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Gov. Lolo responds to FAA audit of airport land

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

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AG MAY FILE ADDITIONAL CHARGES AGAINST DUKE VIENA
 
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
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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.



Tonga and American Samoa sign shipping deal

A Tonga government owned vessel will begin making regular trips to American Samoa bringing cargo to and from the island kingdom.

The Niuvakai is scheduled to arrive in the territory this Friday to begin its regular trips to the territory.

It will deliver agricultural produce from Tonga for Samoa and American Samoa and will take back fuel and US products to Tonga.

The Kingdom of Tonga and American Samoa trade arrangement began earlier this year with a visit from a trade delegation from Tonga.



New U.S. ambassador to Samoa and New Zealand approved by U.S. Senate

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The new U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, Mark Gilbert, was approved by the United States Senate over the weekend, after his nomination in February, 2014.
 
In a youtube video, distributed by the United States Embassy in Samoa, Gilbert said he was a professional baseball player who turned in his cleats to work in the finance field.
 



Utu: Our harbor is the “most important physical asset of American Samoa”

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ASPA CEO, Utu Abe Malae has raised concerns about the poor service that is provided when vessels arrive in our harbor and believes that the group of officials there to clear the vessels are not responsive in a timely or respectful manner.
 
His concern was raised at the Cabinet meeting last week, where Utu also raised concerns about the closing of the Port on the weekends because the government cannot pay for overtime, noting that the harbor, the Port of Pago Pago, is the most important physical asset of American Samoa. 
 



New Honolulu Division boss says FBI remains committed to Territory

Especially with misuse of federal funds in American Samoa
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Honolulu Division’s new boss has reiterated the federal agency’s commitment to investigating federal crimes, especially misuse of federal funds, in American Samoa.
 
FBI headquarters in Washington D.C. announced last Friday that Paul D. Delacourt has been named as Special-Agent-in Charge of the FBI Honolulu Division, which oversees all FBI operations in the Pacific, including the Hawaiian Islands, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas islands, and American Samoa.
 



ASPA advocates “GAOIOI” through its fitness program

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In the spirit of keeping its employees healthy and physically productive at work, the American Samoa Power Authority has launched a fitness program, says ASPA CEO Utu Abe Malae.
 
He said ASPA and its employee programs encourage physical activity because they want all of their employees to stay healthy so that they can be productive at work, at home and live longer.
 



Lolo again appeals to DOI to help remedy our air transport issues

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Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has again appealed to the U.S. Department of Interior for support in improving both domestic and international air service for American Samoa, that will not only boost tourism but aid economic development.
 
Lolo’s request was made in a letter last month to Esther Kia’aina, the new Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas. The letter included a list of economic and social developments for American Samoa from the Lolo Administration.
 



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