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NMFS proposes new rule regarding fishery observers

Expected to be yet another financial setback for beleaguered U.S. fleet
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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
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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
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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.



FEMA pre-deployed early response team to the territory

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As Hurricane Amos was slowly heading toward American Samoa late last week, the federal government and the American Red Cross pre-deployed some 50 officials to the territory, which is located far from Hawai’i and the US mainland, in the event the storm became catastrophic.
 



Seeking to improve transition to civilian life for Veterans

Source: Media Release, Aumua Amata's office

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Aumua Amata and the House Veterans Affairs Committee (HVAC) conducted a legislative hearing on several bills that have been brought before the committee.
 



Court Report

Samoa News staff translation

UNCLE ACCUSED OF RAPING 16-YEAR-OLD NIECE
 
A man in his 30s is facing three felony counts in connection with the alleged rape and sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl, and information received by Samoa News states that the defendant is the victim’s uncle.
 
Because the victim and the defendant are relatives, Samoa News is withholding the identity of the accused, who remains at the Territorial Correctional Facility not yet able to post the $20,000 bail.
 



American Red Cross had 50 volunteers ready to deploy to the territory if Amos hit

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The American Red Cross had some 50 volunteers ready for deployment to American Samoa in the event that Hurricane Amos, which was forecast to bring winds of up to 100mph, became serious for the territory, according to a Red Cross official.
 
A three-member Red Cross team was deployed ahead of the storm and arrived last Friday night along with a 34-member US Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) team and their federal partners.  (See separate story in today’s edition).
 



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