(ARLINGTON, Texas) — Three Samoan Churches in the state of Texas have converged in Arlington to celebrate Easter.

The three Churches that comprise the Tafatolu are based in Arlington, Fort Hood and San Antonio.

The Congregations in Texas mirror the calendars of the Congregational Christian Church of American Samoa (EFKAS) and the the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (EFKS).

Youth members took center stage to present cultural and spiritual performances based on stories from The Holy Bible during the Easter weekend.

(VATICAN CITY) — A young man from American Samoa is on a spiritual high after meeting Pope Francis on Palm Sunday, World Youth Day, and being chosen to present him with a special document in Vatican City.

More than 300 youth leaders from around the world, representing various religions and cultures, met in Vatican City March 19-24 for a prelude to the 2018 Synod of Bishops scheduled for October.

We reached out to ASTCA CEO, Puleleiite Tufele Lia Jr., to provide some clarity for our readers as to the current status of ASTCA’s upgrades and network preparations in advance of the Hawaiki cable landing, and he set aside some time to bring us up to date on progress at the Authority.

(SAMOA) — The Football Federation Samoa (FFS) 2018 Upolu Youth League is underway at the Tuana’imato Sports Complex.

The idea behind this U-10 and U-13 league is the development of youngsters' football skills by promoting more touches and playing a faster game.

It is unique in that it encourages inclusiveness, creative play and removes the element of 'winning at all costs'.

FFS Technical Director Valerio Raccuglia said: “We believe having the girls play with the boys this will help them greatly."

(SAMOA) — Cyclone Gita's impact, rather the hard work of public servants at the Electric Power Corporation and Samoa Water Authority in the storm's aftermath — will be honoured at the World Fire Knife Championships set for May 10, 11 and 12, in La'ie.

As a token of appreciation for their dedication and responding effectively to the needs of Samoa after Cyclone Gita, two of Samoa’s contenders will carry the flags of EPC and SWA onto the global stage at the Polynesian Cultural Center.

(UTULEI, American Samoa) — The Samoana Sharks Varsity Boys Basketball squad can only be described as invincible. A 21-game winning streak with not a single loss over a span of two seasons testifies to that.

"Our season was cut short due to Hurricane Gita," Sharks Coach Carl Schuster, Jr. told tautalatala. "We only played one round then went straight into the playoffs."

Since the 2017 season the Sharks have denied every opponent they've faced the win.

(SAMOA) — Ole a mafai ona molia soo se tasi ua maea on lesitala e palota ae le faataunuuina lea aia tatau ile taimi o sailiga tofi ale atunuu.

Ose tasi lenei o teuteuga ole Tulafono Taufaaofi Faigapalota 2018 lea ua folasia nei i luma ole laulaufono ale Fono Faitulafono a le Palemene a Samoa mo se iloiloga.

O loo faamanino mai ile Tulafono Taufaaofi ile Fuaiupu 63 e faapea: ua aiaia ai e faapea e faamalosia tagata uma taitoatasi ua faamauina ina ia faia a latou palota.

(SAMOA) — Registered voters who do not cast a ballot in the 2021 General Elections will be fined $100 tala if a bill that calls for mandatory voting — now before Parliament — is passed.

In a statement issued by the Office of the Electoral Commission this week, it says: "Mandatory voting for all registered voters will be a must in the upcoming 2021 General Elections, subject to approval of the Electoral Bill 2018 now before Parliament."

The statement explains:

The 2018 Bill will repeal the 55-year old Electoral Act 1963.

As a telecommunications consultant and professional, there is a marked difference in the quality of Internet access between “mobile” and “fixed” access points and devices, especially when it comes to “wealth” indicators and influencers. In a paper authored by Martin Hilbert (Universtiy of Southern California, “Mapping the dimensions and characteristics of the world’s technological communication capacity during the period of digitization”, he identified several metrics on how we currently try to measure technological communication capacity.

(BOSTON, Mass.) — A spring break tour of Ivy League campuses for 30 Pacific students studying in San Francisco is a "step in the right direction," says Rev. Pausa Kaio Thompson.

“I think it’s a step in the right direction," Rev. Thompson told tautalatala from Boston. "There is a huge assumption that so-called elite institutions on the East are out-of-reach and unattainable."

Thirty students at the City College of San Francisco embark on a five-day tour of America's 'Ivy League' schools March 25, an initiative aimed at closing the achievement gap for VASA students at CCSF.