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Tri-Marine CEO hopeful Tuna Treaty can be improved

Says reports of pulling out of the Treaty are “rumors”

Tri Marine International, whose local operations include the Samoa Tuna Processor Inc., cannery set to open next January, would like to see the South Pacific Tuna Treaty improved to allow fishing vessels based in American Samoa more access to the fishing grounds of Forum Fishery Agency’s 17 member countries.

Clear the Lady Naomi in a timely manner says Florence Saulo

Calls on AG to look into problems at Immigration

House Judicial and Legal Affairs Committee chair, Rep Vui Florence Saulo is calling on Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale to look at the immigration processing procedures for the MV Lady Naomi after a number of passengers complained about their treatment at the hands of Immigration personnel.

DOE orders re-assessment of Special Ed students

“I believe that a lot of students are miss-assessed in Special Ed.,” she says

It was because of “numerous complaints” from parents of children with disabilities, that Education Department director Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin-Finau says she ordered a thorough “review” — not an ‘audit’ — of the Special Education Division (SPED), which has since been completed and ASDOE is working to address the problems cited in the report.

Election petition dismissed for lack of evidence


Allegations by Alataua losing candidate, Fatumalala L.A Al-Shehri against Speaker of the House, Savali Talavou Ale, Folole Fagaima, Ailini Asiata, Sinataua Misipati and Tu’ufuli Tu’ufuli alleging that there were violations of election rules listed in the 2014 candidate manual, have been dismissed by the Appellate Division of the High Court.
Al-Shehri asked the Appellate Court to “recheck” 14 names she provided in her complaint, wherein she alleges that some people who are off-island voted in the last election.



Members of the Lions Club of Pago Pago were on hand Saturday morning, Nov. 22 to greet the visiting team of doctors and nurses from Oregon Health Sciences University and Casey Eye Institute of Portland, Oregon, who are here in the territory as part of the Lions annual Eye Care Project. LBJ CEO Taufete’e warmly greeted the group in his offices, and thanked them for their unselfish work, particularly for coming here during the Thanksgiving season to serve our people.

New StarKist boss meets with Gov. Lolo to "show appreciation" for ASG support


The reduction of fishing days in the Pacific as a result of the U.S. government treaty with Forum Fishery Agency, the issues surrounding minimum wage, and the need for additional land for cannery expansion were among the issues discussed last Friday during a news conference with StarKist Co., new president and chief executive officer Andrew Choe, who was in the territory.

OIA issues authorization to proceed with $8MIL Manu'a vessel project


The U.S. Department of Interior’s Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas, Esther Kia’aina has given approval to the Lolo Administration's request to release over $8 million in Capital Improvement Project funds to build a new passenger/cargo ferry which will sail between Tutuila and Manu’a islands.

Community Briefs


The United States health agency, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, has issued a warning to travellers about the threat in Samoa from chikungunya.
Earlier this week the Samoa Ministry of Health said the mosquito borne disease is now affecting all of the country.
It says there are more than 2,500 confirmed cases.
The CDC says for the first time, chikungunya is being locally transmitted in Samoa.

LBJ 4th Qtr report yields bombshell


The hospital’s fourth quarter report has brought to light the fact that the previous Chief Financial Officer, Viola Babcock, advanced $4.3million from Medicare due to cash needed for payroll, a move labeled by the present Chief Executive Officer Taufete’e John Faumuina as a “mistake”.

ASG will take back Segaula airplane if not flying by Dec

Tasania Airline ready to step in to offer Manu’a air service

The Port Administration has given Inter Island Airways dba Manu’a Airways Executive President Barney Sene, up until next month December 2014 to get the Segaula operational, if not, the Port will take back the government airplane and revoke the memorandum of understanding signed between ASG and Sene, says Port Director, Taimalelagi Dr. Claire Tuia Poumele.

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