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Travel advice and tips / Re: Travel To Samoa
« Last post by petersumpters on March 02, 2014, 11:36:17 PM »
A white sanded paradise, the island nation of Samoa. Spend your days swimming, reading and snorkelling, and your evenings socialising with travellers and friendly locals.
News from Samoa / Re: Samoan Flag day address 2010 in English and Samoan
« Last post by Persay on February 27, 2014, 04:15:50 AM »
Kind of different language but as long as they are doing something its nice
News from Samoa / Re: Samoan Flag day address 2010 in English and Samoan
« Last post by DamienUsry on February 24, 2014, 08:01:41 AM »

There were plenty of good points and energy conservation is vital one..We need to conserve energy and make use of alternative sources of energy for power generation.
Things to do / Re: Scuba, Swimming and snorkeling
« Last post by petersumpters on February 19, 2014, 04:50:21 AM »
Entering the dramatic beauty of the Great Barrier Reef is an extraordinary experience.
Things to do / Re: Underwater reef watching
« Last post by petersumpters on February 19, 2014, 04:47:36 AM »
Explore the stunning reef. You'll bring home a lifetime of memories from this living natural wonder.
Travel advice and tips / Re: Samoa Weather in December
« Last post by petersumpters on February 13, 2014, 10:26:50 PM »
The best time to take a holiday to Samoa is during the dry season, from May to October, so you can avoid the unpleasant tropical rainy season. During the dry season you can take full advantage of Samoa's outdoor lifestyle, including snorkelling, diving, swimming and simply relaxing with a beer or a cocktail on the one of the many beautiful beaches on Samoa's two main islands of Upolu and Savaii
Travel advice and tips / Re: Samoa or Tahiti?
« Last post by petersumpters on February 13, 2014, 10:21:06 PM »
Upolu  Samoa have an eclectic mix of natural riches that extend far beyond white sand beaches and blue lagoons.
Samoan Sports and Celebrities / Manu Tuiasosopo Class of 2014 Asian Hall of Fame
« Last post by ipacific on February 11, 2014, 06:16:13 PM »
Congratulations to Super Bowl XIX Champion Manu Tuiasosopo (Former NFL Player – Seahawks and 49ers) for making the Class of 2014 Asian Hall of Fame. Known for his work on the football field, Manu Tuiasosopo played Defensive Tackle and Nose Tackle for the UCLA Bruins, helping his team to the 1976 Rose Bowl Championship. A first-round draft pick for the Seattle Seahawks in 1979, he was a member of the Seahawks’ first-ever playoff tea m in 1983. In 1984, Tuiasosopo was traded to the San Francisco 49er’s, becoming a Super Bowl Champion in his first season with the team. He is now active in volunteering, coaching and counseling youths, and in the Pacific Islander community and works with the Alaska Airlines’ Cargo division. 2014 Asian Hall of Fame Honoree Announcement - Honoree Quotes
Although American Samoa has sent delegations to march in the opening ceremonies to many Summer Olympics, it is not planning to send delegates to the Winter Olympics in Sochi 2014. In fact, American Samoa has never sent an official delegation to Winter games.

The question came about in an unsubstantiated news story "SCOTLAND, FIJI, AMERICAN SAMOA SHUT OUT OF SOCHI WINTER OLYMPICS OPENING CEREMONIES" from adobochronicles.com
"Sochi, Russia - When contingents from participating nations march in for the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics on February 7  in Sochi, Russia, spectators will not see the athletes  from Scotland, Fiji and American Samoa.
The reason? Vladimir Putin’s government has banned male athletes from wearing skirts in public. The ban is consistent with Russia’s controversial law prohibiting any public display of homosexuality. image
The Scottish olympians were supposed to wear kilts, traditional attire for men and boys in Scotland, while the Fijians and Samoans were to wear the traditional lava lava, a male version of the female sarong. Fiji and American Samoa are among the few tropical nations that send a delegation to the quadrennial winter competitions."

The truth is that the last time American Samoa had athletes participating in the Winter Olympics was 1994 in Lillehammer. There were no planned attendees from American Samoa to Sochi.

The story seems to be another attempt at Russia bashing prior to the opening of the Winter Olympics.

I fully expect Samoans to be allowed to wear traditional lavalavas with pride when and where they wish!
Samoan Sports and Celebrities / American Samoa at the Summer Olympics 1988-2012
« Last post by ipacific on February 06, 2014, 05:48:21 PM »
American Samoa participants at Summer Olympic Games
Games          Athletes    
1988 Seoul    7    
1992 Barcelona    3    
1996 Atlanta    7    
2000 Sydney    4    
2004 Athens    3    
2008 Beijing    4    
2012 London    5    
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