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June 2018

Off da Rock

#Exclusive By OffDaRock consists of the mastermind Leuila Ioane and her husband Joseph Ioane. [courtesy photo]

#Exclusive By OffDaRock from American Samoa will be in London during London Pacific Fashion Week from the 13-17 September 2018.  Despite what their name suggests; Exclusive By OffDaRock is very inc

Try Marine says rule splitting fishing days would potentially benefit American Samoa

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Washington state-based Tri Marine International is supportive of a proposed federal rule that seeks to split the fishing days in the Effort Limit Area for Purse Seine (ELAPS). However, it also notes its concern about another proposed rule to require a two-month FAD closure in November and December instead of in April and May. Through a proposed rule making, the US National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) outlined how it will allocate the additional 100 fishing days for the US purse seiner fleet fishing in the region to help American Samoa’s economy and its tuna canneries. The US NMFS is also proposing to set separate limitations on fishing days for the purse seiner fleet to fish in the US exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and on the high seas areas known as the ELAPS. The proposed rule making is the result of decisions made last December by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission.

Latalata Samuelu named US Territories History Teacher of the Year

Latalata Samuelu of Leone is this year’s US Territories History Teacher of the Year

Latalata Samuelu a teacher at Leone High School has been named the 2018 U.S Territories History Teacher of the Year, an award presented annually by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to K-12 American history education. The National History Teacher of the Year award will be presented by Professor Edward Ayers at a ceremony in New York City on October 10, 2018.

Fa’ailoga fa’apitoa mo fanau fa’au’u Faga’itua High 2018

O se vaaiga i le toatele o le aiga mo se tasi o fanau fa’au’u a le Aoga Maualuga a Fagaitua i le aso Lua. [ata: Leua Aiono Frost]

Peresitene o le Komiti o le Fa'ailogaina o le 50 Tausaga o Fagaitua High, Tuimavave T. Laupola, i le taimi na taua'aoina ai le meaalofa tupe e $3,000 mai tama ma teine tuai o le aoga e fesoasoani i nisi o mea e fa’alelei i lea aoga maualuga. [ata: Leua Aiono Frost]

I le fa'au'uga a le A'oga Maualuga a Fagaitua i le taeao o le aso Lua o le vaiaso lenei, sa maua ai le avanoa e le Fa'atonusili o A'oga Dr Ruth Matagi-Tofiga e tolaulauina ai i latou ua maua avanoa

Court hears yet more public peace disturbance charges

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Two females were arrested by police last week and charged with disturbing the public peace in their neighborhood.Leinara Fruean, a 23-year-old from Mapusaga and Taeaolelei Talatau, a 25-year-old from Pava’ia’i made their initial appearances in District Court last week, where Judge Pro Temp, Gwen Tauiliili-Langkilde ordered them to be released on their own recognizance (OR) under certain conditions. In addition, a man who is accused of stabbing another man with a sharp object during a fight was arrested by police last week and charged with disturbing the public peace. The government is looking at filing additional charges against the defendant when police complete their investigation. Alofagia Seupule made his initial appearance before District Court Judge Pro Temp, Gwen Tauiliili-Langkilde last week, and his case is now continued until next week.

Samoa's Faamausili Moli Malietoa discharged without conviction

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Samoa's future holder of the Malietoa paramount title, Faamausili Moli Malietoa, has been discharged without conviction after facing threatening behavior charges.The accused was found guilty after a trial of three charges including one count of insulting words, armed with a dangerous weapon and throwing an object. The charges related to a dispute during a family meeting last year.

OSHA issues four violations and fines against Cape Ferrat in death of its captain


The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued four violations, three of which are considered “serious” — and fines totaling more than $19,000 — following the death of a man who fell overboard a fishing vessel that was docked at the cannery side of Pago Pago Harbor, according to OHSA public records reviewed by Samoa News. Samoa News had reported last November that the death of the 62-year old captain of the US flagged purse seiner, Cape Ferrat, who died Oct. 28, while the vessel was in Pago Pago. Local police investigated the incident and recommended closing the case, after they determined no foul play was involved, and the incident was an unfortunate accident.