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STP CEO resigns


Samoa Tuna Processors Inc., chief executive officer Don Binotto, has resigned from his post and the resignation includes his CEO post at The Tuna Store, which markets and sells Tri Marine International tuna products.
Bellevue, Washington  based Tri Marine announced last Thursday that it will “indefinitely suspend” canning operations on Dec. 11th at Samoa Tuna Processors (STP) facility in American Samoa “due to adverse business conditions.”

Samoa cops seeking identity of body found in the sea


Apia, SAMOA — A man who appears to be in his late 30s was found floating in the sea near Levi Sale’imoa earlier this week and efforts to find this man’s family have been unsuccessful, says Superintendent and Police Spokesperson Su’a LeMamea Tiumalu who said they will reach out to the neighboring islands, including American Samoa, Tuvalu and Tonga, to find out if there is a missing person on their watch.

UPDATE: STP "indefinitely" suspending canning

Other facets of STP being maintained — with much reduced labor force

“Due to adverse business conditions,” Tri Marine International says it will “indefinitely suspend” canning operations on Dec. 11 at Samoa Tuna Processors (STP) facility, which was opened in January 2015 following a $70 million investment with plans to hire up to 1,500 workers once the facility was in full operation.

People getting more creative smuggling drugs

Marijuana bust at airport on Monday — used ‘ink cartridges’

Benny, the four-legged Customs agent responsible for ‘sniffing’ out illegal drugs coming into the territory, made a another bust this past Monday, when a man from Pago Pago who was disembarking the Hawaiian Airlines flight claimed a suitcase containing a dozen ‘nuggets’ of marijuana.
(A ‘nugget’ is similar in size to a bottle cap).

Amata: Tri-Marine closing and its effect on economy

Source: Media Release, Aumua Amata's office

Pago Pago, A.S. Congresswoman Aumua Amata, issued the following statement regarding Tri Marine’s announcement to close their American Samoa cannery:

Tri Marine announces indefinite production suspension at their American Samoa tuna canning plant

Tri Marine, owner of American Samoa based, Samoa Tuna Processors (STP), has announced today that canning operations will be indefinitely suspended effective December 11, 2016.
Renato Curto, CEO of the entire Tri Marine Group said, “This is an incredibly difficult decision and one we make with a great deal of reluctance.  Our hearts go out to STP’s employees, suppliers, service providers, and everyone else who depends on STP’s operations.”

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