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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

fili@samoanews.com

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).
 



3 WISE COUSINS ON ISLAND – TODAY AT REGAL NU’UULI TWIN CINEMA

The long awaited comedy/drama will be in theatre for 6 days only
tony@samoanews.com

The Samoan based comedy/drama, “3 Wise Cousins” will finally show tonight at the Regal Nu’uuli Twin Cinema – the first release of the long awaited movie in American Samoa. Its film script is delivered in English & Samoan with a focus on Pacific humor to deliver its uplifting message to all movie goers.

 

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USDOJ petitions feds to dismiss LVPA lawsuit

fili@samoanews.com

The US Justice Department has asked the federal court in Honolulu to dismiss with prejudice the Territory of American Samoa’s lawsuit, which seeks to overturn a ruling made in February this year by the US National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) that reduces the Large Vessel Protected Area (LVPA) from 50 miles to 12 miles in the waters of American Samoa.
 
(A dismissal “with prejudice” would mean the plaintiff — in this case, ASG — would be barred from bringing action on the same claim again.)
 



Celebrating UN Int'l Jazz Day — Samoan style

terihunkin@samoanews.com

Music as a force for good — what a concept. Yet, given its ability to bring people together in unique forms of cooperation and understanding, Bob Marley’s words may ring true — he said that if we let it, music could heal the world.
 
The iconic American jazz musician Herbie Hancock concurred. He said, “Music has throughout the ages proved to be a powerful vehicle for communication.”
 



Bluesky will turn down its 2G network on May 2, 2016

Customers asked to check on phone compatibility
Source: Media Release, Bluesky Communications

Bluesky announced on April 18, their network improvement project that will involve retiring older equipment to replace with upgraded equipment. The impact of the upgrade is that some Bluesky mobile customers, whose phones are only compatible with the older network, may find their phones do not work after May 2, 2016.
 
Currently, Bluesky operates both a 2G (2nd Generation or older technology) and 3G (3rd generation or newer technology) network. Bluesky confirms that most of their customers are already using their 3G network.
 



Court Report

Samoa News staff translation

POUENA MALO
 
A man who allegedly used a butcher’s knife to attack another man at the Fagatogo Market Place entered a not guilty plea in High Court yesterday. His pre trial conference is set for June 10.
 
Pouena Malo is charged with one count of first degree assault — a Class A felony punishable by life imprisonment, or less than 10 years and not more than 30 years in jail, and unlawful use of a weapon, a Class D felony punishable by a prison term of not more than 5 years, a fine of $5,000, or both.
 



Sanitoa asks for DPWs “shovel ready plan” to fix Ottoville drainage problems

LDS church indicates willingness to help fund project — pending thorough review
joyetter@samoanews.com

Tualauta faipule Larry Sanitoa is calling on the Department of Public Works to release their comprehensive plan on the Ottoville drainage system, and he made this request through Talalemotu Mauga, the Legislative Financial Officer.
 



Aumua keynotes Library of Congress event honoring Asian-Pacific Islander Americans

Source: Media Release, Aumua Amata's office

Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata gave the keynote address during the Library of Congress’ (LOC) presentation on Samoan culture in honor of Asian-Pacific Islander American Heritage Month entitled, “Generations of Samoan Culture & History”.
 



U.S. tuna industry objects to new NMFS final rule

Increases operational costs to canneries, doesn’t give additional protection to dolphins
fili@samoanews.com

Tri Marine International, whose local operations include a tuna cannery, and National Fisheries Institute (NFI) both contend that the new interim final rule by the federal government on dolphin safety labeling is due to a recent sanction of the US by the World Trade Organization in a long standing case which pits the US against its neighbor, Mexico. They say it is an unfair and unproductive burden to U.S. seafood companies that does not resolve the protracted WTO litigation, nor improve on the existing dolphin-safe operational performance.
 



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