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PAUL AH KUOI FIGHTS AGAINST OBESITY & DIABETES WITH LIFESTYLE CHANGES

Promotes awareness of the NCDs with appearance in “Game of Bros”

Recently, the Maori Television in New Zealand hosted a show — Game of Bros — that had two Samoan female comedians Pani and Pani go in search for their Mr. Lavalava. One of the warriors they found eligible and right for the competition and challenge was Paul Ah Kuoi.
 



ASHSAA FOOTBALL SEASON OPENING CEREMONY EMPHASIZES ACADEMICS

“Football isn’t just about one thing,” says governor

The American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) opened their 2016-17 Football Season with an official ceremony that took place at the Veterans Memorial Stadium last Saturday morning. Master of ceremonies, ASHSAA President Tupa'i Rod Atafua welcomed the teams, players, coaches, and guests in attendance.
 
Co-Acting director Philo Jennings offered opening remarks, in which he emphasized academics to the players — that, “they need to work as good in the classroom, as they do on the field.”
 



JIYAH BECOMES FIRST TRANSGENDER TO GRACE COVER OF FIFA MAGAZINE

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Twenty-eight-year-old Jaiyah Saelua has become a trendsetter, continuously making history in the world of soccer.
 
Five years ago in 2011, the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) – the international governing body of association football, futsal, and beach soccer – recognized Jaiyah for being the first transgender to openly play on a men’s team in an official FIFA-sanctioned tournament, a world cup qualifier. This was documented in a film called “Next Goal Wins.”
 



MISS FA'AFAFINE: A LOOK INSIDE SAMOA'S TRANSGENDER BEAUTY PAGEANT

Homosexuality may be illegal in Samoa, but the annual transgender beauty pageant is a mainstay of the island nation's social calendar.

Miss Fa'afafine takes its name from the Samoan word for the society's "third gender", which literally translates to "in the style of" (fa'a) "woman" (fafine).

Estimates of the proportion of fa'afafines in the population range from 1 to 5 per cent, and they have been a documented and accepted part of Samoan society since at least the early 20th century.



PRESIDENT OBAMA CLOSES MORE FISHING GROUNDS IN THE U.S. PACIFIC ISLANDS

Source: Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council

HONOLULU — The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council on Friday expressed its disappointment with the announcement that President Obama will expand the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument to the full extent of the U.S. exclusive economic zone (out to 200 miles from shore) to encompass a total 582,578 square miles around the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.



FAGA'ITUA HS: REIGNING CHAMPIONS AIM TO PLAY WITH SOUND MIND & FOCUS

Visions of a 3-Peat record
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The reigning ASHSAA Football Champions of 2015-16 in the Varsity Division – Faga'itua High School, "Home of the Vikings" will be coming out to defend their back-to-back title this year, with a vision of a 3-Peat record, but their main focus is to improve as the season progresses. Last year, the Vikings cleaned the house after finishing the season with another undefeated title.
 



LEONE LIONS FOCUS ON COMPETITION UNDER NEW HEAD COACH SALAVE'A

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The 'Home of the Lions' – Leone High School's football program is now under the management of Head Coach, Okland Salave'a – the former Tafuna Warriors Head Football Coach, who carried the Warriors program to the top for numerous years in American Samoa High School Athletics Association football.
 
During his reign as head coach for Tafuna, Salave'a made history in their football program as the first head coach to carry the Warriors through their first championship streak — from 2011 to 2013 — a 3-peat feat.

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WORK BY ASCC ARTIST MEREDITH-FITIAO EXHIBITED IN SAN FRANCISCO

Although American Samoa Community College (ASCC) Visual Artist Regina Meredith-Fitiao of the College’s Fine Arts Department has returned home for the start of the fall 2016 semester, several of her artworks will remain on display until September 9th as part of “Deep Blue Sea: String of Pearls,” a painting, drawing and sculpture exhibition by The North Star Artists and artist friends hosted by the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts in San Francisco, California.
 



DOE'S ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT PREPARES TO KICK-OFF 2016-17 HS FOOTBALL SEASON

ASHSAA Director Tumua Matu'u reflects on their focus for this year’s league
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The long awaited arrival of this year’s American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) Football Season is finally here, with the season opener scheduled for this Saturday August 27, 2016 — the match up between the reigning undefeated champions, Faga'itua Vikings and the Leone Lions in a double header that'll feature both the varsity and junior varsity teams.
 

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GROUNDED VESSEL ON AUNU’U REEF REMOVED BY EFFORTS OF LOCALS & FEDS

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Residents of Aunu’u Island are pleased that the vessel, which was grounded on a reef off-shore has been removed, thanks to efforts by local and federal agencies.
 



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