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First Pacific summit to address leading cause of death

The first regional conference on the Pacific's leading cause of death is underway in Tonga's capital, Nuku'alofa.

Leaders and partners from around 14 different countries have gathered for the first Pacific Non-Communicable Diseases summit.

A global nutrition report released last week showed Pacific countries were making no progress in implementing healthy diet policies despite having the highest number of obese and diabetic people.

Many speak out against Sunday Samoan photo

Samoa faafafine Assoc it was a “violent attack on her corpse”

APIA, SAMOA — A front page photo on the Sunday Samoan of a dead transgender hanging from a rope in a church hall in Apia, alleged to have committed suicide, has led to many in the Samoa community expressing their disappointment of Samoa’s daily newspaper on social media.
According to the Sunday Samoan, the woman was found in a Catholic church hall in Apia on Friday morning.

Suicide in Catholic Church Hall in Samoa

Anger is building amongst the Samoan transgender and fa'afafine communities over media reporting of the death of a young transgender woman who was found in a Catholic church hall a few blocks inland from the main commercial area of downtown Apia.

The body of Jeanine Tuivaiki, 20, was discovered in the early hours of Friday morning.

A woman who describes herself as a close friend says Tuivaiki was "very committed to our church and especially our youth. In talking with a Samoa Observer reporter the friend appears to repeatedly have used the pronoun "he."

Regional Management Council concerned about sustaining island fishing traditions

Source: Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council

The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council concluded its 166th meeting last week at Tumon Bay, US Territory of Guam, with discussions focused on the challenges of keeping the tradition of fishing alive in the US Pacific Islands.

Apia taskforce arrests 3 suspected of gang activity


APIA, SAMOA — An undercover operation by the Samoa police led to the capture of three men accused of several robberies in Apia in the past three weeks including an incident where two women and a man who were eating dinner behind the government building in Apia were robbed by the trio, this is according to Samoa’s Police spokesperson, Maotaali’i Kaioneta Kitiona.

Former CCCS head has “No Comment” over speculation about an affair

The former General Secretary of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa, Dr. Afereti Uili, would not comment on the outcome of the mediation held recently, between him and the woman he had been accused of having an affair with.

He told the Weekend Observer yesterday the matter was confidential so that he could not comment on it.

He said he would comment “only when the procedure is official.”

Dr. Afereti added: “My lawyer advised me not to say anything to the media at this stage.”

Chinese fishing firm eyes tuna plant in Samoa

A Chinese fishing company is said to be interested in establishing a tuna cannery in Samoa, reports Radio New Zealand.

The group -- whose name is yet to be ascertained -- is looking at Satitoa wharf at Aleipata as the main base for its deep sea fishing vessels, and will meet Samoan government officials this week to discuss the proposal.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and other government agencies are at the center of preparations for the proposed business venture which government sources said would create many job opportunities for local people.

2Samoa Talks discusses return of the 14-day permit

Economic Initiative moves forward on trade, travel, ag, fisheries

APIA, SAMOA — The reinstatement of the 14-day permit for Samoa residents to enter the territory of American Samoa was among the many issues discussed during the Joint Samoa Economic Integration Initiative (aka the “Economic Initiative”) as part of the Samoa Talks this year. Held at the Tanoa Tusitala Conference Room in Samoa last month, the two-day meeting was officially opened by Lautafi Fio Selafi Purcell, Minister of Commerce, Industry and Labour.

Repeat theft offender jailed for stealing from her employer


Apia, SAMOA — A repeat theft offender has once again appeard in court for stealing $3,370WST from her employer a top law firm in Samoa. Samoa’s Supreme Court Justice, Vui Clarence Nelson, handed down sentencing of two years for Victoria Shiaolin who’s 32-years old of Toamua and Lalomanu.
The woman convicted of theft charges was alleged to have collected payments from the law firm’s clientele and instead of turning it to the office, Shiaolin pocketed the money and used it for personal use.

US Fisheries reject allegations of foul play in Pacific

The United States has rejected allegations new government legislation violates conservation measures on high seas fishing.

The Parties to the Nauru Agreement say the National Marine Fisheries Service last month allocated 1,828 fishing days for the US Purse Seine fleet when only 1270 were allocated by the Tuna Commission last year.

The PNA's retiring chief executive, Transform Aqorau, said the figure, which has been reached by combining 558 fishing days from its exclusive economic zones, allowed its purse seine fleet to evade the commission's measure.

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