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AFUTOTOLEMAUOSAMOA MEREDITH, FIRST AMERICAN SAMOAN WOMAN TO ENLIST

“I am thankful that while I served in the Navy… I became a mother… I’m still loving it!”
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 Afutotolemauosamoa “Afu” Talamaivao Mauga-Lei Meredith is not only the first American Samoa female to enlist into the U.S. Navy, at 85 years, she’s also the oldest veteran living in the territory. Meredith, who was born on July 1, 1929, enlisted in the US Armed Forces in 1947 when she was only 18 years old.

 

From the village of Nu’uuli, Mrs. Meredith served for four years and resigned in 1951.



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.



“HEAT MAN” BEATS TAULAMAGO WHO THROWS IN THE TOWEL IN SECOND ROUND

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American Samoa’s Alapati the “Heat Man” A’asa collected an 9th straight victory in his professional boxing career this past Saturday evening before a sold out arena at the Sports Center in Tafuna. This win for the undefeated fighter came at 2:10 into the second round when Taulamago advised the match referee Fa’i Fiso, that he’d had enough.
 



14 FAIA’OGA MAE’A KOSI - FA’AMASANI FAIA’OGA I POTU A’OGA

Ua mae’a fa’atulaga e le Matagaluega o A’oga se Kosi  Fa’amasani mo faiaoga fou e 14 fa’ato’a avea ma se faia’oga i potu a’oga. O lea kosi e tima’i ai faia’oga nei
 
 i tulafono tau le a’oa’oina o fanau,  aia tatau a tamaiti a’oga, lana fo’i aia tatau ma le fa’atinoga o lana auaunaga i itula ua atofa e mafuta ai i latou ma le fanau i le potu a’oga.
 



ASCC TO STAGE “JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT”

For the first time since its highly successful production of “The Lion King” in 2009, the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) Fine Arts Department is mounting a major theatrical production, “Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” which will be performed on Wednesday, April 29 and Thursday, April 30 at the Gov. H. Rex Lee Auditorium (fale laumei).
 



ASCC-CNR EFNEP TAKES HEALTHY FOOD & LIFESTYLES TO COMMUNITY

The Community & Natural Resources (CNR) Division of the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) offers a number of regular classroom courses for students, but its staff also makes regular excursions into the community to make learning available to the general public.
 
One such community-oriented initiative is the Expanded Food Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), which involves CNR staff taking information on nutrition, healthy cooking, and healthy lifestyles directly to American Samoa’s villages, community groups, public centers and businesses.



FINAL STADIUM INSPECTION COMING UP FOR ALL BLACKS VS MANU SAMOA TEST

A few general admission tickets remain for sale

A team from New Zealand Rugby will visit Samoa next week to check on progress in the lead-up to July's historic test between the All Blacks and Manu Samoa.

Officials previously visited in February, where they raised issues about the drainage at Apia Park.

New Zealand Rugby CEO Steve Tew says they are happy with preparations so far and this is a chance for a closer look on the ground.

"All good for Samoa. We've got a group going up there next week to do a much more detailed inspection of everything, and we will have a much better feel for how preparations are after that trip".



SAMOA COMEDY SET FOR 2015 RELEASE

A comedy about a New Zealand born Samoan who travels to Samoa to learn what it means to become a 'real island guy' is set to be released this year.

The film, 'Three Wise Cousins' follows Adam, who turns to his two cousins to teach him about life in Samoa, in an attempt to win the heart of his love interest, Mary.

The producer, writer and director of the film, who wants to be known as S.Q.S, says New Zealand born Samoans will be able to relate to the cultural shock of the first time they went to Samoa.



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