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Falepuipui le ali’i na faia uiga mataga i si ona tei tama’ita’i

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O le ali’i lea na faia uiga mataga i si ona lava tei tama’ita’i i totonu o le fale o le la grandmother, e ala i lona tagofia o itutinosa o le tama’itai ina ua fiu e tauanau le tama’ita’i la te o i totonu o le potu, ua poloaina e le fa’amasinoga e taofia i le falepuipui i Tafuna mo le 20 masina, o se tasi lea o tu’utu’uga o lana nofovaavaaia e 5 tausaga.
 



Gov to Feds: Chinese money flowing into territory

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Because residents of American Samoa “need to survive and live” they are “enticing” Chinese people with money to set up business in the territory, says Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga.
 
Lolo made the comment as part of his closing remarks at the annual meeting today in Washington D.C. of the Interagency Group on Insular Areas (IGIA), where they discussed issues of importance to leaders of American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
 



USCG patrol needed to combat illegal fishing

Pago Pago “likely the busiest port in nation” for landing foreign caught fish
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With many foreign vessels visiting the Port of Pago Pago because of the local canneries, Honolulu-based Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council is calling for “patrol assets” to be stationed in American Samoa to support the detection and prevention of illegal fishing. No specific details were given regarding “patrol assets” but Samoa News understands it refers to patrol boats or vessels.
 



Molia faipisinisi taumafai totogi tupe sui Ofisa Lafoga

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Ua tu’uaia e le malo se ali’i faipisinisi mai Asia i moliaga mamafa e tolu o lona taumafai lea e totogi tupe ni tagata faigaluega a le Ofisa o Lafoga a le malo, ina ia mafai ai ona fesoasoani e foia le fa’afitauli o lo o tula’i mai i lafoga totogi a lana pisinisi.
 



Small Biz loans: Bingo proposals are out

Multi-mil small biz loans meant to boost economy
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American Samoa’s multi-million dollar federally funded program which focuses on boosting the economy and creating jobs is making the health care industry its economic development priority, while proposals relating to gambling, such as bingo, do not qualify for the program, says Commerce Department director Keniseli Lafaele.
 



Presidential Task Force weighs in on fishery subsidies

Recommends eliminating them altogether by 2020
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A U.S. Presidential task force on illegal fishing says foreign governments subsidizing their fishing fleets is a global problem contributing to overfishing and illegal fishing, and has recommended the elimination of fishery subsidies within the next five years.
 
Of interest, the task force does not identify the foreign governments that are subsidizing their fleets by name, and in its request for public comments, China — which is said to have the largest subsidized fishing fleet in the Pacific region — did not offer any comment.
 



Falepuipui le turisi mai Samoa mo le 8 tausaga

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O le ali’i mai Samoa lea na malaga asiasi mai i lona aiga i le teritori ma nofo ai mo se taimi umi, ua fa’asala e le fa’amasinoga maualuga ina ia taofia i le falepuipui i Tafuna mo le 8 tausaga, e mafua mai i le fa’alavelave lea na ia tosoa fa’amalosi ai se tama’ita’i e 14 tausaga le matua i se togavao ma fa’amalosi ai o ia.
 



Amata joins call for open Nat’l Monument process 


Media release from Aumua Amata's office

Washington D.C. -- Congresswoman Aumua Amata this week, joined 24 of her Congressional colleagues in sending a bi-partisan letter to the President regarding the request for an “open process” when declaring sites for a National Monument designation.



Two sides in ports dispute reach tentative contract

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Negotiators reached a tentative contract covering West Coast dockworkers on Friday evening, likely ending a protracted labor dispute that snarled international trade at seaports handling about $1 trillion worth of cargo annually.

The breakthrough came after nine months of talks that turned contentious in the fall, when dockworkers and their employers began blaming each other for problems getting imports to consumers and exports overseas.



Close to 30 attending Retirement Board meeting

Who’s picking up the tab: Unknown
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Close to 30 people are attending the biennial ASG Employees Retirement Fund Board meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii— including Representatives, Senators, members of the Retirement board, Retirement Office Director and more than five Fono employees.
 



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