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During a dive on sonar anomalies suspected to be a shipwreck, the Deep Discoverer remotely operated vehicle instead discovered the remnants of asphalt volcanoes, or “tar lilies.” Image courtesy of NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Okeanos Explorer Gulf of Mexico 2014 Expedition. [NOAA]
NOAA WELCOMES STUDENTS ON BOARD Apia, SAMOA — Students in Samoa met scientists from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) who were at the Apia Harbor as part of a joint deep-water research mission between America and Independent Samoa. Last Friday, science students from...
 Former American Samoa Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin was laid to rest at the Provo Cemetery in Provo Utah on Sunday with full military honours for the Vietnam War veteran. [Photo: Leafaina Tavai Yahn]
Former American Samoa Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin was laid to rest at the Provo Cemetery in Provo Utah over the weekend with full military honours for the Vietnam War veteran. There was a gun salute and honour guard and a flag of the US which draped Faleomavaega's oak coffin was presented...
U.S. President Donald Trump has a proposed a major reduction in the the budget of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the elimination of the NOAA-managed Sea Grant program, according to media reports. NOAA, the federal agency in charge of fisheries management, weather...
Samoa Tourism posted an image of a handsome man on its Instagram account last week with the hopes of enticing tourists to the country. [photo: Samoa Tourism]
Samoa may see a rush of visitors this year after its tourism agency posted an image of a handsome man posing on one of the country's famously blue beaches. Samoa Tourism posted the image of the man on its Instagram account last week with the hopes of enticing tourists to its islands.  'Is Samoa on...
Member of Parliament Fonotoe Lauofo Pierre [photo: JL]
Apia, SAMOA — Member of Parliament Fonotoe Lauofo Pierre is calling on the Samoa Government to amend their policies to make it easier for visitors from American Samoa to visit the country’s casinos. His comments were made during the parliament session last week during the discussion on the Casino...
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The festival, the largest Pacific Island cultural festival in the world, takes place at Western Springs Park on Saturday, 25 and Sunday, 26 March. Saturday’s festivities will be capped off with an anniversary showcase, with contemporary music and dance and cultural performances, while Sunday’...
Apia, SAMOA —Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi did not welcome suggestions by Member of Parliament Faumuina Wayne Fong for the government to consider a change in the policy where only gold medalists receive a monetary award from the Samoa Government. The comments from the MP were made during the...
Papaliʻi Failautusi “Tusi” Avegalio, Jr. [photo: UH News]
The National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) 2017 Community Resilience Leadership Award will be presented to Papaliʻi Failautusi “Tusi” Avegalio, Jr., at the Pacific Risk Management ʻOhana Conference Awards Luncheon on March 22 at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center. The annual award...
Writer and Director of the new Samoan film “One Thousand Ropes” Tusi Tamasese (far right) with actress Frankie Adams who plays the daughter Ilisa, and actor Uelese Petaia who plays the father Maea. The film will have its premiere March 16 in Apia, Samoa and then will continue to play March 23 onwards.  [With permission: One Thousand Ropes Facebook Page]
When a father reconnects with his estranged teenage daughter, he is given a rare chance to reshape the future of his family in unexpected ways. From the writer and director of The Orator – O Le Tulafale — Tusi Tamasese will soon be releasing his new movie “One Thousand Ropes” this month in Samoa...
Former Director of the Public Prosecution office in Samoa, Mauga Precious Chang. [Photo: RNZI / Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia]
Apia, SAMOA — The Director for the National Prosecutions Office, Mauga Precious Chang and her subordinate, Assistant Director Muriel Lui have tendered their resignations from the National Prosecution Office (NPO). This follows a submission from a tribunal recommending the removal of Mauga, however...

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