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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.

Lolo: Relationship with U.S. based on friendship, trust and wisdom


Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga paid tribute to American Samoa’s military veterans as well as active duty service members in his special remarks at Friday’s 2015 Flag Day ceremony, marking the 115th year since American Samoa became a U.S territory.
The one-day Flag Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Stadium began on a nice breeze morning with the arrival of more than 2,000 people in groups, organizations and businesses coming to participate in the Flag Day parade.

U.S. payment for fishing access still sore subject for Tuna Treaty


A report submitted by American Samoa’s delegation to last month's re-negotiation session of the South Pacific Tuna Treaty in Auckland, New Zealand, provides information that the territorial government needs to consider, especially for its locally based purse seiner fleet to continue to fish under the Treaty.
Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale and Commerce Department director Keniseli Lafaele represented the territory in the U.S delegation to the re-negotiation session of the Treaty, which was first executed in 1987.

Other health care providers can be enrolled in Medicaid says director

Medicaid funding is not just for LBJ

The local Medicaid Office is working on finalizing procedures and policies to enroll other health care providers in the territory under the federally funded Medicaid program, for which LBJ Medical Center is currently the only provider, according to Medicaid Office director Sandra King-Young.

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.

Former Congressman Faleomavaega speaks at ASCC

This past Tuesday, April 14, former Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin accepted an invitation from the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) Social Science Department to participate in a forum on the subject of American Samoa’s political status.
Before a standing room only audience in the Lecture Hall, the former Congressman discussed at length his experiences during his long years of service as American Samoa’s representative in Washington, and his views on the Territory’s relationship with the United States.



Many of the 2Samoas Trade Fair booths, including Samoa News’ booth are at the Veterans Memorial Stadium today, Friday, for the 115th Flag Day celebration, which includes a parade, flag raising, pese & siva, speeches and a military oath taking. It’s an all day event.


The 2Samoas Trade Fair will culminate with a Fashion Show & Gala Ball at the Gov. H. Lee Auditorium (le fale laumei) tonight at 7p.m.

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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Sunrise memorial at Tramway brings memories of fateful Flag Day

Service, friendship and loss bound together in memory

“O uo mo aso uma a o uso mo aso vale”  (friends for all seasons and kin in moments of crisis lends substance to the honorific) was the Samoan proverb used by his Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi describing the pain he felt, along with all of American Samoa, 35 years ago when a US Navy plane crashed during Flag Day festivities, killing seven people.


New Western Union location opens today at the Tafuna Airport


Pacific Holdings American Samoa Ltd (PHAS), operating as Western Union, is opening its Pago Pago International Airport location today.
The company offers foreign exchange services and money transfers worldwide and according to the company, PHAS will provide “core financial services to customers who are underserved by their banks, by offering rates and fees that are at least as good and often better than the respective local banks; and assisting in the development of the economy.”

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