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Archive - May 27, 2012 - Article (News Story)

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Govt agencies partner with Leone for cleanup

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The wetlands of Leone are the second largest in the territory, and the residents of Leone initiated a clean up recently which has restored some of their beauty.

 The Leone Wetland Cleanup was carried out this past Wednesday and the effort was coordinated by the Department of Commerce in collaboration with the Department of Marine Wildlife Resources (DMWR) and the village leaders of the large western village. It was the second cleanup in Leone in as many weeks.



Mine Pase now set for federal sentencing next month

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Sentencing for Mine Pase at the federal court in Washington D.C. has been continued again, with a new date of June 19 to stand before U.S. District Court Judge Reggie B. Walton, according to federal court records.

Pase, the 62-year old sister of Lt. Gov. Faoa Aitofele Sunia, pled guilty last November to one count of conspiracy to steal more than $325,000 in AmeriCorps grant funds, which were provided to the American Samoa Special Services Commission (ASSSC).



Chamber of Commerce to set gubernatorial forum

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Chamber of Commerce chairman David Robinson says he has been coordinating meetings with gubernatorial teams for this year’s election, asking them— in individual meetings— to focus on thinking of what each team can do for the private sector and what the team would do to improve the economy if elected into office.



Great-grandfather’s sex abuse case in high court

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The oldest man to be charged in a sexual case in the territory was arraigned in High Court yesterday. The 93-year old great-grandfather, who is facing sexually related charges in allegations involving his four year old great-granddaughter, has denied the charges against him.

Samoa News is withholding the name of the defendant to protect the identity of the victim.

Presiding over the matter is Chief Justice Michael Kruse.



World’s most productive tuna fishing grounds to host 'bycatch' researchers

TriMarine vessel will carry researchers

 PAGO PAGO, American Samoa —The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) continues its global #BycatchProject with a new cruise set to embark in the western and central Pacific Ocean (WCPO).

The goal of the project is to develop and test technical options to reduce bycatch associated with large‐scale purse seine fishing on fish aggregating devices (FADs).



Samoan workers graduate in Guam

Thirty American Samoans graduated Saturday after completing three months of job skills training on Guam. The group was displaced when a 2009 tsunami caused the closure of two American Samoa tuna canning plants.

The American Samoans came to Guam to learn the construction trade, and some of them hope to land jobs here.

Although Guam's job market is tight, with about 1,000 jobs lost in the construction industry within the past year, yesterday's graduates focused on celebrating their achievement.



Crowds gather for Golden Gate Bridge celebration

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Crowds gathered along San Francisco's waterfront Sunday, while San Francisco Bay was crowded with pleasure boats, tug boats and other vessels as the city celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Tens of thousands of people were expected to flock to the area to enjoy a number of events taking place along a section of waterfront stretching from Fort Point south of the bridge to Pier 39 along The Embarcadero.



US slammed from both sides of Bahrain's divide

much Washington can say," said Toby Jones, an expert on Bahraini affairs at Rutgers University. "There's just too much at stake for U.S. interests."

This is the slow-drip anger building up among the protesters led by Bahrain's Shiite majority.

Their demands began last year with calls for a greater say in the country's affairs, which are tightly run by the ruling Sunni dynasty. The protest cries gradually sharpened to urge for the downfall of the Western-backed king and his inner circle.



AP IMPACT: Almost half of new vets seek disability

 

America's newest veterans are filing for disability benefits at a historic rate, claiming to be the most medically and mentally troubled generation of former troops the nation has ever seen.