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Sosaiete a Faia’oga Filipino i Amerika Samoa

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O le aso Toonai na te’a nei sa fa’ato’a faia ai se fonotaga tele a le vasega o Faia’oga ua auai i le Sosaiete fou ua fa’aigoaina, “Sosaiete a Faia’oga Filipino i Amerika Samoa, po’o le “American Samoa Filipino Association of Committed Teachers” (ASFACT).
 



Faga’itua grad gets Army commission at Wentworth

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US Army 2nd Lieutenant Lauivaa Chanel Tavai was commissioned in the United States Army from Wentworth Military Academy Reserve Officers Training Corps this past weekend.

 

Tavai is a 19-year-old graduate of Faga’itua High School’s Class of 2013.

 

The Wentworth Military Academy and College Commissioning and Commencement Ceremony was held Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16 in Missouri.

 



Miss American Samoa United States named

The new Miss American Samoa United States was crowned during the Miss District of Columbia United States pageant in Washington, D.C. earlier this month.
 
She is Constance Anna Palelei, the 26-year-old daughter of retired NFL player Jack Siulagi Palelei and Catherine Ann Palelei. Constance currently lives in Pennsylvania; however, her Samoan roots run deep by virtue of her American Samoan father who hails from the village of Nu’uuli.
 



1 dead as plane carrying Marines crashes in Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) -- A U.S. military plane crashed and caught fire as it tried to land during training exercises in Hawaii, killing one Marine, injuring 21 other people and sending black smoke billowing into the sky.

Their injuries ranged from critical to minor, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific spokesman Capt. Alex Lim said.

The tilt-rotor aircraft, which can take off and land like a helicopter but flies like an airplane, had a "hard-landing mishap" around 11:40 a.m. Sunday at Bellows Air Force Station on Oahu, the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit said in a statement.

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"Return to Paradise" actress returns to Samoa

A Samoa Friendship Award was presented to Return to Paradise actress, Roberta Haynes last night by the government of Samoa.

The award was presented by the Deputy Prime Minister, Fonotoe Pierre Lauofo, for her role in the movie and the relationship she has shared with Samoa.

On the award, it reads: "On this Friday, the 15th of May, in the year of our Lord 2015, in recognition of her spectacular performance in the movie Return to Paradise and for her outstanding friendship with the people of Samoa."



DMWR responds to ‘beaked whale’ stranding

Most elusive of all cetaceans, they are rarely seen alive
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The Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources (DMWR) received last week a call from Vaitogi residents regarding a whale that had washed up on the shore, which was later identified as a ‘Beaked Whale”.
 
DMWR wildlife chief Adam Miles, biologist Mark MacDonald, and wildlife staff members Sa Tuvalu and Jeffery Vaito’a all responded to the call.
 



Faiva e tapuaia, e manuia

E to’a ono i latou o fitafita fa’aagaaga a le tatou malo na auina atu i Fort Jackson mo a latou BCT po’o Koleniga fa’apitoa ia agava’a i latou i tiute o le a latou fa’atinoa i nofoaga o le Militeri o le a  tautua ai.

 

O i latou nei e aofia uma i le 1-34th Infantry Regiment Battalion: PVT Toleafoa, Marynard, o se alo e fa’asino ia Siona Toleafoa; PVT Tilo, Raphael o le alo e fa’asino ia Rodolph and Telesia Tilo o le afio’aga o Aua; PVT Samoata, Sonny o le alo e fa’asino ia Meki ma Opetaia Samoata.



Ua le malaga au ta’ito’a 7 ta’aloga Pasefika

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E to’atele le mamalu o le atunu’u e aofia ai ma paaga masani o le ta’aloga o le lakapi ta’ito’a 7 ua fa’aalia lo latou fa’ateia, i le faaiuga ua faia e le Iuni Lakapi a Amerika Samoa (ASRU), e taofia ai le au ta’ito’a 7 a le atunu’u, le Talavalu mai le tausinio i ta’aloga a le Pasefika i Papua Niu Kini i le masina o Iulai 2015.
 



PCC’s annual Samoan cultural festival

Last Saturday morning, May 9, was the day the Samoan students of Hawai’i sang and danced their way into the hearts of the audience at the annual Samoan Cultural High School Arts Festival held in the Pacific Theatre of the Polynesian Culture Center in Laie.
 
While the evening competition boasted the World Fireknife Championships, it was the morning show — “We Are Samoa”— that revealed that the Samoan “siva ma pese” is alive and well in the Aloha State.
 



Gabbard calls for real reform to protect privacy

Source: Media release from Congresswoman Gabbard's office

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) on Tuesday voted against the USA Freedom Act, a bill that has been fundamentally altered since its original introduction in 2013.

Gabbard has been a leading voice and critic of the NSA’s overreaching surveillance programs, and has worked in a bipartisan way to strengthen oversight over the intelligence community. The bill passed the House with a vote of 338-88, and now heads to the Senate.



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