Cool Stuff: Lady Drone Professionals Exclusive

[Cool Stuff was not allowed to attend a significant event at InterDrone 2016 due to the circumstance of his being born a boring male. However, rather than just cry in his Vailima for being excluded, this author was asked by Cool Stuff to attend the event on his behalf, to take notes and write a feature story.
As an IT professional, and a techie nerd (Yup, always going for the latest iPhones, iPad Pro 12", etc.) this author is a self-admitted Coolio, who reads Cool Stuff.  

Cool Stuff: Breeze, Family Fun Perfected!

A Sony Handicam, a Canon Rebel, and a big screen TV have been excellent family gifts the past decade. Yuneec is blowing away those classics with their just debuted "Breeze" user-friendly drone, their CEO calls a "Flying Camera".
The "Breeze" will go everywhere with you indoor and outdoors... so as with your favorite pet, better think of a personalized cute name for this new best friend.

Continuation of popular Aiga Series released: Pintail Foundation


Aspiring lawyer and published author Lynn Pulou-Alaimalo has done it again: A continuation of her Aiga Series has hit the market, entitled “Pintail Foundation”.
The publication is the second book of the Aiga Series, which was launched in 2015 with “Lovefolds of Our Upbringing”.

Samoan reverend says there are better ways to discipline a child than smacking

Reverend Nove Vailaau is an ordained minister at the Congregation Christian Church in Samoa, serving in Porirua East.

When I was a child, my parents hit me with a salu. A salu is the hard part of the coconut leaf — you take away the leaf and tie them together, just like a whip. Most Samoan families had a salu around the house. It was meant to be for cleaning rubbish, but was always used for punishment whenever a belt was not to hand.

Cool Stuff: Nanuk-InterDrone

Nanuk will be highlighting cases big & small at InterDrone, a major 2nd year convention/educational seminars/gathering of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV aka Drones) professionals and aficionados in Las Vegas this week.

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Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga’s nomination of Robert Ho Chee, as the first Commissioner of the Office of Financial Institution was introduced Wednesday in both the Senate and House. A confirmation hearing in both chambers is set for next Monday morning.
In his nomination letter to lawmakers, the governor said Ho Chee, until his recent designation as acting OFI commissioner, had been working as an assistant treasurer for Treasury Management in ASG since 2013.

Cool Stuff: Qantas & Corné

Who would Australia's greatest Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist Phil Adams fly? Qantas of course! He insisted... but I told him, "Mate, your Qantas Mates don't fly to Salelologa."
Thanks to campaign ads during this political season, the Samoa News suggested I add an extra lua tala to my paycheck to look for some Cool Stuff in Australia, New Zealand, the Kingdom of Tonga, Fiji and Savaii.

Cool Stuff: Best Buy's Gebauer

Best Buy is a prime supplier of Cool Stuff's stash of goodies. Why Best Buy? Their quality, their huge inventory, their customer care, and American Samoan, Edgar Gebauer.


Portrayal of the god Maui has prompted debate over unhealthy stereotypes of Polynesian men on screen

The depiction of a Polynesian character in a Disney film has prompted anger across the Pacific islands, with one New Zealand MP saying the portrayal of the god Maui as obese was “not acceptable”.

Jenny Salesa, who is of Tongan heritage, shared a picture on her Facebook account which said Disney’s rendering of Maui in the film Moana resembled a creature that was “half pig, half hippo”.


A Welcoming Canoes Ceremony and Official Opening Ceremony on Sunday

The 12th Festival of Pacific Arts kicked off last Sunday (Saturday in American Samoa) with thousands of island residents, dignitaries and visiting nations in attendance at the opening ceremony in the Paseo Stadium in the village of Hagatna, Guam.


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