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Local sports development must include effort from all


“Enough talk, it’s time to put all the talk into action,” was the strong message from the American Samoa Sports Minister for the XV Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea, Jonathan Fanene, when Samoa News asked him about his next step to develop sports in American Samoa for international participation.
Fanene said preparation for the the XVI Pacific Games in 2019, as well as the Olympics in 2016 and the Mini-Games in Vanuatu are happening now — not two months before the competition.

Historic meeting set for Tuna Treaty renegotiation


Fresh negotiations will be underway next week in Brisbane, Australia to hopefully reach a new agreement on the South Pacific Tuna Treaty, which was first implemented in 1987 between the U.S. government and Pacific island countries.
As previously reported by Samoa News, an interim agreement was signed last October between the U.S. government and 17 Pacific Island nations — as members of the Pacific Island Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) — which allowed the US purse seiner fleet to fish in the exclusive economic zones of FFA members.



StarKist Samoa officially announced the names of the four local students who have been awarded scholarships from the cannery, totaling $20,000.
The ceremony took place at the StarKist Atu’u plant yesterday.
The 2015 StarKist Samoa scholarship recipients are Liana Gurr, Ikaika Pasia Mahuka, Koroseta Butler, and Sam Lei Sam Jr.
Gurr and Mahuka were accompanied by their parents, while Lei Sam’s father accepted the award on behalf of his son who is currently in Samoa.

American Airlines asks fed court to dismiss case filed by wheelchair bound woman


American Airlines has asked the federal court in Honolulu to dismiss a civil rights lawsuit filed against the Texas-based carrier by Theresa Purcell, a wheelchair-bound American Samoan woman who is unable to walk and who was allegedly “forced to crawl across the asphalt of an airport tarmac and up the metal stairs of the airplane and then on to her seat”.

Tunaboat Assn says loss of fishing grounds makes fishing more expensive

No specific figure for losses — depends on strategies says ATA

American Tunaboat Association (ATA) executive director Brian Hallman says the loss of fishing grounds for the U.S. flagged purse seiner fleet in the waters of Kiribati and on the high seas makes fishing for the purse seine fleet more expensive.
However, Hallman didn’t have the specific costs for losses to each individual purse seiner boat, which are members of the San Diego-based association.

Hospital chair: Off Island Referral is for everybody

Including them ...

Hospital Chief Executive Officer, Taufete’e John Faumuina has confirmed that there are board members who are traveling on the Off Island Referral Care Program and they are Chairman Mase Akapo and Vice Chairman, Dr .Victor Tofaeono.
The CEO was responding to Samoa News questions following calls to our office that one board member has gone off island on the Referral Care Program four times.

“We, the People of the Canoe” deliver united front on climate change threats

Am. Samoa not a signee of the Taputapuatea Declaration

During the summit that took place in Tahiti last week of the Polynesian Leaders Group (PLG), the Taputapuatea Declaration about the main concerns of the Pacific — climate change and its effects — was released. Notably, American Samoa was not among those island-countries that signed the Declaration, as it did not attend.

Pacific Regional Breadfruit Initiative readies for a test site

Fono to be updated on Initiative Aug 3

With National Geographic (NG) Magazine asking, “Can breadfruit … be a superfood of the future?” the crop that is still a staple across the tropics is heading for a growth spurt urged on by some of nutrition’s biggest buzz words.  And yes, it’s gluten-free.

ASPA working to lift Boil Water Notice by end of next year


American Samoa Power Authority is targeting December 2016 to lift the rest of the boil water notice (BWN) between Ili’ili and Pago Pago, and will continue to provide portable drinking water for schools in these affected areas for the new school year, according to the ASPA water quality report submitted to Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga, who requested an update on the BWN.

56-year-old man charged with molesting 5-year-old girl


A 56-year-old man convicted of second degree murder in 1992 has come before the court again on child molestation allegations involving a 5-year-old. He’s charged with child molestation, sodomy, deviate sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful use of weapons and possession of unlicensed arms. If convicted of all seven criminal charges Tinoifili Tavoi of Masefau is looking at more than 40 years in jail.

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