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SALT LAKE CITY, UT. A touching story of the family of Sealver Siliga, a young Samoan man who lost brother to prison due to gangs and how the example of his mother supporting the family during those tough times prepared him to persevere during difficult days while he awaited his chance to play in the NFL. Now he starts for the New England Patriots as Defensive tackle.
LE MALAE NEWS
Uo Alaalatoa Brown joins Le Malae in Brisbane, Australia
Uoiasouma Alaalatoa Brown. known appropriately as "Uo" has joined the team for Le Malae in Brisbane, Australia. She is a Broadcaster/Announcer for Radio 4EB 98.1FM Brisbane. The EB in the station name stands for Ethnic Broadcasting. They have over 50 countries broadcasting in their own language...."so we bring the world to OZ and out to the wider audience."
They have a timetable for each country. Samoa is on mostly at lunchtime. Friday morning Thurs, Sat, Sun.. 12pm-5am. Samoa has the most hours depending on members to hold airtime..so they have almost 500 members..a fraction of Samoans in Brisbane. To listen to this station click on this link: http://www.4eb.org.au/listen
Born in Malifa, Apia, Samoa she attended and graduated from Samoa College. She moved to Sydney, Australia in 1987 and later moved to Brisbane where she currently resides.
Her first job was with the US Peace Corps in Apia, Samoa. At present she is a Community Volunteer providing service to a variety of different media and other organizations including her work for the radio station which .
For those who have conversed with Uo its quite apparent that she likes to laugh and has a great sense of humor. This is the right personality when dealing with live radio where entertaining is one of the important skills one should have when on the air.
We anticipate alot of great stories from the collaboration of Uo and Helen in Brisbane. Samoans from around the world will be pleased to witness the continued improvement of Brisbane's media offerings. The most recent offering involves Uo's review of the controversial play by Samoan playwright Victor Rodger, "Black Faggot". Please read the article posted in here.
It is with this great addition to the Brisbane team that bodes well for future news and media from this crew, that we look ahead with much anticipation to Uo's contributions to Samoans in Brisbane and make it special. We wish her well with her radio broadcaster position and encourage all of our Samoans in Brisbane to join the 4EB Radio membership and support ethnic broadcasting.
Le Malae welcomes aboard Lusa and Isa Naea from Florida.
Le Malae now has a website for Samoans in Florida. We welcome a lovely retired couple, Lusa and Isa Naea, who were introduced in the first article from Florida in the website Samoans in Florida which details their work in the NASA Space Program. They have accepted the request for them to operate the news from Florida and keep Le Malae abreast of any developments in the Samoan Community there in Florida. We welcome them and are quite excited for the new addition to our staff which has definitely been blessed to have the Naea's join and contribute their skills and professionalism to the Le Malae goals of creating the gathering place for Samoans from around the globe to meet. Now we have Florida and the Samoan universe gets smaller.
LE MALAE Focuses on Photo gallery to show photos from around the world from our Samoan community in new Section called Whats happening?
Le Malae has added a new feature called WHATS HAPPENING? which is going to be a major attraction to our viewers. Our Photo Gallery will be featured each week as we will post photo collections from all over the globe of events and activities where you will see who is doing what in that part of the world. These photos will allow you to see who was there and what happened and get a flavor for the community and what they are doing. Please go to our Photo Gallery and see the many excellent pictures that have been posted there already and which we will be adding each week. If you have any photos you want to feature please contact us and we will put them up. Enjoy.
Le Malae to add orbituraries
Le Malae will be adding orbituaries of Samoans who have passed away in this page for the benefit of family members who are around the world and need to know this person's important date for services. If you have any announcements for this column please contact us and provide the information and picture to be put into our orbituaries column.
Le Malae welcomes Sofia Dennison from South Auckland
Sofia Dennison, an advocate, writer, wife, mother and nana will be serving the South Auckland Community for Le Malae and Samoans in South Auckland page. Le Malae welcomes her aboard and anticipates some great articles from her. Her sister is Helen Lauaki who is the editor for Brisbane, Australia for our website.
I was born in Apia Samoa on the 1st April 1959. My parents migrated to New Zealand when I was three and this has been home for the last fifty years. I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Auckland University, my major History and my minor English. My husband has been totally supportive of my academic and career aspirations right through our marriage. All of our three adult children are graduates from Auckland University, a Doctor, an Entrepreneur with an Arts Degree majoring in Politics and an Accountant.
My parents brought me up with the conviction that I would always go to University and our children have grown up with that same ethos. Our family has a strong sense of community and the understanding that whatever personal talents you have been blessed with as an individual are only of real worth when utilised to improve the lives of others. This is a new and exciting journey for me and I look forward to the challenge.
When I first landed on American soil in the summer of 1975 the first thing that grabbed my attention was seeing for the first time “African Americans”, outside of television I had never been introduced to a black person and I was seventeen. This is what makes Auckland unique – the number of peoples from the Pacific Rim living in one city. New Zealand is host to the largest population of Pacific Islanders in the world and is therefore the best place in many ways to analyse the integration of Pacific culture into a western context.
Emily Maureen Young
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Thu., Feb. 27, 2014
9:30 AM to 10:45 AM, Sat., Mar. 08, 2014
Location: Viola Ward, Salt Lake City, UT
Sat., Mar. 08, 2014
Location: Viola Ward, Salt Lake City, UT
Photos from San Diego's Samoan Community Council Fundraiser 2/8/2014
The Funeral of Aserota Tamasese
The funeral of Aserota Tamasese was held last week in Salt Lake City, Utah and attended by many from the community. Pictures by Fred Taala. Click on the photo above to go to the photos.
Immigration tips & Info
WHAT’S THE GANG OF EIGHT?
A group of four Democrats and four Republicans in the Senate that crafted a bill to address all four questions. In a nutshell, this proposal would tighten border controls, allow more high- and low-skilled workers to legally immigrate, require employers to verify their workers have legal status, and create an opportunity for those who are in the U.S. illegally to eventually become citizens.
IS THERE A PLAN B?
And C and D.
Obama has his own backup plan in case congressional talks fail, but he’s given his support to the Senate bill as a worthy compromise.
In the House, Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte, the head of the House Judiciary Committee, says his committee will tackle the main immigration issues one by one, instead of starting with a single sweeping bill.
Separately, there’s a bipartisan House group working on legislation.
Obama says he will keep an open mind about the various proposals, but the final deal has to address all the big issues.
COMING TO AMERICA
A record 40.4 million immigrants live in the U.S., representing 13 percent of the population. More than 18 million are naturalized citizens, 11 million are legal permanent or temporary residents, and more than 11 million are in the country without legal permission, according to the Pew Hispanic Center, a private research organization.
Those in the U.S. illegally made up about 3.7 percent of the U.S. population in 2010. While overall immigration has steadily grown, the number of immigrants in the U.S. illegally peaked at 12 million in 2007.
To be continued....
More on Immigration
The 100 Immigration Exam Questions and Answers in our own Samoan Language for those that would like to take this US Citizenship Exam is now available through Le Malae if you want to take advantage of this click on this button below. This service provided by Suluama T. Patu Laumea-Vivolo, attorney.
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