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Costly study cautions against offending Hawaiian Air

Hawaiian Air would “vehemently” object & Pacific carriers not interested in market

An air transport marketing study has cautioned American Samoa against moving forward with legislation to exempt the territory from federal cabotage law, saying that two major Pacific airlines are not interested in cabotage service, and any legislation for exemption will be strongly opposed by U.S. airline labor unions as well as  Hawaiian Airlines.

Local charitable donation to ASNOC kicks off new training facility project


There was a generous donation of $25,000 made to the American Samoa National Olympic Committee (ASNOC) yesterday morning by the Lealaifuaneva Peter Reid Charitable Foundation that will be used as financial assistance towards the new ASNOC training facility. T
he new facility will be located behind the Tony Solaita baseball field as reported by Samoa News back in November.
The donation was made at the ASNOC Office in the Sports Complex by GHC Reid & Co. Ltd. CEO Olivia Reid-Gillet.

Samoa's ruling party reconciles after dispute

Samoa's ruling Human Rights Protection Party has held a meeting to reconcile differences following a public disagreement between the Prime Minister and one of his MPs.

Earlier this week, Tu'u'u Anasi'i Leota ignored calls by Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi to resign after he questioned the government's credibility over proposed amendments to the National Provident Fund's death benefit.

However, Talamua reports the party has now reconciled following a three hour caucus meeting in Tuila'epa's office that was meant to have decided Tu'u'u's fate.

Possible jobs excite N.Z. envoy

New Zealand’s Ambassador for Pacific Economic Development, Shane Jones, is optimistic about the future of employment opportunities in Samoa.

He is particularly positive about the prospects of jobs for Samoans in American Samoa with the US$70million Tuna Cannery Plant opened by Tri Marine International last weekend.

Speaking to the Samoa Observer in Apia, Mr. Jones said the benefits of the Pago Pago cannery would inevitably spill over to Samoa in terms of employment.

Luatuanu’u, Samoa crash kills young man

A 22-year-old man who was admitted to the hospital for serious injuries when the vehicle he was travelling went over a cliff at Luatuanu’u has died.

The man was one of four people travelling in a Mazda heading from Saoluafata to Apia when the accident occurred.

Acting Police Commissioner, Fauono Talalelei Tapu, said the man died from “injuries sustained” during the accident.

The accident happened at the “sharp bend at Luatuanu’u,” he added.

Fauono said the vehicle was too fast and instead of making the turn drove straight into the sea.

Deputy AG asks court to consider “other punishments” for aging sex offender


Prosecutor Deputy Attorney General Mitzie Jessop has asked the court to show leniency in the sex case filed against businessman Mike Kim. She is asking the court to consider “other punishments” rather than confining him at the Tafuna Correctional Facility, given his age and his critical health.
The case, which has been ongoing for four years, now has Kim and his co-defendant Motau Samani before the court for sentencing, however the court says they need time to fashion an appropriate sentence.

Community Briefs


The American Samoa Visitors Bureau confirmed around 3:30p.m. yesterday that they just received a notice from shipping agents that the two cruise ships initially scheduled to arrive Friday and Saturday have been canceled.
Visitors Bureau says no specific reasons was given for the cancellations but it’s suspected that its due to the bad weather conditions surrounding the Samoan islands — American Samoa and Samoa. Both ships were to visit Tutuila and Upolu islands.

Fono News


Despite the governor making known that the issue of salary increments lie within his authority, three lawmakers are again submitting a resolution, calling on Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga to lift the suspension of the salary increments for government employees.
Rep Larry Sanitoa, Puleleiite Tufele Li’amatua and Vailoata Eteuati Amituana’i are co-sponsoring a resolution that was submitted in first reading yesterday in the House.

Governor publicly highlights Fisheries Task Force as means to protect canneries


To protect and sustain the competitive advantage of the two canneries, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has established a new task force, which includes representation of both StarKist Samoa and Samoa Tuna Processors Inc.
Lolo publicly revealed the new fisheries task force during his remarks at Saturday’s inauguration ceremony for the $70 million state-of-the-art Samoa Tuna Processor cannery.

Fiji Met service keeping an eye on two potential cyclones

Fiji's Met Service says it is keeping a close watch on two weather systems that have the potential to develop into cyclones this coming weekend.

Acting Director, Aminaisi Tuiraki, says one tropical disturbance is currently to the west of Samoa and models are predicting a moderate to high chance of it becoming a tropical cyclone at it moves closer to the two Samoas and Niue over the next 48 hours.

He says a warning for strong winds and rain has already been issued for Samoa and American Samoa.

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