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LBJ approves off island referral for Baby Mel

blue@samoanews.com

The Soli family from Nuuuli received wonderful news yesterday, when they were informed that the LBJ Medical Center had approved Baby Mel’s case for off island referral.
 
Baby Melchizedek (Mel) has been fighting for his life at the LBJ Hospital since December 1.
 
According to his family, the off island referral will mean that LBJ Hospital “will offer some assistance and we are grateful.”



Court denies Marie Ripley’s motion to dismiss case

Says Ripley contributed to delay of case with constant travel
joy@samoanews.com

“Throughout 2012, 2013 and 2014, the defendant took advantage of ASG and the court’s leniency and by filing this motion she now seems to be looking the proverbial gift horse in the mouth,” says the court order in denying former OMV Manager, Marie Ripley the move to dismiss the Independent Prosecutor’s case against her. 
 
The 12-page order was signed by Associate Justice Lyle L Richmond and Associate Judges Mamea Sala Jr and Muasau Tofili.
 



Lata ina fa’ai’u ni isi mataupu sa faila e le Faletupe Atina’e

ausage@samoanews.com

O mataupu e ono i le va o le Faletupe o Atina’e ma ni isi o le atunu’u, lea sa fofogaina i luma o le fa’amasinoga maualuga i le taeao ananafi, ua atagia mai ai le galulue lea o loia i le va o itu e lua e fa’amautu gaioiga uma mo le fa’ai’uina o ni isi o mataupu, ae o isi mataupu o lo o fa’aauau pea ona finauina i luma o le fa’amasinoga.
 



Governor calls on DOI to support local canneries

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Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has called on the U.S. Department of Interior for support in fisheries issues which will have an impact on the future of American Samoa’s two tuna canneries, already faced with stiff global competition and “cut throat” policies pursued by the Chinese.
 



Pacific FAD-closure compliance remains an issue

Making sure international tuna vessels comply with Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) rules remains a key challenge to measures intended to protect fish stocks, the head of the American Tunaboat Association (ATA) said.

There is anecdotal evidence that boats from Chinese, Japanese, Taiwanese and Korean purse seine fleets are not always in compliance with fish aggregation device (FAD) closure rules, with the lack of compliance rendering the measures ineffective, ATA executive director Brian Hallman told Undercurrent News.



Fia iloa fa’amasino tagata na avea ‘ava malosi fanau talavou

ausage@samoanews.com

O se tasi o mataupu na saunoa i ai le afioga i le ali’i fa’amasino ia John Ward II i le taeao ananafi, ina ua tula’i i luma o le fa’amasinoga se ali’i talavou e 15 tausaga le matua, ona o tu’uaiga i lona ‘ona ma fai uiga fa’atupu vevesi i totonu o lona nu’u, i le fia iloa lea o le tagata sa ia fa’atau atu i lenei ali’i talavou ‘ava malosi na mafua ai ona ‘ona o ia.
 



Bankruptcy of a partner will not affect Tausani Airlines

joy@samoanews.com

The Chapter 11 bankruptcy filed by Freedom Air in Guam has nothing to do with Tausani Airlines, and while they are partners, it will not affect Tausani Air, says Tausani Airlines President Filifa’atali Mike Fuiava. Last week Port Director Taimalelagi Dr Claire Tuia Poumele confirmed that the government’s owned plane Segaula that was taken back from Inter Island Airways is now leased to Tausani Airlines.
 



Local man charged after alleged HA disturbance

joy@samoanews.com

The Hawaiian Air flight last Friday night almost made a turn back to Hawai’i, when one of their passengers, Duke Ueli Viena of Pago Pago allegedly acted disorderly on the airplane, swearing at the flight attendants, and using racial remarks, enroute to American Samoa.
 



Fa’atonu Loia Sili lana ia lava su’esu’ega fa’apitoa

ausage@samoanews.com

Ua fa’amaonia mai e le afioga i le Loia Sili a le malo ia Talauega Eleasalo Ale lona fa’atonuina o se su’esu’ega fa’apitoa a lona Ofisa, fa’asaga i le mataupu lea na tula’i mai i le fale kalapu o le Evalani i le masina o Oketopa na te’a nei, lea sa tu’uaia ai ni ali’i leoleo se to’alua i lo la faia o ni gaioiga e saveu ai le nonofo filemu o tagata sa i ai i le nofoaga, e aofia ai ma le fa’aleagaina ai o ni vaega o le fale.
 



Mariota makes history: first Samoan to win Heisman

blue@samoanews.com

History was made this past Saturday when 21-year-old Marcus Mariota became the first Samoan to win the coveted Heisman Trophy, which is awarded every year to the most outstanding player in US college football whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity.

 

The winner of the Heisman is selected by votes that are cast by sports journalists, previous Heisman Trophy winners, and fans.

 



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