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Samoa issues arrest warrant in incest case

The Supreme Court has issued a warrant of arrest for a mother accused of sleeping and having consensual sex with her son.

The incident allegedly happened after the son had been out drinking alcohol last year.

The matter came up before Justice Vui Clarence Nelson in the Supreme Court yesterday when he questioned the progress of the warrant of arrest issued for the mother.

The warrant was apparently issued last December after the woman failed to show up before Court for the hearing of the charges against her and her son.

Tuilaepa dismisses Opposition claims that his govt is selling out to China


Samoa’s Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi vehemently denies that the Samoa Government’s developments and assets are being sold to China.

PM wants bigger Samoan population and blames family planning

APIA: TUESDAY 20 JANUARY 2015: A bigger Samoan population has a bearing on the market, rugby players and netball players, and the Prime Minister blames family planning for a seemingly static population at 180,000 for many years.

It even influences political decisions like the Australian government decision to base its visa application approvals for Pacific islanders in Fiji.

Charges to be finalized in Samoa editor case

The Samoa government newspaper editor, Tupuola Terry Tavita, did not enter a plea when he appeared in the Supreme Court this week.

The Chief Justice, Patu Falefatu Sapolu, has accepted an adjournment to allow the prosecution to finalize charges against the suspended editor.

Tupuola Terry Tavita is facing a charge of attempted rape.

He is remanded on bail which includes reporting to police in Apia every week, surrendering his travel documents and passport as well as not contacting the victim.

Police last week said there is a possibility more criminal charges will be laid.

Largest tuna supplier in Western Pacific signs PNA agreement

FCF Fishery Company media release

KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan- — FCF Fishery Company (FCF) announced last week its joint investment, Nambawan, and its associated fleet, have signed a memorandum of understanding to maintain the highest sustainability standards while trading tuna harvested from Pacific Island Nations (PNA) waters.

New research blows Rapa Nui collapse theory

Newly-published research into ancient land use on Rapa Nui or Easter Island shows the collapse of society there wasn't as dramatic as first thought.

A multi-national team of scientists and archaeologists has come up with the first empirical evidence of changes in land use on the island which reveals how the slowly changing environment influenced people's living and farming patterns.

Theories up until now have centered around people starving to death due to slashing and burning the land for agriculture and the introduction of disease after contact with Europeans.

Chikungunya decreasing in Samoa

Samoa's Director General of Health says the country is finally seeing a decrease in the number of the Chikungunya virus infections.

Take Naseri says figures in the Ministry of Health's recently released report show a steady decline in cases of the mosquito-borne virus over the past month.

Last week a clinical services manager of the National Health Services told local media the number of people being infected had not slowed down.

But Dr Naseri says the latest figures show otherwise.

Mufi's tribute to his brother Gus

For the love of a big brother

My world collapsed when I lost my Momma, heart sank when I had to say my final farewell to Dad, and I choked to clear the lump in my throat during sister Titi’s funeral.

You would think that by now I’d be strong enough to handle a heavy heart, but when my brother Gus parted this world Friday, Jan. 2, the thought of not seeing my eldest sibling tease or embrace me with open arms ever again in this lifetime pained me.

Dramatic economic growth forecast for Pacific but most nations will not benefit

With the United Nations predicting “dramatic growth” for the Pacific region, most developing island economies will not feel the benefits of such fiscal expansion.

In its latest report - Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2014: Year-end Update, the agency’s Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (E.S.C.A.P.) reports that regional expansion is expected to double when compared to 2014.

The agency reports that this sharp increase is led by Papua New Guinea.


A University of Otago law student has been crowned Miss Pacific Islands, her third beauty pageant victory in the space of a year.

Third-year law and music student Latafale Auva'a (21) was crowned in Samoa last month after previously winning the Miss Samoa NZ and Miss Samoa titles.

Ms Auva'a said her whirlwind success over the past year was a ''tad bit overwhelming'', but she was pleased to have the opportunity to make a difference in the Samoan community.

''It was an amazing experience and I was so blessed to have such a great outcome,'' she said.

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