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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

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 utilizing 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.

Two Samoa Talks hammer out details, work toward economic agreement


APIA, SAMOA — The American Samoa Government and the Samoa Government have agreed to work on certain outstanding areas, including but not limited to a list of products for VAGST (Value Added Goods and Services Tax) exemption, quarantine inspection fees, and an immigration permit proposal.
This is according to the statement obtained by Samoa New following the two- day meeting held at the Tanoa Tusitala Conference Room in Samoa last month.

Samoa Observer issues two front page apologies

Conflates divisions over religion with sad picture of deceased

APIA, SAMOA — The award winning Samoa Observer newspaper has issued two front page apologies, the first on their Monday edition, where they state, “If you’re offended by it, all we can do is apologize,” and the second in the Tuesday edition, wherein Samoa Observer’s Editor in Chief, Gatoaitele Savea Sano Malifa states, “The truth is, that last week, we made a sad mistake when we published a story on the late Jeanine Tuivaiki, on the front page of the Sunday Samoan.”

Pacific nutrition statistics "distressing"

The head of the United Nations Development Programme, Helen Clark, says Pacific statistics in a global nutrition report distressing.

Ms Clark was in Tonga on Monday attending the Pacific's first regional summit addressing non-communicable diseases.

Up to 75 per cent of deaths in the region are related to NCDs and statistics from a new report show most of the region will fail to reach global nutrition targets set for 2025.

Ms Clark said she believed that could be changed, but governments needed to be more engaged with their communities.

Escapee from Samoa jail found in Australia


APIA, SAMOA — An inmate who was serving a two-year sentence at the Tafa’igata jail when he escaped has been found in Australia, says the Samoa Police Commissioner Fuiavailiili Agon Keil. He told Samoa News that Valufitu Fiu Uolilo who departed Samoa last year is now under the custody of the Australian Federal Police. How he was able to avoid authorities is unclear says the Samoa Commissioner but stated that they are looking into this matter given the severity and the seriousness of it.

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