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.

(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.

(PAGO PAGO, American Samoa) — Miss Pacific Islands Matauaina G. To'omalatai and Miss Samoa Alexandra Iakopo are heading to New Zealand for Auckland's iconic 26th Pasifika Festival.

Traveling together, To'omalatai and Iakopo, will spend time in each of the 11 villages at the event.

"I am excited and I look forward to witnessing this event for the first time," wrote Miss Pacific Islands on Facebook. "I hope to see you all there."