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New StarKist boss meets with Gov. Lolo to "show appreciation" for ASG support


The reduction of fishing days in the Pacific as a result of the U.S. government treaty with Forum Fishery Agency, the issues surrounding minimum wage, and the need for additional land for cannery expansion were among the issues discussed last Friday during a news conference with StarKist Co., new president and chief executive officer Andrew Choe, who was in the territory.

OIA issues authorization to proceed with $8MIL Manu'a vessel project


The U.S. Department of Interior’s Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas, Esther Kia’aina has given approval to the Lolo Administration's request to release over $8 million in Capital Improvement Project funds to build a new passenger/cargo ferry which will sail between Tutuila and Manu’a islands.

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The United States health agency, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, has issued a warning to travellers about the threat in Samoa from chikungunya.
Earlier this week the Samoa Ministry of Health said the mosquito borne disease is now affecting all of the country.
It says there are more than 2,500 confirmed cases.
The CDC says for the first time, chikungunya is being locally transmitted in Samoa.

Five PNA countries ready to implement first VDS for longliners

 Majuro (25 November 2014) — The signing by the Marshall Islands government in Majuro Friday of a “vessel day scheme” (VDS) for longline fishing vessels triggers a regional plan for stepped up regulation of this significant part of the tuna fishing industry in the Pacific.

U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs pays tribute to Faleomavaega

Two rounds of applause for “25 years of remarkable service”

The U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs last Thursday paid tribute to outgoing Congress Faleomavaega Eni, the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, according to a news release from Faleomavaega’s office.
The tribute to Faleomavaega came during the full committee’s unanimous passage of a measure introduced by the Congressman calling for a peaceful resolution of territorial disputes in the South and East China Seas.
The measure now goes to the full House for a vote.

Biz Beat: Find blockbuster Black Friday deals at CBT True Value


Black Friday, November 28, - arguably the biggest shopping day of the year - is only three days away and CBT True Value will be on board, offering ‘doorbusters’ all day long, in addition to the three-hour early bird specials that will be in effect from 5 a.m. - 8 a.m. (while supplies last).

LBJ 4th quarter report says 6% increase in revenue due to Pink Eye and Chik virus


The recent outbreak of Pink Eye and Chikungunya led to an increase of cash revenues for the Emergency Room, outpatient clinics and the main lobby for fiscal year 2014, according to LBJ hospital’s fourth quarter performance report, which states that outpatient visits for FY2013 totaled 115,986 while in FY 2014 visits increased to 118,184. 
The in__crease seen in FY2014 vs FY2013 was caused by more patients (about 6%) seeing the doctor due to pink eye and chikungunya, says the report.

Police officers object to preferential treatment for Miss American Samoa


Commanding Officer of the Traffic Division for the Department of Public Safety, Lt Siaosi Aiono confirmed with Samoa News that a bench warrant was issued for Miss American Samoa Annelise Sword, however she was not arrested but instead was called to come into the court.
This move did not sit well with police officers, who believe that once a bench warrant has been issued, that person must be arrested. Police officers, who were not authorized to speak to media, told Samoa News that the bench warrant was issued last month in Ms. Sword’s name.

PNA: WCPFC must act to protect tuna resource

Majuro — Overfishing of bigeye tuna in the central and western Pacific must be halted by reducing fishing mortality levels, said the CEO of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA).
The eight PNA members and Tokelau, who control waters where over 50 percent of the world’s skipjack tuna is caught, have put a detailed conservation measure on the table for adoption at the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) annual meeting in Apia, Samoa 1-5 December.

Tackling the problem of impaired driving subject of latest meetings, grant funding


During the recent Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA) meeting held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the three people who represented American Samoa were able to hear  updates on what’s in store for the local highway safety program, as approved by Congress for the National Highway Traffic Safety (NHTSA) — which is OHS's funding source.

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