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LOCAL CORAL REEFS EXPOSED TO DANGEROUS LEVELS OF HEAT AND STRESS

Policy makers in Washington will be taken on “virtual dive” to highlight problem
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If the ocean temperature doesn’t get cooler soon, coral reefs surrounding the territory, including units under the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa (NMSAS), are in threat of dying off.

 

This is according to a presentation made by Richard Vevers, Executive Director of the Catlin Seaview Survey group which is currently on island to document the current condition of the coral reefs, and the effect of coral bleaching on those reefs.



NFL STARS VISIT SAMOA

National Football League stars, Paul Soliai, Isaako Aaitui, Olivier Vernon, Koa Misi and Samson Satele are returning to Samoa.

They will be in the country as part of the second Tour to Samoa where they will conduct school visits and run football clinics at selected schools.

They will also speak with school communities about what they did to get to where they are today.

The tour was announced on Friday by the U.S. Embassy, which is again partnering with the Ministry of Education Sports and Culture, to host the tour.



PACIFIC AID DONORS GRAPPLE WITH CHINA'S RISE AND INFLUENCE

The traditional external powers in the Pacific Islands are still coming to terms with China's increasing level of engagement with the regio

That was the focus of a conference this week at the National University of Samoa; 'China and the Pacific: The View from Oceania,' that sought to counter misperceptions about China's role in the region, particularly its aid programme.



ANOTHER SAMOAN SINGER DRAWS NAT'L ATTENTION— THIS TIME ON “THE VOICE”

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Remember Paul Ieti and his rise to fame during America’s Got Talent last year? Well, now another aspiring Samoan singer is making headlines, after turning heads and garnering a thunderous round of applause this past Tuesday night during the nationally televised blind auditions for “The Voice” —where singers compete for a recording contract and $100,000
 
Joe Tolo, a college student who lives in Sacramento, California, didn’t disappoint when he belted out his rendition of “To Love Somebody” by Michael Bolton.
 



“A HEALTHY HEART” FOR WOMEN HIGHLIGHTED DURING FEBRUARY

Heart disease is the #1 killer of women
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February — wintery cold in the northern climes and steamy hot south of the equator — is a month of contrast. No matter where you live, it is also time of chocolate truffles, fragrant flower bouquets, red hearts, pink valentines, and love poems, because smack in the middle of the month, we celebrate Venus instead of Mars.
 
The origins of Valentine’s Day are uncertain, but one thing is sure: it’s all about the human heart, and the warmth of love in all its forms.
 



HEAD OF ASAA ADVOCATES YEAR-ROUND PROGRAM FOR WATER SAFETY

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Long time water safety advocate Zero Iaulualo, who has been teaching open water safety, water survival, water rescue and swimming for a number of years in the territory is still going at it, but he says he's taught fewer numbers of people in the past couple of years.
 



COOL STUFF: MANU SAMOA, INTRIGUE, PNC, SEVENS

It’s a tale of intrigue, resignations, participatory journalism, and love for the People of Samoa.
 



LIANA GURR - TOGISILIA POLOKETI FA’ASAEANISI 2015 AOGA MAUALUGA

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I lenei tausaga ma lona fa’aaliga o Poloketi Fa’asaeanisi a A’oga Maualuluga, ua tula’i mai ai le tama’ita’i a’oga i le Laumua o le Toa, Liana Gurr ua avea le togisilia, ma o le a fai ma tatou sui tauva mo le Fa’aaliga o Poloketi Fa’asaeanisi a le Iunaite Setete e faia i Uosigitone,  ia Me 2015.
 
O le faaaliga i le territory, sa tulaga lua ai le Poloketi a Tiara Drabble mai le a’oga maualuga a le South Pacific Academy, ae tulaga tolu ai Cheru Joserose mai Tafuna High.
 



NOAA WARNS WARM OCEAN TEMPS MAY MEAN MAJOR CORAL BLEACHING

1Mil in grants available through OIA’s Coral Reef Initiative
Sources: OIA and NOAA

While NOAA scientists are warning that warm ocean temperatures set the stage for major coral bleaching, Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Esther Kia’aina has announced the availability of one million dollars in grant funds to protect and improve the health of coral reef habitats in the U.S. insular areas.
 
The NOAA warnings follow severe bleaching in 2014, and come with the release of the most recent outlook from NOAA’s Coral Reef Watch that forecasts the potential for coral bleaching up to four months in the future.
 



MARIOTA IS FASTEST QUARTERBACK ON THE FIELD AT NFL COMBINE

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota was the fastest quarterback on the field Saturday.

Mariota, the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner, was clocked at 4.52 seconds in his first run and 4.56 in his second at the NFL's annual scouting combine. The 4.52 was the fastest of the quarterbacks.

Winston, the 2013 Heisman winner and a pocket passer who rarely runs, was clocked in 4.97 and 4.99 on his two runs.

The fastest offensive lineman Friday was 307-pound Ali Marpet, a Division III player who ran 4.98.



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