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Gun battle involves Samoa cops and drug suspects

A Police officer is recovering at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital after he was injured during a gun battle with men suspected to be in possession of drugs.

The Weekend Observer understands that three Police officers in civilian clothes were involved in the shoot out at Fasito’o-uta on Thursday evening.

One officer was reportedly shot on the leg.

The Assistant Police Commissioner, Fauono Talalelei Tapu, confirmed the incident yesterday but was not liberty to reveal the details.

Poly to re-launch service to Savai’I and Faleolo-Pago

New cabotage waiver for Manu’a in the works

Polynesian Airline’s chief executive officer Seiuli Alvin Tuala announced this week that early next year Polynesian will be re-launching air service between Upolu and Savai’i islands in Samoa as well as operating direct flights between Faleolo International Airport on Upolu and Pago Pago International Airport in American Samoa.

Silia $80,000 na fa’aalu fa’ailoga Farm Fair


E silia i le $80,000 le tupe na fa’aalu e le Matagaluega o Fa’atoaga a le m alo e fa’atupe ai fa’ailoga mo le Farm Fair a le aufai fa’atoaga lea na faia i le masina na te’a nei, e pei ona fa’amaonia mai e le Fa’atonusili o lea matagaluega, le afioga a Lealao M. Purcell
O le vaiaso nei na amata tufatufa ai siaki mo le aufai fa’atoaga na tauva i lenei fa’amoemoe, lea na amata mai lava i le $1,800 le maualuga o siaki sa tufatufa e o o atu i le ta’i $500, e pei ona fa’amaonia mai e Lealao.

Ebola symptoms cleared for fishing boat crewmember


Local first responders, led by the Department of Health, quickly mobilized Wednesday morning on the north side of the main dock after receiving a report the day before that a fishing vessel was enroute to American Samoa with a crewmember showing symptoms of the deadly Ebola disease.
Although the fisherman ended up being cleared of Ebola, the mobilization also tested how ASG would react to a call when there is a vessel heading to the Port of Pago Pago with a persons suspected of having Ebola.

A game changer: Thai Union inks deal with Bumble Bee

Still needs to be cleared by US antitrust authorities

After months of speculation, it was revealed yesterday that Thai Union Frozen Products Public Company Limited (TUF) has entered into a binding agreement to acquire 100% of the shares of North America’s largest seafood company, Bumble Bee Foods, LLC. Fishing industry news service, Undercurrent News broke the story on Thursday and has been reporting on it since June of this year.

Fa’atulaga aso faia ai fa’amasinoga autu Fuiava ma Ripley


Ua talia e le fa’amasinoga maualuga se talosaga na fa’aulu e le Loia Tuto’atasi o lo o tula’i mo le malo, ina ia fa’atulaga loa le aso e faia ai se fa’amasinoga autu o Filifa’atali Mike Fuiava ma Marie Tauanu’u Ripley.
O le fa’amasinoga autu mo Fuiava lea ua fa’atulaga e faia i le aso 19 Me 2015, ae o Ripley ua fa’atulaga i le aso 7 Aperila 2015.

LBJ approves off island referral for Baby Mel


The Soli family from Nuuuli received wonderful news yesterday, when they were informed that the LBJ Medical Center had approved Baby Mel’s case for off island referral.
Baby Melchizedek (Mel) has been fighting for his life at the LBJ Hospital since December 1.
According to his family, the off island referral will mean that LBJ Hospital “will offer some assistance and we are grateful.”

Court denies Marie Ripley’s motion to dismiss case

Says Ripley contributed to delay of case with constant travel

“Throughout 2012, 2013 and 2014, the defendant took advantage of ASG and the court’s leniency and by filing this motion she now seems to be looking the proverbial gift horse in the mouth,” says the court order in denying former OMV Manager, Marie Ripley the move to dismiss the Independent Prosecutor’s case against her. 
The 12-page order was signed by Associate Justice Lyle L Richmond and Associate Judges Mamea Sala Jr and Muasau Tofili.

Lata ina fa’ai’u ni isi mataupu sa faila e le Faletupe Atina’e


O mataupu e ono i le va o le Faletupe o Atina’e ma ni isi o le atunu’u, lea sa fofogaina i luma o le fa’amasinoga maualuga i le taeao ananafi, ua atagia mai ai le galulue lea o loia i le va o itu e lua e fa’amautu gaioiga uma mo le fa’ai’uina o ni isi o mataupu, ae o isi mataupu o lo o fa’aauau pea ona finauina i luma o le fa’amasinoga.

Governor calls on DOI to support local canneries


Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has called on the U.S. Department of Interior for support in fisheries issues which will have an impact on the future of American Samoa’s two tuna canneries, already faced with stiff global competition and “cut throat” policies pursued by the Chinese.

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