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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.

Samoa court dismisses charge against police officer

A charge against a police officer who was accused of helping a prisoner escape from Tafaigata prison was dismissed by the District Court on Friday.

The not guilty decision was handed down by Judge Mata Tuatagaloa.

Anamani Sinapoa had pleaded not guilty to the charge of assisting and or concealing a prisoner’s escape.

The allegation stems from an incident that occurred on 18 June. He was suspended on 8 July without pay.

Sinapoa, a father of five, had served in the force for five years at time of the alleged offence.



Lolo says Samoa’s entry permit fee is “up to them”


Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga says the issue on the fees that target only American Samoans rests with the Samoa Government and it’s their prerogative as to what fees they wish to implement. “It’s up to them… we cannot dictate how the Samoa Government conducts their business, we don’t have the power to do that. All we can do is ask the State Department to make a request… and that’s it,” said Lolo.

Fourth suspect in Leone shooting found and charged


The fourth suspect in the shooting in Leone, Joe Palagi aka Solia Mosegi, who’s been at large for over two weeks, has been arrested and made his initial appearance in the District Court yesterday.
Mosegi is facing charges of conspiring with Lefatia to commit two counts of assault second degree and property damage, in connection with the shooting of the Leone substation last year November. The other three suspects are Sinapati Tu’ufanatu, Manu Lefatia and Tuliese Taliu.

Cook Is gov't looks to balance marine reserve with fishing needs

The Cook Islands prime minister, Henry Puna, says government ministries, such as Marine Resources are not undermining plans for the huge marine reserve, the Marae Moana.

Mr Puna and the heads of ministries have been meeting to try and push the project forward.

It is more than three years since the plans for the Marae Moana were first announced but Cook Islands News says, apart from wide public consultation, there has been no substantial move to get it off the ground.

AP Investigation: Is the fish you buy caught by slaves?

Associated Press

BENJINA, Indonesia (AP) -- The Burmese slaves sat on the floor and stared through the rusty bars of their locked cage, hidden on a tiny tropical island thousands of miles from home.

Just a few yards away, other workers loaded cargo ships with slave-caught seafood that clouds the supply networks of major supermarkets, restaurants and even pet stores in the United States.

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