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Sr police officer caught in alleged shakedown


Senior police officer Poe Leapai, who has been with the Department of Public Safety for some 17 years, was arrested and criminally charged on Monday on allegations that while in uniform he allegedly placed dead cockroaches in the food he would buy from certain stores run by Asians, and then ask the store owners for money in return for not contacting the Department of Health.

Senate preps resolution re: Lolo governing from Hawai’i


The Senate’s legal team is working on a resolution that raises the issue of Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga being in Honolulu for several months, while still governing the affairs of American Samoa's government. This was revealed briefly by Senate President Gaoteote Tofau Palaie during yesterday's Senate session on pending measures being processed and put together by Senate attorneys before being introduced in chamber.

“No deal” on Pacific tuna treaty — that means rough sailing for U.S fishing fleet


A shareholder in the largest U.S. tuna fleet issued a press release Tuesday decrying the ‘no deal’ conclusion Saturday of American treaty negotiations with Pacific Island nations that leaves the United States tuna fleet without fishing access to the Pacific Ocean in 2015.
The latest negotiations on the Multilateral Treaty on Fisheries (also known as the South Pacific Tuna Treaty) were held in Auckland, New Zealand.

ASPA responds to Lolo’s challenge for lower rates


As of last Friday, July 11, 2014 the American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA) Board moved to freeze all ASPA hiring for a year, with the exception of engineers, technicians (including apprentices), trade workers and accountants, and this has been confirmed by ASPA CEO Utu Abe Malae.
The move came following a board meeting held last Friday, after Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga wrote a lengthy letter to the ASPA Chairman about reducing ASPA rates by the end of the year and shrinking the cost of their operation.

Lolo: Bumble Bee plan threatens our canneries


Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga believes that Bumble Bee Company's plans to set up operations in neighboring Samoa threaten the “financial viability” of local cannery operations of StarKist Samoa and Tri Marine International’s Samoa Tuna Processors Inc.
The governor briefly mentioned Bumble Bee in a recent letter to Lori Faeth, the acting Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas of the U.S. Department of Interior. The July 4 letter covered issues pertaining to Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) for American Samoa in the current and next fiscal year.

Fono opens yesterday, set to recess three weeks today


The Fiscal Year 2015 budget, the 2% wage tax, DOE’s move to incorporate the Samoan language into the education system, payroll transfer from Treasury to Human Resources and no bills submitted for the Senate were among the issues discussed when the Senate convened yesterday for the 4th and final session of the 33rd Legislature, which will recess today for three weeks.
This is due to the majority of the lawmakers heading out to the annual CCCAS church conference, which is being held in California this month.

EMS stoned in Leone while there for emergency


While responding to help a woman in labor, the Emergency Medical Services ambulance  was stoned in Leone, causing the EMS technicians to delay their response to the call.
Samoa News understands that a male suspect in his 20’s was arrested in connection with this matter and he has been taken to the Tafuna Correctional Facility. He's scheduled to appear in District Court tomorrow morning. 

Director of Parks and Rec responds to irate faipule

Says Maugaoalii should have been more patient

“The Multi purpose court is a Park and Recreation project, not Fagatogo’s project,” said Parks and Recreation Director, Maeata’anoa Pili _Gaoteote, in response to a letter sent by Fagatogo faipule Maugaoali’i Leapai Sipa Anoa’i regarding the status of the project, in which he called the work done so far “unsatisfactory”.

TUIASINA: E le laititi fa’afitauli tula’i mai i Vailoatai


"E aumai lava e le Atua le tal"
E le laititi le mataupu e pei ona tula’i mai i le va o le afioga i le Alo o Salamasina ia Satele Galu Satele, ma le Faifeau o le Ekalesia EFKAS i Vailoatai ia Rev. Faletoi Uso e pei ona molimau le afioga a Tuiasina Dr. Salamo Laumoli, ona ua a’afia atu ai aiga ma le nu’u atoa.

DOH health advisory on mosquito-spread diseases


The Department of Health has issued a health advisory after more than 30 patients on Tutuila have been treated for fever, rash, and joint pains in the past 10 days.
DOH director Motusa Tuileama Nua in an advisory issued late Friday afternoon said DOH and LBJ Hospital have detected an outbreak of an illness that they suspect may be caused by one of the mosquito-spread diseases that has been circulating in the South Pacific recently.

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