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LATAFALE A LADY ON A MISSION

story from the S.T.A Newsletter compiled by Su’a Hesed Ieremia

The reigning Miss Pacific Islands, Latafale Auva’a is full of energy and bright ideas. The 20-year old is passionate about education, and is on a mission to achieve that and many of her other goals and activities for the next 12 months.

“I’d like to assist schools by donating books and reading with students,” said Latafale.



DISNEY STAR SEARCH COMES TO SAMOA

Walt Disney Animation WStudios has turned the searchlight on Samoa in their global casting call for a key role for their upcoming feature ‘Moana’. The comedy-adventure, set 2,000 years ago in Oceania is about a spirited teenager who learns that the future of her people is in jeopardy.

Along with a loveable pot-belly pig and a legendary hero, Moana searches for a mythical island, traversing the open ocean and encountering mystical sea creatures and underworlds on an action packed quest to save her world and make her ancestors proud.



LIFE AND DEATH OF TATUPU A TRAGIC CAUTIONARY TALE

Reprinted with permission

Like many of us, Linnea Garcia-Tatupu is conflicted about football.
 
The game allowed the men in her life to fulfill their dreams, to achieve at the highest level of a profession, starring in the NFL. Her husband, Mosi, made it to the Pro Bowl. Her son, Lofa, did so twice. They both won national championships at USC and both went to the Super Bowl as pros.
 
Last weekend, Mosi was enshrined in the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame.
 



NZ TAKES OFC U-17 CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE IN HEART-WRENCHING SHOOTOUT

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New Zealand captured their sixth straight OFC Under-17 Soccer Championship title this past Monday when they downed Tahiti in a game that came down to a shootout after a 1-1 tie at the end of regulation play. They will now represent the Oceania Region in the 2015 Under-17 World Cup in Chile, October 17- November 8th.
 



MARCUS MARIOTA: IT WOULD BE 'FUN' TO REUNITE WITH KELLY, EAGLES

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Ernest Hemingway once wrote, "It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end."

Football has provided quite the journey for Marcus Mariota, and after reaching lofty heights in high school and college, the Heisman Trophy winner has begun preparing for a slew of workouts designed to prove he's capable of reaching them in the National Football League, too.



IT WILL BE NEW ZEALAND VS TAHITI FOR THE UNDER 17 CHAMPIONSHIP

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Finesse was the name of game for the New Zealand Under-17 soccer team last Saturday during the Semi-Finals of the 2015 OFC Under-17 Soccer Championship at the Pago Pago Soccer Stadium.
 
A smooth game of finesse is what #1 seeded New Zealand showed when they defeated the #4 seeded Vanuatu team on Saturday. Winning Group A last week in Samoa, the defending OFC Under-17 champion New Zealand, also stood firm on defense, stopping a hard attack by the Vanuatu team who missed on crucial goal attempts.
 



2015 OFC U-17 CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINALS PREVIEW

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa - Qualification for the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile is edging nearer for one of four sides as New Zealand, Vanuatu, Tahiti and New Caledonia prepare to battle for a place in final of the 2015 OFC U-17 Championship today, Saturday 24 January.

The Young All Whites will open the semi-finals of the 16th edition of this competition against Vanuatu at 1pm at Pago Park Soccer Stadium, Pago Pago, American Samoa.



ALOAIA E LE MALO LE TAUTUA AFIOGA FAIPULE LEMAPU S. TALO

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Na tutu fa’atasi ta’ita’i o le malo, fono faitulafono faapea ai uo ma aiga e aloaia le tautua a le afioga i le ali’i faipule ia Talolema’agao Lemapu Suiaunoa Talo ua tu’umalo, e ala i se sauniga fa’alemalo sa fa’ataunu’uina i le maota o le Fono Faitulafono i le taeao ananafi.
 



AMERICAN SAMOA TOURISM SUFFERING FROM HAWAIIAN AIRLINE’S MONOPOLY

Global Travel Industry News

American Samoa, a US territory in the Pacific Ocean and a 5 1/2-hour flight from Honolulu, Hawaii, may have an opportunity to beef up its hurting economy. Through the global travel and tourism industry, there is a huge opportunity to increase visitors to this American destination of tropical islands in the warm South Pacific.



WASH STATE BOATBUILDERS WORKING WITH ASG ON MULTIPURPOSE VESSEL

Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB) has been contracted by the Government of American Samoa to build a multipurpose vessel to operate primarily between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands, however the vessel will also be certified to travel to Tonga, Fiji and U.S. territory Islands to support the economic development of American Samoa.

NBBB has contracted Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) to provide the functional design and production engineering for the project.



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