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Samoan breadfruit to help alleviate hunger around the world

Various breadfruit species from Samoa will be researched and reproduced in the United States to counter hunger around the world.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi and the Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries La’aulialemalietoa Leuatea Polataivao signed a memorandum of understanding to that effect with a group of American researchers last week.
The MOU says that Samoa will provide a variety of breadfruit and the Americans will pay royalties to Samoa.

Samoa Weekly Police Report — homicides, 1 severe traffic accident


Apia, SAMOA — Samoa’s Ministry of Police is currently investigated three homicide cases and one severe traffic accident, according to the weekly Police Press Conference , with their Spokesperson, Su’a LeMamea Tiumalu saying that deaths seem to increase by the month.

Cable deal signed in Samoa

A private company Samoa Submarine Cable Company Limited and Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks have signed a contract to roll out a new submarine cable system named Tui-Samoa Cable.

The undersea cable will span more than 1,470 km, providing an advanced broadband highway.

Tui-Samoa Cable will have landing points in Apia, Tuasivi on Savaii island, and Suva, Fiji.

The Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Afamasaga Rico Tupa'i, said the cable would deliver Samoa's commitment to universal access and high speed broadband internet.

Fine-dining Pacific cuisine out to change stereotypes

A new Pacific business venture hopes to change negative stereotypes around traditional Pacific dishes, which are often seen as unhealthy.

The project - led by award-winning chef Robert Oliver - will see the first fine-dining Pacific cuisine restaurant established in Auckland.

The Kai Pasifika Restaurant will aim to help boost trade from Pacific Island producers by showcasing products from around the region.

Two members of “Hospital Boys Killers” gang in Samoa sentenced for being in a “gang”


Apia, SAMOA —The two young men who were arrested and charged in connection with being gang members in Samoa have been sentenced. Alesana Levi and Sio Lameko, who are both 18-years old were each facing one count of carrying out an unlawful assembly or being involved in a gang.
The defendants pleaded guilty to the charges last month and were up for sentencing last week. According to the police summary of facts the young men are both members of the HBK Gang otherwise known as the “Hospital Boys Killers”.

Tough times in tuna world — more plant closures likely

The wide discrepancy between canned tuna finished goods and skipjack raw material prices mean Tri Marine International’s American Samoa plant is unlikely to be the last to close, sources in the sector told Undercurrent News.

On Oct. 13, Tri Marine announced it will cease production at its Samoa Tuna Processors cannery on Dec. 11, but will seek a buyer for the plant. However, many in the industry hope that the closure will reduce overall sector-wide capacity, which is seen as a factor depressing prices.

Lodging Association donates and installs air-conditioners at Jefferson School

Source: Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association media release

Samoa’s ‘stigmata” girl on her way to Rome


Apia, SAMOA — Samoa’s Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi along with the Catholic Church in Samoa have supported the messages written in ancient Hebrew by Toaipuapuagā Opapo-Ah Chong — and she and a delegation led by the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, La’aulialemalietoa Leautea Polataivao left for Rome last Friday to meet with Catholic Church officials at the Vatican.

Samoa Briefs



PNA Tuna Report

Reprinted with permission from the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA)

Just as canning in American Samoa is going bust, the first regional training for small-scale tuna canning entrepreneurs in the Pacific started in Majuro. The training aims to certify prospective canners so that small domestic commercial tuna canning operations can be successfully launched in several island member nations of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA).

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