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Commonwealth: Economic opportunities come with women’s empowerment

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 “An increased empowerment and inclusion of women is not just about fairness, it’s about huge economic opportunity that is otherwise simply missed,” yet, exclusion and marginalization prevents women from participating in tackling important issues like climate change, says Patricia Scotland, Commonwealth Secretary-General at the Women’s Affairs Ministerial Meeting in Apia last week.
 



ASCC reps participate in Global Breadfruit Summit in Hawaii

The humble breadfruit, long a staple of the Samoan diet in both traditional and modern times, has increasingly gained recognition as “potentially one of the most important crops of the 21st century.” This was the message of the 2016 Global Breadfruit Summit, held from August 27 – 31 at the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie, Hawai’i, and attended by three representatives of the agriculture, community and Natural Resources (ACNR) division of the American Samoa Community College (ASCC).
 



ASCC-SSI director gives keynote address at Samoan Language Symposium in HI

Mrs. Okenaisa Fauolo-Manila, Director of the Samoan Studies Institute (SSI) at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) provided one of the keynote addresses during the 2016 Samoan Language Symposium, which took place on Friday and Saturday, August 12th and 13th, in Hālau o Haumea of the Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Hawaii-based Le Fetuao Samoan Language center organized the symposium as part of its sustainability plan to further enhance its community-oriented Samoan language and culture program. 
 



Marine science resource ship offers free tours this Saturday

ASCC-ACNR Sea Grant Extension Agent

Can you imagine a sailing laboratory? Are you interested in learning about how science is done at sea? Then this is your chance to visit a floating laboratory that is in Pago Pago harbor right now!
 



Around the world faith communities join in prayer for Pacific Islanders

Communities that are faith-based from the Pacific region and from around the world have organized prayers for Pacific Islanders whose homes have been terribly affected by climate change.

More than one hundred events took place over the past two weeks as part of the #PrayForOurPacific campaign. Small island countries in the Pacific are already dealing with the need to relocate human settlements as sea levels rise and intense storms increase in the region due to climate change.



MASI delivers great pageant this year — Antonina Lilomaiava takes the crown

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Miss SSAB-PAGO Inc., Antonina Lilomaiava from Aua is the newly crowned Miss American Samoa.

 



Continuation of popular Aiga Series released: Pintail Foundation

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Aspiring lawyer and published author Lynn Pulou-Alaimalo has done it again: A continuation of her Aiga Series has hit the market, entitled “Pintail Foundation”.
 
The publication is the second book of the Aiga Series, which was launched in 2015 with “Lovefolds of Our Upbringing”.
 



A weekend of pageants — the new Miss Samoa is Priscilla Paleagaese Olano

Priscilla Paleagaese Olano is Miss Samoa 2016-2017.

The 25-year-old from Lauli’i – with Indian, Rotuman and Native American blood – was crowned at Tuana’imato Friday night by former Miss Samoa, Ariana Taufao.

She collected the ultimate prize having also won the Best Talent, Best Interview, Miss Photogenic and Miss National Tourism Award at the end of the Pageant.

Born in Fiji, Ms. Olano entered the pageant with the aim to empower and lead young people to the Lord.

Born in Fiji, Ms. Olano entered the pageant with the aim to empower and lead young people to the Lord.



A weekend of pageants — the new Miss Samoa 2016-17 is Priscilla Paleagaese Olano

Priscilla Paleagaese Olano is Miss Samoa 2016-2017.

The 25-year-old from Lauli’i – with Indian, Rotuman and Native American blood – was crowned at Tuana’imato Friday night by former Miss Samoa, Ariana Taufao.

She collected the ultimate prize having also won the Best Talent, Best Interview, Miss Photogenic and Miss National Tourism Award at the end of the Pageant.

Born in Fiji, Ms. Olano entered the pageant with the aim to empower and lead young people to the Lord.



Samoan reverend says there are better ways to discipline a child than smacking

Reverend Nove Vailaau is an ordained minister at the Congregation Christian Church in Samoa, serving in Porirua East.

When I was a child, my parents hit me with a salu. A salu is the hard part of the coconut leaf — you take away the leaf and tie them together, just like a whip. Most Samoan families had a salu around the house. It was meant to be for cleaning rubbish, but was always used for punishment whenever a belt was not to hand.



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