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Chikungunya rife in the Pacific

Two people have died from chikungunya in French Polynesia in an outbreak that began six weeks ago affecting several thousand people and hospitalising over 200 patients.

The mosquito born illness is also now well established in Samoa with more than 2,000 confirmed cases and incidence of chikungunya is growing in the region.

Jenny Meyer reports on the spread of the arbovirus in the Pacific.



Five finalists chosen for Polynesian College Football Player of the Year

The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame has announced five Finalists for the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award, presented by Starwood Hotels and Resorts. The Polynesian College Football Player of the Year will be awarded to the most outstanding Polynesian college football player that epitomizes great ability and integrity.
 



Court Report

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ASSAULT CASE IN HIGH COURT
 
The Attorney General’s office has charged Tu’uaga Samoa with second degree assault, a felony plus three misdemeanors: two counts of third degree assault and public peace disturbance. The defendant was arraigned in High Court yesterday on allegations that he assaulted three people.
 
Samoa, who is from Aua, is held on bail of $10,000 and is represented by the Public Defender’s office.
 



StarKist ‘Little Hearts’ drive raises $13,000

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As part of StarKist Samoa’s 50th year anniversary, the company launched last year the $1 drive heart campaign to bring the doctors to American Samoa to help our kid’s with known or unknown heart illnesses.  The funds raised paid for three trips and the doctors were able to screen and find young people with heart problems which will require further cardiology care. A total of $15,000 was raised last year.
 



42 year old alleged murder to go to trial in Samoa

A 63 year Samoan woman is to face trial for the murder of a child after her lawyer's application for the charge to be quashed was dismissed.

Maota Ah Ta, who resides in Melbourne Australia, is accused of strangling a baby some forty years ago. The accusation is made by her sister.

She pleaded not guilty to the murder charge. Her lawyer is Tima Leavai.

Rexona Titi and Brigitta Lo Tam Fifita are prosecutors of the Attorney General’s office. Presiding is Supreme Court Judge, Justice Vui Clarence Nelson.



Tri-Marine CEO hopeful Tuna Treaty can be improved

Says reports of pulling out of the Treaty are “rumors”
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Tri Marine International, whose local operations include the Samoa Tuna Processor Inc., cannery set to open next January, would like to see the South Pacific Tuna Treaty improved to allow fishing vessels based in American Samoa more access to the fishing grounds of Forum Fishery Agency’s 17 member countries.
 



Clear the Lady Naomi in a timely manner says Florence Saulo

Calls on AG to look into problems at Immigration
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House Judicial and Legal Affairs Committee chair, Rep Vui Florence Saulo is calling on Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale to look at the immigration processing procedures for the MV Lady Naomi after a number of passengers complained about their treatment at the hands of Immigration personnel.
 



Samoa rugby situation 'absolutely not under control' - players hit back at prime minister

Samoan rugby players are disputing the claims of their prime minister that a dispute with their national rugby union has been resolved.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, who is also union chairman, told ONE News yesterday that he had spoken to the players and the dispute is under control.

But lock Daniel Leo, who is spokesman for the Samoan team, told Radio Live today "we haven't even had a chance to meet with them, let alone sort anything out, so it's stalling tactics."



Samoa policemen demoted for jailing 3 year-old

Three policemen in Samoa have been demoted and a fourth has received a final warning as punishment for holding a 3 year-old in jail.

The child's father was taken into custody for driving an unlicensed vehicle and as the child was in the car at the time of the arrest, the boy was also jailed.

Inspector Keti Tole'afoa, who was the head of the Traffic division, has been demoted to sergeant but has filed an appeal.

His second in charge, Sergeant Fetu Ta'alili, has been dropped to the rank of corporal and both have been transferred to work in the General Policing division.



Biz Beat: Neil’s ACE Home Center to host ‘Biggest Sale of the Year’

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This Friday and Saturday, Neil’s ACE Home Center in Malaeimi is the place to be. In honor of their 30th year anniversary and in line with Black Friday, the store is hosting its ‘biggest sale of the year’.
 
Doors will be open early at 6 a.m. on Friday, November 28.
 



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