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Samoa welcomes their new Peace Corps volunteers — spreading English literacy


Apia, SAMOA—Twenty-one Americans arrived in Samoa last week, they are volunteers from the Peace Corps who has been sending volunteers since 1967. The volunteers who will spend two years living and working in Samoan villages serving as English Resource Teachers in government primary schools. This is the 88th Group of Peace Corps who ranging in age from their early 20s to their mid-60s. The Peace Corps works in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Sports, and Culture to promote teaching and learning capacities in English Literacy.

Bati wins historic match against Toa Samoa

A well-timed intercept from wing Tyrone Philips saw the Fiji Bati win their historical test match against Toa Samoa at Apia Park this afternoon.

Fiji was down 18-16 with 20 minutes left in the game when Phillips made the intercept to score the winning try and secure a 20-18 victory for the Fiji Bati.

Fiji Bati veteran James Storer scored two first half tries along with Marcelo Montoya and Brayden Williame.

Captain Kevin Naiqama says it was a special win as they are now the first team to beat Toa Samoa on home soil.

Manumalo Baptist Church helps members defray costs of White Sunday – CONGRATS!


There will be no frills, glittery sequins, or an unnecessary financial burden for the parents of youngsters attending Manumalo Baptist Church because every child enrolled in the Sunday school program will have a free white shirt to wear during White Sunday, when the little ones take the stage to perform Biblical memory verses, evangelical skits, and songs.

Platforms of three candidate teams queried during ASCC Gubernatorial Forum

Why should the public vote for them?

One of the seven questions posed by ASCC Student Government Association (SGA), during the gubernatorial forum on Tuesday, was about the candidates’ platforms and why the public should vote for them.


Attending the forum were the gubernatorial teams of Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga & Lt. Gov. Lemanu Palepoi Sialega Mauga, Faoa Aitofele Sunia & Larry S. Sanitoa and Tuika Tuika & Salanoa Iuni Maeva Saveena.


TAOA opens handicraft shop at its Pago compound — All items made by seniors


The Territorial Administration on Aging has opened a shop at its compound in Pago Pago selling handicrafts made by senior citizens and have also hired just over 20 senior citizens to work part time under a federally funded program.
The two events for TAOA were launched Monday morning.

South Pacific Academy joins the globe in raising awareness against bullying


South Pacific Academy has joined the globe in raising awareness against bullying on the first Monday of October each year. This year they are wearing blue shirts, and decided to also hold a wave in front of their school yesterday morning.


Fresh fish market draws large crowds of buyers at Coastweeks Fun Day event


Local ‘alia fishermen were invited to take part in the Coastweeks Fun Beach Day, held last week sat the Su’igaula ole Atuvasa Beach Park in Utulei, hosted by the Department of Commerce (DOC).
The excited fishermen started setting up before 6 a.m. but by then, anxious customers were already waiting in line to get first pick of fresh seafood.

As their nation sinks, Tuvaluans raise awareness and celebrate their language

This week many across New Zealand have joined the Tuvalu community in celebrating Tuvalu language week.

But the celebrations have reflected an urgency among Tuvaluans who are trying to keep their culture alive and strong, while their small island nation is sinking.

The Pacific island nation sits only six feet above sea level and is predicted to be one of the first countries to disappear due to rising sea levels.

Tuvalu is the fourth smallest country in the world with a population of around 11,000 people.

ASAA Surf-Guards save man and kids last week at Utulei Beach

Source: ASAA media release

Last week Saturday during the DOC Annual Coastal weekend celebration, a man with no life jacket or swimming skills was rescued from the waters in front of the DDW Café area, Utulei Beach, during a kayak-racing event, by the American Samoa Aquatic Agency (ASAA) Surf-Guard.

Rotary Club of Pago Pago & Hawaiian Airlines host annual Tsunami Memorial


This past Saturday morning at the Lions Park in Tafuna, the Rotary Club of Pago Pago in conjunction with Hawaiian Airlines hosted their annual memorial service, to commemorate and celebrate the lives of those who were lost in the Tsunami of Sept. 29, 2009. It also provides a time for the survivors of the tsunami — especially the families and friends of the victims — to reflect on their own lives since the tragedy that took 34 lives in the territory, and more than 100 in neighboring Samoa.

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