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2009-11-05 09:39:46

Community-based education and awareness programs minimized the death toll from the recent Samoan tsunami, though there are still ways to improve the warning and evacuation process, according to a team of researchers that traveled to Samoa last month. The team, funded by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, collected data Oct. 4 through Oct. 11 to document the impacts of the 8.1 earthquake and the ensuing tsunami that occurred on Sept. 29. They examined flow depths, run-up heights,...

2009-09-30 20:37:00

-Organization sending response team, coordinating local efforts for concerned groups -Samoan American relief worker to lead World Vision team deploying from Seattle -Former NFL quarterback "Throwin' Samoan" Jack Thompson calls on Americans to help SEATTLE, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Christian relief group World Vision is coordinating a response to the massive 8.0 earthquake and ensuing tsunami that struck the islands of Samoa and American Samoa yesterday, killing at least 110...

2009-09-30 15:26:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Red Cross is on the ground in American Samoa where a tsunami swept across the island after a powerful earthquake hit the South Pacific. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090108/RedCrossLOGO) After yesterday's 8.0 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami, a significant portion of American Samoa is without power or water. Damage is widespread. Red Cross has dozens of volunteers already providing food and supplies...

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2009-09-30 10:40:00

An earthquake with a magnitude of between 8.0 and 8.3 sparked a powerful tsunami in the South Pacific islands of Samoa and American Samoa, resulting in the deaths of more than 100 people. In Samoa, at least 77 deaths have been reported due to the massive tsunami, more than 25 are dead in Samoa and at least 6 deaths have been reported in Tonga. The Samoa islands hold a population of about 250,000 people. Four overseas visitors have been reported dead, according to Tuila'epe Sailele...

2009-09-09 18:01:20

Church bells and honking horns sounded in Samoa to mark the moment drivers across the country switched from the right to the left side of the road. The streets of the capital, Alpia, were lined with hundreds of people Monday as police at checkpoints signaled for drivers to move slowly during the transition, the Samoa Observer reported Wednesday. Police Minister Toleafoa Fa'afisa made an announcement at 5:50 a.m. on national radio telling all motorists to stop their cars, and Prime Minister...

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2009-09-08 06:20:00

British archaeologists announced on Monday that they think they have deciphered the mystery of the red hats on the huge stone statues on Easter Island. The researchers feel that the answer to the mystery is connected to their find of a road on the island in the Pacific. The hats were constructed in a quarry concealed in the crater of an old volcano, and then transported on tree logs to the statues, wrote the team from the University of Manchester and University College London. The...

2009-08-17 19:56:00

BELLEVUE, Wash., Aug. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Paul Gauguin Cruises, operator of the highest rated and longest continually-sailing luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific, today announced that the company has been acquired by Pacific Beachcomber, the leader in French Polynesia luxury destination resorts. Paul Gauguin Cruises operates the award-winning luxury cruise ship m/s Paul Gauguin, featuring itineraries among the islands of Tahiti, French Polynesia and the South Pacific. "The acquisition...

2009-07-17 08:30:00

TETIAROA, French Polynesia, July 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Located on the French Polynesian atoll of Tetiaroa and a product of the late Marlon Brando's vision, construction on The Brando has officially begun with completion slated for late 2011. Construction of the luxury eco-resort has commenced with the official authorization from the Tahitian government after several years of studying the impact of construction on the environment. The Brando will feature: 47 deluxe bungalow villas (each with...

2009-06-29 14:24:47

The owner of Line 7 took responsibility for the New Zealand sportswear company's demise Monday. It's just bloody sad, to be fair, but it's my fault. It's nobody else's, said company owner and director Ross Munro. He said the clothing company, which fell into receivership, did not cut expenses fast enough as the recession worsen, The New Zealand Herald reported Monday. The company was also overtaken by the fall of the New Zealand dollar. We just didn't think it would drop as aggressively as it...

2009-05-18 10:15:51

Ciguatera poisoning, the food-borne disease that can come from eating large, carnivorous reef fish, causes vomiting, headaches, and a burning sensation upon contact with cold surfaces. An early morning walk on cool beach sand can become a painful stroll on fiery coals to a ciguatera victim. But is this common toxin poisoning also the key to a larger mystery? That is, the storied migrations of the Polynesian natives who colonized New Zealand, Easter Island and, possibly, Hawaii in the 11th to...


Latest Polynesia Reference Libraries

National Park Of America Samoa
2013-03-05 08:50:47

The National Park of American Samoa is located in the American territory known as American Samoa. The park is actually divided into three different areas comprised of the islands of Ta‘ū, Tutuila, and Ofu-Olosega. This park was legally established by Public Law 100-571 in 1988, but the land could not be acquired due to the traditional communal land system of its native inhabitants. However, in 1993, the National Park Service signed a fifty-year lease with Samoan village councils to acquire...

Pacific Rim
2013-02-19 13:33:00

The Pacific Rim is a reference to places around the edge of Pacific Ocean. The term Pacific Basin includes the Pacific Rim and the islands within the Pacific Ocean. It roughly overlaps with the geologic Pacific Ring of Fire. These countries are generally considered to be a part of the Pacific Rim, since they lie along the Pacific Ocean: North/East Asia Russia, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Southeast Asia, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand,...

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2008-09-12 16:44:08

The Polynesian Triller (Lalage maculosa), is a passerine bird belonging to the triller genus Lalage in the cuckoo-shrike family Campephagidae. It has numerous subspecies distributed across the islands of the south-west Pacific. The breeding range extends through Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Niue, Wallis and Futuna, Vanuatu and the Santa Cruz Islands. It occurs in a wide variety of habitats including man-made habitats such as plantations and gardens. It is about 6 inches to 6.25 inches long. The...

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  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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