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PAUL IETI MAKES THE CUT, HEADS TO NEW YORK TO PERFORM AT RADIO CITY

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American Samoa’s singing soldier Paul Ieti has survived Judgment Week on America’s Got Talent and he is now heading to New York to perform at Radio City Music Hall for a chance to win the grand prize of $1 million.
 
Ieti, the son of Maua and Akenese Ieti of Aoa, made the initial cut during the auditions last month and had to perform again this past Wednesday, where the final list of performers was officially announced.
 



LANDMARK DEAL: SAMOA REAPS BENEFITS FROM THE HUMBLE BREADFRUIT

“We now have the means to produce and distribute millions of breadfruit trees for tree planting projects in the tropics, where hunger and lack of food sustainability are prevalent.”

The government has received US$12,240 (T$29,000) from the sales of a Samoan breadfruit cultivar as a result of a landmark benefit-sharing agreement entered into six years ago.

The cheque was presented by Dr Diane Ragone, the Director of the Hawaii-based Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden (N.T.B.G) to the Deputy Prime Minister, Fonotoe Nuafesili Pierre Lauofo this week.



MAN SURVIVES JUMP FROM THIRD FLOOR BALCONY OF EXECUTIVE OFFICE BUILDING

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A man, believed to be in his 30s jumped just after 8:30a.m. today from the third floor of the Executive Officer Building, hitting the ground floor of the EOB Atrium.

Two eyewitnesses told Samoa News at the scene that the man is reported to have a mental disability. Many people were on the ground floor and some of them were giving police their eyewitness statements.

One person, who works at the EOB, said he has seen this man almost daily at the EOB, but there hasn’t been any problems in the past.



VIDEO: BLUESKY JOINS THE WORLDWIDE ‘ICE CHALLENGE’ TO BATTLE CANCER

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Puleleiite Li’a Tufele of Bluesky Communications was the first to shower in the ice cold bucket of water during their Ice Challenge held last Friday as part of the worldwide online fiesta “Ice Challenge”, a tribute to all those who have and are battling cancer.
Tufele presented a $2,000.00 check donation from Bluesky Communication to the American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition at the end of the event.
 

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VIDEO: SAMOA-I-TEXAS A’OGA SAMOA

This is a special year for the Samoa-i-Texas A’oga Samoa.  They celebrate 20 years this summer.  This year saw the largest enrollment ever, over 70 students.  Founded by the late Tina Fa’avaefou Sasa, it has been instrumental in teaching the Samoan culture to Samoan children born and raised outside of Samoa.  They learn aspects of the culture and language.
 

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COOL STUFF: UILA AFI TAIWAN

Taiwan's roads are good, the people are happy; food is high quality as well as a real low priced value.  Taiwan is a proud nation that honors family, its military, and its unique ethnicity of Taiwanese and Chinese heritage — with some of the older folks still fluent in Japanese.
 



ASCC NURSING DEPT RECOGNIZES 22 WHO HAVE COMPLETED NURSING STUDIES

A total of 22 young men and women who have completed their studies with the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) in the areas of Practical Nursing (LPN) and Registered Nursing (RN) were honored during the Nursing Department’s recognition ceremony this past Friday at the Lee Auditorium. Family and friends, along with government, health care and ASCC dignitaries, filled the venue to celebrate along with the Nursing students as they received their ceremonial nurse’s pins and caps.
 



VIDEO: LEONE WHITES KEEP ASRU SHIELD AFTER HARD FOUGHT BATTLE WITH NU’UULI

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This past Monday evening, July 14, 2014, at the Veterans Memorial Stadium, one of the oldest rivalries in the history of American Samoa rugby, which has carried through to American Samoa Rugby Union matches, played a Shield Game — with the Leone Whites, current holders of the shield and the Nu’uuli Rugby Team fighting it out — and, at one point in the game, literally. The Whites did hold onto the Shield at the end of the game, with a score of 10- 8.
 

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MANU’A: “CELEBRATE THE DAY WITH MANY THANKS FOR PEACE AND HARMONY”

Manu’a Islands celebrate Cession Day — JULY 16, 2014
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Lt Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga and several directors sailed to Manu’a on Monday on the MV Sili for the Manu’a Cession Day celebration, occurring today in Ta’u, Manua. According to the Manu’a Cession Day program, the opening for the Youth Summer Program and the Department of Agriculture’s farm fair were held yesterday at the Manu’a High School Gymnasium to kick off the events for the Cession Day.
 



RETIRED LT. COL MAPU JAMIAS 6th PERSON TO DECLARE FOR U.S. CONGRESS

“I will be a messenger of the people — they are my reason for running”
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Civilian aide to the Secretary of the U.S. Army, Mapu Jamias has declared his candidacy  for American Samoa’s delegate seat to the U.S. House of Representatives in the local Nov. 4 general election.
 
The retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel is the sixth person seeking to unseat longtime incumbent, Congressman Faleomavaega Eni, who has yet to announce whether he will seek re-election.
 



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