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Pacific leaders say climate will claim entire nations

KOROR, Palau — Pacific leaders warned on Thursday (July 31) that entire island nations will disappear under the waves unless action is taken to address climate change. The Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) wrapped up its annual meeting in Palau with a call to action on the issue of global warming, with the 15-nation regional grouping saying there was no excuse not to act to curb climate change.

Suleman family members return to mainland


Cyrus Suleman (the eldest son of Babar Suleman) and Nabel Raazi (a close friend of the family) along with the Lt. Governor’s Executive Assistant, Solomona Auelua, looking on at the casket of Haris Suleman, who was killed along with his father, Babar, when their plane crashed into the ocean last Tuesday night, soon after taking off from the territory’s international airport. The father and son were on a round-the-world fundraising mission for a school in Afghanistan.

Cool Stuff: Wow, a microwave egg Muffin pan

Surviving on the road is as much an art as is attitude in dealing with catastrophic natural disasters. For Cool Stuff, the road is frequently le aula o Talavalu ma le Manu Samoa... or this Fall, Samoan Heisman favorite, Marcus Mariota (or same day he plays Stanford, Samoa News has also already been approved for NZ All Blacks vs USA in Chicago)

ASCC instructor at Climate Change workshop

American Samoa Community College (ASCC) Marine Science instructor Jameson Ka’eo Newtson joined faculty in the same field from the College of the Marshall Islands, College of the Federated States of Micronesia, and Northern Marianas College at the Climate Change Science workshop held in Palau earlier this summer, and hosted by the Palau Community College (PCC) and the Pacific Island Coral Reef Center (PICRC).

Tapunia aloaia sailiga USCG mo le pailate na leiloa sami


O le aso To’ona’i na te’a nei, Iulai 26, 2014 na tapunia aloaia ai sailiga a le U.S Coast Guard, mo le tau sailia lea o le tino maliu o le ali’i pailate o Babar Suleman, lea na pau le la va’a ma lona atali’i i le po o le aso Lua na te’a nei i ogasami o Amerika Samoa, ina ua siliga tali i seu se tali o a latou sailiga.

Nofo tapena to’atele atunuu mo puipuiga o le fa’ama’i pipisi


O le fa’aiuga o le vaiaso na te’a nei na maitauina ai le to’atele o le atunu’u ua latou fa’autagia lapataiga mai le Matagaluega o le Soifua Maloloina, ina ia fa’amalosia puipuiga i totonu o aiga ona o le virusi (Chik Virus) lea ua fa’amaonia le maua i totonu o Amerika Samoa.

First local Olympic Triathlon highly successful event


The first Olympic Triathlon ever held in American Samoa happened last Saturday, and while it only drew a handful of athletes, it was highly successful in that competitors did not let the rain or heavy winds hamper their spirits.
With a starting time of 7:30 a.m. the athletes hit the cold, rough water to start the event which was comprised of a 1-mile swim, a 24-mile bike ride and a 6-mile run.
For the less experienced, there was the SPRINT, where the course was a half-mile swim, 12-mile bike ride and a 3-mile run.

Local students in HI for Hokule’a student exchange


Faga’itua High School student O’Riley Siona Le’au and Patricia Penitito of Manu’a High School are currently in the Aloha State, representing Tutuila and Manu’a with NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa in a Hokule’a Student Exchange Program with the Polynesian Voyaging Society, the Hawaiian Humpback National Marine Sanctuary, the Papahanaumokukea National Marine Monument, and other partners in both the private and public sector in Honolulu this week.

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

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.

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