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Dance competition winners unhappy over slow payment of prize money


The four groups that won top honors during the first ever American Samoa’s Best Dance Crew (ASBDC) competition hosted by the Dept. of Youth and Women’s Affairs (DYWA) last month have contacted Samoa News, claiming that they still haven’t received their cash prizes.

Intl Day of the girl festivities set for tomorrow


An estimated 2,000 local residents—mostly women and girls—are expected to show up at the Veterans Memorial Stadium in Tafuna tomorrow when the territory celebrates for the first time ever, the International Day of the Girl (IDG).
As of yesterday afternoon, close to 1,800 people had already registered to participate, although applications were still pouring in.

Toa ole Afi Fire Knife Competition to take place tonight

Non-profit organization holds its first competition event

The first Toa ole Afi Fire Knife Competition will take place tonight at the Tafuna High School gymnasium from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Admittance is free and everyone is invited.
Head of the Toa ole Afi organization, Loso I’aulualo, told Samoa News yesterday that the competition is being held to coincide with the annual Mosooi Festival.

Cohort 28 teachers conduct professional development sessions for colleagues


Beginning earlier this month, and finishing up this week, the University of Hawaii-Cohort 28 teachers have been conducting professional development sessions at their respective schools.
Sessions began on October 9 and ended October 22.

Port Administration proposes hike in tug boat rates


An increase in the cost of Port operations has prompted the move to increase rates for the tug boats says Port Administration Director Taimalelagi Dr Claire Tuia Poumele.
According to the Director, the existing rates for the Tugs Tatoso II, Tautua and Sailele were established in 1980, more than 30 years ago. 
She explained that under a proposed rule change, the use charge per hour will go from $250 to $425; outside normal working hours, the hourly rate will be from $300 to $510.

Biz Beat: Tropical Blends whipping up great tasting, healthy treats


For nearly two months now, Tropical Blends in Nuuuli has been open for business and the reviews are nothing but positive. Offering delicious smoothies, juices, sub-sandwiches, salads, snacks, and “wellness shots”, Tropical Blends operates under the motto: “A healthier taste, a healthier you!”

Swains Islanders to select their delegate this weekend


Residents of Swains Island will be selecting their delegate to the local House of Representatives during an open meeting this weekend at the Election Office in Tafuna.
Swains Island is currently represented by Rep. Su’a Alexander Eli Jennings who was first selected to hold office following the 2004 general election. He is currently serving as chairman of the House Public Safety Committee and is also a member of other committees.

Court Report


Chief Justice Michael Kruse, accompanied by Chief Associate Judge Logoai Siaki and Associate Judge Faamausili Pomele, have given the attorneys involved in the bench trial of Michael Tolmie, who’s charged with three counts of embezzlement, a few days to prepare their closing arguments.
Tolmie is in court on allegations that he misappropriated funds from an enterprise he was involved with, New Dimension Company, or NDC.

“Hope Starts Here” — Community Cancer Coalition aims high with next fundraiser


As Chairperson for American Samoa’s Community Cancer Coalition, Rochelle Reid has written a heartfelt letter to members of the community, inviting them out this Saturday, October 25 for a fundraiser meant to bring both help—and hope— for more of our local families who have had someone diagnosed with cancer.

Senator Laolagi hopes to repeal unpopular wage tax


Senator Laolagi Savali Vaeao is a man on a mission, looking to repeal the 2%wage tax, whose proceeds are being used to fund LBJ Medical Center, the only hospital in the territory.
Responding to Samoa News queries, the Chairman of the Budget and Appropriations Committee pointed out that it was uncovered in a recent hearing with hospital officials that — aside from their $52million approved budget — they also receive funds from the federal government amounting to more than $60 million.

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