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Coast Guard urges caution, preparation ahead of Hurricane Ignacio reaching Hawaiian Islands

HONOLULU — The public is advised to use extreme caution and prepare for the onset of heavy weather expected to generate extreme sea conditions, storm surge and high surf throughout the main Hawaii Islands prior to the arrival of Hurricane Ignacio.
 



PM calls Human Rights Report for Samoa "foolish"

"There is no poverty in Samoa"

There’s no poverty in Samoa. So says Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, who has rejected a segment of the first State of Human Rights Report for Samoa about poverty reduction. He said the report is foolish.

Compiled by the Office of the Ombudsman as the National Human Rights Institution (N.H.R.I), the report says one in every five Samoans live in poverty.

“Despite progress in big picture economic growth and within high level development framework, there is disparity in development outcomes particularly in rural and remote areas,” a copy of the report reads.



Virtual marine sanctuary experience launches

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NOAA's National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa (NMSAS) will be launching  a 'virtual experience' next Thursday, Sept. 3 from 9 a.m.- 11 a.m. at the Tauese P.F. Sunia Ocean Center in Utulei.
 
NMSAS outreach and education coordinator Apulu Veronika Molio'o Mata'utia Mortenson explained that during the special event, the audience will be able to virtually explore a 360-degree panoramic view of dives and hikes at five of the six sites that make up the local Sanctuary system.
 



Rain Garden installation begins in Fagaalu

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This past Wednesday, the Coral Reef Advisory Group (CRAG), in collaboration with the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources (DMWR), the Land Grant Program at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC), and volunteer community members gathered at the basketball court in Fagaalu to install the first rain garden, aimed at cleaning rain water and filtering pollutants before run-off makes its way to the ocean.
 
A workshop to prepare for the project was held on Tuesday at the Office of Samoan Affairs.
 



VAVAU A SAMOA

ALOFAAGA I TAGA I SAVAI’I
 
Vaega #1
 



TAUASO LE ALOFA

[E toe fa’atalofa atu i le mamaluo le aufaitau i lenei aso, atonu sa outou maua se vaiaso fiafia ma le manuia, ae alo mai loa, o le toe sosooina lenei o le tatou fagogo, lea na gata mai i le vaiaso na te’a nei i le taimi lea na fa’auilavea ai Koso i le taimi na saunoa ai lona tama aga’i ia Keli.]
 



OLAGA POLOGA

[E toe fa’atalofa atu i paaga masani a le tatou polokalame i lenei fo’i vaiaso, malo le soifua laulelei, malo fo’i le onosa’i, ae o le toe sosooina lenei o le tatou fagogo, lea na gata mai i le vaiaso na te’a nei i le taimi lea ua lagona ai e Lami le vaivai ma ua toe fo’i nei i le nofoaga o loo i ai lana leoleopo.]
 



Samoa’s newest Supreme Court Judge is a woman

The Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, has congratulated Justice Mata Keli Tuatagaloa for achieving another first for Samoa.

His Highness Tui Atua extended his well wishes at Tuaefu yesterday where he administered the swearing in of the former District Court Judge as a Supreme Court Justice.

The ceremony was well attended by Justice Tuatagaloa’s family, colleagues and friends.

Present also were her fellow Judges as well as the Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asue Falefatu Sapolu.



It's back to school

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Summer was officially over for thousands of local public students this past week.
 
All public schools in Tutuila, Aunu'u and the Manu'a Islands, from Early Childhood Education (ECE) to the high school level, kicked off the first day of the 2015-2016 school year Thursday morning.
 
Traffic stalled in some areas as parents were busy shuffling the little ones to class.
 



ASDOE Sports Calendar announced — no surprises

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The AS-DOE Athletic Division has recently announced their 2015-2016 Sports Calendar, which begins with a big bang — the Football season opener on Sept. 11th — ending with boys soccer and baseball leagues set to begin on the same day, Feb. 29, 2016. The schedule follows the normal array of high school sports, with no new sports added, such as weightlifting or handball.
 



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