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Governor nominates Save as new DPS Commissioner


Director of the Office of Fraud Prevention and Investigation (OFPI) Save Liuato Tuitele has been appointed Commissioner of Public Safety and his name has been submitted to the fono for approval. In a letter to the fono, Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga asked the lawmakers to confirm him as the next DPS Commissioner.

Opening of Tri Marine’s STP operation fulfills CEO’s vision


Tri Marine International inaugurated over the weekend its Samoa Tuna Processors, Inc. cannery operations at the Atu’u facility and the ceremony has been described by a company official as the fulfillment of the chief executive’s vision to set up a canned tuna plant in the territory.
As previously reported by Samoa News, the company’s investment for the tuna canning plant is $70 million — the biggest one for the territory for some time now.

Fesiligia faipule finagalo Soliai tupe o lo o fa’aaoga maliu Fono


Ua fesiligia e ni isi o faipule o le Maota o Sui i le aso Faraile le finagalo o le afioga i le ali’i senatoa ia Soliai Tuipine Fuimaono, i le le tatau lea ona toe fa’aaoga e le Fono tupe e fai ai meaalofa mo taimi o maliu o senatoa po o faipule, ona o tupe ia, o le afu a le atunu’u o lo o aumai e fa’atupe ai galuegaa le Fono Faitulafono.

Girl swept to sea


A 17-year-old junior at Leone High School was swept out at sea while sitting on the rocks Friday afternoon at Sogi, according to police. 
It was first reported that the incident took place at Leala but later information confirmed she drowned at Sogi.

House Speaker reveals BoH plans to leave in June


The bombshell dropped yesterday by House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale that Bank of Hawai’i will be leaving the territory at the end of June this year sparked a flurry of comments and questions from lawmakers. The Speaker’s announcement came as chairman of the House Commerce Committee, Larry Sanitoa was scheduling a hearing following the introduction of a bill allowing the establishment of a government owned Charter Bank.

ASG looking to hire a new Chief Customs Officer

That’s the 4th one — within the last 17 months

The Department of Treasury is looking into hiring a new Chief of Customs, while the current Chief, Moetulu’i Sipili Fuiava has been assigned as Acting Chief of Customs, says Treasurer Ueligatone Tonumaipe’a in response to Samoa News questions.
Last week Friday, Samoa News received calls from Customs officers claiming that Moetulu’i had been removed as Chief, however Tonumaipe’a dismissed these allegations noting that Moetulu’i has been assigned as “Acting Chief until we find someone else.”

Molia le teufale faia uiga mataga tama’ita’i 14 tausaga


O le ali’i e 21 tausaga le matua lea sa galue o se teufale i le Fatu o Aiga, ua taofia nei i le toese i Tafuna, ona o tu’uaiga i lona faia lea o ni uiga mataga i se tama’ita’i e 14 tausaga le matua.

Sen. Galea'i advises DPS — do not rush to get feds involved in police shootings

Clean up your own house, he tells Save

While the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been asked for assistance in the two shootings last year which targeted police, Acting Police Commissioner Save Liuato told senators that he has also appointed a six-member task force to focus attention on the local investigation.
However, Sen. Galeai Tu’ufuli cautioned against rushing to get the federal government involved and recommended that local authorities move expeditiously with their investigation, especially now, with a new task force in place.

ASG revenue as collateral for bonds troubles senators


A Senate confirmation hearing for a new member of the American Samoa Economic Development Authority (ASEDA) board revealed that senators remain concerned with all government revenues being obligated— if the bonds, which are to be issued under ASEDA, default.
Sen. Magalei Logovi’i, a former ASG Treasurer, was the first to voice such concerns during Tuesday’s confirmation hearing for Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale as an ASEDA board member. (Talauega was later confirmed by the Senate in a 16-1 vote.)

Feds charge former DHR director with fraud, bribery

Concerning federal funds awarded to Hawai’i based company — NHHC

Former director of the Department of Human Resources Evelyn Langford has been charged with two federal counts for allegedly accepting more than $200,000 from an official of the Hawai’i based company, which was awarded a multi-million dollar contact under the federal National Emergency Grant program of the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL).

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