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Update: Manulele Tausala I of Nu’uuli takes first place

The Manulele Tausala I fautasi of Nu’uuli is the unofficial winner of the 2015 Flag Day Fautasi Race, held Monday morning after it was postponed twice due to bad weather, according to the Flag Day Fautasi Committee.  Manulele Tausala won last year’s race.
Perhaps the big battle, was between the Don Bosco 200 fautasi of Samoa and Fealofani Samoa III of Fagasa, once the race was inside the Pago Pago Harbor vicinity. The two battled for second and third place.

Fautasi race committee says today’s the day

Link to live feed here on the website — click on the "Big 2"

With traffic into town already at a crawl, the  first reports from the starting line of the fautasi race around 7a.m. say its a sem- rough seas, but committee chairman Lualemaga reaffirms the race will start at 11a.m. and if boats are in line before 11a.m. they will start early.
Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga sayid on Saturday that this is the first time the fautasi committee has handled the race with honesty and fairness compared to many races in the past.

Manslaughter charge has man held on $100K bail


The Attorney General’s office has arrested and charged Erasi Valusaga in connection with the death of Namu Tuamasaga Aetui, 67 in an incident that occurred last week in Futiga.
Responding to Samoa News, Deputy Attorney General Mitzie Jessop confirmed that an arrest has been made in this case, however Jessop declined to comment on the matter, as Valusaga will make his initial appearance in the District Court today.

Public and some private schools closed on Monday


Education director Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin-Finau says all public schools will be closed tomorrow, Apr. 20, the rescheduled date for the 2015 Flag Day fautasi race, while Department of Education personnel are still to report to their respective work places. As well there is no school
today for alll catholic schools and  Kanana Fou high school. Classes will resume Tuesday.

Third time a charm? Fautasi race now set for Monday


After two postponements due to rough seas, the 2015 Flag Day Fautasi Race is now rescheduled for Monday, Apr. 20, with a start time of 11a.m., while all nine fautasi are to be at the starting line of the 5-mile race course by 10:30a.m.

No race Saturday morning


The 2015 Flag Day Fautasi Race set for Saturday, Apr. 18th at 7a.m. will not occur as schedule as weather condition in the waters around Tutuila remain unsafe.
Lt. Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga, who is also the Flag Day Committee co-chairman, confirmed to Samoa News this evening (Friday) that the 7a.m. race, which was rescheduled from Thursday, will not happen.

Video: 2015 Faigamea i le Tai race delayed, not cancelled

Everyone thankful no harm came to anyone yesterday

Captain of the Fealofani Samoa, Atuatasi “Jerry” Seigafo used the opportunity at the captains meeting held yesterday to thank the government of American Samoa and others who came to their rescue when their fautasi capsized out in the open waters yesterday morning, and he told those present, they are still "ready to race".


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Tolopo tu’uga fautasi o le fu’a i le aso To’ona’i


O le itula e 7:00 i le taeao o le aso To’ona’i nei, o a taeao lea, lea ua tolopo i ai le fa’ataunu’uina o Faigamea i le tai mo le fu’a o lenei tausaga, ina ua le taunu’u le tu’uga sa fuafua e faia i le taeao ananafi, e mafua mai i le fa’alavelave e pei ona molimauina e le atunu’u i luga o le televise, ina ua sao le liu i totonu o ni isi o Sa sa sauni mo le tuuga.


Update: Fautasi Race rescheduled for Saturday

Thursday's Race cancelled after two fautasi swamped

After a 2015 Flag Day Fautasi Committee meeting this afternoon, the final decision, is that the fautasi race is rescheduled for 7a.m. Saturday.  The meeting this afternoon included Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga, Lt. Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga and Secretary of Samoan Affairs Mauga Tasi Asuega.
More details in tomorrow’s edition.
The Matasaua of Manu’a and Fealofani Samoa III of Fagasa are swamped with water and the crews are clinging to the hulls while the chase boats work to secure the oars and rescue the rowers.

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Tau saili po o ai na fa’aleagaina pito luma “Don Bosco 200”


E o o mai lava i le taimi na lomia ai lenei ripoti, e le i mafai lava ona maua mai se ripoti maumau tutu, i se tagata po o ni tagata sa latou fa’aleagaina le pito i luma o le Sa o le Don Bosco 200 mai Samoa, lea o lo o taoto nei i le taelega i Utulei, fa’afesaga’i tonu lava ma le Fale Laumei.

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