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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


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


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


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

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.

Students give rave reviews to WestPac’s summer program


Students participating in the 2014 Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council (WPRFMC) summer program have nothing but positive reviews for the educational experience, which concludes tomorrow.

FIBA secretary general in town on one-day visit

Eligibility of players one of the topics of discussion

The upcoming Oceania basketball Under 19 championship scheduled for later this year in Fiji and the ambitions of basketball federations in the Pacific were among some of the issues covered during a one-day visit to the territory by David Crocker, the newly elected secretary general of Oceania’s International Basketball Federation, commonly known as FIBA.
Crocker, who is based in Australia, had visited Fiji and Samoa before arriving in Pago Pago this week Tuesday. Next week he heads to Papua New Guinea.

Demand grows for Samoa products in NZ

The Samoa Association of Manufacturers and Exporters is setting up a permanent trade presence in New Zealand after last year's successful Buy Samoa Made trade show.

The Samoa Observer reports that the Association will establish an exhibition centre at the Samoan Fale house in Auckland.

Its President, Tagaloa Eddie Wilson, says the most compelling feedback they received at last year's show was that market consumers wanted a permanent presence of Samoa products in New Zealand.

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