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UPDATE: 113 RECEIVE DEGREES AT ASCC 62ND COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY

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The American Samoa Community College (ASCC) “Sa’ili le Atamai” held their 62nd commencement ceremony last Friday morning at the school gymnasium, where 113 graduates were accepted and passed upon approval by the board of Higher Education.

 

Other dignitaries also present at the ceremony were Lt. Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga and his wife Pohakalani Mauga, Reverend Iasepi Ulu, and ASCC professors and faculty members. 

 



ASVB CAN BOOST TOURISM WITH MORE AGGRESSIVE MARKETING AND PROMOTION

Tourism needs to be improved in the Territory. To achieve that, communication between the American Samoa Visitors Bureau (ASVB) and the private sector must be improved so that everyone involved in the tourism industry and the Territory as a whole, will benefit.
 
The ASBV must also initiate and participate in events to aggressively promote and market American Samoa as a tourist destination like the Samoa Tourism Exchange that took place this week in Apia.
 
This is according to the managing director of Oceania Travel & Tours, Sulu Malifa.



ASNOC CONFIRMS 90 ATHLETES FOR 9 SPORTS FOR 15TH PACIFIC GAMES

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The American Samoa National Olympics Committee (ASNOC) has confirmed that close to 90 athletes from nine different sports associations in the territory will be participating in the upcoming 15th Pacific Games to be held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG) from 4-18 July 2015.

 

The nine sports are Basketball with 24 players; 2 players for the Beach Volleyball; 3 members for Bodybuilding; 1 boxer for the Boxing events; 4 players for Golf; 17 players for Softball; 3 for Swimming; 7 players for Tennis; 20 players for Volleyball, and 6 for Weightlifting.



"FIAPOTO", "FAAMALOS"I & "NO FEFE" DESCRIBES AUTHOR'S JOURNEY

Author Lani Wendt Young speaks at ASCC

In early May, the Language & Literature Department at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) hosted a talk by renowned writer Lani Wendt Young, author of the popular “Telesa” series of novels for young adults as well as the new “Scarlet” series for general readers launched with the recent publication of its first volume, “Scarlet Secrets.”
 



FUA II OF SAMOA: 17TH ANNUAL STEINLAGER I’A LAPO’A TOURNEY CHAMP

tony@samoanews.com

The 17th Annual Steinlager I’a Lapo’a Tournament in American Samoa came to a close this past Saturday evening at Tisa’s Barefoot Bar in Alega, with an elegant evening of awards, food and entertainment – it was the first time that the tournament awards ceremony was hosted at Tisa’s, which has been a sponsor of the annual event every year.
 
Samoa News spoke to the tournament’s chairman, Peter Crispin, who explained that the winners of this year’s tournament aren’t new to the championship title here in American Samoa.



A son's need, a daughter's grace, a family's hope

Reprinted with permission

If things had gone the way they appeared to be headed a couple of years ago, Jeremy Ioane would be at an NFL team's rookie camp and his sister Jasmine would be continuing on a blossoming career as a softball coach.
 
Both recently graduated from college, Boise State for Jeremy and Weber State for Jasmine.
 



WOMEN IN SAMOA CELEBRATE ART OF FINE MATS AND SIAPO

They sang and danced as they displayed their finest ie Samoa and siapo in front of the Government Building in Apia this past week.

They were women from Savai’i and Upolu who had gathered to exhibit their traditional craft to celebrate the National Women’s Day.

Organized by the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development, the annual event is to promote the importance of keeping the art of traditional weaving of fine mats and making siapo making alive.



WORLD TUNA DAY MAY 2 CELEBRATES THIS INCREDIBLE FISH

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To honor the importance of tuna resources to the Pacific region, the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) declared May 2 as World Tuna Day starting in 2011.

 

Since then, this day has become recognized globally as a time to celebrate these incredible fish. World Tuna Day is a major holiday in many Pacific island countries including Kiribati where this year’s PNA Art and Talent Quest winner lives.



“JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT” DEBUTS TO OVATIONS

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“Emotional, brought forth a sense of warmth” was the description given by the Lt. Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga when asked to say a few words after the premier showing of the American Samoa Community College Fine Arts Department's production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”.
 
The play is driven by music composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, with lyrics by Tim Rice, and has absolutely no spoken dialogue. It is based on on the biblical story of Jacob, his favorite son Joseph and his 11 brothers.
 



THE LATEST ON THE NFL DRAFT: WHICH TEAM WILL GET MARCUS MARIOTA?

(AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on the clock. The Tennessee Titans are under the microscope.

With the hours ticking down until the start of the NFL draft in Chicago, the Bucs will surprise everyone if they don't use the top pick to take Jameis Winston, the troubled, talented quarterback out of Florida State. That surprise will turn to shock if they pass on both Winston and this year's other top quarterback, Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota of Oregon.



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