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Bored this Summer? Come play some Handball with the ASHA

tony@samoanews.com

The American Samoa Handball Association (ASHA) is holding daily handball clinics at the Veterans Memorial Stadium every evening, as a introduction program for the kids who want to learn the sport of handball, leading up to their summer program which kicks off next month, August 2015.

 

Samoa News had the chance to speak with ASHA Head Coach Carl Floor Sr., and he told Samoa News that now is the perfect time for interested youth and adults out there who want to learn the sport, to participate in their daily clinics – it's an introduction or preparatory clinic for those who are curious and interested in participating.

 

"As of right now, what we offer is to learn the game of handball everyday, from Monday to Friday 3:30p.m. here at the Veterans Memorial Stadium. It's open to all ages, girls and boys, as well as adults who are interested in coaching or officiating the game of handball – for free" said Floor.

 

He added, "this sport is a real athletic game, it requires a little bit of everything from basketball skills, volleyball skills, soccer skills, and even a little bit of rugby – so we're looking for athletes with those kinds of attributes and framework to play handball."

 

According to Floor, they have a policy that "everybody plays no matter what, and we never say no to anyone – the main thing about this sport and any other sport is to have fun."

 

Samoa News asked Floor how Handball made its way to American Samoa, and he replied "handball itself has been here for quite sometime, where going on two years – I brought the game here after I saw the game off-island when I went to attend my son's graduation in college."

 

He stated, "when I saw the game being played at the college level, I realized that this is a great sport for Samoans, because of the diversity in skills that have to be put into the game – especially with the athleticism of American Samoan children, I knew that this would be a game that they would really enjoy playing."

 

 Coach Floor mentioned to Samoa News that Handball is an Olympic game – it supports itself financially "because some of the fundings come our way, so we don't really have to fundraise as much. We have the advantage of getting balls and goals without coming up with the funds."

 

Floor told Samoa News that he took the ASHA to compete in the Cook Islands last year, "and we actually beat them 31 - 19, and they have been playing handball for 17 years. So when we defeated them and lost two games by just one point against other teams who have been playing handball for over 10 years – I knew that with the athleticism of Samoan kids and the dedication my staff and myself have, we feel very confident that we can put together an Olympic team."

 

He added, "I know the process is not going to be overnight, so that's why when you see us playing with the age group 12-13 kids, they will be the ones that will be ready to represent American Samoa in the 2024 Olympics – we have a long term goal for this sport being in the lives of our Samoan kids."

 

Floor told Samoa News that the next competition ASHA is preparing for is the "2018 Youth Olympics which is going to be in two years and from there, we will determine the level and outcome of the sport here in American Samoa."

 

"The mission and goal of the American Samoa Handball Association is to provide opportunities for the kids of American Samoa in sports and academics – handball right now is the fastest growing sport in the U.S. and because of that, more colleges are starting to add handball into their NCAA programs."

 

He stated, "and there's not that many handball players in the US, so maybe we can be just like football, and have the United States look to American Samoa for their football players and handball players. Of course we would love for one of our kids to grow into the sport and play professionally in Europe and make millions of dollars but at the same time, if we can reduce the amount needed for their education to attend college and come back to the island with a degree, then to me we would be very successful."

 

In conclusion, Floor wanted to acknowledge and thank "all the parents that believe in our program and understand what we're doing. “The most important thing to me is the parent support – to have the kids get the support of their parents from the sidelines, it boosts their egos and encourages them to work hard because mom and dad are watching."

The American Samoa Handball Association (ASHA) led by Head Coach Carl Floor Sr. (2nd from left) posing for a Samoa News group photo at the conclusion of their handball clinic last Thursday evening at the Veterans Memorial Stadium. [photo: TG]

 

He also pointed to the Stadium Director, thanking Tole'afoa Henry Tavake “for allowing us to utilize the stadium for our daily clinics, thank you Henry, without you, none of this would have been possible.”

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Bored this Summer? Come play some Handball with the ASHA

tony@samoanews.com

The American Samoa Handball Association (ASHA) is holding daily handball clinics at the Veterans Memorial Stadium every evening, as a introduction program for the kids who want to learn the sport of handball, leading up to their summer program which kicks off next month, August 2015.

 

Samoa News had the chance to speak with ASHA Head Coach Carl Floor Sr., and he told Samoa News that now is the perfect time for interested youth and adults out there who want to learn the sport, to participate in their daily clinics – it's an introduction or preparatory clinic for those who are curious and interested in participating.

 

"As of right now, what we offer is to learn the game of handball everyday, from Monday to Friday 3:30p.m. here at the Veterans Memorial Stadium. It's open to all ages, girls and boys, as well as adults who are interested in coaching or officiating the game of handball – for free" said Floor.

 

He added, "this sport is a real athletic game, it requires a little bit of everything from basketball skills, volleyball skills, soccer skills, and even a little bit of rugby – so we're looking for athletes with those kinds of attributes and framework to play handball."

 

According to Floor, they have a policy that "everybody plays no matter what, and we never say no to anyone – the main thing about this sport and any other sport is to have fun."

 

Samoa News asked Floor how Handball made its way to American Samoa, and he replied "handball itself has been here for quite sometime, where going on two years – I brought the game here after I saw the game off-island when I went to attend my son's graduation in college."

 

He stated, "when I saw the game being played at the college level, I realized that this is a great sport for Samoans, because of the diversity in skills that have to be put into the game – especially with the athleticism of American Samoan children, I knew that this would be a game that they would really enjoy playing."

 

 Coach Floor mentioned to Samoa News that Handball is an Olympic game – it supports itself financially "because some of the fundings come our way, so we don't really have to fundraise as much. We have the advantage of getting balls and goals without coming up with the funds."

 

Floor told Samoa News that he took the ASHA to compete in the Cook Islands last year, "and we actually beat them 31 - 19, and they have been playing handball for 17 years. So when we defeated them and lost two games by just one point against other teams who have been playing handball for over 10 years – I knew that with the athleticism of Samoan kids and the dedication my staff and myself have, we feel very confident that we can put together an Olympic team."

 

He added, "I know the process is not going to be overnight, so that's why when you see us playing with the age group 12-13 kids, they will be the ones that will be ready to represent American Samoa in the 2024 Olympics – we have a long term goal for this sport being in the lives of our Samoan kids."

 

Floor told Samoa News that the next competition ASHA is preparing for is the "2018 Youth Olympics which is going to be in two years and from there, we will determine the level and outcome of the sport here in American Samoa."

 

"The mission and goal of the American Samoa Handball Association is to provide opportunities for the kids of American Samoa in sports and academics – handball right now is the fastest growing sport in the U.S. and because of that, more colleges are starting to add handball into their NCAA programs."

 

He stated, "and there's not that many handball players in the US, so maybe we can be just like football, and have the United States look to American Samoa for their football players and handball players. Of course we would love for one of our kids to grow into the sport and play professionally in Europe and make millions of dollars but at the same time, if we can reduce the amount needed for their education to attend college and come back to the island with a degree, then to me we would be very successful."

 

In conclusion, Floor wanted to acknowledge and thank "all the parents that believe in our program and understand what we're doing. “The most important thing to me is the parent support – to have the kids get the support of their parents from the sidelines, it boosts their egos and encourages them to work hard because mom and dad are watching."

The American Samoa Handball Association (ASHA) led by Head Coach Carl Floor Sr. (2nd from left) posing for a Samoa News group photo at the conclusion of their handball clinic last Thursday evening at the Veterans Memorial Stadium. [photo: TG]

 

He also pointed to the Stadium Director, thanking Tole'afoa Henry Tavake “for allowing us to utilize the stadium for our daily clinics, thank you Henry, without you, none of this would have been possible.”

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Bored this Summer? Come play some Handball with the ASHA

tony@samoanews.com

The American Samoa Handball Association (ASHA) is holding daily handball clinics at the Veterans Memorial Stadium every evening, as a introduction program for the kids who want to learn the sport of handball, leading up to their summer program which kicks off next month, August 2015.

 

Samoa News had the chance to speak with ASHA Head Coach Carl Floor Sr., and he told Samoa News that now is the perfect time for interested youth and adults out there who want to learn the sport, to participate in their daily clinics – it's an introduction or preparatory clinic for those who are curious and interested in participating.

 

"As of right now, what we offer is to learn the game of handball everyday, from Monday to Friday 3:30p.m. here at the Veterans Memorial Stadium. It's open to all ages, girls and boys, as well as adults who are interested in coaching or officiating the game of handball – for free" said Floor.

 

He added, "this sport is a real athletic game, it requires a little bit of everything from basketball skills, volleyball skills, soccer skills, and even a little bit of rugby – so we're looking for athletes with those kinds of attributes and framework to play handball."

 

According to Floor, they have a policy that "everybody plays no matter what, and we never say no to anyone – the main thing about this sport and any other sport is to have fun."

 

Samoa News asked Floor how Handball made its way to American Samoa, and he replied "handball itself has been here for quite sometime, where going on two years – I brought the game here after I saw the game off-island when I went to attend my son's graduation in college."

 

He stated, "when I saw the game being played at the college level, I realized that this is a great sport for Samoans, because of the diversity in skills that have to be put into the game – especially with the athleticism of American Samoan children, I knew that this would be a game that they would really enjoy playing."

 

 Coach Floor mentioned to Samoa News that Handball is an Olympic game – it supports itself financially "because some of the fundings come our way, so we don't really have to fundraise as much. We have the advantage of getting balls and goals without coming up with the funds."

 

Floor told Samoa News that he took the ASHA to compete in the Cook Islands last year, "and we actually beat them 31 - 19, and they have been playing handball for 17 years. So when we defeated them and lost two games by just one point against other teams who have been playing handball for over 10 years – I knew that with the athleticism of Samoan kids and the dedication my staff and myself have, we feel very confident that we can put together an Olympic team."

 

He added, "I know the process is not going to be overnight, so that's why when you see us playing with the age group 12-13 kids, they will be the ones that will be ready to represent American Samoa in the 2024 Olympics – we have a long term goal for this sport being in the lives of our Samoan kids."

 

Floor told Samoa News that the next competition ASHA is preparing for is the "2018 Youth Olympics which is going to be in two years and from there, we will determine the level and outcome of the sport here in American Samoa."

 

"The mission and goal of the American Samoa Handball Association is to provide opportunities for the kids of American Samoa in sports and academics – handball right now is the fastest growing sport in the U.S. and because of that, more colleges are starting to add handball into their NCAA programs."

 

He stated, "and there's not that many handball players in the US, so maybe we can be just like football, and have the United States look to American Samoa for their football players and handball players. Of course we would love for one of our kids to grow into the sport and play professionally in Europe and make millions of dollars but at the same time, if we can reduce the amount needed for their education to attend college and come back to the island with a degree, then to me we would be very successful."

 

In conclusion, Floor wanted to acknowledge and thank "all the parents that believe in our program and understand what we're doing. “The most important thing to me is the parent support – to have the kids get the support of their parents from the sidelines, it boosts their egos and encourages them to work hard because mom and dad are watching."

The American Samoa Handball Association (ASHA) led by Head Coach Carl Floor Sr. (2nd from left) posing for a Samoa News group photo at the conclusion of their handball clinic last Thursday evening at the Veterans Memorial Stadium. [photo: TG]

 

He also pointed to the Stadium Director, thanking Tole'afoa Henry Tavake “for allowing us to utilize the stadium for our daily clinics, thank you Henry, without you, none of this would have been possible.”

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Special Olympic Team of Am. Samoa — ready to compete for Gold

tony@samoanews.com

The Special Olympic Team of American Samoa is looking fit and ready, as they prepare to compete in the Special Olympic Games that will be held in Los Angeles, California from July 24, 2015 to August 3, 2015.
 
Samoa News was able to meet with the team last week, Thursday evening, and had the chance to speak with some of the players as well as the coach for the track and field team, Valusia Talataina.
 
The Special Olympic Team of American Samoa continues to train at the Veterans Memorial Stadium for competition in two sporting categories at the Special Olympic Games this month, and according to Athletic Coach Talataina, they will be "taking eight athletes for the Soccer or Football categories of competition, and the Special Olympic players will team up with some of the regular athletes, so they will unify in that part of the competition."
 
He stated, "for the athletic or track and field category of the competition, we will be taking six athletes — three females and three males. Three of them will be competing in the 100 meter, and four of them will be competing in shot-put. We also have a 4x1 relay team, and we are trying our best to train them to the best of their learning ability."
 
Talataina noted that during their previous Special Olympic Game appearance in Australia two years ago, three of their team members won Gold Medals – "and we are also taking them again on this trip to California."
 
He said they have been preparing for this event "since the last three months up to now, and for the last two weeks, we've been trying to train everyday — but due to the weather, we have to cancel practice every now and then for the safety of our players."
 
The Track and field coach, Talataina told Samoa News that this upcoming event, is a very serious competition because, "the competition we participated in Australia was only for the Asia Pacific Region, but this Special Olympic Games in L.A. will be a worldwide event, so we need to stay on top of our game, and continue to work with the kids."
 
The Special Olympic competition will be divided into all the competing categories – American Samoa will compete in the Track and Field (also known as Athletics) competition, and it will be hosted at the University of Southern California (USC) Stadium, and will stay there throughout competition.
 
He added, "for our football (soccer) team that will be going, their competition will be hosted at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Stadium, and their group will also be staying at the UCLA complex throughout their period of competition."
 
Talataina said "there are about 24 of us from the American Samoa delegation that will be going up for this event, which includes our Head of Delegation Tafa Tupuola, and Assistant Head of the Delegation Marilyn Ho Ching Tolmie."
 
He stated, "We have two coaches that will be managing and supervising our soccer team – but myself and Deanna Fuimaono will be coaching and managing our athletics team."
 
Talataina mentioned that some of the parent of the players will also be flying up with the whole American Samoa delegation to support our team.  “We are honored to have Senator Afoa Lutu traveling with us, along with his wife and some of the other parents. It's going to be exciting."
 
Comparing the present Special Olympic team of American Samoa to the last group they took to Australia, Talataina told Samoa News that there are quite a few changes and adjustments that they had to make in comparison to the last team they had.
 
"We certainly have some new athletes or players joining the team this year, and this will be the first time that they will be traveling off-island to compete and represent American Samoa,“ adding “we are trying to get them ready to compete in front of a huge crowed. Our trainings might be an empty field every evening, but when we get up there, we want our players to get used to playing and focusing on the game with millions of people watching them – it will definitely be a tough mental competition for them as well, so we are trying our best to prep them for that stage."
 
According to Talataina, the toughest part of this upcoming event will be the 4x1 relay – it's something new to them  “This event will require only the players to be on the track, which means they won't have us coaches around or beside them to mentor them throughout their intercept stations."
 
“Right now in our training,” he said, “we have some of the parents and coaches stationed at the different points of the track to remind the players of when to pass the baton and encourage them to run and stuff like that, but when the real event come around, we won't be allowed to assist them – that is one of the challenges for us as of now, in trying to adjust to this new sport."
 
Samoa News asked Talataina about the goals or mission of their approach to the Special Olympic Games this year.
 
He replied "our goal is to at least come back with something, this is going to be a big deal to all of us – these children, they need our help, and I'm forever grateful and blessed that I have the opportunity to work with them."
 
"One of our other goals leading up to this event is –even if we don't win anything, we pray and hope that they will return happy and that they enjoyed themselves, knowing that they were part of a worldwide event to represent American Samoa."
 
The Special Olympics coach concluded with acknowledgements and thanks to those who have been working hard to make this trip possible for our kids.
 
"I'd like to thank Tafa Tupuola who is one of the members who's put a lot of time into this program, I would also like to acknowledge Taotasi Archie Solia'i and members of the board, and especially the parents that come around to support and help out with our training."
 
He concluded, "I would like to send our sincerest thanks and appreciation to stadium manager Tole'afoa Henry Tavake, for allowing us to train at the Veterans Memorial Stadium.  Every time we come to the track, it's always open for us to use – and many other supporters out there, we thank you.”

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Special Olympic Team of Am. Samoa — ready to compete for Gold

tony@samoanews.com

The Special Olympic Team of American Samoa is looking fit and ready, as they prepare to compete in the Special Olympic Games that will be held in Los Angeles, California from July 24, 2015 to August 3, 2015.
 
Samoa News was able to meet with the team last week, Thursday evening, and had the chance to speak with some of the players as well as the coach for the track and field team, Valusia Talataina.
 
The Special Olympic Team of American Samoa continues to train at the Veterans Memorial Stadium for competition in two sporting categories at the Special Olympic Games this month, and according to Athletic Coach Talataina, they will be "taking eight athletes for the Soccer or Football categories of competition, and the Special Olympic players will team up with some of the regular athletes, so they will unify in that part of the competition."
 
He stated, "for the athletic or track and field category of the competition, we will be taking six athletes — three females and three males. Three of them will be competing in the 100 meter, and four of them will be competing in shot-put. We also have a 4x1 relay team, and we are trying our best to train them to the best of their learning ability."
 
Talataina noted that during their previous Special Olympic Game appearance in Australia two years ago, three of their team members won Gold Medals – "and we are also taking them again on this trip to California."
 
He said they have been preparing for this event "since the last three months up to now, and for the last two weeks, we've been trying to train everyday — but due to the weather, we have to cancel practice every now and then for the safety of our players."
 
The Track and field coach, Talataina told Samoa News that this upcoming event, is a very serious competition because, "the competition we participated in Australia was only for the Asia Pacific Region, but this Special Olympic Games in L.A. will be a worldwide event, so we need to stay on top of our game, and continue to work with the kids."
 
The Special Olympic competition will be divided into all the competing categories – American Samoa will compete in the Track and Field (also known as Athletics) competition, and it will be hosted at the University of Southern California (USC) Stadium, and will stay there throughout competition.
 
He added, "for our football (soccer) team that will be going, their competition will be hosted at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Stadium, and their group will also be staying at the UCLA complex throughout their period of competition."
 
Talataina said "there are about 24 of us from the American Samoa delegation that will be going up for this event, which includes our Head of Delegation Tafa Tupuola, and Assistant Head of the Delegation Marilyn Ho Ching Tolmie."
 
He stated, "We have two coaches that will be managing and supervising our soccer team – but myself and Deanna Fuimaono will be coaching and managing our athletics team."
 
Talataina mentioned that some of the parent of the players will also be flying up with the whole American Samoa delegation to support our team.  “We are honored to have Senator Afoa Lutu traveling with us, along with his wife and some of the other parents. It's going to be exciting."
 
Comparing the present Special Olympic team of American Samoa to the last group they took to Australia, Talataina told Samoa News that there are quite a few changes and adjustments that they had to make in comparison to the last team they had.
 
"We certainly have some new athletes or players joining the team this year, and this will be the first time that they will be traveling off-island to compete and represent American Samoa,“ adding “we are trying to get them ready to compete in front of a huge crowed. Our trainings might be an empty field every evening, but when we get up there, we want our players to get used to playing and focusing on the game with millions of people watching them – it will definitely be a tough mental competition for them as well, so we are trying our best to prep them for that stage."
 
According to Talataina, the toughest part of this upcoming event will be the 4x1 relay – it's something new to them  “This event will require only the players to be on the track, which means they won't have us coaches around or beside them to mentor them throughout their intercept stations."
 
“Right now in our training,” he said, “we have some of the parents and coaches stationed at the different points of the track to remind the players of when to pass the baton and encourage them to run and stuff like that, but when the real event come around, we won't be allowed to assist them – that is one of the challenges for us as of now, in trying to adjust to this new sport."
 
Samoa News asked Talataina about the goals or mission of their approach to the Special Olympic Games this year.
 
He replied "our goal is to at least come back with something, this is going to be a big deal to all of us – these children, they need our help, and I'm forever grateful and blessed that I have the opportunity to work with them."
 
"One of our other goals leading up to this event is –even if we don't win anything, we pray and hope that they will return happy and that they enjoyed themselves, knowing that they were part of a worldwide event to represent American Samoa."
 
The Special Olympics coach concluded with acknowledgements and thanks to those who have been working hard to make this trip possible for our kids.
 
"I'd like to thank Tafa Tupuola who is one of the members who's put a lot of time into this program, I would also like to acknowledge Taotasi Archie Solia'i and members of the board, and especially the parents that come around to support and help out with our training."
 
He concluded, "I would like to send our sincerest thanks and appreciation to stadium manager Tole'afoa Henry Tavake, for allowing us to train at the Veterans Memorial Stadium.  Every time we come to the track, it's always open for us to use – and many other supporters out there, we thank you.”

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Special Olympic Team of Am. Samoa — ready to compete for Gold

tony@samoanews.com

The Special Olympic Team of American Samoa is looking fit and ready, as they prepare to compete in the Special Olympic Games that will be held in Los Angeles, California from July 24, 2015 to August 3, 2015.
 
Samoa News was able to meet with the team last week, Thursday evening, and had the chance to speak with some of the players as well as the coach for the track and field team, Valusia Talataina.
 
The Special Olympic Team of American Samoa continues to train at the Veterans Memorial Stadium for competition in two sporting categories at the Special Olympic Games this month, and according to Athletic Coach Talataina, they will be "taking eight athletes for the Soccer or Football categories of competition, and the Special Olympic players will team up with some of the regular athletes, so they will unify in that part of the competition."
 
He stated, "for the athletic or track and field category of the competition, we will be taking six athletes — three females and three males. Three of them will be competing in the 100 meter, and four of them will be competing in shot-put. We also have a 4x1 relay team, and we are trying our best to train them to the best of their learning ability."
 
Talataina noted that during their previous Special Olympic Game appearance in Australia two years ago, three of their team members won Gold Medals – "and we are also taking them again on this trip to California."
 
He said they have been preparing for this event "since the last three months up to now, and for the last two weeks, we've been trying to train everyday — but due to the weather, we have to cancel practice every now and then for the safety of our players."
 
The Track and field coach, Talataina told Samoa News that this upcoming event, is a very serious competition because, "the competition we participated in Australia was only for the Asia Pacific Region, but this Special Olympic Games in L.A. will be a worldwide event, so we need to stay on top of our game, and continue to work with the kids."
 
The Special Olympic competition will be divided into all the competing categories – American Samoa will compete in the Track and Field (also known as Athletics) competition, and it will be hosted at the University of Southern California (USC) Stadium, and will stay there throughout competition.
 
He added, "for our football (soccer) team that will be going, their competition will be hosted at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Stadium, and their group will also be staying at the UCLA complex throughout their period of competition."
 
Talataina said "there are about 24 of us from the American Samoa delegation that will be going up for this event, which includes our Head of Delegation Tafa Tupuola, and Assistant Head of the Delegation Marilyn Ho Ching Tolmie."
 
He stated, "We have two coaches that will be managing and supervising our soccer team – but myself and Deanna Fuimaono will be coaching and managing our athletics team."
 
Talataina mentioned that some of the parent of the players will also be flying up with the whole American Samoa delegation to support our team.  “We are honored to have Senator Afoa Lutu traveling with us, along with his wife and some of the other parents. It's going to be exciting."
 
Comparing the present Special Olympic team of American Samoa to the last group they took to Australia, Talataina told Samoa News that there are quite a few changes and adjustments that they had to make in comparison to the last team they had.
 
"We certainly have some new athletes or players joining the team this year, and this will be the first time that they will be traveling off-island to compete and represent American Samoa,“ adding “we are trying to get them ready to compete in front of a huge crowed. Our trainings might be an empty field every evening, but when we get up there, we want our players to get used to playing and focusing on the game with millions of people watching them – it will definitely be a tough mental competition for them as well, so we are trying our best to prep them for that stage."
 
According to Talataina, the toughest part of this upcoming event will be the 4x1 relay – it's something new to them  “This event will require only the players to be on the track, which means they won't have us coaches around or beside them to mentor them throughout their intercept stations."
 
“Right now in our training,” he said, “we have some of the parents and coaches stationed at the different points of the track to remind the players of when to pass the baton and encourage them to run and stuff like that, but when the real event come around, we won't be allowed to assist them – that is one of the challenges for us as of now, in trying to adjust to this new sport."
 
Samoa News asked Talataina about the goals or mission of their approach to the Special Olympic Games this year.
 
He replied "our goal is to at least come back with something, this is going to be a big deal to all of us – these children, they need our help, and I'm forever grateful and blessed that I have the opportunity to work with them."
 
"One of our other goals leading up to this event is –even if we don't win anything, we pray and hope that they will return happy and that they enjoyed themselves, knowing that they were part of a worldwide event to represent American Samoa."
 
The Special Olympics coach concluded with acknowledgements and thanks to those who have been working hard to make this trip possible for our kids.
 
"I'd like to thank Tafa Tupuola who is one of the members who's put a lot of time into this program, I would also like to acknowledge Taotasi Archie Solia'i and members of the board, and especially the parents that come around to support and help out with our training."
 
He concluded, "I would like to send our sincerest thanks and appreciation to stadium manager Tole'afoa Henry Tavake, for allowing us to train at the Veterans Memorial Stadium.  Every time we come to the track, it's always open for us to use – and many other supporters out there, we thank you.”

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Population Action Plan Workshop – planning for the future

tony@samoanews.com

The Population Commission held their latest Population Action Plan workshop in American Samoa at the Rex Lee Auditorium this past Friday morning. Samoa News had the chance to interview one of the workshop coordinators, DOC’s Leifiloa Tanoi Felise – who stated that “the mission and goal of this program is to raise awareness in population growth, and to find results.”
 
The workshop included various government agencies and a few private sector businesses with the purpose of listing out action plans. Felise mentioned that there were specific people sitting in specific groups to determine actions that we’ll need to take locally within the next five years.
 
According to Felise, the people that were invited to this workshop were selected based upon their leads that would facilitate “immigration, reproductive health, education, youth and gender issues, integrated planning development, as well as the environment.”
 
The Population Action Plan workshop started back in 2008 with their first Population Summit. Their second summit was held in 2013, based on the Territorial Population Policy Plan. Last Friday was the third summit to be held in American Samoa to implement the Population Action Plan.
 
Felise told Samoa News that their mission is to raise awareness regarding the dramatic increase in population on the planet. “In several years — since1985 to now — we’ve seen more than two billion people come into this world.”
 
She stated, “with the increase in population, we’ll need to increase the advancement of health care services for them, we need to provide education, we’ll need to ensure that there is food security and that there’s enough for them to eat, as well as providing them with a healthy and safe environment.”
 
Felise mentioned that “there are limited resources, so we have to be protective of our Earth. We have so many people that we’ll need to share all of these with, and American Samoa is the only US territory that actually has a population commission that is actually trying to address these issues.”
 
One of the examples that Felise used as a fear factor in population issues was the recent shortage of imported products. “We live on an island, and just recently there was the California shipping strike, and because of that, the importation of food was stopped.”
 
She added, “we were limited to certain items, and we had to look to our land for resilience – these are just some of the problems that come with the population increase.”
 
The one day workshop was held all day this past Friday with the determination to provide an action plan through the various group discussions. The outcome or results of this workshop will be presented to Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga for his review.
 
In conclusion, Felise wanted to send out the Populations Commission’s acknowledgement to those who have supported them in making this third population summit possible. “I’d like to acknowledge some of the people we work with—the commissioners are the DYWA, the Attorney Generals Office, DOH, LBJ Hospital, DOE, DOC – and our partners, those we work with at the NGO Population Connection, as well as the U.N. Population Fund.”

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Population Action Plan Workshop – planning for the future

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The Population Commission held their latest Population Action Plan workshop in American Samoa at the Rex Lee Auditorium this past Friday morning. Samoa News had the chance to interview one of the workshop coordinators, DOC’s Leifiloa Tanoi Felise – who stated that “the mission and goal of this program is to raise awareness in population growth, and to find results.”
 
The workshop included various government agencies and a few private sector businesses with the purpose of listing out action plans. Felise mentioned that there were specific people sitting in specific groups to determine actions that we’ll need to take locally within the next five years.
 
According to Felise, the people that were invited to this workshop were selected based upon their leads that would facilitate “immigration, reproductive health, education, youth and gender issues, integrated planning development, as well as the environment.”
 
The Population Action Plan workshop started back in 2008 with their first Population Summit. Their second summit was held in 2013, based on the Territorial Population Policy Plan. Last Friday was the third summit to be held in American Samoa to implement the Population Action Plan.
 
Felise told Samoa News that their mission is to raise awareness regarding the dramatic increase in population on the planet. “In several years — since1985 to now — we’ve seen more than two billion people come into this world.”
 
She stated, “with the increase in population, we’ll need to increase the advancement of health care services for them, we need to provide education, we’ll need to ensure that there is food security and that there’s enough for them to eat, as well as providing them with a healthy and safe environment.”
 
Felise mentioned that “there are limited resources, so we have to be protective of our Earth. We have so many people that we’ll need to share all of these with, and American Samoa is the only US territory that actually has a population commission that is actually trying to address these issues.”
 
One of the examples that Felise used as a fear factor in population issues was the recent shortage of imported products. “We live on an island, and just recently there was the California shipping strike, and because of that, the importation of food was stopped.”
 
She added, “we were limited to certain items, and we had to look to our land for resilience – these are just some of the problems that come with the population increase.”
 
The one day workshop was held all day this past Friday with the determination to provide an action plan through the various group discussions. The outcome or results of this workshop will be presented to Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga for his review.
 
In conclusion, Felise wanted to send out the Populations Commission’s acknowledgement to those who have supported them in making this third population summit possible. “I’d like to acknowledge some of the people we work with—the commissioners are the DYWA, the Attorney Generals Office, DOH, LBJ Hospital, DOE, DOC – and our partners, those we work with at the NGO Population Connection, as well as the U.N. Population Fund.”

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Population Action Plan Workshop – planning for the future

tony@samoanews.com

The Population Commission held their latest Population Action Plan workshop in American Samoa at the Rex Lee Auditorium this past Friday morning. Samoa News had the chance to interview one of the workshop coordinators, DOC’s Leifiloa Tanoi Felise – who stated that “the mission and goal of this program is to raise awareness in population growth, and to find results.”
 
The workshop included various government agencies and a few private sector businesses with the purpose of listing out action plans. Felise mentioned that there were specific people sitting in specific groups to determine actions that we’ll need to take locally within the next five years.
 
According to Felise, the people that were invited to this workshop were selected based upon their leads that would facilitate “immigration, reproductive health, education, youth and gender issues, integrated planning development, as well as the environment.”
 
The Population Action Plan workshop started back in 2008 with their first Population Summit. Their second summit was held in 2013, based on the Territorial Population Policy Plan. Last Friday was the third summit to be held in American Samoa to implement the Population Action Plan.
 
Felise told Samoa News that their mission is to raise awareness regarding the dramatic increase in population on the planet. “In several years — since1985 to now — we’ve seen more than two billion people come into this world.”
 
She stated, “with the increase in population, we’ll need to increase the advancement of health care services for them, we need to provide education, we’ll need to ensure that there is food security and that there’s enough for them to eat, as well as providing them with a healthy and safe environment.”
 
Felise mentioned that “there are limited resources, so we have to be protective of our Earth. We have so many people that we’ll need to share all of these with, and American Samoa is the only US territory that actually has a population commission that is actually trying to address these issues.”
 
One of the examples that Felise used as a fear factor in population issues was the recent shortage of imported products. “We live on an island, and just recently there was the California shipping strike, and because of that, the importation of food was stopped.”
 
She added, “we were limited to certain items, and we had to look to our land for resilience – these are just some of the problems that come with the population increase.”
 
The one day workshop was held all day this past Friday with the determination to provide an action plan through the various group discussions. The outcome or results of this workshop will be presented to Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga for his review.
 
In conclusion, Felise wanted to send out the Populations Commission’s acknowledgement to those who have supported them in making this third population summit possible. “I’d like to acknowledge some of the people we work with—the commissioners are the DYWA, the Attorney Generals Office, DOH, LBJ Hospital, DOE, DOC – and our partners, those we work with at the NGO Population Connection, as well as the U.N. Population Fund.”

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Bluesky celebrates 16 years in Am. Samoa

Announcements include new partnership with Apple
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Bluesky Communications celebrated its birthday in the Territory — 16 years of service in American Samoa — with the launch of their new and very affordable Bluesky Turbo phone. The ‘Turbo’ is a 3G touch screen smart phone which means customers can use high speed internet, and it’s one of a kind, it can carry two sim cards.

 

In celebration of their 16th birthday, Bluesky Communications held a press conference at their retail store at the Laufou Shopping Center on Friday, where not only did they launch their Bluesky Turbo smart phone, but they also had more good news as American Samoa is now joining in the world of advanced technology.

 

Bluesky Communications CEO and President Adolfo Montenegro said, “first, I would like to announce that Telecom Cook Islands will relaunch and become Bluesky Cook Islands on the week of July 20th. The work to make this possible has been ongoing for over a year, the people of American Samoa have participated in this work and we will take pride in launching Bluesky Cook Islands throughout that week.”

 

He added, “all of these things are happening at the same time – I’m also happy to announce that on that same week, we will be launching Bluesky New Zealand. Bluesky will provide full mobile service for the territory of New Zealand, with the purpose of serving our Samoan people who are there in New Zealand.”

 

CEO Montenegro noted how the company started out in the territory.

 

“Bluesky started out in a small container with just a handful of employees – today we are proud to announce that with all these happenings, Bluesky will have over 500 employees throughout the Pacific.”

 

He added, “in the upcoming weeks, Bluesky will launch and announce the release of an actual Android Bluesky device. It’s specifically designed by Bluesky for American Samoa, so that our people can afford to buy this phone, at a price that’s in the reach of everyone in the territory.”

 

Montenegro said during his announcement, “Our goals are very big — we dream large. We want to connect Samoans worldwide – this is only the beginning, on top of that I want to say thank you to American Samoa for being there for us throughout all our 16 years, and thank you for believing in us.”

 

More good news was brought out and announced by the management team from Bluesky during the conference – their partnership with Apple, the official producer and distributor of the iPad, iPhones and other popular technological products that are popular in the market today.

 

Bluesky Country Manager Filifotu Vaai-Tinitali announced “we are very proud to announce our partnership with the phone company Apple, the official manufacturer of the iPhone and iPad – which makes Bluesky American Samoa’s first registered Apple reseller, and what this means is that Bluesky’s network has been certified by Apple to work with the iPhone.”

 

She added, “Bluesky will only carry certified Apple products, supplied directly from Apple suppliers – our staff were also certified and trained by Apple as iPhone experts to use the iPhones, and also we have access to pricing and materials from Apple, that’ll allow us to price competitively and offer the highest standard of service available.”

 

Vaai-Tinitali said during her announcement that their partnership is valuable and very important, as it’s consistent with Bluesky’s effort “to put our customers first — and we look forward to launching our first ever iPhone inclusive plans in the upcoming weeks – we invite all of our customers and the people of American Samoa to come in and enjoy our Apple certified services.”

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