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Starkist is likely whistleblower in US tuna sector probe

Starkist has likely been accepted into the corporate leniency program of the Department of Justice (DOJ), according to class action lawsuits against the Dongwon Industries-owned company and rivals Chicken of the Sea and Bumble Bee Foods.

This means Starkist could get immunity from prosecution in the US government’s probe of alleged price fixing in the packaged seafood sector.

On Sept. 2, Undercurrent News reported the DOJ’s case against the big three tuna brands, Bumble Bee, Thai Union Group-owned Chicken of the Sea and Starkist likely relies on a whistleblower from within the sector.

Escaped Samoa prisoner suspected of sexual attack

The police in Samoa are hunting two prisoners who escaped from Tafaigata prison, one of them is suspected of attacking two women.

Escapee Lauitiiti Tualima is alleged to have broken into the accommodation of an Australian couple early last Thursday morning and raped the woman, after tying the man's hands.

The police spokesperson, Su'a Muli'aga Tiumalu, says the couple had been on holiday and were due to leave the country on the day of the attack.

Samoa launches new submarine cable company

The Samoa government has launched a $US49-million project which establishes the country's first locally-owned submarine cable company.

The Minister for the Ministry of Communication, Information and Technology, Tuisugaletaua Sofara Aveau says the Samoa Submarine Cable Company is an innovative case of private partnership.

He says it's a marriage of Samoa telecom carriers, Bluesky and Digicel, the Computer Service Limited, and Samoa financial investors the Samoa National Provident Fund, the Unit Trust of Samoa and the Samoa Life Assurance Corporation.

Samoa police investigate airport control tower stabbing

Police in Samoa are searching for a man who attacked a woman working in the control tower at Faleolo International Airport.

Talamua reports the woman was working in the tower by herself last week when she was stabbed in the chest by an unknown attacker.

A police spokesperson, Superintendent Su'a Muliaga Tiumalu, says the woman managed to defend herself, but was unable to identify the attacker despite the close range.

Su'a says security at the control tower is tight, and police suspect the attacker climbed a ladder on the side of the tower, as the door can only be opened from inside.

PNA CEO to fishing industry: Work with us on fisheries management

“We are here to stay”
Source: PNA media release

“Work with us, and support the systems that we have developed — don’t undermine the fisheries management framework that we have developed, because we will ultimately win,” PNA CEO Dr. Transform Aqorau said in his keynote address to the 5th Pacific Tuna Forum 2015 in Fiji this past week. “We are here to stay.”

Call for NZ to up residency quota for Pacific climate victims

New Zealand's Human Rights Commission says New Zealand has a moral responsibility to increase the quota of Kiribati people granted residency each year.

75 Kiribati citizens are granted New Zealand residency every year under the Pacific Access Category.

Earlier this week an i-Kiribati man, Ioane Teitiota, was deported from New Zealand after he lost an appeal to be declared a climate change refugee.

The Race Relations Commissioner, Dame Susan Devoy, says more I-Kiribati, Tuvaluans and other environmentally threatened Pacific Islanders should be given residency.

4 ways the A321neo could transform Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines' first long-range narrowbodies will open lots of new business opportunities.

While Hawaiian Airlines' main growth opportunity lies in adding new routes to its home state, the A321neo could also potentially unlock growth opportunities in American Samoa. Today, Hawaiian Airlines flies twice a week between Honolulu and American Samoa. Those flights are American Samoa's only direct link to the outside world beyond neighboring Samoa.

Manu Samoa sings for terminally ill Springbok

Manu Samoa posted on their Facebook page a video of the team singing the hymn Fa'afetai i le atua (Thank you, God, our Creator) sung in Brighton, England.

The video shows the players dressed in blue training gear standing and singing to van der Westhuizen who sits in a wheelchair dressed in a Springboks hoodie.

Van der Westhuizen was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2011 and given between two and five years to live.

The hymn is well-known in the Samoan community. The chorus says: "Sing hallelujah, thank you, hallelujah".

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U.S. Army Reserve medical team serves the sick in rural Upolu

People residing in rural areas in Upolu are currently receiving top notch professional medical care, compliments of the 40-member medical team from the United States Army Reserve’s 9th Mission Support Command.
The Reservists who were sent here to augment Samoa’s medical capacity during the recent Commonwealth Youth Games, have been divided into smaller groups and placed at the district medical clinics at Faleolo, Poutasi and Lufilufi, as well as the main hospital at Motootua, to provide direct care, including dental care, to patients.

Tragic death of 9-year-old in Samoa

A family at Siumu is mourning the tragic death of a nine-year-old boy who accidentally shot himself while playing with a rifle.

The incident occurred on Wednesday evening, involving a 12-gauge rifle.

The boy, whose name is withheld, died instantly.

Police Commissioner, Egon Keil, confirmed the incident yesterday.

“Apparently what happened was that there was a shotgun involved and the kid was playing with it,” Mr. Keil told the Samoa Observer.

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