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Pitcairn Islanders call for world's largest marine reserve

Pitcairn Islanders have unanimously called for the creation of what could become the world's largest fully protected marine reserve around their islands.

A leading natural history broadcaster, Paul Rose says from Pitcairn, 5500 kilometres northeast of New Zealand, that the 49 people who live there want the 830,000 square kilometre reserve.

They want only a small area around their island exempted for their own fishing.



ASCC Archaeology students participate in SCIII

“It inspired me to pursue my future degrees in Archaeology and to become one of the professionals presenting research,” enthused American Samoa Community College (ASCC) spring 2014 graduate Lindsay Ailima, describing her participation in the recent Third Samoa Conference (SCIII) at the National University of Samoa (NUS) in late August.
 
Following her graduation from ASCC, Lindsay plans to go on a mission for her church before continuing her college education at the University of Hawaii.
 



Rain fails to ruin opera fun at Apia annual event

The rain failed to ruin a beautiful evening at Leauva’a on Wednesday night for the second show of the Opera under the Stars.

After several minutes of heavy drizzle, quick thinking by the organisers saw the event shifted indoors so that the crowd would continue to enjoy the evening.

Many of them had turned up for a second serving of the opera talents on show that included Daphne Collins, Isabella Moore, Taunoa Filimoehala, Juan Kim, Benson Wilson and Derek Wendt.



McDonald’s Miss Samoa "It’s a dream come true”

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“It’s a dream come true, we vied for Miss Samoa New Zealand, for the opportunity to compete in the McDonald’s Miss Samoa this year, for a shot at the Miss South Pacific title and it’s two down and one more to go,” said McDonald’s Miss Samoa Latafale Auva’a, who is honored to have won the crown on Monday (Samoa time).
 
She’s the daughter of Velocity and Auva’a Auva’a from Tiave’a/Saleaumua, Vailoa Faleata, and Satupaitea Si’ufaga.
 



New terror fight casts shadow over 9/11 ceremonies

NEW YORK (AP) -- The nation's gathering war against a new upsurge in Islamic terror hung heavy over the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks Thursday, stirring both anxiety and determination among those who came to ground zero to remember their loved ones.

The familiar silence to mark the attacks and the solemn roll call of the nearly 3,000 dead came just hours after President Barack Obama told the country he is authorizing stepped-up airstrikes in Iraq and Syria against Islamic State extremists.



“Water and Energy in the Pacific” lifelines of our islands

Lolo calls Pacific Water Conference theme “most fitting”
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“It’s forecasted that there will be drought in 2015 and given the adverse economic and social implication of this event, we are working earnestly to ensure that the anticipated negative effects are minimal,” said Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga during his opening remarks at the 7th Pacific Water and Expo Conference, being hosted this year by the American Samoa Power Authority.
 



Leone Whites pull off spectacular win in Samoa

Leone Whites narrowly defeated the A'ana Rugby Union Representative Side 15-14 in a spectacular show of skills, guts and stamina.
 
The visiting Leone Whites had originally planned to compete in this year's King of Rugby Tournament hosted by the Apia Rugby Club, a fixture of the annual Teuila Festival. However, they were notified at the last minute that the tourney had been postponed, so they decided to go ahead with their planned trip.
 



BPW installs new president — Danielle King

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Danielle King, the newly elected president of the Business and Professional Women of Pago Pago, seen here during the BPW candle lighting ceremony which took place earlier this month.

The ceremony is the same which takes place around the world as each new board of directors is inducted into service in their respective countries, and candles are lit to commemorate and symbolize the ambitions and endeavors of dedicated women everywhere.



Whose job is it to clear this landslide?

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A look at the area in Atu’u located downhill from the home of the former Marist Brothers Elementary School that is completely covered with dirt following a landslide that destroyed trees, plants, and caused concern from passing motorists about the safety of the area during times of heavy rainfall.
 



Skin Diving, another water safety class by ASAA

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Tanu Peleti and Stephanie Floor proudly hold up their Skin Diving certificates and cards which they received last Saturday after completing a two-day Skin Diving course taught by the American Samoa Aquatics Agency (ASAA) at Gataivai Beach.
 
The pair, along with seven members of the ASAA, earned their certificates by learning how to clear the dive mask underwater, snorkel blast and snorkel displacement, putting on fins (full body and straps), diving posture (pike dive), arm posture, body posture and equipment recognition, along with water safety.
 



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