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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.

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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.

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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.

Faifeau charged with 3rd degree assault of a blind child


A faifeau with the Independent Seventh Day Adventist Church was arrested on allegations that he assaulted a child who is physically challenged. Reverend Ioane Tyrell made his initial appearance in the District Court on charges of public peace disturbance and third degree assault. Court filings say that the faifeau noted that the blind victim got what he deserved.

ASG and Faleomavaega granted time for oral arguments in Citizenship case


American Samoa Government and former Congressman Faleomavaega now have a chance to make oral arguments in the Citizenship lawsuit, since the federal appeals court in Washington D.C. has granted their joint motion to intervene.
Additionally, the appeals court has scheduled the number of minutes each party will be allowed to make those arguments, which will be heard Feb. 9 by a three member panel of judges, according to court records.

NZ diplomat challenges Pacific leaders: "Be good stewards of ocean resources"


A New Zealand diplomat and former chairman of that country’s largest fishing company has issued a verbal challenge for Pacific island leaders, calling on them to be good stewards of ocean resources.
Shane Jones, New Zealand Ambassador for Pacific Economic Development, which includes fishery issues, was among the off island guests who attended the weekend's official inauguration of Tri Marine International’s $70 million Samoa Tuna Processors Inc. cannery plant in Atu’u.

DYWA calendar of events still being finalized

New programs being added to regular lineup

The Dept. of Youth and Women’s Affairs (DYWA) is in the midst of finalizing their calendar of activities for this year. DYWA Deputy Director Tapumanaia Galu Satele Jr. told Samoa News yesterday that the next season of Le Leo o Amerika Samoa is set to kick off in March, with auditions and registration scheduled for next month.

Family and friends of Fijian U17 soccer player still in shock after his death

Family and friends of the Vodafone Fiji Under 17 soccer player, Muni Shalit Reddy were ready to welcome him home and cannot believe that he will never return home. He died in Apia, Samoa in an apparent drowning.


Reddy’s uncle, Deepak Somaiya said the two officials from the Fiji Football Association gave the message to Reddy’s father at his work place earlier this week.


He added that the family is still in a state of shock.

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