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Nu Filo training for the Invictus Games
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — Kiwi. Samoan. Amputee. Soldier. Son. Brother. Partner. Faamanu (Nu) Taulafo Filo Leaana will be tapping into all these elements that make him who he is when he represents the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) at the Invictus Games Sydney 2018. The Invictus Games is the only...
Aumua Amata greets Sec. Zinke
Washington, D.C. — First thing I noticed was how spry and rested the delegation seemed when they got off the plane in Pago. Immediately noticed that Secretary Zinke was wearing an ie faitaga which I attribute to gentle advice by our own Nikolao Pula. But I give a shout out to the Secretary for...
Sonia Piva
NEW MISS SAMOA: Miss Samoa Sonia Piva takes her first siva Samoa after she was crowned at Salelologa over the weekend. She was one of nine contestants who vied for the title during the pageant finale at Don Bosco Hall at Salelologa, which was packed by supporters, families and friends. Ms. Piva...
The late Malietoa Tanumafili II
Apia, SAMOA — Some of the descendants of Samoa's former head of state, the late Malietoa Tanumafili II, are disappointed about an 'unauthorised' biography of a man seen as one of Samoa's key historical figures. Tanumafili II was bestowed the paramount chiefly title of Malietoa, one of the four...
 Sonia Piva
Salelologa, SAVAII — The Miss Susana o Samoa, Sonia Piva, has been crowned the winner of the 2018 Miss Samoa Pageant. The 21-year-old, who has worked as an assistant secretary to the Pacific Games Organising Committee Chief Executive since March this year, was crowned at the Don Bosco Hall at...
Ameperosa i lona ata mai le atumauga o lo'o ua o'o i ai le latou savaliga e tinei afi ma ua ia fa'ailoa mai ua 91% ua mae'a tineia o le mu tele i lea vaomatua ma e tusa ma le 229,879 eka ua mae'a mu i le taimi nei, peita'i ua mae'a tineia le 91% o le aotelega o eka o le vaomatua. Fa'amalo atu i le...
CBS This Morning on Tuesday, featured the National Park Service's Samoa 61 Fire Crew — the 17 guys from a "little dot on the equator," as Anthony Wyberski, one of the team's vets, describes it. For the past five summers, he's made the almost 5,000-mile journey north along with a group he calls his...
Outside linebacker Gabe Reid's play has been one of the highlights of Stanford's training camp.
Palo Alto, CALIFORNIA — There’s an art to pass rushing that transcends speed and strength. Whatever it is, Gabe Reid has it. And he has yet to play a college game. Stanford defensive coordinator Lance Anderson uses the word “feel” a lot in describing Reid’s skill at rushing the quarterback. In...
Samoan and Hawaiian firefighters
Redding, CALIFORNIA — Twenty-one firefighters from American Samoa and Hawai’i were welcomed with prayer, food, drumming, dancing and singing by North State Native Americans in a historic gathering on Tuesday night in Redding. “When we first heard they were coming” to help fight the Carr Fire, “we...
Mount Fuji, JAPAN — Jacqueline Ale, daughter of HTC Ale Tifimalae (Fitiuta) and Fujiyama Nomura-Ale watched the sunrise from Mount Fuji in Japan on her 34th birthday. “My family has encouraged me to share this in hopes it would inspire other Samoans to venture out into the world and conquer more...

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