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Cool Stuff: Yurbuds Leap & Liberty Bluetooth

Leave it to Yurbuds to educate me that there is a definite difference between men and women. Get your mind out of the gutter; we are talking about inside your ears, Mates.
Cool Stuff has previously highlighted the wired versions of Yurbuds ranging from an affordable $19-$59. But when I am out wacking the vao on the plantation with my Ken Onion CRKT or ESEE Junglas sapelu, sawing with my Silky Boy folding saw... nothing is worse than to cut your own cord, and literally I would do so without Yurbuds bluetooth.  

Local girl makes a name for herself in volleyball

Precious Atafua — MVP for 3A State Championship

All the way from Seattle a daughter of American Samoa is coming up with shining stars in high school volleyball, and her grandmother, Mrs Valasi Pi'o Gaisoa of Nuuuli was pleased to see the progress her granddaughter, Precious Atafua, along with her grandson, Marcus Atafua have made in both sports and academics, while attending Auburn Riverside High School in Seattle, Washington.

Parents of injured boy appeal for assistance


“With the hope of restoring my eight-year-old son’s right eye to its full potential”, a Tafuna High School teacher is reaching out to the community for assistance in the fight to restore her son’s full vision.
Pogai Filemu Fa’apouli-Coffin, a mother of three from Pago Pago, is seeking assistance through a website — gofundme.com — to help her son, Amaziah Coffin.

Reid Foundation donation to Hope House


Olivia Reid-Gillet of the Leala Reid Foundation joined with Bishop Peter Brown, and David Robinson during the foundation’s donation of $25,000 Thursday morning to Hope House  — Fatu-o-Aiga, American Samoa.
This gives a very Merry Christmas to Hope House residents and caregivers.
The Hope House is the only facility of its kind in American Samoa providing 24/7 care for the elderly, children with disabilities and terminally ill patients.

Fa’atalia seila masalomia aafia ‘Ebola’


O le taunu’u mai ai o se ripoti i se ali’i fai faiva o lo o i luga o se va’a fagota o lo o aga’i mai i le atunu’u, ua masalomia le maua i ‘auga o le fa’ama’i oti o le ‘Ebola’, na tapena ai loa le Matagaluega o le Soifua Maloloina ananafi, e fa’atulaga vaega uma e mana’omia mo le tali atu i lenei mataupu.

Le Fetuao goes hi-tech to teach gagana Samoa

HONOLULU — Le Fetuao Samoan Language Center has purchased a brand new tech learning lab complete with iPads, laptops, a microphone and a keyboard. The purchase of the tech equipment was made possible through a language preservation and maintenance grant from the Administration for Native Americans (ANA).

Three earn associates degrees from Wentworth

Congratulations to Anosi Fuiava-Thomsen (left) of Faleasao, Manu'a and Samoa, Ethan Salatielu (middle) of Ofu, Manu'a and Fagaitua and Millennial Manu (right) of Faleniu, Aoloau and Masefau.
 They received their Associates Degrees during a graduation ceremony held at Wentworth Military Academy & College in Lexington, Missouri on December 12, 2014.
Malo le fa'amalosi, malo le tauivi i mea lelei. We wish you the best in all your future endeavors.

Best Wishes to Miss American Samoa


Miss American Samoa, Anneliese Fa’aitumalo Sword is representing the Territory in the Miss Pacific Islands pageant (formerly Miss South Pacific) taking place in Apia, Samoa this week. The pageant will be held this Friday (Samoa time) or Thursday (our time) at Gym 1 of the Tuana’imato Sports Complex. The theme for this year’s pageant is “Our Pacific Paradise”.


Toa o Samoa deploy to Med & Middle East

Toa-o-Samoa sailors preparing to man the rails on board USS Fort Mchenry, FSD 43 as they leave homeport in Mayport, Florida. USS LSD 43 Fort. McHenry, an amphibious dock landing ship is part of Amphibious Ready Group (USS Iwo Jima, USS New York & USS Fort McHenry).
The group left Mayport, Florida this month (Dec) deploying for 7 months to the Mediterranean and Middle East.
Pictured are: (L) ET3 Fiafia Sunia and (R) S1 Marie Le'au

Single hander sailing around world for freedom


Sailor Rimas Meleshyus, originally from Sochi, Russia, escaped Russia in 1988 by taking political asylum.  He later attained his American citizenship, and discovered a love for sailing.
On December 8, 2014, he docked safely in American Samoa, with the help of the DPS Marine Patrol.
According to DPS, they received a beacon notifying them of a distress call from a sailboat floating just out of our 50-mile zone due to high and strong waves, and they reacted to save the sailor.

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