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HISTORIC PEOPLE'S CLIMATE CHANGE MARCH SHATTERS EXPECTATIONS

Hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life took to the streets of Manhattan in what organizers are calling the largest climate change protest in history. Organizers also said the march was the largest social justice march in New York City in over a decade.

March organizers expected over 100,000 people, but that turned out to be a conservative guess. The initial estimate is 310,000. It has been six hours since the march began, and people are still streaming down 42nd Street, miles from where the march began.

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VISIT OF HOKULE’A: SWAINS IS. ENVISIONED AS A MODEL FOR SUSTAINABILITY

SWAINS ISLAND — It's eerily quiet on this tiny, uninhabited South Pacific atoll — almost no noise except for the aki­aki birds squawking in the trees and the wind rustling through the palms.

Abandoned dwellings, gravestones and other mysterious artifacts scattered across the island offer a glimpse of a small community that thrived here decades ago, until the collapse of the local copra (dried coconut) industry in the 1960s prompted an exodus.

Eventually no one was left.



COASTWEEKS 2014 — PRESERVATION BUILDS GENERATIONS

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Coastweeks 2014 “Preservation Builds Generations” kicked off this past Monday, with the first of two days dedicated to canoe races that featured teams representing local government departments and agencies, as well as the private sector.
 
It was the women’s team from the Dept. of Human and Social Services (DHSS) who took first place in their first heat of the day.
 
More canoe races were scheduled for yesterday and the results were unavailable as of press time.
 



VIDEO: GHC REID ASHSAA FOOTBALL IN THE TERRITORY JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER

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This past weekend's American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) Football action proved to be even more competitive — and is showing a lot of potential this year, as one of the most entertaining sports in American Samoa.

In the past, not much attention was drawn to the sport due to its distortion in skills and experience – today, you must see it to believe it, not only in the Varsity Division, but in the Junior Varsity Division as well. The competition just keeps getting better and better.

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GHC REID ASHSAA FOOTALL: LEONE BESTS TAFUNA 13 - 6 IN JV FOOTBALL OPENER

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The American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) Football Season for the Junior Varsity Division kicked off their season opener this past Thursday evening at the Veterans Memorial Stadium with two of the best returning teams in the league, Tafuna Warriors and the divisional reigning champions, Leone High School.
 
Coverage of the 2014 ASHSAA Football season is brought to you by Powerade and Coca Cola — distributed exclusively by GHC Reid & Co. Ltd. — Oloa O Leala — Your Family of Fine beverages.
 



DYWA LENDS A HAND TO NU'UULI VOC-TECH FOOTBALL PROGRAM

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It was "Christmas in September" this past Wednesday, Sept. 10, when the Department of Youth & Women's Affair's, director Jonathan Fanene presented to the Nu'uuli Vocational Technical High School athletic department football shoulder pads and 20 helmets for its football team.
 
Principal, Tupa'i Roderick Atafua, who is also the head coach of the school's football program, accepted the generous donation expressing his great appreciation to Fanene and DYWA for answering their plea to help the sports program in NVTHS.
 



BUSINESS BEAT: EASTSIDE AMOULI BEACH FALES NOW OPEN FOR BUSINESS

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A new business has opened up in the far eastern village of Amouli where white sandy beaches and the swaying of coconut tree leaves from the cool ocean breeze are an everyday sight.
 
On Saturday, August 30, a small ceremony was held to officially open the Amouli Beach Fales — a family owned and operated business that is the brainchild of local US Army recruiter SSG Lauie Laban-Ilalio, her husband Savelio Ilalio, and sister-in-law Levestine Nomani.
 



NEWLY CHRISTENED SEGAULA OUT OF THE WATER FOR PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE

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The brand new Segaula — a catamaran that was christened last week and will be used mainly for transportation between the Manu’a Islands — was placed on a trailer Monday this week at the main dock in Fagatogo to undergo planned maintenance for warranty purposes.
 
This is according to Chief Warrant Officer Matt Ricks of the local marine safety detachment unit of the US Coast Guard (USCG).
 



LATAFALE AUVA’A CROWED NEW MISS SAMOA LAST NIGHT IN APIA

For Ms. Auva’a, becoming Miss Samoa is a real dream come true. The Miss Samoa New Zealand told the Samoa Observer last night that she is deeply humbled by the honour and that she would do her best to represent Samoa well

A desire to effect positive changes and contribute to the development of lives in Samoa are among the reasons the newly crowned Miss Samoa, Latafale Auva’a, would become a politician.

The Otago University law student also believes there should be more women in Parliament, advancing the push for gender equality in the halls of power.



GROUNDBREAKING FOR NEW RED CROSS BUILDING — A COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP

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The ground breaking ceremony for the new American Red Cross American Samoa (ARCAS) building was held Thursday morning at their main compound in Tafuna with Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga present along with other government officials and members of the ARCAS. ARCAS board chairman Vaito’a Hans Langkilde said they will be building a 40x80 foot building and it will house an administration and multipurpose room.
 



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