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Dongwon purchases Satala can plant

The can manufacturing plant at Satala is back in the StarKist Co. family after StarKist owner, Dongwon industries purchased the facility for an undisclosed amount of money saying there would be no major changes in current operations.
Reuters news agency reported late last month that Dongwon Systems Corp., a subsidiary of South Korean based Dongwon industries, had acquired 100% of Ardagh Metal Packing American Samoa Inc.  — locally known as Ardagh Impress Samoa Inc. Ardagh has a workforce of less than 100 and has been the can supplier for StarKist Samoa.

PASESE: E le o matou o ni manu e fai ai fa'apea


O le loto tiga ma lagona le fiafia na a'afia ai finagalo o ni isi o le pasese a le va’a mai Samoa, le Lady Naomi i le aso Tofi na te’a nei, ina ua silia ma le itula o latou laulau tutu e fa’atali le taimi e taunu’u ane sui o le Ofisa o Femalagaaiga e kilia le pasese a le va’a.

Election petitions: one dismissed, one under advisement


The Appellate Division of the High Court has ruled on the petition filed against the winner of the Pago Pago election Meauta L Mageo and Election Commissioner Tuaolo Fruean, filed by Va’amua Henry Sesepasara.
Chief Justice Michael Kruse, Associate Justices, John L Ward, Lyle L Richmond and Associate Judges Logoai Siaki and Sala Mamea Jr ruled to dismiss the petition, but noted that a more detailed ruling will be issued at a later date on the court’s reasons for granting the dismissal.

Groups sue feds over Pacific bigeye fishing rule

HONOLULU (AP) -- Environmental groups on Thursday sued the National Marine Fisheries Service to challenge a new rule for fishing bigeye tuna, a popular species for sushi and fish steaks.
The regulation undermines international efforts to end overfishing of bigeye, said the lawsuit, which was filed in federal court by the environmental law firm Earthjustice on behalf of the Conservation Council for Hawaii and two other groups.

Su'esu'e Loia Sili mataupu na vevesi ai ni ali'i faigaluega se to'alua malo


Ua su'esu'eina nei e le Loia Sili le mataupu lea na lafo ai e se ali'i Ofisa o Femalagaaiga ni upu masoa atoa ai ma ni upu mamafa fa'asaga i le ali'i Supavaisa o le Ofisa o Tiute i le taeao ananafi, e mafua mai i se taliga upu i le va o ali'i faigaluega e to'alua a le malo, i le tuai lea ona kilia o le uta ma le pasese a le Lady Naomi ina ua taunu'u lana malaga mai Apia ananafi.

Treasury Rept: "We are living in a billion dollar economy"

Report speaks only of revenues collected, not of government spending

While the Treasury Department didn’t reveal any specific financial data on ASG spending for fiscal year 2014 in its 4th quarter performance report, ASG Treasury Uelinitone Tonumaipea said the department set records in collection for the last fiscal year and that “we are living in a billion dollar economy” for the first time, with just over $1 billion in gross receipts in tax year 2012.

Tri-Marine to open “State-of-the Art” cannery Jan 2015


Tri Marine International has confirmed that its new cannery operations in American Samoa are scheduled to commence operations in January next year. The opening of the cannery is highly anticipated by both the government and the private sector as it will create new jobs.
The company announced earlier this year that their Samoa Tuna Processor Inc. cannery plant was to open next month and this was also the same information cited in Tri Marine documents in comments filed with the federal government. 

Tete'e le ali'i faipinisi i tu'uaiga a le malo fa'asaga ia te ia


O le ali'i faipisinisi lea o lo o tu'uaia e le malo i lona fa'aaoga o se atigi fagu fa'apea ai ma se ipu malamalama e fa'ao'o ai manu'ua i sana uo sa la tafafao i le Karaoke Bar i le amataga o le tausaga nei, ua ia ta'utino i luma o le vaega iloilo iuga i le taeao ananafi, e le moni tu'uaiga fa'asaga ia te ia.

Savali Talavou Ale expected to retain Speaker’s post


Alataua lawmaker Savali Talavou Ale is expected to carry on as Speaker of the House when the 34th Legislature convenes for the first time in January 2015.
Samoa News spoke to several faipule who were on the ‘opposition’ from the previous legislature who expressed that they have committed to supporting Savali, who is the longest serving member of the Fono, with over three decades under his belt.

In Manu’a police boat used to transport pig not people


The use of the police boat to transport a pig from Ta’u to Ofu left Manu’a residents furious as they were complaining that police officers refused to carry passengers to and from Ta’u and Ofu, yet the officers used the police boat to transport a pig.
Samoa News understands that the pig was for a luncheon for one of the government’s federal guests that was in Manu’a last week to conduct site visits of ongoing Capital Improvement Projects (CIPs).

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