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Scientists make recommendations to WestPac Fishery Mgmt Council

(BASED ON A PRESS RELEASE) — The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council's Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) concluded its 117th meeting this past Thursday in Honolulu and has passed on its recommendations to the full Council, which meets this week.
 
The recommendations are based on acceptable biological catches (ABCs) and these figures will be used to develop the 2015 annual catch limits (ACLs) for the fisheries.
 



Biz Beat: Brand names come to American Samoa

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A new business offering authentic brand name clothing and shoes has opened up in Avau.
 
Owned by Asoleaga and Alicia Toalepai, Tri-Elements has everything in stock for the stylish folks living in the territory. If you like to ‘dress to impress’, Tri-Elements has everything you need at prices you can afford.
 



TAUI E FAIPULE LE FAAIUGA A SENATOA

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E le i talia i ni vai e afioga i faipule o le maota o sui le fa’aiuga a afioga i senatoa i le aso Tofi na te’a nei, ina ua latou teena tofiga a le kovana mo le afioga i le alii faipule ia Timusa Tini Lam Yuen e avea ai o ia ma totino o le komiti fa’afoe a le Ofisa o Femalagaaiga, ae na latou tali mai fo’i i le taeao ananafi e ala i lo latou teena o tofiga a le kovana mo le afioga i le ali’i senatoa ia Tuiasina Esera e avea ai fo’i o ia ma totino o lea komiti i le palota e 4 palota ioe ae 10 palota leai.
 



Hearing for Port fee hikes set for Oct. 30

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The Dept. of Port Administration has scheduled a public hearing for Thursday, Oct. 30 for all Port users and interested parties to review the proposed revisions to increase the current motor launch and tug fees.
 
The hearing will be in the Port conference room inside the Main Port Terminal Building in Fagatogo.
 



NRL stars in Brisbane for Four Nations questioned over fight at Hot Gossip nightclub

Several NRL players have been questioned following a wild night in a Brisbane VIP nightclub booth.

North Queensland Cowboys centre Tautau Moga was arrested while Canterbury Bulldogs veteran Reni Maitua is understood to have been at the nightclub when the incident occurred.

Members of the Samoan rugby league team competing in the Four Nations tournament were brought in for questioning after an incident with police at Hot Gossip nightclub in Fortitude Valley.



Pacific Climate Warriors from 12 countries blockade world’s largest coal port

Newcastle, AUSTRALIA — Thirty Pacific Climate Warriors were joined by hundreds of Australians to peacefully blockade the world’s largest coal port in Newcastle this past Friday and called on the country to stop its destructive expansion of fossil fuels causing climate change.
 



Ebola protection supplies arriving in Pacific

The World Health Organisation says it is working with Pacific governments to distribute Ebola protection gear around the region.

The head of the WHO in Vanuatu, Jacob Kool, says Pacific health sectors must be more prepared for the possibility the virus will reach the region.

Dr Kool says that includes having more supplies.



Tupa’i hails N.Z’s victory in New York

A special friend of Samoa, New Zealand, has done it.

This past week, it secured a historical seat on the United Nations' most powerful body, the UN Security Council.

New Zealand had Samoa’s support all along.

In the aftermath, that country’s Foreign Minister, Tupa’i Murray McCully is vowing to follow through on New Zealand's bid to reform the Security Council.



House OKs admin bill amending business sponsorship of foreign workers

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In a vote of 11- 1 the House approved this week Thursday an administration bill, seeking to amend provisions of current law dealing with businesses sponsoring foreigners to work in their locally based companies.
 
The House version of the bill, which is one of the issues on the agenda for the Special Session called by the governor, is now pending in the Senate Government Operations Committee for review. A Senate version of the bill is also pending in the same committee.
 



Samoan travel agent pleads guilty in second fraud case

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A Samoan travel agent, who already pled guilty at a federal court in Missouri for defrauding a high school marching band, has pled guilty to wire fraud in Arkansas for defrauding another high school marching band.
 
Both marching bands had wired money to Calliope R. Saaga for travel to Honolulu for separate trips in the summer 2012 but the defendant used the money for his own benefit. In total, federal prosecutors says Saaga, who resides in Sarasota Springs, Utah where one of his two travel businesses is located, stole $632,500 combined from both marching bands.



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