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Cool Stuff: Bad Daddy ... great Icom

As Typhoon Matmo approached Taiwan last week, my Icom R-2 gave me all the English language info I needed in the semi-rural town of Xinfeng in Northwest Taiwan. This follows my Icom tradition of using an Icom R-1 during Cyclone Val in Tulaele, Upolu, and my Icom R-5 during my CNN Samoa & Japan Tsunami coverage.
 



Samoa attends Commonwealth Games for 11th time

Samoan female weightlifter heavily favored to take gold
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Glasgow Caledonia University (Scotland) played host to the flag bearing ceremony for the Pacific Oceania nations at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games (July 23-August 3). Samoa, competing at their 11th Commonwealth Games, was represented along side their Pacific Oceania neighbors.
 



Lots of family activities during Nat'l Fishing and Boating Week

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National Fishing and Boating Week opened yesterday at the Dept. of Marine and Wildlife Resources (DMWR) compound in Fagatogo. The event is in conjunction with Youth Month (July) and it is a project that is being spearheaded by the DMWR, working with the Pago Pago Charters of American Samoa and the Game Fishing Association to promote recreational fishing.
 



Territory’s first Olympic distance Triathlon is Saturday

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The Olympic distance Triathlon this coming Saturday morning — a first for the Territory — with a starting time of  7 a.m. is to promote the awareness of diabetes, as well as combatting the disease in American Samoa. Putting on the event is Joe Tavale of Pago Pago and Matt Bracken of Cedar City, Utah. Utulei Beach Park is the starting point for the event. 
 



Cool Stuff: Halfachance, Redemption, Junglas

Buddy, pal, and extraordinary knife designer Ken Onion will be ecstatic to see the image of my Halfachance CRKT knife he designed sorta beat up, worn, and chipped. If you know Ken, he doesn't intentionally design things to end up being collectors items or museum pieces, which they inevitably do become. He wants his knives to help you to make a difference, to save a life (possibly your own), to give you a shelter, or firewood in a pinch... but could Ken ever envision making you a better gardner?
 



First Iva “Alofa” memorial scholarships awarded

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A memorial scholarship was awarded in memory of Iva Pisia Salazar, who passed away last August, to graduates Shane Chen and Setoga Siatu'u during the graduation for Registered Nurses earlier this month.
 
The $500 Iva "Alofa" Pisia-Salazar Scholarship awards will assist the two men who are pursuing their education for bachelors degrees.
 
According to Nina Salazar, the late Iva’s daughter, “August 2014 marks the first year that Iva "Alofa" has spent in Heaven, but her legacy continues.”
 



Fa’afetai Manu’atele i le faigamalo a Lolo ma Lemanu

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I le avea ai o ia ma sui o le Manu’atele, sa tuuina atu ai le fa’afetai a le afioga ia Misaalefua Hudson, Kovana Itumalo o Manu’a, i le faigamalo mo le tele o mea lelei ua faia mo e itumalo i le tausaga ua fano ae maise ai lenei tausaga, pe a faatusatusa i isi faigamalo ua te’a.
 



ASRU launches "Get Into Rugby" with Boys & Girls Clubs

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There were close to 70 youth at Lions Park yesterday morning from the Boys & Girls Clubs of American Samoa (BGCAS) learning about the game of rugby from the American Samoa Rugby Union (ASRU), who were there to teach the ins and outs of the sport. Through the BGCAS efforts to promote academic success, good character and healthy lifestyles, they have partnered with the ASRU to launch their International Rugby Board (IRB) ‘Get into Rugby’ program that began yesterday.
 



"Love your Coast" program to clean up in Manu'a

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The American Samoa Handball Association (ASHA) is teaming up with the American Samoa Aquatics Agency (ASAA) for a trip to Ta’u, Manu’a this week. These two sports groups will be helping with coastal clean ups as part of the program called ‘Love Your Coast’.
 



Make it a habit — Keep AmSam Clean

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The Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs (DYWA) is continuing with cleanup around the Pago Harbor shoreline, particularly near Pago Pago village. Last Friday DYWA workers, 10 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) workers, athletes from the American Samoa Amateur Wrestling Association and volunteers were on-hand to help with the cleanup.
 



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