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LOCAL VETERINARY CLINIC HOSTS STUDENT FROM ITHACA, NEW YORK

tony@samoanews.com

Our local Veterinary Clinic at the Department of Agriculture is in their second week hosting a Veterinary Student, Sabine Fischer Daly from Ithaca, New York – currently attending Cornell Veterinary School in New York.
 
She is supervised and mentored under the management of our local Veterinarian, Dr. Kristen Jensen who is herself a graduate of Cornell Veterinary School.
 



TOP GOLFERS ARRIVE FOR SAMOA OPEN

The biggest professional golf event in Samoa was officially launched yesterday, at the Royal Samoa Country Club, Fagali’i.

During the next few days, nearly 60 P.G.A professionals from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, U.S.A and Samoa will go head to head for the S.I.F.A Samoa Open and S.I.F.A Samoa Senior Open.

The biggest professional golf event in Samoa was officially launched yesterday, at the Royal Samoa Country Club, Fagali’i.



DISNEY DEPICTION OF OBESE POLYNESIAN GOD IN FILM MOANA SPARKS ANGER

Portrayal of the god Maui has prompted debate over unhealthy stereotypes of Polynesian men on screen

The depiction of a Polynesian character in a Disney film has prompted anger across the Pacific islands, with one New Zealand MP saying the portrayal of the god Maui as obese was “not acceptable”.

Jenny Salesa, who is of Tongan heritage, shared a picture on her Facebook account which said Disney’s rendering of Maui in the film Moana resembled a creature that was “half pig, half hippo”.



KANANA FOU GRAD TAKES UP SHOLARSHIP AT WENTWORTH MILITARY ACADEMY

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Kanana Fou High School Class of 2016 graduate Demelio N. Fruean Tua  departed the territory this past Sunday and has arrived on the campus of Wentworth Military Academy in Missouri. He was accepted to Wentworth Military Academy/ROTC College in Missouri with a merit scholarship, full ride of $25,000.
 



DOH YEARLY INSPECTIONS UNDERWAY FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES AND SCHOOLS

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It’s that time of year again, when renewal certificates are up for review and businesses have to undergo a mandatory inspection by employees of the Environmental Services Division of the Department of Health (DOH).
 
Thursday morning, Samoa News was visited by inspectors Leota Makeati S. Utufiti and Mafua Tapusoa who gave the Samoa News crew the nod of approval.
 



VOLUNTEERS, ATHLETES STEP IN TO FILL THE GAP AFTER SPORTS FUNDING CUT

Funding levels for summer sports cut to new lows
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Despite funding cuts for youth sports and recreation in the territory for the summer months, programs and activities are still moving forward as planned, thanks to the efforts of dedicated coaches, trainers, volunteers, and mentors.
 
One of the driving forces behind the sports programs is the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), responsible for making various sports activities possible for the territory’s youth during the summer months.
 



160 BAGS OF LITTER REMOVED FROM PALA LAGOON AREA

terihunkin@samoanews.com

Littering is a problem that ravages the planet, and affects the natural world and wildlife, as well as the human population. No community, whether on land or in the sea, is immune from its destructive and unsightly effects.
 
Here in American Samoa, we have numerous projects, outreach events, awareness movements and clean up days in order to keep our island beautiful. One of those events was held recently: the American Samoa National Olympic Committee’s Sport and Environment Commission’s summer Pala Lagoon cleanup, which began last Friday.
 



FOUR GRADS AWARDED BLUESKY “FUTURE OF AMERICAN SAMOA” SCHOLARSHIP

Bluesky continues its scholarship program — in its 2nd year
tony@samoanews.com

Three high school graduates, along with one graduate of the American Samoa Community College, were nominated as recipients of the 2nd Annual Bluesky “Future of American Samoa” Scholarship – and the qualified students will receive $3,500 each academic year for four years, a total of $14,000 to go toward their bachelors degrees. They must maintain the standard academic criteria each year.

 



WINNING RECIPE EARNS AMELIE CHEN TRIP TO KIDS STATE DINNER IN WASHINGTON DC

One of 56 young chefs to win Michelle Obama’s Healthy Lunchtime Challenge
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Nine-year-old Amelie Chen of American Samoa will be traveling to Washington DC next month to attend a Kids’ “State Dinner” at the White House, hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama on July 14.
 
The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is one that every kid — and adult — dreams of.
 
Chen is one of 56 winning chefs of the 5th Annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, who were selected to serve as healthy food ambassadors for their state or territory.
 



1200 MYNA BIRDS TRAPPED; 20% OF TUTUILA VILLAGES ENGAGED IN THE HUNT

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According to data collected by the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources (DMWR), “Myna and Bulbul Control Campaign”, last month, the more than 1,200 birds that were removed by the network of trappers were from the villages of Tafuna, Pago Pago, Iliili, Nuuuli, Auto, Faleniu, Afao, Futiga, Pava’ia’i, Taputimu, Utumea East, Aoloau, and Leone.
 



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