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Jailhouse ruckus brings charges against two

Samoa News staff translation

Additional police units and officers as well as a fire truck were called to the Territorial Correctional Facility over the weekend to prevent a fight among inmates inside the jail compound from escalating any further and to keep the facility safe, according to documents filed by the government in its case against a current inmate and another who was released on Tuesday.
 



ASPA Update: Possibility of reduction of hours vs. layoffs

Utu thanks ASPA employees “for their understanding”
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The American Samoa Power Authority has not ruled out the possibility of reduction of working hours instead of layoffs early next year as the ASG semi autonomous agency has accumulated too much debt — accounts payables — over the years.
 



Governor cautions his cabinet to “stay awake, be prepared”

Due to coming new federal admin, changes may happen
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With possible changes looming in the federal government, through the new administration of US President-elect Donald Trump, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has called on his cabinet to be prepared for any impending federal changes that will trickle down to American Samoa, impacting the local government.
 



Governor responds to GAO report findings

Takes issue with certain findings — not capturing the cultural idiosyncrasies…
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Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has recommended the creation of a US Department of Labor-constituted committee to set minimum wages appropriate for American Samoa, based on prevailing economic conditions, which also takes into account local cultural practices.
 
Federally mandated law set minimum wages for American Samoa in 2007 but prior to that, it was through a special industry committee (or SIC), whose members — both local and off island — were appointed by USDOL.



DMWR director speaks on local economy being highly dependent on fisheries

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Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources Director Dr. Ruth Matagi-Tofiga told delegates at the 13th Western and Central Pacific Fishery Commission meeting in Fiji that American Samoa’s economy is highly dependent on fishing and sustainable fisheries in the Western and Central Pacific ocean areas.
 



Young musicians honor Lealaifuaneva Peter E. Reid, Jr. at holiday concert

Source: Media release, Dancing Fingers

The late local patron and businessman Lealaifuaneva Peter E. Reid, Jr. will be honored tomorrow night during a Christmas concert, the first-ever public performance by 68 students from the Dancing Fingers Learning Center (DFLC) and the Strings of Psalms, an advanced strings ensemble from Calvary Temple AOG.
 
The concert starts at 6:00 p.m. at Calvary Temple AOG at Lepuapua (Leone) — is free of charge and the public is invited to attend.



Leone sub station shooting pled down to misdemeanor

3 released for time served, 4th stays in jail on separate drug charge
Samoa News staff translation

In the latest twist regarding the government’s case against four men accused of shooting at the Leone police substation two years ago, possible jurors were dismissed as the government reached a plea agreement with the defendants, who pled guilty to one-misdemeanor count with three of the defendants released from the Territorial Correctional Facility, where they have been held for more than a year.
 



Tafuna Football Program banned from next playoffs

Neither JV or Varsity can win a championship title 2017-18 season
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The American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) had a board meeting a few days after this year’s championship game, to discuss matters on the violence that Tafuna High School students and supporters cause every year they make it to the big games.
 



South Pacific Tuna Treaty a way forward says local DOC director

However, doubtful it will lead to saving our tuna industry
fili@samoanews.com

While the new six-year South Pacific Tuna Treaty does not appear to provide any special recognition or benefits to the American Samoa’s tuna industry, Commerce Department Director Keniseli Lafaele says the Treaty is a way forward and the territory hopes to find opportunities under the Treaty that will benefit American Samoa.
 



Court Report

Samoa News staff translation

MATTHEW BARJA
 
A 19-year-old man who was accused along with two juveniles of breaking into Tafuna High School and stealing school property including iPads will be sentenced Jan. 13, 2017 after he pled guilty to felony stealing.
 



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