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Community Briefs


A second round of training for those interested in being U.S. masters/ captains, will start March 5th for two weeks. 

The class is an improved training cycle, with areas identified from the first course as needing more training time highlighted. As a result, training the days will be longer to benefit those attending — and to make sure that they completely understand the subjects discussed or taught, including hands-on instruction.

All those interested —  must be U.S. nationals/ citizens — please contact 252-2222.


The American Samoa Democratic Party is planning for Super Tuesday, which falls this year on March 6, 2012 — and invites all members and future Democrats to a general meeting Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at the Koko Bean Cafe at the Laufou Shopping Center in Nuuuli from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. to discuss the upcoming event. 

The Super Tuesday Caucus will be held at the Pago Airport Inn from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on March 6.

The 2012 American Samoa Delegation Selection Plan will be reviewed at the planning meeting. This plan outlines the process for selecting delegates, alternates, standing committee members, delegation chair and convention page to the 2012 National Democratic Convention, which will be held September 3-7, 2012 in North Carolina.

The Affirmative Action Plan will also be presented to ensure American Samoa’s delegate selection process is open to all who wish to participate or vote in the nomination of the Democratic Presidential Candidate at the 2012 Convention.

American Samoa Democratic Party officers include Fagafaga D. Langkilde - Chairman; Clara Reid - Vice-Chair; National Committeeman – Dr. Daniel Aga; National Committeewoman – Therese Hunkin; Executive Director – Nathaniel Savali; Treasurer – Karl Prendergrast;  Secretary-Sean Morrison.

For more information contact Clara at 699-7289 or Karl at 633-2827


“I am very happy and proud to offer my congratulations to our American Samoa football team for their victory against Australia,” said Gov. Togiola Tulafono in a press release.

His remarks follow:

“Thank you to all the players for enduring the torrid weather and still were able to give a superb performance through pure determination and sacrifice. You all have travelled far for this victory and you have worked hard for this successful performance and positive outcome for you as players, for our football program and for American Samoa. Thank you for carrying our American Samoa flag with pride.

“Thanks and congratulations also to Head Coach Pooch Ta’ase and our coaching staff for all the hard work, and aspiring to better our youth and their future through sports competition.

“I also want to say thank you to the people of the Territory for their prayers, love and support for our team. We were all there in spirit to root for American Samoa.

“With the huge time difference between Australia and Washington DC, Mary and I stayed up late into the night to track and follow the updates of the game on the internet. I want to thank Lieutenant Governor Faoa Sunia, who is with the team in Australia, and also all the tweet updates on Twitter from those who were at the game. Thank you very much.

“Congratulations again. Now let’s stay humble and work even harder in our preparation for the International Federation of American Football World Championship in Austin, Texas in June.”


The $100,000 bill proposed by the governor to fund the completion of the fale tele project at Utulei Beach and help the American Samoa National football team Australia trip is still in Fono committee, with a hearing held last week in the House. (See Saturday, Feb. 25th issue) Each project/ event would get $50,000, if passed.

It is unclear when the bill will be voted on by the House; while the Senate is yet to hold a hearing on the bill.

(Source: Governor’s Office — Feb. 27, 2012)