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NEW ZEALAND'S SAMOAN TRIO — SOL3 MIO — READY TO TACKLE THE WORLD

Sol3 Mio has a special affinity with the month of December. The New Zealand operatic trio’s self-titled debut album clocked-up staggering business in the lead-in to last Christmas.
 
In just the one month, Sol3 Mio shifted more copies than any other album sold during the entirety of 2013. By year’s end, it was the year’s best-seller in NZ, outstripping even the efforts of Lorde. Considering Sol3 Mio had only dropped in November, it’s some feat.
 

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JUNIOR SEAU'S FAMILY: NFL TAKING NO OWNERSHIP FOR SEAU'S DEATH

For two decades, Junior Seau played in the NFL and for most of those 20 years, his then-wife Gina could only helplessly watch as the game gradually took its toll on her husband.

In a segment for Showtime's 60 Minutes Sports that's set to air on Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET/PT, Gina and two of Seau's children opened up to reporter Armen Keteyian about Seau, who was diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) after committing suicide in May 2012.

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RIDING THE FERRY FROM MULIFANUA, UPOLU TO SALELOLOGA WHARF, SAVAI’I

Gus Hannemann and I spoke frequently about the needs and opportunities for Manua people. My last visit with Gus was at a Christmas Party two weeks ago... and again he shared his perspective of Governor Moliga's passion to help them in their unique economic and geographic remoteness.
 



BACK TO SCHOOL BUT FIRST, NVTHS CELEBRATED WITH FAMILY ACTIVITIES

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The Nu'uuli Voc-Technical High School staff and family members celebrated the holidays with activities centered around the Family which included swimming, volleyball, dancing and a BBQ at “2-dollar” Beach in Alega.
 
Principal Tupa'i Atafua commented that this was an absolute fun filled activity that everyone enjoyed. The Wildcats Staff and Administrator spent the day bonding and relaxing before heading back to greet their students yesterday.
 



SAMOANS IN SEATTLE, WASHINGTON START A NEW YEAR TOGETHER

Vao Mose, center, wife of the pastor, sings during a New Year's communal service Sunday at the Faith Samoan Church in Seattle's Rainier Valley.

Six Washington Sate churches, all part of the Congregational Christian Church of American Samoa, came together as a community to worship and celebrate 2015 in a communal service held Sunday at the Faith Samoan Church in Seattle's Rainier Valley.

About 150 to 250 people gathered for the services at Faith Samoan Church, which has been serving the Samoan community for more than 40 years. Services are delivered in English and Samoan.



REP. LEMAPU SUIAUNOA TALO PASSES AWAY ON NEW YEAR’S EVE

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Lawmakers are still trying to come to terms with the recent passing of their colleague Representative Lemapu Suiaunoa Talo from Masefau, Sua County #2, who passed away Wednesday afternoon at the LBJ hospital.
 
According to his close friends, Lemapu was admitted to the hospital a few days after the November 4th election. He was in a coma and remained at the hospital until his passing this week. An educator by profession, in a previous legislature Lemapu chaired the House Education Committee.
 



2015 BEGINS: SHANGHAI TRAGEDY, FIREWORKS ELSEWHERE

(AP) — Revelers crowded New York's Times Square and converged on the beaches of Brazil and skyscrapers of Dubai to say good riddance to a turbulent 2014 marred by terror woes, Ebola outbreaks and a horrific series of airline disasters.
 
But tragedy struck in Shanghai, Baghdad was on edge and protesters in the United States delivered a sobering reminder of one of the year's biggest stories.
 
A look around the world:
 
STAMPEDE IN SHANGHAI
 



BEACH PARTIES, FIREWORKS: WORLD RINGS IN NEW YEAR AFTER TURBULENT YEAR

(AP) — After a turbulent year marred by terror woes, Ebola outbreaks and a horrific series of airline disasters, many could be forgiven for saying good riddance to 2014 and gratefully ringing in a new year.
 
Across the globe, revelers looking for a respite from the gloom converged on the beaches of Brazil, the shores of Sydney harbor and New York's Times Square to welcome 2015. A look at how the world is celebrating:



DYWA & DOE HOST WORKSHOP TO HELP STUDENT ATHLETES PREP FOR COLLEGE

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There were close to 40 high school student athletes, most along with their parents,  who attended the College Prep for Athletes Workshop yesterday morning at the Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs (DYWA) Office in Utulei at the Executive Office Building.

 



AMERICAN SAMOA ALL STARS BEAT HAWAI’I IN SAMOA BOWL XII, 12 - 6

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Samoa Bowl XII concluded this weekend after the annual event kicked off Christmas week with the arrival of guest competitors from Hawaii, California, and Utah. Volleyball competition was held Thursday and Friday, leading up to the main event – the Samoa Bowl Football Game now in its 12th year.
 
Last year, Hawai’i claimed the Samoa Bowl title under the supervision of head coach Jim Higgins – this year, Hawai’i was under the leadership of head coach Amosa Amosa.
 

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