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Fiji Met service keeping an eye on two potential cyclones

Fiji's Met Service says it is keeping a close watch on two weather systems that have the potential to develop into cyclones this coming weekend.

Acting Director, Aminaisi Tuiraki, says one tropical disturbance is currently to the west of Samoa and models are predicting a moderate to high chance of it becoming a tropical cyclone at it moves closer to the two Samoas and Niue over the next 48 hours.

He says a warning for strong winds and rain has already been issued for Samoa and American Samoa.


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Like many of us, Linnea Garcia-Tatupu is conflicted about football.
The game allowed the men in her life to fulfill their dreams, to achieve at the highest level of a profession, starring in the NFL. Her husband, Mosi, made it to the Pro Bowl. Her son, Lofa, did so twice. They both won national championships at USC and both went to the Super Bowl as pros.
Last weekend, Mosi was enshrined in the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame.

Polynesian Cultural Center dedicates Poly football Hall of Fame exhibit

Laie, Hawaii – The Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) on Oahu’s North Shore dedicated its new Polynesian Football Hall of Fame exhibit gallery on January 24 at a ceremony honoring the six inductees for the class of 2015.

Apple growth amazes Samoa farmer

Did you know that apples do grow and fruit in Samoa? Ask Tanumalala man, Julius Fruean, and he will proudly tell you.

Mr. Fruean has not only grown two apple trees, they have also started to bear fruit.

“They are growing very well at my residence,” he said. “I didn't think they would grow.

“But it has been the most amazing feeling after these two apple trees that I planted in the last five years, produced fruit.”

Fruean said there is no special formula in planting apples. He is also not sure if he is the first to have planted apples in Samoa.

Samoa students sit “SAT” for the first time


History was made at Pesega College on Saturday, January 24, as the U.S. University/College Admissions exam, the SAT, was administered in Samoa for the first time, according to a statement issued by the US Embassy in Samoa. 
”Sixteen students from several schools around Samoa sat the four-hour test, which assesses students’ readiness for University.  The SAT exam provides a path to opportunities, financial support, and scholarships, and fulfills one of the major requirements in the U.S. University application process.”

Samoa police probe money missing from bank

The Police investigation into a complaint from a woman against an employee of a local bank is continuing.

This was confirmed by the Acting Police Commissioner, Fauono Talalelei Tapu, who said the complaint was made to them through the woman’s lawyer.

The name of the complainant is being withheld.

But the woman’s lawyer had made the complaint in a letter.

“Once this was received, it was transferred to the Criminal Investigation Division for an investigation,” said Fauono.

Proposal to legalize medical marijuana in CNMI

A bill to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes in the Northern Marianas has been pre-filed by Senator Sixto Igisomar.

Senator Igisomar says such legalization is now less controversial than a few years ago as Colorado and Washington have joined other states in approving marijuana for recreational use.

There are 24 states, including the territory of Guam, that have enacted laws to legalize marijuana.

In 2012, a bill to legalize marijuana also pointed to potential revenues for the CNMI in addition to medical benefits.

Interior Assistant Secretary Kia’aina seeks climate change coordinator for the OIA

OIA media release

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Assistant Secretary for the Insular Areas Esther Kia’aina has established a new Climate Change Coordinator position in the Department of the Interior to help leaders of the U.S. insular areas plan and prepare for the impacts of climate change in their respective jurisdictions. 

Fight over lottery game lands man in Samoa court

A man who operates a lottery game, referred to locally as “ponesi” (bonus) has landed in Court after a woman claimed he has not paid her all her winnings.

Foimai Tapuolo, who is represented by lawyer, Edelma Niumata, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of theft against him.

The charge was brought upon him by the Police after Rosa Ainu’u lodged a complaint.

Prosecuting on behalf of the Police is Fetu Lagaaia while presiding over the matter is Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu.

Lady Naomi scare as rough seas rule

Close to a hundred passengers on a Lady Naomi voyage from American Samoa to Samoa were stuck on the ferry for almost 20 hours.

The ferry arrived from Pago at midnight on Friday (Samoa time) but the majority of passengers did not get off the boat until well past midday Saturday.

Local authorities had to use a small boat to transfer the passengers to the Samoa Ports Authority’s Marina where they were cleared by Immigration and allowed to go home.

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