that

Looking for that cute little restaurant that people talk about but you can never find?

There’s an app for that. A Samoan app.

The claim is made by Reverend Falefatu Enari, who says he met with representatives from Digicel in the middle of last year to discuss his concept of an online advertising website, called Poly Marketplace.

The Samoa Tourism Authority fale at Eleele fou was a place of celebration on Monday evening, as the country’s tourism industry got its hands on a new software ‘app’ or application that guides mobile users to the country’s attractions.

Senate President calls for cheers to celebrate Flag Day


In his Flag Day address, Senate President Gaoteote Tofau Palaie paid tribute to American Samoa’s forefathers who ceded the Eastern Samoan islands to the United States and thanked the private sector for their contribution to the territory's economy.
Speaking to a crowd of over 2,000 at the Veterans Memorial Stadium, Gaoteote took the podium with a call to the audience for cheers in marking the 114 years since American Samoa became part of the U.S. family.

Court Report


Judge John Ward will open District Court on Saturday, April 19, 2014 allowing those who are arrested on Flag Day (Thursday) and Good Friday to make their initial appearance, instead of waiting for Monday.
In a letter sent to Commissioner of Public Safety William Bill Haleck, last week, Ward pointed out to the Commissioner that it will be a four-day weekend, and the court will open on Saturday to minimize the traffic at the District Court and help it run smoothly on Monday.

ASCC Student Art Show opens next week

Visual artworks typically start off as just an idea on a drawing board, and a group of Art students at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) have expanded on that truism to come up with “Welcome to the Drawing Board” as the title of their student art show that will open on Monday, April 21st in the ASCC Cafeteria and will remain on display through Friday, April 25th.
The show will include the work of current and potential Art majors, and is open to the public.

Pope washes feet of elderly, disabled in rite

ROME (AP) -- Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 disabled and elderly people Thursday - women and non-Catholics among them - in a pre-Easter ritual designed to show his willingness to serve others like a "slave."

Francis' decision in 2013 to perform the Holy Thursday ritual on women and Muslim inmates at a juvenile detention center helped define his rule-breaking papacy just two weeks after his election. It riled traditionalist Catholics, who pointed to the Vatican's own regulations that the ritual be performed only on men since Jesus' 12 apostles were men.

Alex Leapai fully prepared for title tilt

The Samoa-born boxer Alex Leapai says he's never been as well prepared for a fight as he is for next weekend's world heavyweight bout against Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko.

Klitschko hasn't lost for a decade and will put the WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO and The Ring Heavyweight Championship titles on the line in Germany.

The 34-year old Leapai had to cut short a sparring session in Sydney last week after straining his neck against Romanian Razvan Cojanu but says it was only a precaution.

Fagaitua teacher charged with rape, sexual assault of 16yr old student


A 48-year-old Fagaitua High School music teacher from Lauli’i has been arrested and charged on allegations of having a sexual relationship with his female student at school. Rose ‘Lose’ Auva’a is being held on bail of $35,000 on charges of Rape, Sexual Assault, Sodomy, Deviate Sexual Assault and Sexual Abuse first degree.
The defendant was arrested last week Thursday on a Public Peace Disturbance charge however when he was taken into custody, his daughter informed police as to why her father allegedly committed the PPD at their residence.

Family Clinic offers many services, including “morning after pill”

Says decline in birth rate — likely linked to economic reasons

The Family Planning Clinic at the LBJ Medical Center hopes that the decline in births for American Samoa in the last three years is attributed to couples planning on when to have children and the biggest issue in such planning is for “economic reasons”, and offers a variety of contraceptive methods, including the emergency “morning after pill”.

Samoa opens first grid connected solar power system

Samoa, the first country to access the Pacific Environment Community (PEC) Fund since its inception in 2010 is finally having their first solar photovoltaic grid system commissioned for use in Salelologa, Savai’i.

The formal commissioning ceremony co-hosted by the Government of Samoa and Electric Power Corporation (EPC) took place last week and was attended by Samoa’s Prime Minister Hon. Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi, the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), Mr Tuiloma Neroni Slade and senior government officials.

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