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Minister of Justice fights to quash warrant of arrest

The Minister of Justice and Courts Administration, Fa’aolesa Katopau Ainu’u, is seeking to quash an outstanding warrant of arrest against him in American Samoa.

The warrant of arrest for Fa’aolesa was issued in 2008 containing a number of allegations, in relation to his handling of a client.

In a telephone interview with the Samoa Observer yesterday, the Minister said his lawyer in the territory is working on his case. He did not say who his lawyer was.

“My lawyer will submit a motion to quash the warrant,” he said.

Samoa police charge 22 students over brawls

The police in Samoa have charged 22 students over recent fights involving several schools.

The students are from Avele and Malua Fou College as well as the USP Alafua Campus and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints College at Pesega.

The police spokesperson Su'a Muli'aga Tiumalu said the students have been charged with disorderly behavior, armed with a dangerous weapon and use of electronic devices for the purpose of inciting violence as well as insulting words.

They will appear in court on May 17th.

Deadly disease in Samoa believed to be Leptospirosis


There is one fatality suspected to be caused by leptospirosis (with a positive rapid test) and four others who are clinically suspected of having the disease in Samoa, according to Director General of Samoa’s Ministry of Health, Leausa Dr. Take Naseri.
Responding to Samoa News queries, he explained that they have four clinically suspected cases, and they are still awaiting serological confirmation from labs in New Zealand to be specific.

Avele College closed after threats appear on Facebook

Police investigation pending

The Samoa Government has closed down Avele College pending a police investigation into threats that were made public on a Facebook page belonging to an Avele student — where Avele students were urged to violence by using knives and Molotov cocktails, as well as broken glass. In a statement issued by the Samoa Government earlier this week, the Cabinet confirmed its decision to close Avele College pending the outcome of police investigations into continued and increasing acts of violence by students.


Source: PCC media release

Laie, HAWAII—The Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) officially welcomed its newest exhibit — the Ukulele Experience – with a special pau hana (after work), Aloha Friday (April 29) grand opening celebration.

Samoa govt acts to rein in school brawls

The Samoa government has shut down Avele College from today pending the outcome of police investigations into continued violence involving students.

Most recently Avele College students brawled with students from Malua fou College.

Avele's principal has blamed the use of social media for escalating the fighting.

Malua fou College was due to open today after being closed on Tuesday.

The government has also decided that from next year its grants for Mission Schools will go directly to the schools, to encourage students to stop flouting police authority.

World Tuna Day 2016

Source: PNA web posting

MARSHALL ISLANDS, 2 MAY 2016: — The Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) are honoring the winners of the PNA World Tuna Day Art and Talent Quest today on World Tuna Day 2016.
Jasmine Mendiola from Federated States of Micronesia won the First Prize and $3000 for her poem entitled “Teach Your Children” which tells of each generation learning about the need to conserve tuna.

Recently recaptured Samoa prison escapee stabbed, beaten

Prisoner Lauititi Tualima has been taken to the hospital due to injuries he received on Friday night.

According to a source from the hospital who spoke to the Sunday Samoan on the condition of anonymity, Lauititi was brought in on Friday night because he was beaten up and stabbed.

“According to the source Mr. Taualima was stabbed with a pair of scissors and he was badly beaten up by inmates inside the prison.

“The inmates were angry at him for escaping a lot so they beat him up and one of them stabbed him,” said the source.


She is back. The grand old lady of the South Pacific, Aggie Grey’s Hotel, returned last night as Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel and Bungalows.

The grand opening of the iconic hotel left hundreds of guests blown away with the vibrancy and class of the multi-million–tala project.

Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, extended his congratulations to the Grey family and the Starwood Hotel for the project. Tuilaepa said the occasion was a milestone not just for Samoa but for the Pacific as well.

“It began with the vision of a vibrant Samoan lady,” said Tuilaepa.

Samoa warns unnamed disease can be deadly


There is a deadly disease spreading through urine of infected animals according to the Ministry of Health in a public announcement signed by M.O.H. Acting Chief Executive Officer, Frances Brebner, last week. The bacterial infection disease that has yet to be given a name and it is unclear if the local Department of Health was informed by the Samoa Government about this announcement.

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