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Best Wishes to Miss American Samoa

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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

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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.
 



Catlin Seaview Survey completes mapping

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Richard Vevers, the project director of Catlin Seaview Survey based out of Australia along with his team travels around the world visiting protected marine sanctuaries where they record underwater coral reefs as they currently exist, so they can get an accurate record to monitor change over time.

 



U.S. Army retirees propose Veteran's Cemetery

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Two retirees from the  U.S. Army are putting together a proposal for the American Samoa Government to review and consider a veterans cemetery, identical to the set up of the Arlington National Cemetery, on the more than one-acre of government land of the American Samoa Veterans Memorial Center, in Tafuna, which includes the Memorial Monument.
 



ASCC music instructor published in NZ literary journal

Poe Mageo, music instructor at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC), can now add “published author” to his already impressive list of credentials, after having a short fiction piece published in SPAN 64: Journal of the South Pacific Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies.
 



KRUSE: Tatau fo’i ona saili tagata faigaluega TCF

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Na fa’ailoa e le afioga i le ali’i fa’amasino ia Michael Kruse i le loia a le malo ia Tiffany Oldfield i le vaiaso nei, afai o lo o su’e e tagata faigaluega a le Falepuipui i Tafuna tagata uma o lo o ulufale atu i totonu o le toese atoa ai ma a latou meatotino e pei o ato ma afifi o lo o avatu i aiga o lo o taofia i le falepuipui, e tatau fo’i ona saili uma ma tagata faigaluega a le TCF.
 



Miss South Pacific Pageant underway in Samoa

Samoa Observer interviews Miss Samoa

Eight of the most beautiful and intelligent women in the Pacific have graced Samoa’s shores this week.
 
The occasion is the Miss South Pacific Pageant, with the pre-pageant activities kicking off this morning with a church service at the Immaculate Conception of Mary Cathedral at Mulivai.
 
Guided by the theme “Our Pacific Paradise,” the Pageant will be held on Friday at Gym 1 of the Tuana’imato Sports Complex.
 



Meet the Gaualofa crew in Auckland

Pacific island rivalry on the sports field is a well known fact. But to see these sons and daughters of the Pacific working in unison in bringing the Gaualofa in to the beach at Okahu Bay in such horrible weather last night was a moving experience - 9:25pm exact.
 



UN climate talks deadlocked

LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Already well into overtime, U.N. climate talks reached a standstill Saturday as developing countries rejected a draft deal they said would allow rich countries to shirk their responsibilities to fight global warming and pay for its impacts.

The main goal for the two-week session in Lima was relatively modest: Reach agreement on what information should go into the pledges that countries submit for a global climate pact expected to be adopted next year in Paris.



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