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FBI defers Duke Viena case to local authorities


The Federal Bureau of Investigation Honolulu office has deferred investigation in the case of Duke Ueli Viena to American Samoa authorities, who have already filed a misdemeanor charge of public peace disturbance against the defendant.
The single charge against Viena stems from an incident which occurred onboard last Friday night’s Hawaiian Airlines flight from Honolulu to Pago Pago. The defendant was allegedly already intoxicated when he boarded the flight in Honolulu.

Gov asks to be in federal amnesty college loan program — for health care profession


To entice medical and technical personnel to work in American Samoa, the Lolo Administration has asked the U.S. Department of Interior to advocate for including American Samoa in a federal program which would forgive college student loans in the health care profession.

U.S. Senate passes measure which includes tax break for canneries


In a vote of 76-16, the U.S. Senate passed Tuesday night in Washington D.C.  a  U.S. House measure which includes out-going Congressman Faleomavaega Eni’s provision for a one-year extension of the federal 30A tax credit benefits for American Samoa.
The measure, which Faleomavega says provides federal benefits critical to American Samoa’s tuna canneries and economy, now goes to the White House for President Barack Obama’s signature.

Am. Samoa to receive $750K to design models to improve health care


American Samoa will receive up to $750,000 to design health care payment and service delivery models that will improve health care quality and lower costs, says Patrick Conway, Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality and CMS Chief Medical Officer, in a letter to Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga yesterday.
Conway thanked Governor Lolo for applying for an award under the second round of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services State Innovation Models (SIM) Initiative.

Chikungunya kills six in the region

Chikunguna has claimed six lives in the Pacific with nations reporting seven additional illnesses currently affecting their populations.

According to a Public Health Update issued by the Ministry of Health’s (M.O.H.) from its National Disease Surveillance and International Health Regulations Division (N.D.S.I.H.D.) yesterday, chikungunya outbreaks are on-going in Samoa, American Samoa, French Polynesia and Tokelau.

The report cites information offered in the latest Pacific Syndromic Surveillance System*.

Community Briefs


The Delegate-elect's office has been unsuccessful in efforts to have open constituent case files transferred over.
Please contact Delegate Faleomavaega Eni’s office to get any files related to your unresolved issue or issues with the Federal Government and bring or forward them to the new Delegate's office at Fagatogo Square after January 3, 2015. Fa'afetai.

Gov. Lolo responds to FAA audit of airport land

Says land inside airport fence is for airport use, outside is for ASG use

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has completed its audit on all of the airport property and its usage, in relationship to federal grant applications by the Port Administration, but Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga says that any land inside the Pago Pago International Airport is committed for airport use, while land outside of the airport fence is for government use.

Court Report


The Attorney General’s office is looking at filing additional criminal charges against Duke Viena whose actions almost caused Hawaiian Air to turn around and return to Honolulu last Friday night. Viena is accused of threatening flight attendants while on board the flight.

An Interview with Johnny Victor Toma

1st Samoan to obtain a Corp. International Master’s (CIM) degree

On Monday this week Samoa News reported on three extraordinary individuals who have made great strides in their fields — Marcus Mariota, the first Samoan to win the Heisman trophy;  Dr. Poe Mageo, an accomplished Samoan musician, who is now a published author in a prestigious Commonwealth literary journal; and Johnny Victor Tomas, who is the first Samoan to earn a Corporate International Master’s degree, which includes diplomas from three of the world’s leading business schools:

Samoa PM reminds women of duties

Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has told women thinking of running for parliament they should not neglect their families.

Tuilaepa was speaking at the final sitting of Parliament for the year yesterday which was attended by women taking part in a programme promoting women's participation in Parliament.

He said women should not let their drive and determination to enter politics make them neglect their God given duties as mothers.

He said women hold families, villages, and churches together and they are also the backbone of the country.

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