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Presidential Task Force weighs in on fishery subsidies

Recommends eliminating them altogether by 2020
fili@samoanews.com

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
joy@samoanews.com

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.
 



Glitches in systems tracking stop orders, deportation

Immigration and AG just want to fix the system , CJ wants to catch who's doing it
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The High Court heard from Chief Immigration Officer, Dennis Fuimaono, on Wednesday this week, that there are two separate lists being used to track stop orders and deportations and that both lists could be “manipulated” by anyone. He noted that the Attorney General’s office and Immigration are trying to fix the problem; however, Chief Justice Michael Kruse appears to believe the system actually has been manipulated and wants the culprit or culprits found, rather than just having the system fixed.
 



Loka e leoleo le ali’i na oso pa i le maota o le faifeau

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O le ula lea na oso pa i totonu o le maota o le Faifeau Metotisi i Fagaitua ma fa’ao’olima i le afafine o le ali’i faifeau, na pu’e fa’apagota e leoleo i le vaveao ananafi ma taofia i le toese i Tafuna e fa’atali ai le taimi e tula’i ai i luma o le fa’amasinoga.
 
Na teena e Oti Mac tu’uaiga a le malo fa’asaga ia te ia, ma ua toe taofia nei o ia i le toese, se’i vagana ua ia totogi le $300 ona fa’atoa mafai lea ona tatala o ia i tua, i lalo o tuutuuga e ao ona ia usita’i i ai.



Family asks for prayers as Baby Mel goes for surgery

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Baby Melchizedek (Mel) Soli is in the hospital in Hawai’i once again. Earlier this month, he had three appointments and according to a family member, the infant will undergo follow-up surgery tentatively set for March 3.
 



Lolo to Cabinet: It's your job to control spending

Reminds directors cost containment measures are still in place
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Before departing last Friday for off island meetings, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga reminded cabinet directors that the administration's cost containment measures are still in place, although some departments are not adhering to them, based on the last financial spending reports.
 
The Cost Containment Measures went into effect on Jan. 4, 2013, about 24-hours after Lolo took over the helm of government, saying that such measures were necessary in response to the “deteriorating financial health” of ASG.
 



Leai se igoa o le ali’i pagota i le lisi a le Ofisa Femalagaaiga

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Na mafua ona toe ulufale mai i le teritori le ali’i lea na fa’atonu e le fa’amasinoga maualuga i le 2011, na te tuua le teritori ma aumau ai i fafo mo le umi e 7 tausaga o lana nofovaavaaia, e le o i ai lona igoa i le lisi a le Ofisa o Femalagaaiga mo tagata e le tatau ona toe ulufale mai i le teritori, e pei ona fa’amaonia e le Pulesili o le Ofisa o Femalagaaiga i lana molimau i luma o le fa’amasinoga maualuga ananafi.
 



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