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After teen pilot's crash, how young is too young?

(AP) — The deadly crash of a teenager on an around-the-world flight brought new attention to the dangers of record-setting youth adventures, and questions about how young is too young to fly a plane.

Yet pilots and flight instructors say that while some question the ability of kids and teens to deal with unforeseen difficulties, training matters more than age.



Samoa cops reinstated, others have resigned after alleged attack

Four police officers accused over the beating of a male from Tanugamanono have returned to work while two have decided to resign.

That’s what Assistant Police Commissioner, Fauono Talelei Tapu, told the Weekend Observer yesterday.

He confirmed that the four who have decided to return to work are back on the beat.

In October 2013, six police officers appeared in the District Court accused of attacking a male from Tanugamanono at Moto’otua on October 2012.



Ancient settlement remnants found in Tongan village

Remnants of an ancient settlement outside the small village of Nukuleka, in Tonga, have been excavated by a team of Canadian archaeologists.

Matangi Tonga reports that items collected include thousands of sherds of Lapita pottery, a unique pottery made by the ancient predecessors of Polynesians thousand of years ago.

Canadian archaeologist, Professor David Burley, says this kind of pottery can be found from coastal areas of New Guinea all the way to the islands of Tonga and Samoa.



Family pleas for help in rescue efforts to find Babar Suleman

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Family and friends of Babar Suleman made a public plea for help in the search and rescue efforts.

Babar and his 17-year-old son Haris were flying around the world when they crashed off the American Samoa coast Thursday morning. The pair was attempting to break a Guinness World Record. Suleman was trying to become the youngest pilot to make the trip in 30 days.

Haris’ body was found, but there have been no signs of Babar.



Cost-U-Less is open

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After making major improvements to health and safety issues cited early this week by the Department of Health, the popular Cost-U-Less was reopened after 12-noon yesterday with final DoH inspection set for early next week.
 
Cost-U-Less was ordered temporarily closed on Monday — for five days — by health officials following an inspection that found the facility had “unsanitary conditions”. The inspection also came on the heels of public complaints to DoH of rats in the store-warehouse.
 



Samoan woman pleads guilty to passport fraud in Alaska

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Under a plea agreement with the US government, Maualuga Leaana, aka, Sialei Leaana yesterday “pled guilty to passport fraud” before U.S. District Court Timothy M. Burgess, and sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 20, federal prosecutor Thomas Bradley told Samoa News.
 
The case involves a woman from Samoa who used a “counterfeit” American Samoa birth certificate to obtain a U.S. passport, according to a federal prosecutor in Alaska.
 



Community Briefs

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AIRPORT PARKING FEES WAIVED FOR DISABLED PARKING
 
The Office of Protection and Advocacy for the Disabled (OPAD) — Director Matautu Dr. Peter Tinitali in collaboration with the Director of Port Administration, Taimalelagi Dr. Claire Poumele and staff, announced that as of July 18, 2014, Airport Parking Fees for vehicles that display a Disabled Parking Placard are now free.  
 



ASCC completes accreditation Self-Study

At its meeting on Friday, July 18, the Board of Higher Education (BHE) gave its approval to a document the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) has spent the better part of eight months preparing. With the Board’s approval, ASCC may now submit its Self-Study to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), a division of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
 



Pacific athletes still awaiting first medal

There were no medals for the Pacific athletes competing on day one of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, although a handful did achieve personal best efforts.

English triathlete Jodie Stimpson won the first medal of the Games, with Papua New Guinea's Rachael Sapera James finishing in a share of last place.

Compatriots Casmer Kamangip and Polihau Popeliau we're also at the rear in the men's race, alongside Solomon Islands pair Stanley Ofasisili and Jad Godfrey Nalo.



State Department proposes $20 MIL for South Pacific Tuna Treaty

U.S. tuna boat owners may still lose access to fishing grounds
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The U.S. State Department is proposing more than $20 million in its fiscal year 2015 budget for the South Pacific Tuna Treaty, also known as the Multilateral Treaty on Fisheries.
 
Federal government funding for the Treaty is part of the State Department’s Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) total FY 2015 budget proposal of $116.5 million.  According to budget justification documents, which show $21 million for FY 2015 ( the same allocation as FY 2014) this is part of the department’s foreign operations.



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