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  • Media plays role in cause and prevention of suicide

    Checklist and set of standards recommended for media professionals
    joyetter@samoanews.com

    In its statement released this week in response to the public’s complaints — both in Samoa and globally — about the story the Observer published of an alleged faafafine suicide which included a photo of the victim, Samoa’s Ombudsman Maiava Iulai Toma says media plays a big role in both the cause and prevention of suicide, pointing to possible copycat suicides when they are reported improperly by the media.
     



    Harbaugh cancels final Samoa camp due to Zika

    Jim Harbaugh was supposed to be in America Samoa on Thursday for the final stop on Michigan's satellite camp tour.

    But that's not going to happen.

    Per John Raynar, the communications director for the Republican Party of American Samoa, Harbaugh and Michigan called off their return trip to Samoa due to a fear of the Zika Virus.

    Harbaugh's wife, Sarah, is pregnant.



    Lolo: “Irresponsible” to keep lease, when BoH is leaving

    Adds: Termination of the lease was part of his commitment to BoH board chairman says
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    Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga says the ASG Employees Retirement Fund is not losing any money with the government taking over the Bank of Hawaii lease at the Centennial Building. They have done so to house the new Territorial Bank of American Samoa (TBAS), set up to help the community after the previous administration did nothing to keep BoH on island.
     



    American Samoa included in research on climate change

    “America’s Eroding Edges” documents hard decisions of coastal communities
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    American Samoa is being included in a series of national stories looking at the impact of climate change throughout the United States and its territories, in a series called ‘America’s Eroding Edges’, which explores the challenges of all those facing the impact of climate change on their homes, livelihoods, and cultures.
     



    Samoa Ombudsman responds to complaints of Observer story

    Recommends “…regulation of the media, by the media” — a Media Council
    joyetter@samoanews.com

    Apia, SAMOA —  Recommendation has been made by Samoa’s Office of the Ombudsman that a Media Council be appointed in order to adopt a set of standards for the appropriate reporting of suicide in the media, and a regulation “of the media by the media.”
     
     “JAWS (Journalists Association Of Samoa) with the assistance of the New Zealand High Commission, [can] facilitate training for all its members in the appropriate reporting of suicide,” according to Ombudsman Maiava Iulai Toma.
     



    Reduction in fishing days without consideration for AS “must stop” leaders say

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    Leaders of ASG’s Executive and Legislative branches have called on the federal government to return lost fishing days to the US purse seiner fleet, saying that the trend of reducing fishing days without serious economic consideration for American Samoa’s well being, “must stop”.
     
    The June 23 joint letter to the US National Marine Fishery Service (NMFS) is signed by Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga, Senate President Gaoteote Tofau Palaie and House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale.
     



    6-year fishing deal on the table for approval

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    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

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    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

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    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.
     



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