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Five PNA countries ready to implement first VDS for longliners

 Majuro (25 November 2014) — The signing by the Marshall Islands government in Majuro Friday of a “vessel day scheme” (VDS) for longline fishing vessels triggers a regional plan for stepped up regulation of this significant part of the tuna fishing industry in the Pacific.

U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs pays tribute to Faleomavaega

Two rounds of applause for “25 years of remarkable service”

The U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs last Thursday paid tribute to outgoing Congress Faleomavaega Eni, the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, according to a news release from Faleomavaega’s office.
The tribute to Faleomavaega came during the full committee’s unanimous passage of a measure introduced by the Congressman calling for a peaceful resolution of territorial disputes in the South and East China Seas.
The measure now goes to the full House for a vote.

Biz Beat: Find blockbuster Black Friday deals at CBT True Value


Black Friday, November 28, - arguably the biggest shopping day of the year - is only three days away and CBT True Value will be on board, offering ‘doorbusters’ all day long, in addition to the three-hour early bird specials that will be in effect from 5 a.m. - 8 a.m. (while supplies last).

LBJ 4th quarter report says 6% increase in revenue due to Pink Eye and Chik virus


The recent outbreak of Pink Eye and Chikungunya led to an increase of cash revenues for the Emergency Room, outpatient clinics and the main lobby for fiscal year 2014, according to LBJ hospital’s fourth quarter performance report, which states that outpatient visits for FY2013 totaled 115,986 while in FY 2014 visits increased to 118,184. 
The in__crease seen in FY2014 vs FY2013 was caused by more patients (about 6%) seeing the doctor due to pink eye and chikungunya, says the report.

Police officers object to preferential treatment for Miss American Samoa


Commanding Officer of the Traffic Division for the Department of Public Safety, Lt Siaosi Aiono confirmed with Samoa News that a bench warrant was issued for Miss American Samoa Annelise Sword, however she was not arrested but instead was called to come into the court.
This move did not sit well with police officers, who believe that once a bench warrant has been issued, that person must be arrested. Police officers, who were not authorized to speak to media, told Samoa News that the bench warrant was issued last month in Ms. Sword’s name.

PNA: WCPFC must act to protect tuna resource

Majuro — Overfishing of bigeye tuna in the central and western Pacific must be halted by reducing fishing mortality levels, said the CEO of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA).
The eight PNA members and Tokelau, who control waters where over 50 percent of the world’s skipjack tuna is caught, have put a detailed conservation measure on the table for adoption at the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) annual meeting in Apia, Samoa 1-5 December.

Tackling the problem of impaired driving subject of latest meetings, grant funding


During the recent Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA) meeting held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the three people who represented American Samoa were able to hear  updates on what’s in store for the local highway safety program, as approved by Congress for the National Highway Traffic Safety (NHTSA) — which is OHS's funding source.

Community Briefs


As of last Thursday, over 148 local farmers had already registered to participate in the 2014 Territorial Farm Fair, set to take place Wednesday, Nov. 26 from 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 27 from 9 a.m. - 12 noon.
Registration is ongoing at the Dept. of Agriculture’s main office in Tafuna.
This year’s event will feature live entertainment, produce showcases, display of livestock, and of course, live cooking sessions.

Flash flood watch and small craft advisory in effect

Based on a Press Release

The National Weather Service is continuing the FLASH FLOOD WATCH and a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY for Tutuila, Aunu’u, Manu’a and Swains Islands. Flash Flood Watch is in effect through Tuesday, November 25. 2014. Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop to Flash Flooding.

The American Samoa Department of Homeland Security – TEMCO will continue to monitor the situation and we will issue further bulletins if necessary. Report any flooding or landslides to the EOC at 699-3800 or the Police at 633-1111.

Source: ASDHS media release

DPS again urged to safeguard students crossing Airport Road


Rep. Larry Sanitoa has asked Chief of Police Maiava Vaimaga for support with the presence of police officers at the very busy intersection of the main road and airport road in Nu’uuli due to safety concerns of students crossing this intersection heading to and from Manulele Elementary School.

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