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Jeanine’s mother calls on parents to love and support their fa’afafine children


Apia, SAMOA — “Jeanine is the eldest of our six children and while her life ended sooner than expected, as a mother I call upon parents who have fa’afafine children… watch over them, give them support, love them and more importantly lead them in the righteous path but don’t turn away from them,” was the message from Jeanine’s mother Tasileta Tuivaiki of Vaiusu following the peaceful march and candlelight service held at the Catholic Church Taufusi Hall where Jeanine’s body was found last week.

Samoa police allege signs of foul play in Jeanine's death


There are signs of foul play in the case of Jeanine Tuivaiki, a Fa’afafine who was found hanging at a Church Hall in Taufusi, alleged to have committed suicide, says Samoa Police Spokesperson, Maotaoalii Kaioneta Kitiona during a press conference on Thursday. He stated that the police are treating this as a homicide until proven otherwise. He also called on members of the public in Samoa asking anyone with information regarding this incident to please come forward.

Infant killed in hit and run in Samoa

An infant died last week as a result of a hit and run.

This was confirmed by the Police Media officer, Maotaoali’i Kaioneta Kitiona.

While he did not reveal where the incident happened, he said the deceased boy was two years old and he died where the incident happened.

Maotaoali’i said a man has been arrested and is remanded under police custody facing three charges.

The 44-year-old faces a charge of negligent driving causing death, being an unlicensed driver and driving an unlicensed vehicle.

Maotaoali’i said the Police are continuing their investigation.

Samoa cops alarmed at growing number of women involved with drugs

"Who will take care of your children?"

APIA, SAMOA — It appears that some women are deviating from their wifely duty to advise their spouse to stay away from drugs, as the third case has surfaced where women are arrested along with their partners and are as involved in the illegal practice as the men, says Samoa Police spokesperson, Maotaoalii Kaioneta Kitiona during the weekly police press conference last week. He stated that a recent drug case led to the arrest of a woman and her husband who was caught with 10 marijuana joints and dried marijuana leaves.

Police not ruling out homicide in church hall death

The Police are not ruling out homicide as they continue their investigation to determine what happened to a fa’afafine who was found dead at a church hall in Taufusi last week.

This was confirmed by the Spokesperson for the Ministry of Police, Maotaoali’i Kaioneta Kitiona, during a press conference yesterday.

“We have not ruled out homicide in the death of this 19-year-old,” he said. “There were injuries on his body which we are investigating at this stage.”

Maotaoali’i confirmed that they have interviewed some people but no one has been charged.

New Matautu cannery in the pipelines for Samoa

Source: Samoa govt media release

PR - The government has given the green light to the Huanan Fisheries (Samoa) Company Ltd to start operations in Samoa.

Now a Samoa registered company, Huanan with a fleet of 50 longliners has immediately started utilising the Matautu Wharf as a transshipment port for the company’s fleets to supply their markets in Asia.

And that’s just for starters; the investors have already engaged with the appropriate government officials to initiate negotiations for a fish processing plant at Matautu and eyeing the Aleipata Wharf/Slipway as part of their long-term investment in Samoa.

Samoa Police Beat


“A violent act against the Police Commissioner is an act against the entire Police Service,” said one Senior Police Officer who is furious with an incident that occurred in the county of Lea’Ana Samoa where the Commissioner’s vehicle was struck with a rock,  shattering the window of the driver.

Pacific pledges to do more to fight NCD crisis

Leaders in the region have pledged to do more to beat the Pacific's leading killer at a gathering in Tonga's capital, Nuku'alofa.

The first summit addressing the Non-Communicable Diseases crisis wrapped up on Wednesday with a day focussed on diabetes.

17 key statements have been addressed in an outcomes document from the summit.

These include a Pacific wide commitment for laws to meet the Convention on Tobacco Control taxation targets to help achieve a Tobacco Free Pacific by 2025.

Leaders also agreed to try to improve funding mechanisms to cope with the NCD crisis.

North Korea says it has capability to hit US Pacific

North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, says his country's latest missile tests have given the country the capability to attack United States interests in the Pacific, including Guam.

Mr Kim called a series of tests on Wednesday a "great event" that strengthened his country's nuclear capability.

The United States and South Korea say the first test failed, but the second showed some capability, reaching an altitude of 1,000 kilometres.

The Musudan missile has an estimated range of 3,000 kilometres, far enough to hit the Pacific US territory of Guam.

Samoa police confiscate marijuana and guns


APIA, SAMOA — A raid by the Samoa Police, led by Commissioner Fuiavailiili Egon Keil last week uncovered 444 marijuana plants, 108 marijuana seeds, guns and live ammunition. This led to the arrest of a couple and another man, according to Samoa’s police spokesperson, Maotaoali’i Taupau Kitiona during a recent press conference.
He said the trio has been charged with drug related felony counts and they are to appear in court later this month.

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