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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

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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.



AGGIE GREY’S RESORT OFFICIALLY REOPENS WITH STARWOOD'S SHERATON BRAND

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Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Resort officially opened its doors last Friday, Jan. 16 with special guests Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi and Starwood Hotels and Resorts Area Manager- Samoa and Fiji, Shane K. Cunning offering opening remarks. 
 
Both, men, in their addresses noted the importance of economic development that takes into account shifting global trends, which call for quality developments that encompass prosperity for all.
 



MISS PACIFIC ISLANDS, LATAFALE AUVA'A, TALKS ABOUT HER REIGN

A University of Otago law student has been crowned Miss Pacific Islands, her third beauty pageant victory in the space of a year.

Third-year law and music student Latafale Auva'a (21) was crowned in Samoa last month after previously winning the Miss Samoa NZ and Miss Samoa titles.

Ms Auva'a said her whirlwind success over the past year was a ''tad bit overwhelming'', but she was pleased to have the opportunity to make a difference in the Samoan community.

''It was an amazing experience and I was so blessed to have such a great outcome,'' she said.



OFC U-17 FOOTBALL MATCH DAY 5 PREVIEW — ACTION SHIFTS TO APIA

January 16, 2015 - Comprehensive victories for New Zealand and New Caledonia have seen them leap to the top of the Group A table as we head mark the half-way stage of the group stage of this competition in Apia, Samoa.



NZ & NEW CALEDONIA MARCH TOWARDS OFC U-17 CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINALS

APIA, Samoa (January 15, 2015) – New Zealand and New Caledonia continued their march towards the semi-finals with two high-scoring encounters on Match Day 3 of the OFC U-17 Championship showing their determination to progress.

The opening match was a 0-0 stalemate between Papua New Guinea and Fiji, before New Zealand beat Group A hosts Samoa 9-1 and New Caledonia did away with Cook Islands 8-1 to close the day's proceedings.



VIDEO: UNDER-17 SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT OPENS IN THE TERRITORY

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American Samoa had their first games for this year’s OFC Under-17 Soccer Championship tournament yesterday afternoon at the Pago Pago Soccer Stadium. American Samoa (Group 2) is hosting the Oceania qualifiers along with Samoa, Group 1. Winner of the tournament will play in the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015.
 
Yesterday the first game of Group 2 had American Samoa facing off with Vanuatu.
 

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2015 OFC U-17 CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH DAY 2 PREVIEW — DAY 1 IN AM. SAMOA

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa - January 13, 2015 - The road to the FIFA U-17 World Cup kicks off today with four of the five teams in Group B opening their campaigns as the Road to Chile begins in Pago Pago, American Samoa.

Co-hosts American Samoa, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Tonga are all in action but it’s the co-hosts coached by Uinifareti Aliva who take on Vanuatu at 1pm local time at Pago Park Soccer Stadium in Pago Pago in the first match.



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