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Pacific Breeze Fisheries fined for oil discharges

A US tuna fishing company that regularly unloaded its catch in American Samoa, was convicted and sentenced today at the federal court in Washington D.C. for discharging oil into the South Pacific and for maintaining false records.
The US Justice Department says Pacific Breeze Fisheries LLC at the time owned the fishing vessel Pacific Breeze, a tuna purse seiner that was responsible for the pollution.

ASCC awards Fall 2016 in-house scholarships

The Division of Student Services at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) has announced the recipients for the fall 2016 semester of the College’s two In-House Scholarships. In addition to recognizing outstanding academic performance, these scholarships also offer support to scholars who do not qualify for the federal PELL Grant or other financial aid resources available to most students in the Territory.

Gov says DOI asks AS to look into the appointments of its chief & associate judges


Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga says the US Interior Department has asked American Samoa to look into the current practice where the Secretary of Interior appoints the chief justice and associate justice of the High Court.
The governor made the revelation during the recent American Samoa Bar Association gubernatorial forum at the Gov. Rex Lee Auditorium, a week ago — where the issues of justices and judges were raised.

Shipyard improvement funding not released until cost-benefit analysis received

Narrative received, not analysis…

While $1 million has been approved for shipyard infrastructure improvements, American Samoa Economic Development Authority Board Vice Chair Utu Abe Malae says the board is waiting for a cost benefit analysis from the Shipyard Service Authority, which oversees the government owned facility, before the money is released.

Tonga police in territory for alleged murderer Fletcher

District Court continues case to Nov. 2 — AG not ready
translated by Samoa News staff

Assistant Attorney General Jerard Murphy yesterday informed the District Court that police officials from the government of Tonga are in the territory to escort Dean Fletcher back to the island kingdom where he is wanted for the alleged murder of his wife this year.
Fifty-three-year-old Fletcher was officially charged Oct. 4 in the local District Court with one misdemeanor count of unlawfully entering and landing at the Port of Pago Pago on Oct. 3 without clearance from port officials. The crime is punishable by one-year in prison or a fine of $1,000.

2015: 5Mil lbs of commercial fish landed in territory


More than 5 million pounds of commercial fish landing in American Samoa — home to two tuna canneries and several fishing vessels — was recorded for 2015, according to a new fishery report by the federal government.
American Samoa is included in the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries of the United States 2015 Report released yesterday morning.

Gubernatorial teams offer their thoughts on disability issues


This past Monday at the Gov. H. Rex Lee Auditorium was a Gubernatorial Forum focusing on disabilities – an event that was open to the public to discuss issues like health, special education, Social Security benefits, employment, and an inclusive community in the territory. It was sponsored by the Developmental Disabilities Network.


All three gubernatorial teams were present: incumbents Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga and Lt. Gov Lemanu Peleti Mauga, Faoa Aitofele Sunia and Rep. Larry Sanitoa, and Tuika Tuika and Salanoa Iuni Maeva Saveena.


Court Report

translated by Samoa News staff

Many of the cases presented before the District Court last week had to be continued because of the delay of police submitting their reports to the Attorney General’s Office. This prompted District Court Judge Fiti A. Sunia to say this is a matter of concern to the court because the delay in submission of police reports drags out the work of the court.

Opposition to US State Department proposed rule changes to adoptions continues

US couple, who adopted Down Syndrome daughter from Samoa, speak of hardship if new rule changes happen

A US mother, who adopted a daughter with Down Syndrome from Samoa, has lodged her opposition with the US State Department over several proposed amendments by the department regarding inter-country adoption.
Among the proposed amendments are requirements for accreditation of agencies and approval of persons to provide adoption services in inter-country adoption cases. The proposed rule also strengthens certain standards for accreditation and approval including those related to fees and the use of foreign providers.

Lealaifuaneva Peter E. Reid Jr. leaves a grand legacy to the territory

He is missed by his family, his village, his aumaga, his friends…

 “The legacy that our father has left behind is vast ranging from the business world to the sports world to the fisheries, to the service organizations in which he was a member. To us, his five children, he was our role model and our mentor both professionally and personally,” said Mrs. Olivia Reid-Gillete about the passing of her father, Lealaifuaneva Peter E. Reid Jr., last weekend.

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