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ASG offers little support for ASRU's Flag Day Rugby

Veterans Stadium free of charge for 7s Flag Day Rugby Tournament

Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga says the only assistance the government plans to provide for the annual 7s Flag Day rugby international tournament is the use of the Veterans Memorial Stadium free of charge to the American Samoa Rugby Union (ASRU).



DOA closes down Taputimu Farm


For the safety and well-being of local youth, a farm in Taputimu was closed down last week, after inspectors discovered that the owners were mixing water with chicken manure, and using the mixture as fertilizer for cabbage.
Right now, a ban on the sale of locally grown bok choi (either in the local stores or on the road side) is still in effect. This came after the cabbage was found to have dirt, snails, and worms on the leaves.

Congressional News from D.C.

Last week Congresswoman Aumua Amata notified the territory of three grant awards, voiced her support for Veteran’s legislation and congratulated a son of American Samoa on his military promotion.  All information is based on media releases from the congresswoman’s office.

House testimony on room tax similar to what was heard in Senate


Some faipule are supportive of an administration bill calling for a 5% occupancy or room tax, which Commerce Department director Keniseli Lafaele says will not deter nor decrease visits to the territory by business travelers, federal government workers and military officials, as they would still have to pay this tax, even if it's increased in the future.

Fono News


Representatives Pulelei’ite Tufele Li’amatua Jr Fatulegae’e Mauga and Talamatai Su’a are co-sponsoring a measure that will increases fees for vehicle licensing and registration and appropriate a portion of the fees to the Territorial Administration on Aging (TAOA) for programs specifically and directly benefiting the elderly.

Research reveals Tonga's role as ancient Pacific trade hub

Samoans focused on producing high quality adzes

(Phys.org) — A geochemical analysis of prehistoric stone artifacts has revealed that Tonga was once the hub of a Pacific trading empire as large as 500,000 square kilometers.

In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Geoffrey Clarke of Australian National University and his team analyzed Tongan stone artifacts and found that two-thirds of them came from outside Tonga, one from as far as 2,500 kilometers away. The researchers believe Tonga served as a trade hub where people from across Polynesia traveled to exchange goods and political ideas.

Whitehorn will receive restitution funds from man convicted of fraud


California based Whitehorn Construction, the company originally contracted by the American Samoa government for the airport road project, is to received more than $300,000 from the restitution payment Eric Campbell was ordered by the federal court to make to his victims.
Campbell, 50, of Florida was sentenced Monday, Mar. 24 at the Atlanta federal court to 57 months in prison, restitution of just over $1.9 million and placed on three-years supervised release.

Fed budget for the territories includes money for climate change adaptation


U.S. Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Affairs, Esther Kia’aina told a U.S. committee that the new fiscal year budget for the Office of Insular Affairs works to empower U.S.-affiliated insular communities by promoting economic development opportunities, building governmental capacity and infrastructure, improving quality of life issues, and supporting adaptation planning and resilience in the face of climate change.

WestPac recognizes inaugural scholarship recipients

HONOLULU — The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council at its meeting this month recognized Fa’asalafa Kitiona of American Samoa, who studies marine science at the University of Hawaii at Hilo and Keena Leon Guerrero of the CNMI, who is studying marine biology at Hawaii Pacific University.

'The Rock' misses out on famous Hilo pancakes

HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - If you've been to Hilo, then you've also likely been to Ken's House of Pancakes. The restaurant's quite popular and normally open 24/7. So imagine the surprise when 'The Rock' walked in and couldn't get any pancakes.

"We're here in Hilo, Hawaii, my home away from home, The Ken's Pancake House open 24 hours a day. On the wall my grandfather, the High Chief Maiava, my brother BJ Penn, the Scorpion King, I come all the way over here..and it's closed. Hahaha," said Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson on his Facebook page.

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