Regional News

Former editor of Samoa’s Savali newspaper fined after assault convictions


Tupuola Terry Tavita, former Editor of the Samoa government-owned Savali Newspaper, has been fined $550 by District Court Judge Vaepule Vaemoa Vaai, following Tupuola’s conviction on two counts of common assault, two counts of indecent assault and one count of insulting words.
According to the Samoa Observer, Vaepule when rendering his decision earlier this month had pointed out that the prosecution proved “beyond reasonable doubt” the criminal charges.

Alesana Tuilagi winds up for the All Blacks

Blockbusting Manu Samoa wing Alesana Tuilagi says he can hardly wait to take on the All Blacks in front of his people.

Speaking to the Samoa Obser v e r yesterday, Alesana, who is one of two Tuilagi brothers in the extended 41- man squad camping at Leauva’a, says the opportunity to play against the world champions at home is priceless.

The other Tuilagi in the team is Vavae Tuilagi.

For Alesana though, it will be his first game against the All Blacks.

Public Hearings scheduled on proposal to revise green sea turtle listings

HONOLULU, Hawai’i —The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries are extending the public comment period to July 27, 2015, on the proposal to revise the listings of green sea turtles under the Endangered Species Act. The agencies will hold public informational meetings followed by public hearings in American Samoa, Saipan and Guam in July.

Apia girl receives Queen’s Young Leaders Award

Media release from Queen's Young Leaders committee

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II presented awards this past week to Queen’s Young Leaders in a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Members of The Royal Family and a host of high profile individuals attended the event, which recognised exceptional young people who are making lasting change in their communities and across the Commonwealth.


The Miss American Samoa United States (MASUS) & Miss American Samoa World America (MASWA) Organization is pleased to announce the First Miss American Samoa World America 2015 Delegate, Miss Salamasina Tuitama Salcido.
Salamasina will be representing the U.S. Territory of American Samoa at the Miss World America National Beauty Pageant Contest in Washington, DC, from June 29 - July 3, during the Independence Week Celebration.

Fed fishery council calls for better terms for tuna catches

The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council is calling for improved terms in the South Pacific Tuna Treaty (SPTT) for the Pago-based purse seiner fleet. Winding up its 163rd meeting on Thursday in Honolulu, the Council made several recommendations to address increasingly restricted catch limits on US purse seine and longline vessels in the Western and Pacific Ocean (WCPO).


Solutions were devised to assist veterans living in Guam, American Samoa and the Northern Marianas during a June 15 roundtable hosted by The American Legion in its Washington office.

Representatives from The American Legion, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Small Business Administration, Asian Pacific American Advocates and staff from the office of Rep. Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen, (R-Samoa), discussed efforts to improve access to benefits for veterans currently living in the Pacific Islands area.

Largest ever crackdown on US health care fraud with 243 charged

In the single largest crackdown in an eight-year campaign against health care fraud, the United States Justice Department charged 243 people on Thursday with $712 million in false billings to Medicare - the medical insurance program for the elderly - and Medicaid, which provides services to the poor.

The alleged fraud spanned the country, from Miami - where 73 of the accused worked - to Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, New Orleans, Detroit and beyond. A sizable number targeted Medicare Part D, the prescription drug benefit that is the fastest-growing part of the huge program.

Cook Island's NGO to keep up pressure on purse seiner deal

Leading Cook Islands non-government environmental agency, the Taporoporo'anga Ipukarea Society says it's going to keep pressure on the government to disclose financial details of its purse seining agreement with a South Korean company.

The TIS chairman Kelvin Passfield says Cook Islands people have a right to know the nature of the agreement the government has with Silla Company Limited which was given the green light in January to purse seine for 400 days in Cook Islands waters.

Global Advisory Panel on the Future of Nursing Hosts 1st Regional Meeting with Key Southeast Asia & Pacific Rim Nurse Leaders

Meeting convened by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International

Indianapolis, Indiana (PRWEB) June 19, 2015

The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) convened the inaugural regional meeting of the Global Advisory Panel on the Future of Nursing (GAPFON) 15-16 June 2015 in Seoul, Republic of Korea, in collaboration with the Korean Nurses Association (KNA). More than 50 key nurse leaders from the Southeast Asia/Pacific Rim region(1) were invited to participate in this historic event.

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