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Calls for more talks on Samoan custom land project

A group of matai and high chiefs in Samoa are calling again on the government to adequately consult the country on its plans to promote the economic use of customary land.

The group formally complained in August last year about the lack of meaningful consultation and the possible alienation of customary land as a result of the government's Asian Development Bank-backed projects.

The ADB's independent Office of the Special Project Facilitator investigated the complaint, and recommended the Samoa government undergo meaningful consultations with the community and stakeholders.

Samoa police shed light on savage attack

The attack on a 68-year-old grandfather and matai of Falealupo that left him fighting for his life was an act of revenge.

That’s what the Police told the media yesterday, in confirming the details that led to Gaga Sagele being savagely attacked by another man from the village using a machete.

According to Police spokesperson, Su’a Muliaga Tiumalu, a 32-year-old male from Falealupo responsible for the attack is scheduled to appear in Court today.

Samoa: Girls look on as father is hacked with machete

A young girl and her mother screamed for help while her grandfather was being “savagely attacked” by an angry villager using a machete.

The attack took place before their eyes at Falealupo last Friday. Today, the 68-year-old grandfather, Gaga Sagele, is fighting for his life at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital.

He lost three fingers and he required an urgent operation to treat wounds to his arms, chest and face.

His family spent Saturday afternoon seeking for blood donors to help the the injured man.

The incident was confirmed yesterday by Mr. Sagele’s sister, Melania Maufilo.

Dispute could delay Samoa's Aggie Grey project

A dispute could slow the renovation works and construction of a new building for Aggie Greys Sheraton hotel in Apia in Samoa.

Our correspondent says a number of local workers hired by the Chinese construction company have walked out of the job complaining they are being underpaid.

Samoa's ministry of labour says an investigation into the dispute has been carried out and found no breach of working conditions or salaries by the Qing Dao company.

PM Tuilaepa hush-hush about Manu preps for All Blacks

Prime Minister and the Chairman of the Samoa Rugby Union, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, is not giving away much about Samoa’s preparations for the All Blacks.

In fact, he is confident that the Manu Samoa will surprise the world champions when they arrive in Apia for the first time in history in July.

Asked by the media about Manu Samoa’s preparations, Tuilaepa assured that the team and the Union’s preparations were on track.

“We are well prepared,” he said.

Five females suspected in alleged scam in Samoa

Five female are suspects of an alleged scam that has cost a local wholesale company $250,000.

The scam was confirmed by the Police Spokesperson, Su’a Muliaga Tiumalu, yesterday who said that the Police are investigating the incident.

The alleged incident started from November 2014 until February this year.

“The offences occurred when products are delivered and when they collected cash,” he said.

“From what we’ve found so far, they would discard the receipts and share the money among themselves.”

Andrew Hawkins posts hilarious tribute video for Troy Polamalu

Troy Polamalu retired Thursday, which is sad, in a way.

But dry that wistful eye, friend. The Pittsburgh Steelers safety spent the last 12 years successfully intercepting footballs and hunting ball-carriers like wild game.

He was a special kind of ball hawk, and now Andrew Hawkins—one of Polamalu's favorite prey—is looking back on their close, shoulder-pad-to-ribcage relationship.

The Cleveland Browns wide receiver posted a video to Instagram of his on-field run-ins with Polamalu. Hawkins will miss those days.

Samoa court hands schoolgirl rapist two and a half years

A 19 year-old man who pleaded guilty to a dozen counts of sexual intercourse with a young girl, has been sent to prison for two and a half years.

The victim was 12 years old at the time of the offending and she attends primary school.

The decision was handed down by Justice Lesatele Rapi Va’ai in the Supreme Court last week.

Despite an apology from the defendant’s parents, Justice Va’ai decided not to take this into consideration when sentencing saying that an apology could never make up for the actions committed as he had previous convictions.

Mother of four jailed for theft in Samoa

A mother of four has been jailed for four years and eight months for stealing more than $200,000 from her employer.

Joyce Wilson, 35, was sentenced by Supreme Court Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiavaasue Falefatu Sapolu.

She pleaded guilty to 109 count of theft as servant, 101 charges of forgery and 109 counts of altering or producing documents.

“There is no mitigating factor relating to the offending.” His Honour said.

Although her plea of guilty at the earliest opportunity he said was a personal factor in her favour.

Samoan funerals crippling grieving NZ families

Bereaved families in the Samoan community are facing severe financial stress dealing with expensive funeral obligations, new reseach says.
Expensive gift giving at Samoan funerals is an important cultural tribute, but honouring the deceased means funerals can cost up to five or six times more than the average Kiwi farewell.
New research shows the practice is becoming increasingly more elaborate and extravagant, and there are calls for the more expensive gift giving practices to be pulled back.

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