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Samoan man shot and killed in San Diego area

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Police in San Diego are still investigating the fatal shooting death of Vaafuti Togiailua, a 41-year-old Samoan rugby player turned assistant coach for the Old Mission Bay Athletic Club (OMBAC) rugby team who was shot six times in the chest and head last month inside his car, only two blocks away from his apartment in Golden Hill.
 



Samoan man shot and killed in San Diego area

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Police in San Diego are still investigating the fatal shooting death of Vaafuti Togiailua, a 41-year-old Samoan rugby player turned assistant coach for the Old Mission Bay Athletic Club (OMBAC) rugby team who was shot six times in the chest and head last month inside his car, only two blocks away from his apartment in Golden Hill.
 



Samoa NGO says support for abuse victims improving

The Samoa Victim Support Group says there has been a great change in attitude over the years towards helping abused and vulnerable children.

An Auckland chapter of the SVSG launched over the weekend, to help raise awareness and support for victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence in Samoa.

The founder and president of the SVSG, Lina Chang, says the more awareness they are able to create, the more accepting people are of the work they do.

She says when the group started 9 years ago, people didn't want to give anything to towards the cause.



Feleti Teo after Tuna Commission director's post

The director of the Suva-based Pacific Islands Development Forum is the only Pacific Islander shortlisted for the job as head of the Tuna Commission.

Feleti Teo, who is Tuvaluan, also spent two terms at the Suva-based Pacific Islands Forum's secretariat, and earlier headed the Forum Fisheries Agency.

He is one of five candidates vying to become the new director of what is formally known as the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission.

The Commission's office in Pohnpei has been vacant since August, when Australian Glenn Hurry stepped down at the end of his four-year term.



"Vessel Day Scheme" the focus at PNA meeting in Tuvalu

Issues surrounding a fishing conservation plan that has also become a big earner is the key topic at a meeting this week of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement in Tuvalu.

Tuvalu's permanent secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources, Kakee Kaitu, says a recent review of the Vessel Day Scheme, or VDS, offered thought provoking challenges for the eight member countries.

He says all the member nations will benefit from a strengthened VDS, without loopholes and with full compliance by participants, but he says it may be necessary to make concessions to achieve that.



Lava breakout burning through asphalt

PUNA, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii County Civil Defense officials say a Puna lava flow breakout is continuing to advance through the Pahoa Transfer Station -- burning through asphalt of the driveway that surrounds the buildings on the property, but has not come into contact with any of the structures yet.



Samoa trade minister on trial on theft and forgery charges

Samoa's Associate Minister of Trade, Commerce, and Industry, Muagututagata Peter Ah Him, is standing trial on charges of theft, false pretences, forgery and altering documents.

The charges against the minister arose from an investigation into a complaint by the Grand Ocean company in which the minister is a share holder.

Muagututagata is accused of offences involving about 30 thousand US dollars that the Chinese company had paid for the release and clearance of two containers from Customs.

Muagututagata has denied all charges.



Samoa to stop incoming flights to prevent Ebola

The Samoa government is endorsing the Ministry of Health's preventative guidelines for the deadly Ebola virus, including aborting some international flights in the event of suspected cases.

The Cabinet has approved aborting all direct flights from Fiji, and aborting flights from Hawaii if there are suspected Ebola cases.

It would also minimise flights from American Samoa, New Zealand and Australia.

The government says there is to also be an increase in the monitoring of yachts, cargo and cruise ships docking at the country's wharves.



Pacific Network on Globalisation calls for more debate on free trade in Pacific

The Pacific Network on Globalisation or PANG says it wants to encourage more Pacific Islanders to engage in debate over the dangers free trade agreements pose to Pacific nations.

The group has just launched a briefing paper outlining the ways it says free trade agreements can undermine customary land systems and facilitate the privatisation of land.

PANG's trade justice campaigner, Adam Wolfenden, says the paper is designed to set out a host of complex issues in an accessible way for people who don't necessarily have a legal or trade background.



Samoa Rugby Union denies report

The Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U) yesterday denied reports that there was a problem with the allowances for Manu Samoa players before the team was hammered by Italy, 24-13, in Ascoli on Sunday morning.

The Union’s Treasurer and Board member, Tamaleta Taimang Jensen, told the Samoa Observer that the players’ allowances have been paid.

As of yesterday, they were processing the allowances for the game against Italy.

He assured that the allowances for the game against Canada is also being processed.



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