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ASCC Student selected for D.C Internship

American Samoa Community College (ASCC) student Ms. Vaimalu Vaiau recently received word of her acceptance to a 10-week summer internship in Washington D.C. with the national organization Asian Pacific American Advocates, which goes by the acronym OCA. Ms. Vaiau’s internship begins in early June and will last until mid-August. OCA will cover her travel expenses and also provide her with a stipend during the internship.      
 



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ZIKA UPDATE: STILL 14 CONFIRMED CASES
 
In the latest update on the Zika virus outbreak, the Health Department says there were 541 suspected cases as of Apr. 28, with 126 cases tested — including 59 pregnant women.
 
 And so far, 14 cases remain confirmed — six of them pregnant women — through laboratory testing.
 
Pregnant women remain the focus of DoH’s awareness campaign, with Zika prevention kits available at DoH, free of charge.
 



Negotiations for Tuna Treaty crawling slowly forward

“Dissolution of this Treaty would be devastating to U.S. fleet”
fili@samoanews.com

Representatives of the US fishing fleet voiced their disappointment that no formal agreement was reached last week in Fiji, where the discussions took place for a new South Pacific Tuna Treaty between the US and 17 Pacific island nations. They are saying that while the meeting did “inch” them forward in negotiations, however much more needs to be sorted out. There is no new meeting for further discussions currently scheduled.
 



New business in Tafuna hard hit by burglar

SSAB warns other businesses, thieves are currently targeting the Tafuna area
joyetter@samoanews.com

Newly established business Samoa Stationary and Books (SSAB) on Tafuna Airport Road took a hard hit when someone broke into their store over the weekend, leaving with cash and smart phones, and damaging the store’s building and other equipment in the process — at an estimated total value of more than $6,000.
 



NMFS proposes new rule regarding fishery observers

Expected to be yet another financial setback for beleaguered U.S. fleet
fili@samoanews.com

A new fishery rule that the federal government is moving to implement is expected to deal another financial blow to the US purse seiner fleet, which is already faced with stiff competition from foreign vessels such as the Chinese fleet, who are subsidized by their  government, China.
 
US National Marine Fishery Service (NMFS) has proposed a rule which would require Observers to be on board US purse seiners fishing in the western and central Pacific ocean (WCPO).
 



Court Report

Samoa News staff translation

REGGIE VA’AVALE
 
The Pre trial conference hearing for Reggie Va’avale is scheduled for July 7 after he entered not guilty pleas to two charges during his arraignment last Friday in High Court.
 



National Park launches youth essay contest

Source: Media Release, National Park of American Samoa

The National Park of American Samoa has launched a youth essay contest that invites local fifth through twelfth grade  students to share their National Park of American Samoa stories.
 
Students are asked to answer the question: “What Does the National Park of American  Samoa Mean to You?”
 



Steps must be taken or retirement fund will bankrupt

Gov: Explore other options before raising contribution levels
fili@samoanews.com

Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga wants the ASG Employees Retirement Fund (ASGERF) board to assess other sources of revenue and current fund costs in order to ensure that other options are explored before implementing the board’s proposed hike in contributions from both employee and employer, says Iulogologo Joseph Pereira, the governor’s executive assistant.
 



Plan targets five growth industries for territory

Topping the list: fisheries and agriculture
fili@samoanews.com

With the private sector called upon to assume a leadership role in building American Samoa’s economy, a government board has identified five growth industries for support and development, and topping the list are the fisheries and agriculture industries, according to the American Samoa State Unified Plan.
 
The plan is a requirement for all states and territories through the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, in which federal funding is provided to states and territories, according to Wikipedia.
 



DoH: LBJ Emergency Room packed with flu cases

American Samoa is experiencing an outbreak of flu cases which has prompted the Department of Health to issue health warnings.

The LBJ Hospital's Emergency Room has been filled with patients with symptoms of the flu after two weeks of wet weather.

The Director of Health, Motusa Tuileama Nua, said those affected should avoid contact with others and practice good hygiene such as regularly washing hands.

The Director said if people's symptoms didn't go away after three days or if conditions worsened patients should seek medical attention at any health center or the hospital.



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