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Christianity observes one of its holiest days, Good Friday

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Today, Christians around the world, including those in American Samoa, are commemorating Good Friday; the day when they believe Jesus Christ was crucified and died on the cross at Calvary to save the world.
 
Good Friday in American Samoa is being marked with morning services by some church denominations, especially the Catholic Faith, whose parishioners re-create the final steps Jesus took while carrying his cross to the crucifixion site — they are embodied in the fourteen Stations of the Cross — the ceremony started just before sunrise.
 



1,000 strong — StarKist entertains at Flag Day

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StarKist Samoa cannery workers prefer that the minimum wage in American Samoa be reviewed by a special committee and urged rejecting any move to continue wages hikes - with the next one set for Sept. 30, 2015.
 
This was the public message shared by the close to 1,000 cannery workers, during their traditional song, or pese, at their performance for the 2014 Flag Day celebration at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Tafuna marking the 114 years since the territory became part of the U.S. family.
 



Photos and Video: The Manulele Tausala l dances gracefully on glassy water

Kapiteni Manutafea Saleauau Tanielu Taufete’e and his fit, young, bravehearts made their Manulele Tausala l performed a taualuga, the last waltz on smooth water, and the Nu’uuli tapua’iga, supporters around the world and in the territory danced to their tune.
 

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Link to Flag Day Live: Flag Raising, Siva and Pese today

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American Samoa today marks the 114th year since these Eastern Samoan islands became part of the United States family and Senate President Gaoteote Tofau Palaie will deliver the Flag Day Address.
 
Also speaking at the ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Stadium in Tafuna, is Sam Lee, president and chief executive of StarKist Inc., representing the business sector, to which this year’s Flag Day festivities are dedicated, under the theme “Government and Businesses in Partnership”.
 



Governor Lolo confers with Cabinet via Skype call

Lemanu says he’s the Lt. Governor — not the ‘acting’ governor
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Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga told his cabinet that he has sought the Department of Interior’s opinion regarding the veto override referendum which will be on the ballot in the general election in November this year.
 
During the cabinet meeting on Tuesday, via a Skype session, he noted that it’s important that ASG seek the opinion of DOI as they have been working with DOI as the administering authority for a long time.
 



Race starts early; Manulele Tausala #1 wins over Aeto

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Nu’uuli village fautasi Manulele Tausala #1, took first place at the 2014 Flag Day Fautasi Race, followed by Aeto of Pago Pago, in second place, according to the official results announced by Lualemaga Faoa, chairman of the Fautasi Race Committee, on KVZK-TV just minutes after the race.
 
The battle for first place was intense as Nu’uuli and Pago Pago battled in the last minutes of the race. Aeto came all the way from behind at 5th place not long into the race to battle with Manulele Tausala #1, which won by a few rows.
 



Link to Flag Day live!

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KVZK Flag Day coverage is going global with live streaming coverage of this year’s fautasi race and the festivities at the Veterans Memorial Stadium on Thursday.
 
This is being made possible through a collaboration between KVZK and Bluesky Communications. Bluesky is providing the bandwidth on the ASH submarine fiber optic cable to upstream the live feed through the
internet, which will make it possible for families and friends anywhere in the world to watch the Flag Day celebrations this year.
 



Retirement Office director to Lolo: You have no authority to appoint Board Chair

Chairman is still Aleki Sene Sr
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Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga has appointed Sonny L. Thompson, Human Resources Director, as interim Chairman of the Retirement Fund Board, and he’s to provide temporary leadership until a permanent chairman is selected, according to a letter he sent to the Executive Director of the Retirement Office, Luatua Filisoiaiga Ta’afua, last week.
 



C J: Outcome could have been worse if cops armed

CJ chastises attorneys, cops and defendant in assault trial
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Speaking hypothetically, Chief Justice Michael Kruse says a defendant who was accused of swinging a tire iron at a police officer might not be sitting in court for sentencing if the Police Commissioner’s move to have police officers armed was in effect when the confrontation took place early last year.
 



Galeai plans Senate hearing to probe LBJ fiasco

Says residents suffer — let the CEO do his job
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As chairman of the Senate Government Operations Committee, Sen. Galeai Tu’ufuli plans to assemble an investigative team to look into “the power struggle” within LBJ Medical Center, whose Chief Executive Officer, Joseph Davis-Fleming has accused the hospital board of micromanaging hospital operations, and perhaps it’s time to discuss terms of his resignation.
 



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