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Dancing Fingers— Le Petit Star to perform

PETESA UTA—  Small, tiny and fragile are words one uses to describe her. During her first piano recital, the audience had to sit up because she looked so small on stage. To this day, her feet dangled lifelessly below the piano bench. Yet with confidence and agility she could control a massive 88-key concert piano with her small fingers.
 



Crown of Thorns Starfish removal program on track

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The most efficient way to remove Crown of Thorns Starfish (COTS) is by injecting them with ox bile, a substance that kills the starfish without harming the reef.
 
Each bile injector can hold enough bile to inject up to 400 COTS at a time.
 



Porotesano named NMSAS volunteer of the year

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The National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa’s 2014 Volunteer of the Year award goes to Charity Anna Porotesano, a third grade teacher at Matafao Elementary School who also served as one of the four panelists for the recent 2014 Hokule’a high school competition.
 



Siva & Pese —38 photos + new slide show

Thirty-eight photos from Flag Day 2014 Siva & Pese at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

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Fautasi Fiva — 97 Photos + new slide show

Up close at the Flag Day Fautasi Race. Over 90 photos taken from the water near the long boats.

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New Slide Show: Flag Day Performing Arts Fest

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The 41st Annual Flag Day Performing Arts Festival two-day event began with youngster’s showing their dance moves and joyous smiles, yesterday afternoon. The festival is presented by the Arts Council and the Department of Youth & Women’s Affairs, and is partly sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. The afternoon program began with an intro of the groups by Master of Ceremonies, Tapumanaia Galu Satele, Jr.
 

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Effort to remove Alamea from local waters begins today

It’s ready, set, go time for the multi sanctuary dive team
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A dive team of eight from off island who will assist local agencies in the removal of the Crown of Thorns Starfish (COTS), Acanthaster planci, arrived this past Monday and will be in the territory for the next two weeks to assist with eradication efforts at priority reefs and sanctuary managements areas around Tutuila and Aunu’u.
 



First time for Am. Samoa: Annual Samoa Swim Series

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The annual Samoa Swim Series (SSS) that takes place on our sister island of Samoa, will once again host three days of open water swimming competition and for the first time, American Samoa will participate.  Swims consist of 3.8km swim on day one, 2-4km swim on day two and on day three, there will be two 3.5km swims.
 



Performing arts festival part of pre-Flag Day events

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Faleniu Youth was one of the groups that performed yesterday during the Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs and annual Arts Council performing arts festival, which runs through tomorrow night at Su’igaula o le Atuvasa at Utulei Beach Park.

The DYWA & Arts Council festivities coincide with the territory’s 2014 Flag Day celebration, which culminates on Thursday, with a flag raising ceremony and pese & siva at the Veterans Memorial Stadium in Ili’ili.



Photos and Slideshow: Tala i Kirikiti

Siamupini Teine o le Fa'asaulala i le Liki Kirikiti
 
Ua siamupini nei le 'au a Teine Faasaulala i le aso Toanai ina ua malo i Teine I'a Vai i latou suega siamunpini lea na faia i Asotau i Vailoatai, ina ua uma le taaloga i le va o le Lupelele ma le Asaga e su'e ai le tulaga tolu ma le fa.
 

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