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ANOTHER SAMOAN SINGER DRAWS NAT'L ATTENTION— THIS TIME ON “THE VOICE”

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Remember Paul Ieti and his rise to fame during America’s Got Talent last year? Well, now another aspiring Samoan singer is making headlines, after turning heads and garnering a thunderous round of applause this past Tuesday night during the nationally televised blind auditions for “The Voice” —where singers compete for a recording contract and $100,000
 
Joe Tolo, a college student who lives in Sacramento, California, didn’t disappoint when he belted out his rendition of “To Love Somebody” by Michael Bolton.
 



Lesa earns Masters of Science Degree

Reupena Na'oupu Tofiga Lesa has graduated from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota with a Masters of Science in Instructional Design and Technology.
 
The ceremony was held Saturday, January 31, 2015 in Orlando, Florida.
 
(L-R) Elsie (sister), Reupena (graduate) and Leitu (sister).
 
 



URSHULA LETULI INFUSES THE SAMOAN PASSION FOR FOOD WITH AN INT’L FLAIR

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Personal Chef Urshula Letuli is doing a 5-week Masters Program at Manuelina Culinary Institute in Italy, which began Jan. 11, 2015.

 

It’s an immersion program that covers all aspects of Italian cuisine, fresh pasta, artisan gelato, Italian pastry, desserts, artisan breads & pizzas and regional Italian cuisine. The culinary school is in northern Italy and its instructors are noted top chefs of their culinary areas.



NEW ZEALAND'S SAMOAN TRIO — SOL3 MIO — READY TO TACKLE THE WORLD

Sol3 Mio has a special affinity with the month of December. The New Zealand operatic trio’s self-titled debut album clocked-up staggering business in the lead-in to last Christmas.
 
In just the one month, Sol3 Mio shifted more copies than any other album sold during the entirety of 2013. By year’s end, it was the year’s best-seller in NZ, outstripping even the efforts of Lorde. Considering Sol3 Mio had only dropped in November, it’s some feat.
 

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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

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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”.

 



The little known Samoans of Wailekutu

Fiji enjoys a rich cultural heritage with strong representations of Pacific island nations in the faces of those who now proudly call themselves Fijians.
 
However one of the least known Pacific Island communities in Fiji is the Samoan settlement at Wailekutu, situated two kilometres from Lami Town.
 
Fiji has many families with Samoan heritage, the likes of the Fraser, Samuels, Hughes, Hoeflichs and Miller clans while chiefly ties between the two countries have been in existence for centuries.
 



College football ranks already eyeing former Nu’uuuli boy

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Another ‘homegrown’ product is making waves on the gridiron on the mainland. Sixteen-year-old Travis Sailo, from the village of Nu’uuuli is currently playing football in the state of Alabama for Sipsey Valley High School where he is in his junior year. Standing at 6-foot-2 and weighing in at 240lbs, according to reports, he is making some colleges sit up and take notice.
 



Four police officers in Samoa suspended after jailing 3 year old

Four police officers, including an inspector, have been suspended in Samoa as a result of an inquiry into a 3-year-old who was locked in jail with his father last Friday.

The father was taken into custody for driving an unlicensed vehicle, and his son, who was in the car at the time of the arrest, was also taken into police custody.

The acting Police Commissioner, Misa Talaimanu Keti, says an internal inquiry found there was a breach in the performance of police duties, especially by the suspended officers who had dealt with the matter.