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42 year old alleged murder to go to trial in Samoa

A 63 year Samoan woman is to face trial for the murder of a child after her lawyer's application for the charge to be quashed was dismissed.

Maota Ah Ta, who resides in Melbourne Australia, is accused of strangling a baby some forty years ago. The accusation is made by her sister.

She pleaded not guilty to the murder charge. Her lawyer is Tima Leavai.

Rexona Titi and Brigitta Lo Tam Fifita are prosecutors of the Attorney General’s office. Presiding is Supreme Court Judge, Justice Vui Clarence Nelson.



Tri-Marine CEO hopeful Tuna Treaty can be improved

Says reports of pulling out of the Treaty are “rumors”
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Tri Marine International, whose local operations include the Samoa Tuna Processor Inc., cannery set to open next January, would like to see the South Pacific Tuna Treaty improved to allow fishing vessels based in American Samoa more access to the fishing grounds of Forum Fishery Agency’s 17 member countries.
 



Clear the Lady Naomi in a timely manner says Florence Saulo

Calls on AG to look into problems at Immigration
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House Judicial and Legal Affairs Committee chair, Rep Vui Florence Saulo is calling on Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale to look at the immigration processing procedures for the MV Lady Naomi after a number of passengers complained about their treatment at the hands of Immigration personnel.
 



Samoa rugby situation 'absolutely not under control' - players hit back at prime minister

Samoan rugby players are disputing the claims of their prime minister that a dispute with their national rugby union has been resolved.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, who is also union chairman, told ONE News yesterday that he had spoken to the players and the dispute is under control.

But lock Daniel Leo, who is spokesman for the Samoan team, told Radio Live today "we haven't even had a chance to meet with them, let alone sort anything out, so it's stalling tactics."



Samoa policemen demoted for jailing 3 year-old

Three policemen in Samoa have been demoted and a fourth has received a final warning as punishment for holding a 3 year-old in jail.

The child's father was taken into custody for driving an unlicensed vehicle and as the child was in the car at the time of the arrest, the boy was also jailed.

Inspector Keti Tole'afoa, who was the head of the Traffic division, has been demoted to sergeant but has filed an appeal.

His second in charge, Sergeant Fetu Ta'alili, has been dropped to the rank of corporal and both have been transferred to work in the General Policing division.



Biz Beat: Neil’s ACE Home Center to host ‘Biggest Sale of the Year’

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This Friday and Saturday, Neil’s ACE Home Center in Malaeimi is the place to be. In honor of their 30th year anniversary and in line with Black Friday, the store is hosting its ‘biggest sale of the year’.
 
Doors will be open early at 6 a.m. on Friday, November 28.
 



Samoa MP says shipping charges to Pago are 'daylight robbery'

Aana Alofi No. 3 Member of Parliament, Toeolesulusulu Cedric Schuster, has penned an open appeal to the Minister and the Board of the Samoa Shipping Corporation (S.S.C) for help.

The open letter sent to the Samoa Obsever concerns the cost of shipping cargo to American Samoa, which the Member of Parliament describes as “daylight robbery.”

The letter from the Member of Parliament, who belongs to the Tautua Samoa Party, is published here in full. It reads:

Appeal to the Minister and Board of Samoa Shipping Corporation



New StarKist boss meets with Gov. Lolo to "show appreciation" for ASG support

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The reduction of fishing days in the Pacific as a result of the U.S. government treaty with Forum Fishery Agency, the issues surrounding minimum wage, and the need for additional land for cannery expansion were among the issues discussed last Friday during a news conference with StarKist Co., new president and chief executive officer Andrew Choe, who was in the territory.
 



OIA issues authorization to proceed with $8MIL Manu'a vessel project

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The U.S. Department of Interior’s Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas, Esther Kia’aina has given approval to the Lolo Administration's request to release over $8 million in Capital Improvement Project funds to build a new passenger/cargo ferry which will sail between Tutuila and Manu’a islands.
 



Community Briefs

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CDC ISSUES SAMOA CHIKUNGUNYA WARNING
 
The United States health agency, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, has issued a warning to travellers about the threat in Samoa from chikungunya.
 
Earlier this week the Samoa Ministry of Health said the mosquito borne disease is now affecting all of the country.
 
It says there are more than 2,500 confirmed cases.
 
The CDC says for the first time, chikungunya is being locally transmitted in Samoa.
 



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