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6-year fishing deal on the table for approval


Negotiators on the South Pacific Tuna Treaty have reached in “principle” a six -year deal following last week’s meeting in Auckland, New Zealand. The Treaty is between the US and 17 Pacific Island countries, which are represented by the Pacific Islands Fishery Forum Agency (FFA).
An FFA statement released last night quotes FFA deputy director-general Wez Norris saying that the overall Treaty deal could be worth as much as US$70 million for 2017 if the US fleet takes up all its available opportunities.

Jeanine’s mother calls on parents to love and support their fa’afafine children


Apia, SAMOA — “Jeanine is the eldest of our six children and while her life ended sooner than expected, as a mother I call upon parents who have fa’afafine children… watch over them, give them support, love them and more importantly lead them in the righteous path but don’t turn away from them,” was the message from Jeanine’s mother Tasileta Tuivaiki of Vaiusu following the peaceful march and candlelight service held at the Catholic Church Taufusi Hall where Jeanine’s body was found last week.

Loss of fishing days “spells doom” for canneries


Local fisherman and engineer Taulapapa William Sword says that restrictions on US purse seiner fleet fishing in the US exclusive economic zone and in the high seas area known in federal regulations as Effort Limit Area for Purse Seine, or ELAPS, will have adverse impacts on the economy of American Samoa and such restrictions will also increase consumption of Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) caught fish.

Samoa cops alarmed at growing number of women involved with drugs

"Who will take care of your children?"

APIA, SAMOA — It appears that some women are deviating from their wifely duty to advise their spouse to stay away from drugs, as the third case has surfaced where women are arrested along with their partners and are as involved in the illegal practice as the men, says Samoa Police spokesperson, Maotaoalii Kaioneta Kitiona during the weekly police press conference last week. He stated that a recent drug case led to the arrest of a woman and her husband who was caught with 10 marijuana joints and dried marijuana leaves.

Faoa says no word yet about his letter of resignation

Says rumors were that he would be terminated as soon as he announced his candidacy

While there is nothing in writing, Faoa Aitofele Sunia says that he heard in the Retirement Office about the ASG Retirement Fund board’s decision last month to terminate his contract as in-house legal counsel once he announced his candidacy for the governor’s race.

Territorial Bank of American Samoa chooses first CEO


Territorial Bancorp Holding Company board of directors has recruited Philip Ware as the first chief executive officer of the ASG owned Territorial Bank of American Samoa. Ware had retired from the banking industry where he worked for a long time with extensive experience.

Customs canine sniffs out gun and drugs in vehicle

Vehicle still released by DPS to consignee — a local resident

Several days ago, the canine unit for the Customs Division of the Treasury Department uncovered a firearm and drugs inside a vehicle that was imported to the territory, and manually searched inside the Customs warehouse.
Investigators from the Department of Public Safety (DPS) were contacted and a ‘change of custody’ resulted in the weapon and drugs being transferred to the DPS.

Samoa Fa’afafine Assn responds to Samoa Observer

Asks for community to stop persecution of LGBTI under the guise of religious correction

PRESS RELEASE — The article by the Sunday Samoan (published and owned by the Samoa Observer newspaper) of 19th June 2016 was in our view an indecent document and publication because it not only misgendered a member of the SFA, it went beyond the acceptable code of ethics in journalism and published an image of Ms. Tuivaiki in her final repose at death.

Fono: ASG projected FY2016 deficit over $11Million

Administration predicted underspending of $4.31 million

Based on the trend of revenue collection and spending during the first six-months of fiscal year 2016, the American Samoa government’s projected deficit at the end of the fiscal year stands at over $11 million, according to an analysis by the Legislative Financial Office staff, following requests by lawmakers, who sought such information as the Fono prepares to convene on July 11 — with a top priority of the debate and review of the new fiscal year 2017 budget.

Faoa resigns as Retirement Fund legal counsel


ASG Employees Retirement Fund (ASGERF) in-house legal counsel, Faoa Aitofele Sunia has tendered his letter of resignation to the Retirement Fund board.

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