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Indecent assault trial for Savalii newspaper editor opens in Apia


Trial for Tupuola Terry Tavita, the editor of the Savali Newspaper, got underway in Samoa this week with the complaining witness telling the court that she was disgusted by the sexual advances she alleges he made toward her, according to the Samoa Observer.
The victim, Maria Livisitone Kolio alleged to the Court that Tupuola made the advances several times before he abandoned her on a rural village road when she turned him down.

Bluesky and Samoa News announce donation program for those affected by Cyclone Pam

The Bluesky Group, which includes American Samoa, Samoa and Cook Islands, and Samoa News have announced a donation program to help the three pacific islands that were devastated by Cyclone Pam on March 13, 2015. Cyclone Pam was packing Category 5 winds that directly hit Vanuatu and devastated Kiribati and Tuvalu and has left thousands of people without food, water and shelter.

Vanuatu food situation 'critical'

The Vanuatu Government says relief aid has now reached all of the nation's islands since Cyclone Pam struck two weeks ago.

However, RNZI reporter Koroi Hawkins, who is on Erromango, says the food situation on many islands is critical.

He says the villages in Dillon's Bay, Port Narvin and Cooks Bay have waited two weeks for relief assistance but none has come.

The chiefs told him they have food enough for only a few more days.

Reps from local hotel industry speak out on proposed room tax


Sadie’s By the Sea owner Tom Drabble prefers a sales tax, which targets all sectors instead of a room tax, which targets mostly visitors. In addition, representatives of Tradewinds Hotel and Pago Airport Inn believe the proposed tax will deter tourists from visiting American Samoa at a time when the American Samoa Visitors Bureau is overseas promoting the tourism industry.

NMSAS Eco-Tour Demo Adventure is Saturday


NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa (NMSAS) is hosting the first Eco-Tour Adventure tomorrow at Fagatele Bay in Futiga from 9 a.m. - 12noon.
The event is part of the NMSAS’s Get Into Your Sanctuary (GIYS) program that was launched last month and will run until later this year in October.
The Eco-Tours will be led by tour guides who will provide helpful information about Fagatele Bay and the wonders that lurk there.
Those who enjoy hiking are in for a treat.

Bumble Bee: It’s a “courtesy visit”


Bumble Bee Seafood executive vice president and chief operations officer, Jan Tharp says the meeting that the company has planned for today with local fishery industry is a “courtesy visit” and work continues for its planned operations in Samoa.
Samoa News reported yesterday that the San Diego based cannery had invited fish suppliers for a luncheon today at DDW restaurant, and that questions had arisen about this, in light of its planned operations in Samoa.

Bumble Bee invites fish suppliers to local luncheon, raising many questions


While Bumble Bee Food LLC cannery is looking at setting up operations in neighboring Samoa, the San Diego-based company is also showing interest in American Samoa’s fish suppliers, who have been invited to attend a luncheon tomorrow.

U.S. Fisheries to Tri-Marine: No authority for fishing exemption in Nat’l Monument


The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service says it doesn’t have authority under provision of federal law to provide a permit exception, as requested by Tri Marine International, to allow certain commercial fishing exemptions around waters of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument expansion.
The proposed rule for the prohibition regarding commercial fishing in the expanded PRIMNM was first released early last year and NMFS sought public comments, with a deadline of February this year.

Lolo says ASG still needs Office of Fraud Prevention & Investigation

Says it does not duplicate work of DPS and OTICIDE

Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga is currently looking for a Director to oversee the Office of Fraud Prevention and Investigation (OFPI) as its former Director, Save Liuato Tuitele has since been appointed the new Police Commissioner. Lolo told Samoa News that for the purpose of tackling fraud, waste and abuse arising within the American Samoa Government, the need to have this office still stands.

Egon Keil appointed Samoa Police Commissioner

Egon Keil, has been appointed as Samoa's new Police Commissioner.

Keil, who was one of 13 applicants, had spent 17 years with the Los Angeles police department before returning to Samoa three years ago.

Keil, who is 50, is the son of a prominent businessman, Maposua Rudolf Keil, who runs the country's first FM radio station.

Under amendments of the Police Act, he is the first person to be appointed with outside police experience and qualifications.

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