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San Nikunau chief engineer pleads guilty to violating pollution law

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Former chief engineer Rolando Ong Vano, of the New Zealand based fishing vessel San Nikunau, pleaded guilty Tuesday at the federal court in Washington D.C. to violating the federal Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS).

Vano served as the chief engineer on the vessel owned by Sanford Ltd., during several fishing trips to the South Pacific between March 2006 and July 2011. Vano is scheduled for sentencing Sept. 7 before U.S. District Court Judge Beryl A. Howell.



GUEST EDITORIAL: HAPPY EARTH DAY

On March 21, 1969 (the date of the Vernal Equinox) a large group of San Francisco's young concerned citizens crossed over to the northern side of the Golden Gate Bridge and precisely at daylight celebrated an event meant to draw attention to the pollution and unbridled greed that was destroying the Earth's resources.



Hawkeye: Being a Senior Citizen

“To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.”

“The most promising words ever written on the maps of human knowledge are “terra incognita,”—unknown Territory.” (Daniel J. Boorstin, Historian)



LOCAL SPECIAL OLYMPIANS PREPARE FOR GAMES IN AUSTRALIA

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Yesterday morning, more than 100 Special Athletes with as many volunteers, parents and families were participants in the first local Special Olympics competition in at least thirty years. 

Children and adults with special needs competed in 10 different Track and Field events: the 25 meter walk, 100 meter walk, 25 meter run, 50 meter run, 100 meter run, 200 meter run, 50 meter walk, 100 meter relay, softball throw and tennis ball throw. Parents, friends and aiga cheered the Special Athletes on.



Flag Day performers stranded, boat leaves

ASG or Shipping Corporation snafu?
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A lack of communication between the Samoa Shipping Corporation, owners of the Lady Naomi inter island ferry, ASG Flag Day officials and Lano village, who participated in the Flag Day festivities, resulted in forty-one of the village group sleeping at the Fagatogo inter island dock after they were not allowed to board the Lady Naomi yesterday morning.

Malaeulu Amoni, a ranking chief of Lano who led the group, told Samoa News yesterday morning he was really saddened when some of Lano group was not allowed to board the vessel.



Study finds PX cigarette tax stamp not cost effective

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In a feasibility study on a cigarette tax stamp program in American Samoa, the report also looked at the issue dealing with cigarettes purchased from the PX military exchange store in Tafuna, which are exempt from local and federal excise taxes.

The study, commissioned by the American Samoa Community Cancer Network and released last year, points out that cigarettes purchased from the PX (the Army and Air Force Exchange System military store) have been identified as a likely a source of casually smuggled cigarettes in the territory.



Court Report

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SAMUSU RUGBY PLAYERS CLOTHES, SHOES ETC; STOLEN 

The rugby players from Samusu Aleipata who departed Thursday morning left without their shopping from the day before, to take to Samoa.

According to police, two young men are accused of breaking into a home in Ili’ili where the rugby players were staying, and removed clothes, shoes, cash and other items valued at more than $700.



NOAA releases coral status review and draft management plan for initial review, comment

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service earlier this month released a scientific status review and a draft management report for initial review and comment by the public and other important stakeholders.

The review and draft report are part of an ongoing court-ordered process to assess 82 species of coral from the Caribbean and Pacific for listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). These materials do not represent any final or proposed decision, and the important feedback received through the public review and comment will help inform any proposed findings.



Tautua claims rift between PM and Speaker

Statements attributed to the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Maliegaoi and House Speaker La'aulialemalietoa Leuatea Polat'aivao have been interpreted as a major HRPP rift by the Opposition Party. The apparent ‘argument’ stems from statements both have been making on a local FM Radio station.

It seems the issue has to do with the recent enforced closure of some village schools by the Samoa Parliamentary Advocacy Group for Healthy Living. SPAGHL is chaired by the Speaker and the opposition leader Palusalue Faapo II is a member.



Former Manu Samoa winger withdraws complaints against former wife

Former Manu Samoa player, Muliagatele Brian Lima, has withdrawn in court a police complaint he had filed against his former wife.

Lemalu Sina Retzlaff Lima, the former president of the Samoa Chamber of Commerce, had been facing allegations of forgery and falsifying documents.

The matter related to a business loan she had sought in a bank in New Zealand.

The decision by Muliagatele to withdraw the complaint led to the court dismissing all the criminal charges against his former wife.