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Girl in Samoa tells about affair with Church Minister

A key witness in a hearing involving the President of Samoa Victims Support Group (S.V.S.G), Siliniu Lina Chang, and three others, accused of defeating the cause of justice, has admitted to an affair (fa’anunumi) with a church Minister.

The confession by Susan Caroline Stowers was made in the District Court yesterday where she was summoned to give evidence.

The witness told the Court she had an affair with the Minister to get back at his wife for mistreating her.

“Yes (I had an affair),” Ms. Stowers said.

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Court application to stop purse seiners in Cooks

The Cook Islands High Court is set to hear an application which aims to stop the government from allowing more purse seiners fishing in its waters.

About 4,000 people have signed a petition against the government's latest deal with the European Union, which would allow four Spanish vessels to fish in Cook Islands waters for at least eight years.

The draft agreement allows for the netting of tuna, an annual quota of 7,000 tonnes to be exceeded and six months of experimental fishing a year.

Court grants banished former Samoa MP right to return to village

The Land and Titles Court has ruled in favor of a former Member of Parliament, Leota Leulua’iali’i Ituau Ale, allowing him to return to Solosolo village after being banished for six years.

Leota lodged a complaint with the L.T.C in July last year, as he wanted to return to the village.

In a decision made on 28 October, 2015, the Court reaffirmed previous decisions L.C. 11469/P1 on the date 11/12/2009 and L.C. 11469 p2 on the date 17/02/2012.

Latest voting rights lawsuit focuses on Presidential Elections


A voting rights lawsuit filed last week at a federal court reveals that former residents of Illinois, who are registered voters and now reside in American Samoa – can  cast an absentee ballot during the national election for the President of the United States.

Machete attack in Tafa’igata Prison in Samoa

A female prisoner at Tafa’igata is facing more charges, after an incident where she attacked a fellow inmate with a machete.

The Assistant Commissioner of Prison and Correction Services, Ulugia Niuia Aumua, confirmed the attack during an interview with the Sunday Samoan.

“On the fifth of November there was an incident that involved two female prisoners,” he said.

“It started off with them hurling abuse at each other and one of the prisoners couldn’t take it anymore and grabbed a machete and attacked her [fellow] inmate with it.”


Cape Town, South Africa — A Ceremony of Friendship was held Saturday afternoon in Cape Town, South Africa celebrating the historic arrival of the Hokulea.

The crew traveled 41 days and over 48,000 miles from the Mauritius islands to reach the destination.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu greeted and engaged the crewmembers and the Hawaii delegation. Tutu sailed on the Hokulea in 2012 during his visit to Hawaii.

Hawaii's health dept. spraying areas with high mosquito presence and confirmed dengue cases

BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - The State Department of Health continues to work with other state and county agencies on the issue of the Dengue Fever outbreak. As of 12:00 noon yesterday the Department of Health has reported 38 confirmed cases originating on Hawaii Island. These cases include 30 residents and eight visitors.

The Department of Health is spraying and treating areas with high mosquito presence and confirmed cases and will be conducting spraying at various locations in the areas of Napoopoo, Honaunau, Capt. Cook, Ookala, Papaaloa, Keaau, and Mt. View.

Samoa's debt climbs to $1.1billion

Samoa’s foreign debt has reached $1.1billion – leaving prominent politicians scared for the nation’s development and the country’s ability to pay back the debt.(Note: The Observer story did not indicate if this is U.S. dollars or Tala, however, the story did include the U.S. dollar sign.)

A report from the Samoa Bureau of Statistics, on government finance statistics for June 2015, stated the government debt “maintained at $1.1billion in June”.

American territories sue for right to vote for US President

A suit challenging United States laws that restrict who can vote for the American President has been filed by six U.S. citizens living in Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The president and founder of the 'We The People Project' Neil Weare, says the lawsuit highlights the injustice and absurdity that in 2015 Americans are still being disenfranchised because of where they live.

His group wants equal rights and representation for the more than four million U.S. citizens living in the U.S. territories.

Former NOAA official pushed fishing regs that benefit his company

The head of a company that receives millions of dollars from the federal government to provide at-sea watchdogs has a long history of advocating for the strict regulations that now benefit his company.

Andrew Rosenberg wears many hats. He heads up the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists. He is an unpaid affiliate professor of natural resources and the environment at the University of New Hampshire. He is a biologist with expertise in fisheries, once serving as the Northeast regional administrator for the National Marine Fisheries Service.

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