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UPDATE: WITH 200+ SUSPECTED ZIKA CASES GOVT ACTIVATES UNIFIED COMMAND

joyetter@samoanews.com

There are more than 200 suspected cases of Zika virus in the territory, according to Department of Health’s Epidemiologist Scott Anesi who accompanied Lt Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga, when he declared a Zika epidemic for American Samoa after DOH laboratory test results came back with four confirmed Zika virus cases and among those is a pregnant woman.
 



FOUR DOH SAMPLES RETURN POSITIVE FOR ZIKA VIRUS; LT GOV DECLARES EPIDEMIC

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Lt Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga, has declared a Zika epidemic for American Samoa after Department of Health laboratory test results from four samples sent off for evaluation were confirmed positive for the Zika virus — and among those is a pregnant woman.
 
This was revealed during a press conference held yesterday afternoon at the Department of Health Tafuna Clinic. Lemanu who’s Acting Governor called an emergency meeting with his cabinet where he called for a territorial clean up starting today (Friday), involving both departments and agencies.



"THREE WISE COUSINS" SCORES IN NEW ZEALAND AND MOVES ONTO AUSTRALIA

Gala Samoa premiere slated

After surprisingly good numbers at the box office in New Zealand, a comedy shot on a shoestring in Samoa is now set for release in Australia. "Three Wise Cousins" came in at number seven, earning about two hundred thousand dollars in two weeks on just eight screens.
 

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FA’AALIA LE 178 SCIENCE PROJECTS - K5 I LE LEVEL 8

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O le taeao ananafi sa fa’aalia ai galuega fa’asaeanisi a fanau a’oga mai le Level K5 e o’o i le Level 8 mai a’oga tulaga muamua i le atunu’u.

 



2016 AYFS FOOTBALL WEEK NO.2 – BLOWOUT WEEKEND

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The second week of the seventh AYFS Football Season in American Samoa featured three lopsided victories during the triple-header that kicked off week No.2  – last Saturday at the Veterans Memorial Stadium in Tafuna.

 

It was almost a shutout weekend for the three match ups – the first two games resulted in shutout wins for the Steelers and the 49ers, and in the final game of the day the Bears almost sent the Buccs home empty handed with a 34 - 6 win.

 

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VEVELA FETAUIGA KIRIKITI FALELIMA SISIFO LIKI O LE FU’A

leuafrost@samoanews.com

Mai Ta’aloga o le fa’ai’uga o le vaiaso i le itu i sisifo o le motu, sa matua iloga ai ona vevela le fetauiga a le Tama o le Mua’au #1 mai Faleniu sa fetaui ma tama o le Pisisami mai Vaitogi, o tama o le Malae o lo tauilo ai se manumalo mai sisifo i lea fo’i fa’agatama.

 



FOOTBALL’S POLYNESIAN MOMENT: PAYING A STEEP PRICE FOR COMMITMENT

The things that make them so good at football also make them most vulnerable--as embodied by the great Junior Seau

On Jan. 30, the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame honored five men as its third class of inductees. Troy Polamalu, the recently retired Pittsburgh Steeler with the incandescent smile and wild hair, will attract the most attention. He’s the only inductee well known outside of small circles of fans. But each of these men—Alopati “Al” Lolotai, Charley Ane, Rocky Freitas, Vai Sikahema and Polamalu—embodies the intimate, if painful, connection between football and Polynesian culture.



'THREE WISE COUSINS' RACKS UP MORE THAN $121K AT BOX OFFICE

When Stallone Vaiaoga-Ioasa set out to make his film Three Wise Cousins, he wasn't after acclaim, box office records or even any recognition – but he's got it now.
 
The independent grassroots film made a massive $121,767 in the box office in its first four days.
 
The film follows a young New Zealand-Samoan man called Adam (Neil Amituanai) as he heads to the motherland in a bid to impress his crush Mary (Gloria Ofa Blake), who only likes "real" Pacific Island men.
 



ASCC AND DOE TEAM UP TO OFFER MOLECULAR BIOLOGY TO HS STUDENTS

The Community and Natural Resources (CNR) division of the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) offers the territory’s public and private high school students the opportunity to gain an edge in their science studies by participating in Molecules of Life Explorations, a series of weekly two-hour session where students participate in discussions about principles and practice of molecular biology prior to engaging in hands-on lab activities.

 



FOOTBALL LEGENDS INDUCTED INTO 2016 POLYNESIAN FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME

Source: Poly Football Hall of Fame media release

Laie, Hawaii – The Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) welcomed the newest additions into the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame (PFHOF) by honoring the Class of 2016 inductees, Saturday at the Enshrinement Ceremony.
 



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