(MAPUSAGA, American Samoa) — Seventeen students have been inducted into the Alpha Epsilon Mu Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC).

Former PTK member and current ASCC mathematics instructor Mrs. Amete Mulipola-Moefiainu provided the keynote speech.

A fall 2007 graduate of ASCC, Mrs. Mulipola-Moefiainu went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Texas A&M University in 2009, followed by her Masters of Education in Teaching and Learning from Argosy University, Hawai'i.

(SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.) — Many Americans are unaware of racism's history in the Pacific but a new two-year degree at the City College of San Francisco will shed light on the role race has played in every facet of life for Islanders and people of color in the U.S.A.

The new Associate of Arts degree in Critical Pacific Islands & Oceania Studies is the culmination of nearly two decades of work by past students and faculty, said Dr. David Ga'oupu Matthew Palaita, Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at CCSF.

(SAMOA) — The U-17 Shield for Zone A's Rugby 15s is a carving of Ifilele wood from Fagaloa, handcrafted by instructors at Leifiifi College.

Visual Arts Teacher Jeremy Filo and Design Tech Teacher Andy Pula collaborated on the project.

Coaches for Leifiifi are: Reupena Levasa, Neru Leifi, Faafuaina Samuelu, Taleni Tufuga (Sports Master), Filo and Pula.

Leifiifi College Principal Sefuiva Malaea Lauano said the Ifilele it durable and should last 20 years.

The U-17 shield is currently in the possession of Avele College.

(SAMOA) — The proposal by government for seasonal workers to be eligible for permanent residency — (under the New Zealand 1,100 annual quota for Samoans) — is on the table for future bilateral talks.

The issue was raised by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi during bilateral talks with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Deputy Prime Minister Vaovasamanaia Winston Peters Monday, March 5, 2018, in Apia.

(SAMOA) — Minister of Education, Sports and Culture Loau Keneti Sio told rugby players to mind their behaviour, saying he does not want to hear about sports rivals "fighting at the market."

Loau spoke when he joined Zone A to open their 15-a-side rugby season Thursday, March 8 at Leifiifi College Field.

"Rugby is a contact sport," he said. "E faafetoai lou tino ma le isi ali'i. You must prepare your body and mind."

In rugby, as in any sport such as soccer, volleyball and ping pong, Loau said athletes must prepare physically and mentally.

(SAMOA) — Rev. Fuata'i Simanu opened Zone A's Rugby 15s season with a word of prayer, reminding young rugby players to emulate Christian soldiers when on the field.

Rev. Simanu is leader of the EFKS Church in Satalo, Falealili.

He read from the Holy Bible, urged good sportsmanship and offered a word of prayer during opening ceremonies.

He told the young men to behave as Christian soldiers on and off the field and prayed for a safe successful season for all athletes, parents, teachers, schools and teams.

(SAMOA) — Shields have been introduced in Zone A's six-week Rugby 15-a-side competition with Avele winning the U-15 and U-17 shields and Leifiifi the U-19 on opening day of the 2018 season.

Avele College took the U-15 shield after they defeated Leifiifi 15-5.

Avele's U-17 squad beat Falealili College by two points, the game ending 5-3 Fulltime.

Leifiifi College defeated Samoa College 29-18 to claim the U-19 shield.

The Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture opened its 2018 Rugby 15-a-side tournament Thursday, March 8.

(SAMOA) — Leiififi College's netball squad begins the 2018 season looking sharp in new sports gear, gifted to the school from the Saints Netball Club based in Christchurch, New Zealand.

"The girls are so happy the uniforms fit them well," said Leifiifi Principal Sefuiva Malaea Lauano. "We'd like to express our faafetai tele lava for the gift. The girls look nice in their uniforms."

The individual behind the generous donation — blue and yellow dresses; top and skirt sets of blue and white, sports jackets, bibs and sports bags — remains obscure, notes Sefuiva.

(ST. CHARLES, Louisiana) — Social media has made the time-old challenge of wondering what others are thinking less of a task.

While it doesn't give us a complete picture of someone else's life (and not counting people who feign their identities primarily for stalking and other questionable purposes) it does provide readers of any given account with a good idea of one's interests.

(SAMOA) — Profits for the Samoa Shipping Corporation soared by 200 percent in the ending of fiscal year 2016, according the Press Secretariat, but media inquiries on services between Salelologa and Mulifanua sent to SSC during the 2017-2018 holiday season, have yet to be answered.

The growth in profits for SSC was reported in a statement issued by the Press Secretariat, Ministry of the Prime Minister & Cabinet in late February 2018.

Even as the statement was issued, the SSC had not responded to media inquiries received in December 2017.