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StarKist appoints new GM


Pittsburgh-based StarKist Co. has a new general manager and a new deputy general manager for StarKist Samoa Inc.
The company announced yesterday that Sangdong Kwon is being named General Manager of StarKist Samoa, effective August 1, 2014. Kwon previously held the position of Director of Operations at StarKist Samoa, and he brings nearly 25 years of operations experience to the StarKist Samoa facility.

Lemanu reminds Cabinet directors to pay their travel bills

“No more TAs will be signed” until bills are paid

Lt. Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga, who’s also acting governor, has demanded that all directors of departments and agencies check with the Department of Treasury for a report of any past travel done by their department that has not yet been paid — and take immediate action to pay those bills. This mandate was declared during the cabinet meeting on Tuesday, which was the first cabinet meeting in two months.

Court Report


The Attorney General’s office has charged Fidelas Taumalua with second degree assault on allegations he put a knife to his ex-girlfriend’s neck. Taumalua was arrested last week and charged with Public Peace Disturbance with bail set at $1,000. The government is seeking more time to look into this matter to determine additional felony charges, and the AG’s office has already filed assault second degree with bail set at $5,000.

CCCAS Church service in Gataivai will still be held


Church members of the CCCAS church in Gataivai will have to start attending worship services inside the nearby church hall until work can be done to repair the damage caused by the heavy rains of Tuesday, July 29, which claimed one life in Fagaalu and caused the evacuation of several people from their homes.
Church minister Rev. Tini Filisi and Deacon Tafaoimalo Vele were inside the church when a landslide came crushing down not once - but twice - that day.

Local girl gets accepted to attend Harvard University


Samoana High School Class of 2014 Salutatorian Theresa To'o, 18, of Pago Pago has been accepted to attend Harvard University, one of the most prestigious colleges in the world.
In a letter from Harvard's Dean of Admission and Financial Aid William Fitzsimmons, To'o was informed that the admissions committee "has voted to offer you a place in the Harvard Class of 2018."

Australia gives US$9m for Pacific fisheries

The Australian government will provide US$9 million over the next four years to help conserve oceanic and coastal fisheries resources in the Pacific.

The announcement was made at the Pacific Islands Forum in Palau on Friday.
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The Secretariat of the Pacific Community fisheries director, Moses Amos, says the funding will provide science-based technical support and information to manage tuna fisheries.

Mr Amos says it will also develop national and regional frameworks for sustainable fisheries.

DPS conducts search for missing man last seen at Sliding Rock- Le’ala


An Asian man, who is believed to be a local farmer, was last seen taking photographs and hanging out in the Sliding Rock area at Le’ala Beach in Vailoa earlier this week, and as of yesterday afternoon, he is still missing. It is uncertain if he was swept out to sea.
This past Monday, the Marine Patrol Unit of the Dept. of Public Safety was dispatched for assistance by the Leone Sub-Station to help locate the man, and a search was carried out in the Taputimu/Vailoa area, heading towards Leone and all the way down the coast to Asili.

Customs agents find marijuana with $15,000 street value in US mail


The Vice and Narcotics Division with the Department of Public Safety arrested a man in his in his 20s from Ottoville on Monday after he picked up a box containing a green substance which tested positive as marijuana, with a street value of $15,000.
The 24-year-old man went to claim a package that came throughout the United States Postal Service on Monday. However during procedural inspection of packages the Customs agents came across four medium sized Folger’s coffee cans.

DYWA's Youth Month celebration ends today


Recognizing July as Youth Month in the territory, the Dept. of Youth and Women's Affairs (DYWA) made sure there was always something going on.
Today, Youth Month ends and DYWA Deputy Director Tapumanaia Galu Satele couldn't be more pleased, saying the activities and programs were "a huge success," as far as the impact made by the programs and activities that were offered.

Completion of visual mapping set for Sept.


Two teams will be in American Samoa from September 1-15 to complete cutting edge visual mapping of the ocean and land view of sanctuary sites for American Samoa.
According to NOAA's National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa, “This trip will be a milestone accomplishment in providing virtual dive and site experience of Fagatele, Fagalua/Fogama'a, Aunu'u, Ta'u, Muliava (Rose Atoll), and Swains Island.”

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