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Rep. Larry Sanitoa—on behalf of parishioners of Fatuoaiga, residents and commuters, the patients of Hope House, and children of the Montessori school—sent a letter this week to Basil Ake, the general manager for McConnell Dowell, thanking the company for the “exceptional work” on the drainage improvements and for the new pavement work on the Hope House Road and Jason David roads by Fatuoaiga.


Sanitoa says this is not the first time McConnell Dowell has been generous with their time and resources to help mitigate the long standing problems with the road in these areas, adding that the company’s commitment to undertake this major drainage improvement as a “community service” is commendable. 


“Finally there is relief from having to be subjected to stagnant, mosquito infested water after every downpour and it is very much appreciated by our government, residents and especially our children,” Sanitoa wrote and asked another favor— to please pave two access roads, which are called Fatuoaiga Rd and Cardinal Pio Rd.


“Basil, once again many thanks for your commitment and willingness to help the communities within Tualauta District.   McConnell Dowell has certainly become a recognized name in many households for its contributions towards improving the infrastructure in our territory.  It is indeed a pleasure to work with you and looking forward to continue working with you on many other pending road improvements,” he added.




The “Ocean Princess” arrived in the territory this past Thursday, carrying over a thousand passengers and crewmembers. It is one of four cruise ships scheduled to call into port during the month of November.


American Samoa Visitors Bureau Executive Director David Vaeafe told Samoa News that the territory is well prepared to meet the increasing number of cruise liners moving to the South Pacific.


A total of 18 cruise ships are set to arrive in American Samoa this year, which is a slight decrease compared to the previous year but the incoming ships are bigger, carrying more passengers and crew members.


According to Vaeafe, for next year, 16 ships have been confirmed up to September 2014 and these are bigger ships like the Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Victoria, which can carry a very high number of passengers.