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Tsunami Watch canceled

reporters@samoanews.com

Just before 8a.m. today in American Samoa, local officials canceled the “tsunami watch” for all islands of the territory, while there was still some confusion for residents, on whether it was a watch or warning despite local radio stations announcing that it was a “tsunami watch”.
 
The tsunami watch was the result of an earthquake in Solomon Islands that had an initial preliminary magnitude of 8.0 and later downgraded by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawai’i to 7.8.
 



Jailhouse ruckus brings charges against two

Samoa News staff translation

Additional police units and officers as well as a fire truck were called to the Territorial Correctional Facility over the weekend to prevent a fight among inmates inside the jail compound from escalating any further and to keep the facility safe, according to documents filed by the government in its case against a current inmate and another who was released on Tuesday.
 



ASPA Update: Possibility of reduction of hours vs. layoffs

Utu thanks ASPA employees “for their understanding”
fili@samoanews.com

The American Samoa Power Authority has not ruled out the possibility of reduction of working hours instead of layoffs early next year as the ASG semi autonomous agency has accumulated too much debt — accounts payables — over the years.
 



Leone sub station shooting pled down to misdemeanor

3 released for time served, 4th stays in jail on separate drug charge
Samoa News staff translation

In the latest twist regarding the government’s case against four men accused of shooting at the Leone police substation two years ago, possible jurors were dismissed as the government reached a plea agreement with the defendants, who pled guilty to one-misdemeanor count with three of the defendants released from the Territorial Correctional Facility, where they have been held for more than a year.
 



Tafuna Football Program banned from next playoffs

Neither JV or Varsity can win a championship title 2017-18 season
tony@samoanews.com

The American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) had a board meeting a few days after this year’s championship game, to discuss matters on the violence that Tafuna High School students and supporters cause every year they make it to the big games.
 



Meth bust in Fagatogo

fili@samoanews.com

A police surveillance of a home in Fagatogo, where crystal methamphetamine, or ice, was allegedly sold, resulted in the arrest of a fa’afafine or transgender person, who goes by the name of “Nicole”, and it was neighbors who alerted police about Nicole’s activities.
 
Nicole is identified in court documents, as Falaniko Stowers — and is referred to as a male in court documents, but is also identified as a “fa’afafine” with the name of Nicole.
 



Update: Minimum wage alternatives for U.S. Congress

Focus is to keep pace with territory’s cost of living increases & decreases
fili@samoanews.com

The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has suggested to the US Congress “two basic approaches” for increasing American Samoa’s minimum wages to keep pace with the cost of living in the territory and eventually equal the federal minimum wage.
 
The investigative arm of the US Congress provided the two alternatives in a 110-page report released last Friday in order to comply with a provision of the October 2015 federal law, which raises American Samoa’s minimum wage by 40 cents every three years beginning Sept. 30 of last year.



Some info in Leone shoot up case allegedly erased

Ordered by Commissioner Save police officer testifies
Samoa News staff translation

In a new twist in the government’s case against four men accused of shooting at the Leone police substation two years ago, a police detective testified that he was told by Police Commissioner Save Liuato Tuitele to erase some information from the police report on the shooting.
 



Fisheries treaty allows how many days to purchase

Can be paid semi-annually, cost of days locked-in for 4 years
fili@samoanews.com

The US purse seiner fleet can choose the number of fishing days to purchase under the newly signed six-year Multilateral Treaty on Fisheries, in which the US fleet pays $12,500 per fishing day, says American Tunaboat Association (ATA) executive director Brian Hallman.
 
The Treaty document, also known as the South Pacific Tuna Treaty, was signed between the US government and 16 Pacific island nations on Dec. 3 in Nadi, Fiji (Dec. 2 in American Samoa.)



South Pacific Tuna Treaty signed over the weekend

U.S. State Dept. says it provides “important economic benefits” for American Samoa
reporters@samoanews.com

The US State Department has confirmed a newly signed Multilateral Treaty on Fisheries with sixteen Pacific island nations is now in place for six year and signing of the document allows the continued operation of the US fleet in the region.
 
Signed Dec. 3 (Saturday) in Nadi, Fiji, the State Department says the continued operations of the fishing industry provide “important economic benefits” for American Samoa, according to a department statement over the weekend.
 



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