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Samoa cops alarmed at growing number of women involved with drugs

"Who will take care of your children?"

APIA, SAMOA — It appears that some women are deviating from their wifely duty to advise their spouse to stay away from drugs, as the third case has surfaced where women are arrested along with their partners and are as involved in the illegal practice as the men, says Samoa Police spokesperson, Maotaoalii Kaioneta Kitiona during the weekly police press conference last week. He stated that a recent drug case led to the arrest of a woman and her husband who was caught with 10 marijuana joints and dried marijuana leaves.

Faoa says no word yet about his letter of resignation

Says rumors were that he would be terminated as soon as he announced his candidacy

While there is nothing in writing, Faoa Aitofele Sunia says that he heard in the Retirement Office about the ASG Retirement Fund board’s decision last month to terminate his contract as in-house legal counsel once he announced his candidacy for the governor’s race.

Territorial Bank of American Samoa chooses first CEO


Territorial Bancorp Holding Company board of directors has recruited Philip Ware as the first chief executive officer of the ASG owned Territorial Bank of American Samoa. Ware had retired from the banking industry where he worked for a long time with extensive experience.

Customs canine sniffs out gun and drugs in vehicle

Vehicle still released by DPS to consignee — a local resident

Several days ago, the canine unit for the Customs Division of the Treasury Department uncovered a firearm and drugs inside a vehicle that was imported to the territory, and manually searched inside the Customs warehouse.
Investigators from the Department of Public Safety (DPS) were contacted and a ‘change of custody’ resulted in the weapon and drugs being transferred to the DPS.

Samoa Fa’afafine Assn responds to Samoa Observer

Asks for community to stop persecution of LGBTI under the guise of religious correction

PRESS RELEASE — The article by the Sunday Samoan (published and owned by the Samoa Observer newspaper) of 19th June 2016 was in our view an indecent document and publication because it not only misgendered a member of the SFA, it went beyond the acceptable code of ethics in journalism and published an image of Ms. Tuivaiki in her final repose at death.

Fono: ASG projected FY2016 deficit over $11Million

Administration predicted underspending of $4.31 million

Based on the trend of revenue collection and spending during the first six-months of fiscal year 2016, the American Samoa government’s projected deficit at the end of the fiscal year stands at over $11 million, according to an analysis by the Legislative Financial Office staff, following requests by lawmakers, who sought such information as the Fono prepares to convene on July 11 — with a top priority of the debate and review of the new fiscal year 2017 budget.

Faoa resigns as Retirement Fund legal counsel


ASG Employees Retirement Fund (ASGERF) in-house legal counsel, Faoa Aitofele Sunia has tendered his letter of resignation to the Retirement Fund board.

FDA strengthens warning for common diabetes drug

It’s prescribed for Type 2 diabetes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has strengthened the existing warning about the risk of acute kidney injury from a common medicine prescribed for Type 2 diabetes: canagliflozin (Invokana, Invokamet) and dapagliflozin (Farxiga, Xigduo XR), according to a notice issued this week.
According to the FDA, due to recent reports, FDA has revised the warnings in the drug’s labels to include information about acute kidney injury, and added recommendations to minimize this risk.



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