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Volcanic eruption in Tonga creates new island

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- A volcanic eruption in Tonga has created a new island - although one scientist said Wednesday it could soon disappear.

The volcano has been erupting for a month in the ocean about 65 kilometers (40 miles) northwest of the capital, Nuku'alofa. Last week it disrupted international air travel to the Pacific archipelago for several days.

New Zealand volcanologist Nico Fournier said he traveled by boat to within about a mile of the new island on Saturday to take a closer look.

Weather Bulletin Update: Small stream flood advisory


The National Weather Service in Pago Pago has canceled its flash flood warning and issued a small stream flood advisory for Tutuila, Aunu’u and Manu’a until 12 noon today, Wed. Jan. 21, 2015.  

Scattered showers with locally heavy rainfall have spread across   the affected area. A newly developed surface trough from this   morning has extended over Tutuila and Manu’a allowing scattered to frequent showers to sweep across the territory.   

Amata’s Journal: In The Thick of Things

Washington, DC.  — I think God must be testing me to be sure I really want this job in Washington because since the November election, I have been here three times and in each instance I have been greeted by weather unfit for an island girl like me. I am told Washington had a mild fall and, by and large, winter has been reasonable so far, except on three occasions.

DOE sponsors weekend STEM Festival


Children got free dental screenings from dentists at the Department of Health booth, during Saturday’s Department of Education-sponsored Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) festival, just one of many booths set up at the Samoana High School field.
Students along with parents were also given information of the types of services and jobs within DOH.

Update: Flash Flood warning expires, heavy rains continue


The National Weather Service Pago Pago's flash flood warning for Tutuila, Aunuu and Manu’a  expired today at 12 noon.

Narrow win gives New Zealand advantage

APIA, Samoa – January 19, 2015 - New Zealand notched up their fourth win at the OFC U-17 Championship today but it wasn’t an easy one as New Caledonia pushed them to the limits in their thrilling 5-4 victory.

Meanwhile, Fiji finally put themselves on the right side of a victory with a comprehensive 5-0 win over Cook Islands while Papua New Guinea had to rely on some second half heroics to earn their 5-0 victory over Samoa in the final Match Day 7 encounter.

Si’itia tulaga fa’atoaga aofia ai toto aniani mai fafo Manu’a


O ni isi o polokalame ua fuafua le Matagaluega o Fa’atoaga e fa’ataunu’u i le tausaga fou lenei, ina ia fa’aleleia atili ai tulaga o fa’atoaga i le atunu’u, e le gata e mana’omia ni a’oa’oga mo le aufai fa’atoaga i auala fou e toto ai toga laau ‘aina, ae o le avea lea o Ta’u ma Ofu o nofoaga fou e toto ai le aniani fou lea o lo o tele ina auina mai i atunu’u i fafo i le taimi nei.

Smart Tech Teaching Excellence awards


The 2015 American Samoa finalists for the SMART Technologies Teaching Excellence Award for the Secondary Division Teacher of the Year are Monica Lynn Lui, who is also the Territorial Teacher of the Year; and Elementary Division Teacher of the Year, Maluelue Toli Jr., who is also Tafuna Elementary's Teacher of the Year.


Nominations for new Associate and Pro Tempore Judges


Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has appointed a new associate judge for the High Court and a new judge pro tem— a female attorney—for the District Court based on recommendations from Chief Justice Michael Kruse.
Judges for the Judicial Branch require only confirmation by the Senate, in accordance with local law.

Aumua on two Natural Resources sub-committees

Media release from Aumua Amata's office

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01) on Thursday announced the subcommittee chairmen and rosters for the Committee’s Republican members during the 114th Congress.  Details for the Committee’s formal organizational meeting will be announced in the near future.

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