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Will Obama fence off more of the ocean? US fishermen are fearful

American fishermen are deeply fearful that the Obama White House could cut them off as early as this week from major fishing areas of the U.S. continental shelf on both coasts, further restricting one of the most highly regulated fishing industries in the world.

Woman claims she escaped rape in a Mulinu’u courtroom


Apia, SAMOA — Testimony by a woman that her husband attempted to rape her inside one of the courtrooms at the Court House in Mulinu’u led to questions for Samoa’s Police Spokesperson, Su’a LeMamea Tiumalu who confirmed that police are looking into the allegation.
The woman’s testimony was made during the 11th Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministerial Meeting held in Samoa last week.

Samoa Briefs


Apia, SAMOA — Samoa’s Fashion week kicked off over the weekend with a Charity Fashion Cocktail Party held at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel. The show presented talented local up and coming designers, and a host of international designers. Produced by Pacific Runway Fashion Shows out of Sydney Australia in partnership with the Samoa Arts Council (SAC), it brings the weeklong fashion spectacular — Samoa Fashion Week — to Samoa for the first time.

Attorneys battle over who will prosecute NPO director

Judge says, let commonsense rule

Apia, SAMOA—Attorneys will battle before the Supreme Court next week to determine who will prosecute in the case against suspended National Prosecution Office (NPO) Director Precious Mauga who is facing two charges in connection with a traffic incident — whether it’s Simativa Perese an attorney hired by the Attorney General’s Office as Independent Prosecutor (IP) or Taulapapa Heather Brenda-Latu who was hired by the NPO to prosecute the case. Samoa News notes that Taulapapa is a former Samoa attorney general.

Samoa Police Commissioner fights back with motion to quash

Still no plea entered as defendant has yet to receive copy of charges

Apia, SAMOA — Samoa’s Police Commissioner, Fuiavailiili Egon Keil has moved to quash the charges against him noting the lack of sufficient evidence by the National Prosecution Office (NPO) and prosecution’s failure to submit information — in particular to the criminal charges against him. This was the submission by Komisi Koria attorney for the Commissioner.

Around the world faith communities join in prayer for Pacific Islanders

Communities that are faith-based from the Pacific region and from around the world have organized prayers for Pacific Islanders whose homes have been terribly affected by climate change.

More than one hundred events took place over the past two weeks as part of the #PrayForOurPacific campaign. Small island countries in the Pacific are already dealing with the need to relocate human settlements as sea levels rise and intense storms increase in the region due to climate change.

Samoa Police Beat



Samoa's suspended police chief back in court

The case against Samoa's suspended Police Commissioner is to be heard in court again today.

Fuiavailili Egon Keil is facing four criminal charges over an unlawful arrest last year.

He has been charged with perjury, unlawful detention, providing false statements, and disorderly conduct.

RNZ International's correspondent in Apia, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia, said the police chief has yet to make a plea with a civil suit over the arrest also pending.

Men stranded on island rescued after 'SOS' spotted

Two men have been rescued from an uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean after crews spotted the letters 'SOS' written in the sand.

The mariners were marooned on an island in Chuuk State in Micronesia on August 19 "with limited supplies and no emergency equipment" on board, the US Coast Guard said in a statement.

"Create the future you want” Samoa univ students told


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