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Groups sue feds over Pacific bigeye fishing rule

HONOLULU (AP) -- Environmental groups on Thursday sued the National Marine Fisheries Service to challenge a new rule for fishing bigeye tuna, a popular species for sushi and fish steaks.
 
The regulation undermines international efforts to end overfishing of bigeye, said the lawsuit, which was filed in federal court by the environmental law firm Earthjustice on behalf of the Conservation Council for Hawaii and two other groups.
 



Su'esu'e Loia Sili mataupu na vevesi ai ni ali'i faigaluega se to'alua malo

ausage@samoanews.com

Ua su'esu'eina nei e le Loia Sili le mataupu lea na lafo ai e se ali'i Ofisa o Femalagaaiga ni upu masoa atoa ai ma ni upu mamafa fa'asaga i le ali'i Supavaisa o le Ofisa o Tiute i le taeao ananafi, e mafua mai i se taliga upu i le va o ali'i faigaluega e to'alua a le malo, i le tuai lea ona kilia o le uta ma le pasese a le Lady Naomi ina ua taunu'u lana malaga mai Apia ananafi.
 



Treasury Rept: "We are living in a billion dollar economy"

Report speaks only of revenues collected, not of government spending
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While the Treasury Department didn’t reveal any specific financial data on ASG spending for fiscal year 2014 in its 4th quarter performance report, ASG Treasury Uelinitone Tonumaipea said the department set records in collection for the last fiscal year and that “we are living in a billion dollar economy” for the first time, with just over $1 billion in gross receipts in tax year 2012.
 



Tri-Marine to open “State-of-the Art” cannery Jan 2015

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Tri Marine International has confirmed that its new cannery operations in American Samoa are scheduled to commence operations in January next year. The opening of the cannery is highly anticipated by both the government and the private sector as it will create new jobs.
 
The company announced earlier this year that their Samoa Tuna Processor Inc. cannery plant was to open next month and this was also the same information cited in Tri Marine documents in comments filed with the federal government. 
 



Tete'e le ali'i faipinisi i tu'uaiga a le malo fa'asaga ia te ia

ausage@samoanews.com

O le ali'i faipisinisi lea o lo o tu'uaia e le malo i lona fa'aaoga o se atigi fagu fa'apea ai ma se ipu malamalama e fa'ao'o ai manu'ua i sana uo sa la tafafao i le Karaoke Bar i le amataga o le tausaga nei, ua ia ta'utino i luma o le vaega iloilo iuga i le taeao ananafi, e le moni tu'uaiga fa'asaga ia te ia.
 



Savali Talavou Ale expected to retain Speaker’s post

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Alataua lawmaker Savali Talavou Ale is expected to carry on as Speaker of the House when the 34th Legislature convenes for the first time in January 2015.
 
Samoa News spoke to several faipule who were on the ‘opposition’ from the previous legislature who expressed that they have committed to supporting Savali, who is the longest serving member of the Fono, with over three decades under his belt.
 



In Manu’a police boat used to transport pig not people

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The use of the police boat to transport a pig from Ta’u to Ofu left Manu’a residents furious as they were complaining that police officers refused to carry passengers to and from Ta’u and Ofu, yet the officers used the police boat to transport a pig.
 
Samoa News understands that the pig was for a luncheon for one of the government’s federal guests that was in Manu’a last week to conduct site visits of ongoing Capital Improvement Projects (CIPs).
 



Tali ioe Mike Kim ma Motau Samani i tu’uaiga a le malo

ausage@samoanews.com

O ali’i e to’alua ia na tu'uaia e le malo i lo la faia o uiga mataga i se teineitiiti e 17 tausaga le matua i le fa tausaga talu ai, ua la sauni e ta'utino i le fa'amasinoga i lalo o le maliliega lea ua latou sainia ma le malo, e sa'o tu'uaiga sa faia fa'asaga ia te i laua.
 



“Which is more likely to kill you — Ebola or donuts?”

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“Which is more likely to kill you — Ebola or donuts?” was the question asked by Dr. Fred Uhrle on Wednesday, November 12, during his presentation at the 5th Annual Bilateral Health Summit, which opened in the territory at the Gov. H. Rex Lee Auditorium last week Wednesday.
 
While Ebola is a frightening, high-profile disease, only one person in the United States has died of the disease, while several others have contracted Ebola and lived, he noted.
 



Le fa'amaonia moliaga fa’asaga ia Michael Tolmie

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O le fa'aiuga lea na tu'uina mai e le fa'amasinoga maualuga i le vaiaso na te'a nei, ua le fa'amaonia e ali'i fa'amasino tu'uaiga a le malo sa faia fa'asaga ia Michael Tolmie, ina ua mae'a ona iloilo lelei e alii fa'amasino mau faamaonia o lenei mataupu sa tu'uina atu i le taimi na iloilo ai ia Oketopa na tea nei, ma fa'ai'uina ai le le nofosala o Tolmie i le moliaga mamafa o lona ave fa'agaoi lea o mea a le kamupani o le New Dimensions Corporation [NDC] sa tu'uia atu na te vaaia ma tausia lelei.
 



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