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Spoiled prom food pits restaurant against angry highschool officials


Senior Prom, next to graduation day, is perhaps the most memorable event in a young person’s life on-island, as is the case in the U.S.
But for some of the students of Faga’itua High School, the event turned into a nightmare when the food that was served during their special night two weeks ago was alleged to be spoiled and inedible.

May rainfall well about average with more predicted


It’s going to be a wet weekend as a surface trough continues to hover over the territory, meaning there will be more rain from now until next Monday.
The territory has been experiencing consistent rainfall over the past month.
In a telephone interview with Samoa News yesterday afternoon, local meteorologist Hans Malala explained that a small craft and high surf warning are in effect for south facing shores, including Aunu’u. “This means people in that area need to stay out of the water,” Malala explained.

Va’a fagota tafea ma pa’ulia gataifale Coconut Point

O le va’a fagota a le Seahawk #68, o se va’a mai Taiwan, ua pa’ulia nei i luga o le a’au i gataifale o Coconut Point i Nuuuli, o lo’o fa’afoea e le Tri Marine a latou faigafaiva i Amerika Samoa.

Popular sentiment in U.S. is for wage hikes, not decreases


There is concern within the Chamber of Commerce that it may be difficult for American Samoa to secure another Congressional delay in local minimum wage hikes because of the change in attitude in the U.S. toward increasing wages, with U.S. companies moving forward on their own.

Spelling Bee Update


Debrinna Su’a and her teacher and spelling coach, Liutautai Leupolu, are in Washington D.C. where Debrinna is representing American Samoa in the 2015 Scripps Spelling Bee, May 27-28. She is a Manulele Tausala 7th grader.
They sent the following message to Samoa News on Wednesday, May 27:
“Greetings from Washington DC,

To’alua sui ‘au Tenisi malaga e tausinio i le ‘Fiji Open’


E to’alua sui o le ‘au Tenisi a Amerika Samoa ua fa’amoemoe e malaga mo Ta’aloga a le Pasefika i Papua Niu Kini, ua malaga atu nei e tausinio i le ta’amilosaga o le Fiji Open, lea o lo o fa’agasolo mo le aso 27-31 Me 2015.
Na taua e le Peresetene o le Asosi Tenisi i Amerika Samoa, susuga Bill Young i le Samoa News ananafi e faapea, o le malaga atu ai o le tamaita’i o Florence Wasko ma Larry John Magalasin i Fiti e tausinio ai, o se tasi lea o vaega o tapenaga a le ‘au Tenisi mo Ta’aloga a le Pasefika.

Update on alleged harassment by Immigration


Attorney General Talaeuega Eleasalo Ale says that anyone who signed up for the Amnesty program is protected from deportation until his or her case is denied by the Immigration Board.
The AG was responding to Samoa News following receiving documents and information from a woman who claims she was harassed by immigration officers after she refused to adhere to a demand by an Immigration official who paid her fare to go to Apia last year.

ASNOC votes to amend constitution; adds a VP

One member questions ratification process

The American Samoa National Olympic Committee is planning to amend its constitution to reflect that the new position of vice president will be established within the executive board, and the post will be an elected one.
The ASNOC held a meeting last Friday evening to vote on the amendment but the vote has been postponed until a later time. The vice president post is one of the proposed amendments to the ASNOC constitution which was presented to sports associations and federations earlier this year for review and comments.

TANOA JR: Ua leva ona ou moemiti i le avanoa lenei


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  • Woman alleges harassment by Immigration Office

    Immigration says woman overstayed, tried to bribe CIO

    A Filipino woman feels she’s being "harassed" by Immigration officers after she refused to adhere to a demand by an Immigration official who paid her fare to go to Apia last year. This is alleged to have occurred after the official from the immigration office allegedly told her that her amnesty application had been denied in June 2014. According to the woman, the Immigration official told her that she had to go to Apia and come back.

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