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Samoa police close down illegal operation

A man who earned $600 from selling dried sea cucumbers to an unknown Chinese man has been hit with a fine of $2,100.

Seveli Feliuai, 49, of Toamua, would not divulge the identity of the Chinese man but confirmed that he sold the dried sea cucumbers for $2 each.

When he was charged, some 431 kgs of sea cucumbers was found in his possession.

He said the Chinese man had approached him with the idea. Outside the District Court, he again refused to reveal the Chinese man’s name.



Cooks keen on Samoa links

The Cook Islands Finance Minister, Mark Brown, has praised the sale of 60 percent of Telecom Cook Islands to Samoa-based Bluesky communications during a brief visit to the company's Apia headquarters.

The other 40 percent of Telecom remains owned by the Cook Islands government.

Mr Brown says the sale represents the close links between his country and Samoa, and the next thing will be to look at direct flights between the two countries.



Pago to LA flights would not address local air transport problems

fili@samoanews.com

A non stop flight between Pago Pago and Los Angeles is expensive and the possibility of attracting competition for such a route is also expensive, according to UBM Aviation-ASM or Airport Strategy Marketing Limited, the Washington D.C. based company contracted by ASG to conduct the federally funded air transport market study for American Samoa.
 



Amata advocating for veteran owned small businesses

Media release from Aumua Amata's office

Washington, DC — Congresswoman Aumua Amata participated in two Joint Congressional Veterans Committee hearings this week.  Both hearings were dedicated to the legislative agendas of two important veteran advocacy organizations for the 114th Congress.  The first hearing focused on the agenda presented by Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and the second on the priorities of the American Legion.



Fraud case involving Samoan travel agent includes many pleas for leniency

Defendant currently undergoing gambling addiction treatment
fili@samoanews.com

A Samoan travel agent accused of defrauding a high school marching band in the U.S. of more than $300,000 is undergoing treatment for his gambling addiction, according to defense attorneys in their sentencing statement, which also includes pleas of leniency for the defendant, who is described as an honest and friendly man.
 



World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup tests announced for U.S.

USA Rugby media release

BOULDER, Colo. – USA Rugby announced last week the dates and locations for the two World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup double-header match days to be held in the United States in 2015.

Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif., and Bonney Field in Sacramento will host four matches of the Pacific Nations Cup – a World Rugby tournament designed to expose Pacific Rim teams and players to a greater number of international test matches – featuring Canada, Fiji, Japan, Samoa, and USA July 18 and July 24, 2015.



Uaealesi mosooi a le FAFIGE FAIKAKALA

fafigefaikakala@gmail.com

“GI SUI O LE LITAEA TAGATA FAIGALUEGA A LE FONO”
 
Tau masofa le mafaufau o si Fafige Faikakala e tau fa’avasega le tele o le mau faitioga fa’asaga i le au malaga a le Fono Faitulafono mo le fonotaga a le Litaea sa usuia i Hawai’i i le vaiaso na te’a nei, aemaise lava i tagata faigaluega a le Fono Faitulafono sa malaga i lea fonotaga, po o i latou o ni sui o le Komiti o le Litaea, a o ai fo’i sa totogiina a latou pasese.
 



CJ threatens Deputy AG with the law over missing Immigration file

Kruse: It is unclear if there is a file for the defendant or not
joy@samoanews.com

Chief Justice Michael Kruse has threatened to use the power to punish — for contempt of authority under the American Samoa Code Annotated 3.0203 — against Deputy Attorney General Mitzie Jessop after the Immigration office failed to provide the Immigration file for Pelenato Maiava aka Pelenato Lino during a court hearing held this week.
 



Ammonia scare temporarily closes port

fili@samoanews.com

Police officers and other emergency response teams were at the Pago Pago Harbor main dock yesterday morning to check on a possible ammonia leak, which resulted in the port being closed for about an hour starting just before 9 a.m.
 
With the port closed, employees who work for the government and private sector on the main dock, as well as others, were seen outside of the main gain to the port, while others were waiting in the Samoa News building parking lot. Four container trucks were seen parked along the main road, unable to enter the port.
 



Polynesian gets another 30-day cabotage waiver for Manu'a

fili@samoanews.com

The U.S. Department of Transportation has granted only a 30-day cabotage waiver to the Samoa government owned Polynesian Airlines to operate Manu’a flights, despite the airlines request for a 6-month waiver.
 
The wavier exemption is effective Mar. 1 - 31, according to a USDOT decision issued yesterday.
 
On Feb. 5, Polynesian submitted a new application for a federal cabotage waiver, asking for six months to operate flights between Tutuila and Manu’a.
 



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