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Mixed reactions to revised Monument expansion

Grateful for concessions — but we still need a Tuna Treaty
fili@samoanews.com

The American Tunaboat Association (ATA) has mixed reactions to President Barack Obama’s revised expansion of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument (PRIMNM), while Congressman Faleomavaega Eni complained that the White House rushed the decision instead of being “more thoughtful of the process”, which affects the economies of American Samoa and other U.S. Pacific islands.
 



Obama to amend Marine Monument boundaries plan

WestPac says amended plan reduces the economic toll of the original plan
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A plan announced in June to vastly expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument (PRIMNM) — and in turn prohibit commercial fishing within its boundaries — has been amended to better accommodate economically vital fishing industries for Hawaii and the U.S. Pacific Islands.
 



Galulue Samoa e lua fa’alauiloa igoa o tagata solitulafono

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A o le i pasia e le Fono Faitulafono i le taeao ananafi le pili tau fa’aofi e lesitala ma fa’alauiloa ai fa’amaumauga uma e fa’atatau i se tagata ua ta’usala i le faia o amioga mataga i fanau laiti, na fa’ailoa e le Loia Sili i luma o le maota o sui, lo latou galulue soosoo tauau ma le malo o Samoa e fetufaa’i fa’amatalaga e fa’atatau i tagata ua a’afia i solitulafono nei.
 



Faleomavaega speaks for first time about his illness

fili@samoanews.com

Complications from exposure to ‘Agent Orange’ while serving in the Vietnam war, has been cited by Congressman Faleomavaega Eni as the reason for the illness which resulted in his being medivaced to Hawai’i late last year, followed by months of rehabilitation on the mainland.
 



Father arrested for allegedly choking son who couldn’t remember his Bible verses

joy@samoanews.com

A father has been arrested and charged on allegations that he choked his ten-year-old son for not memorizing his Bible verse for the upcoming White Sunday next month.
 
The father is currently charged with public peace disturbance and endangering the welfare of a child, both misdemeanors, however the Attorney General’s office is looking at filing additional charges against the defendant, given the severity of the incident. In the interest of protecting the identity of the victim in this case, Samoa News will not name the father.
 



NUA: To’atele tagata pule ola pe a pasia suiga tulafono

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Na taua e le Sui Peresetene o le Senate i le taeao ananafi, lona popole tele i le tulafono e lesitala ai igoa o tagata e ta’usala i le faia o amioga mataga fa’asaga i fanau laiti, ina nei avea le pasia o lea tulafono ma itu e to’atele ai tagata e pule i o latou ola, ona o le soona fa’alauiloa fua o fa’amatalaga e fa’atatau ia te i latou.
 



Missing fishermen found by police boat from Samoa — tired, hungry — alive

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“We are thankful for our Heavenly Father’s guidance and protection upon us, we are safe,” said Tauaveave Lagai of Ofu Manu’a, one of the four fishermen who was lost at sea for over ten days, during an interview with Samoa News yesterday via telephone to Apia, Samoa.
 



Talanoa tuite i le aso o palota mo pulenu’u ma leoleo nu’u

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O le taeao ananafi sa faia ai se fetufa’iga i le va o le Ofisa o Palota ma le Ofisa o Mataupu Tau Samoa, e aofia ai kovana itumalo, ponao’o ma fa’alupega ae maise le vasega o pulenu’u ma leoleo nu’u.
 
O mataupu na tutula’i le Komesina o Palota, Tuaolo M. Fruean, e fa’ailo i sui o le Ofisa o Mataupu Tau Samoa, o le latou sao patino i le aso o palotaga a le atunu’u ia Novema 4, 2014.
 



Fono finds funds to pay Gov and Lt Gov salary hikes

House bill for raises still in committee
fili@samoanews.com

Money to fund the proposed increase in the salaries of the governor and lieutenant governor is the only major change that both the Senate and House have made to their respective versions of the fiscal year 2015 budget, which is scheduled to go through a third and final reading today in both chambers.
 
When the Fono Joint Budget Committee approved the final FY 2015 budget early last week, two major changes were made: $65,000 to pay the hikes for the governor and lieutenant governor, and $370,000 for Medicaid matching funds.
 



Revenue from General Fund used for Enterprise shortfall

Lawmakers find out that’s “nothing new”
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A surprising pattern emerged during the Fono's Joint Budget Committee for fiscal year 2015 budget hearings — one in which money from the ASG General Fund was “transferred-in” to cover shortfalls for some entities under the Enterprise Fund, which are supposed to be self-generating revenue operations of government.
 



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