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Wespac Seeks to Expand Bigeye Tuna Quotas for U.S. Fleets

Federal agency asked to find ways for purse seine and longline fleets to catch more than conservation measures currently allow.
At a time when the bigeye tuna stock in the Western and Central Pacific is being overfished — and by some standards, is already in an overfished state — the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council last month asked the National Marine Fisheries Service to find ways for the U.S. purse seine and longline fleets to catch more than what federal and international conservation measures currently allow.

Low-lying Maldives drowning under the weight of climate change

There was a time Maldives master fisherman Adam Naseer could catch as many skipjack tuna with a pole and line as he could handle. But as the world warms, life is no longer that simple.

Sitting at a roadside stall on Fonadhoo island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the 45-year-old, who was captain of his own boat when he was 13, reflects on the challenges fishermen face as rising sea temperatures force the precious tuna out of their reach.

Artist M. Tuffery brings Samoa's German history to life

Every morning at 8.45am the Royal Samoa Police Band marches from the police station to Government House in Apia playing Viennese and German brass band music. It makes a strikingly alien sound among the palm trees.

"When I first heard it as a kid, it felt so strange to see them playing oom-pah music," says renowned contemporary artist Michel Tuffery, who has New Zealand and Samoan heritage. "Half of the band didn't even know why they were playing it."

Manu slams Fiji Airways

The Manager of Manu Samoa, Namulauulu Sami Leota, is not a happy traveller.
And he has reason to.
Three days away from the team’s opening game of the Pacific Nations Cup against the United States, Manu Samoa has not been able to train because the players’ bags have not yet arrived at their destination.

Veterans Reach Out to Amata in Support of VA Accountability Bill

Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - The House Veterans Affairs Committee held a mark-up today on H.R. 1994, the VA Accountability Act. This bill would allow the VA Secretary and managers, greater authority to remove VA employees who fail to meet the standards of care and service that the American people expect for our veterans.

Regional airline back on agenda

The possibility of fl ights between Samoa, Cook Islands, Tahiti, Fiji and Tonga is back on the agenda.

This time, the President of French Polynesia, Edouard Fritch, said he would raise the issue in Tahiti this week where Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, is due for the Polynesian Leaders Group (P.L.G) Summit.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa is scheduled to arrive in Papeete tomorrow where the meeting is being held.

And according to information from the Tahitian media, President Fritch said he would raise the issue on the sidelines of the meeting, which ends on Friday.

Tonga charters flight for 59 stranded Pacific Games athletes

Fifty nine Tongan athletes were hoping to depart on a chartered flight yesterday, hoping to get connecting flights in time to participate in the Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea.

The athletes were turned away from the airport on Tuesday because they didn't have airline tickets, expecting them to be handed out by the Tongan Sports Association (TASA).

Matangi Tonga reports a TASA spokesperson saying the situation was clear negligence by the organisation's President, Secretary General and Chef de Mission, who left for PNG with 196 other athletes and officials on Tuesday.

Chiefs coach still critical after arriving home from Samoa

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Waikato Chiefs assistant coach Andrew Strawbridge remains critically ill in hospital in Hamilton but his condition has stabilised and is improving, the Super Rugby team said on Sunday.

Strawbridge, who is also a technical advisor to the Samoa national rugby team, was admitted to an Apia hospital on Tuesday with an infection in his right eye after taking ill on a flight from New Zealand before his condition "deteriorated rapidly".

He arrived back in New Zealand in an air ambulance on Friday and was taken to Waikato Hospital in Hamilton.

All Blacks will return

If it was up to him, the All Blacks could return as early as next year.

But the Vaiala matai who coaches the world champion All Blacks, Tupuivao Steve Hansen, says there is a high possibility the All Blacks will return to Samoa very soon.

“I’d say there is a high likelihood,” Tupuivao told the Samoa Observer yesterday before the team boarded an Air New Zealand flight back to New Zealand.

“The biggest issue is being able to fit it into the calendar but I think there will be a willingness to come back after what we’ve experienced this time.”

Twelve elite schools where middle-class kids can attend for free

University sticker prices have skyrocketed over the past decade, but parents can find some relief knowing that some of the best universities in the U.S. are offering great financial packages.

For most middle-class families, going to one of these universities can even be cheaper than a community college.

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