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Punimata — home boy — making big strides in the world of rugby

jeff@samoanews.com

Samoana High School 2004 graduate, Nu’u Punimata, is making big strides in the world of rugby, as he is not only playing for the USA National 7’s Team, he is also coaching rugby to young boys and girls at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) near Seattle, Washington.

Waisale Serevi, who is a former three time Melrose cup champion and two time World Cup champion, formed Serevi and Rugby Nation and with the help of Punimata, they are bringing flag rugby to JBLM every Friday, which began April 13 and goes through May 28.



Biggest catch so far in I’a Lapo’a Tournament

tony@samoanews.com

The biggest catch as of day three of the Steinlager’s 13th International I’a Lapo’a Tournament turned up yesterday, after a first two days of hardly any catches.

The Southern Destiny from Samoa was the third boat that reached the scale before the deadline yesterday, and it brought in the biggest catch of the tournament as of now, a 392.4 Blue Marlin which was lured in by angler Mike Apted.

Mike remains at the top with the biggest catch ever this year, but the tournament is still yet under way as of now, and it will conclude tomorrow.



Op-Ed: Junior Seau's position exacerbated his condition, former NFL player says



Fanene's American Samoan heritage key to NFL success

The islands that make up American Samoa are closer to Australia than they are to Hawaii.
 
Just a blip on the Atlas, American Samoa has left a mark on the NFL by turning out NFL-caliber players on the regular.
 



No fautasi teams to represent the Territory at Samoa’s 50th

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None of the four fautasi from American Samoa invited for Samoa’s Jubilee celebration will attend their Independence Day, while three local “siva and pese” groups and one cricket team will represent the territory at the annual celebration in Apia.



Faleomavaega speaks at Jr. Seau’s funeral service today

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The Seau family has invited Congressman Faleomavaega Eni to speak at today’s final funeral service for former NFL star Junior Seau, who died last Wednesday at his home in Oceanside, California.

According to the family, funeral plans for Seau included a private viewing and family service last night in Oceanside, with the final service this morning followed by the burial at Eternal Hills Cemetery in Oceanside, said Faleomavega.



SCIENTISTS IDENTIFY CORAL IN OFU TOUGH ENOUGH TO WITHSTAND WARMING

Beneath the sea, in the fight for survival, coral reefs are thriving in the turquoise lagoons of a tiny, volcanic outcrop island called Ofu. This island in American Samoa houses the Muhammad Ali of corals, able to thrive in temperatures that would knock out most counterparts.



Territory prepares for 2012 Armed Forces Day

Saturday, May 19, 2012 marks the day ASG will again observe National Armed Forces Day by hosting the annual Armed Forces Ball at 6 p.m. at the Lee Auditorium in Utulei. The Keynote Speaker for the 2012 Armed Forces Ball is United States Army Colonel Leafaina Tavai Yahn, Commander of the 404thArmy Field Support Brigade from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.



Gov. Togiola will keynote ASCC Commencement

The American Samoa Community College (ASCC) will hold its 56th Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 18, beginning at 10 a.m. in the College’s Gymnasium.

One hundred and thirty prospective graduates are expected to receive the College’s regular Associate degrees and certificates, although the actual number may vary depending on final exam results, and this semester’s graduation ceremony will mark a milestone for ASCC with the awarding of its very first Bachelor of Elementary Education degrees to two students from the Teacher Education Department.



PRDPC wraps up National Incident workshop

jeff@samoanews.com

The Pacific Regional Disaster Preparedness Center (PRDPC) that was contracted to come out to the Pacific Rim to instruct members from various first responder agencies in the fine points of the National Incident Management Systems — in order to help them comply with the Homeland Security Presidential Directives (HSPD) 5 & 8 — began last Friday May 4 and concluded yesterday afternoon at the Army Reserve Conference Room in Tafuna.

Samoa News spoke with Sonny Maguire, one of the trainers from PRDPC, a group based in Hawaii, who conducted the five day class.