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HEAD OF STATE WELCOMES NFL STARS TO SAMOA FOR SECOND VISIT

The Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, welcomed the National Football League stars yesterday.

The welcome was extended by His Highness when the delegation visited him at Tuaefu. The group includes Paul Soliai, Isaako Aaitui, Olivier Vernon, Koa Misi and Samson Satele.

They were accompanied by Peter Ganser, of the U.S Embassy in Samoa. In addressing the players, His Highness reminded that Samoa is all about families.

“The value and the vision, what we do and what we stay away from, is underscored by family,” he said.



AUSSIE RUGBY STAR JOINS NFL'S SF 49ERS ON A FUTURES CONTRACT

Jarryd Hayne has 20 weeks to prove he has what it takes to make it in the NFL after picking up a rookie contract with the San Francisco 49ers.

The Detroit Lions and San Diego Chargers had also shown interest in the Hayne, but as predicted by Fairfax Media on Tuesday morning, the 49ers were the only franchise to offer him a contract guarantee of US$100,000 ($128,000).

The 27-year-old made the announcement at a press conference in the Sydney CBD on Tuesday, five months after he quit the NRL to purse his dream of playing in the NFL.

"It feels surreal," a noticeably bigger Hayne said.



LOCAL CORAL REEFS EXPOSED TO DANGEROUS LEVELS OF HEAT AND STRESS

Policy makers in Washington will be taken on “virtual dive” to highlight problem
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If the ocean temperature doesn’t get cooler soon, coral reefs surrounding the territory, including units under the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa (NMSAS), are in threat of dying off.

 

This is according to a presentation made by Richard Vevers, Executive Director of the Catlin Seaview Survey group which is currently on island to document the current condition of the coral reefs, and the effect of coral bleaching on those reefs.



NFL STARS VISIT SAMOA

National Football League stars, Paul Soliai, Isaako Aaitui, Olivier Vernon, Koa Misi and Samson Satele are returning to Samoa.

They will be in the country as part of the second Tour to Samoa where they will conduct school visits and run football clinics at selected schools.

They will also speak with school communities about what they did to get to where they are today.

The tour was announced on Friday by the U.S. Embassy, which is again partnering with the Ministry of Education Sports and Culture, to host the tour.



PACIFIC AID DONORS GRAPPLE WITH CHINA'S RISE AND INFLUENCE

The traditional external powers in the Pacific Islands are still coming to terms with China's increasing level of engagement with the regio

That was the focus of a conference this week at the National University of Samoa; 'China and the Pacific: The View from Oceania,' that sought to counter misperceptions about China's role in the region, particularly its aid programme.



ANOTHER SAMOAN SINGER DRAWS NAT'L ATTENTION— THIS TIME ON “THE VOICE”

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Remember Paul Ieti and his rise to fame during America’s Got Talent last year? Well, now another aspiring Samoan singer is making headlines, after turning heads and garnering a thunderous round of applause this past Tuesday night during the nationally televised blind auditions for “The Voice” —where singers compete for a recording contract and $100,000
 
Joe Tolo, a college student who lives in Sacramento, California, didn’t disappoint when he belted out his rendition of “To Love Somebody” by Michael Bolton.
 



“A HEALTHY HEART” FOR WOMEN HIGHLIGHTED DURING FEBRUARY

Heart disease is the #1 killer of women
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February — wintery cold in the northern climes and steamy hot south of the equator — is a month of contrast. No matter where you live, it is also time of chocolate truffles, fragrant flower bouquets, red hearts, pink valentines, and love poems, because smack in the middle of the month, we celebrate Venus instead of Mars.
 
The origins of Valentine’s Day are uncertain, but one thing is sure: it’s all about the human heart, and the warmth of love in all its forms.
 



HEAD OF ASAA ADVOCATES YEAR-ROUND PROGRAM FOR WATER SAFETY

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Long time water safety advocate Zero Iaulualo, who has been teaching open water safety, water survival, water rescue and swimming for a number of years in the territory is still going at it, but he says he's taught fewer numbers of people in the past couple of years.
 



COOL STUFF: MANU SAMOA, INTRIGUE, PNC, SEVENS

It’s a tale of intrigue, resignations, participatory journalism, and love for the People of Samoa.
 



LIANA GURR - TOGISILIA POLOKETI FA’ASAEANISI 2015 AOGA MAUALUGA

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I lenei tausaga ma lona fa’aaliga o Poloketi Fa’asaeanisi a A’oga Maualuluga, ua tula’i mai ai le tama’ita’i a’oga i le Laumua o le Toa, Liana Gurr ua avea le togisilia, ma o le a fai ma tatou sui tauva mo le Fa’aaliga o Poloketi Fa’asaeanisi a le Iunaite Setete e faia i Uosigitone,  ia Me 2015.
 
O le faaaliga i le territory, sa tulaga lua ai le Poloketi a Tiara Drabble mai le a’oga maualuga a le South Pacific Academy, ae tulaga tolu ai Cheru Joserose mai Tafuna High.
 



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