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Tuilaepa responds to NHRI report: “There is no poverty in Samoa”

“Do you see people walking around naked?”

Samoa’s Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, has rejected a segment of the first State of Human Rights Report for Samoa about poverty reduction and stated that the report is “foolish” and there’s no poverty in Samoa.
Yesterday Samoa News reported that Samoa’s National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) report says that Samoa’s village councils and churches needs to consider alternative ways to minimize cultural and religious financial obligations, particularly for financially vulnerable community members.


The weeklong Aso o Tupulaga “Loto Tasi” Youth Festival opened with leaders representing more than seven Samoan Assembly of God churches, two AOG youth groups and a singing husband and wife duo from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Sunday, Aug. 30 at Ke'ehi Lagoon Beach Park on O’ahu.


The festival is geared toward nurturing the innate talent of Samoan youth in dance, sports and competition.


Fa’alavelaves place undue burden on families in Samoa says NHRI report

Church and traditional contributions contribute to poverty levels

“From a cultural perspective, Samoa must be commended for its strong sense of community, which often acts as a safety net for the vulnerable members of society. However, Survey participants noted the cost and burdens fa’alavelave (traditional obligations) and church contributions can place on families,” according to Samoa’s National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) report that was provided to Samoa News last month.

Man described as "drunken beast" threatens to kill pregnant wife

A man described as a “drunken beast” beat his six-months pregnant wife until she blacked out and told people to leave her to die.

The beating followed a demand from Falaniko Sefo Mano, 35, of Utuali’i, Samoa for his 25-year-old wife to cook him some food after he came home drunk.

When family members tried to intervene to stop the beating, he chased them away saying “if she dies she dies.”

And while the victim was cowering to protect herself and her unborn baby, the defendant tried to kick her in the stomach.

Coast Guard urges caution, preparation ahead of Hurricane Ignacio reaching Hawaiian Islands

HONOLULU — The public is advised to use extreme caution and prepare for the onset of heavy weather expected to generate extreme sea conditions, storm surge and high surf throughout the main Hawaii Islands prior to the arrival of Hurricane Ignacio.


HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Maui County and the Big Island as Hurricane Ignacio continues to move toward the Hawaiian islands. A Tropical Storm Watch means that Tropical Storm conditions are possible within the watch area within 48 hours.

The Central Pacific Hurricane Center said at 5 a.m. Sunday, Ignacio was located approximately 450 miles east of Hilo or 650 miles east-southeast of Honolulu. It had maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour with higher gusts. A weakening trend is forecast to begin on Sunday.

PM calls Human Rights Report for Samoa "foolish"

"There is no poverty in Samoa"

There’s no poverty in Samoa. So says Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, who has rejected a segment of the first State of Human Rights Report for Samoa about poverty reduction. He said the report is foolish.

Compiled by the Office of the Ombudsman as the National Human Rights Institution (N.H.R.I), the report says one in every five Samoans live in poverty.

“Despite progress in big picture economic growth and within high level development framework, there is disparity in development outcomes particularly in rural and remote areas,” a copy of the report reads.

Samoa’s newest Supreme Court Judge is a woman

The Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, has congratulated Justice Mata Keli Tuatagaloa for achieving another first for Samoa.

His Highness Tui Atua extended his well wishes at Tuaefu yesterday where he administered the swearing in of the former District Court Judge as a Supreme Court Justice.

The ceremony was well attended by Justice Tuatagaloa’s family, colleagues and friends.

Present also were her fellow Judges as well as the Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asue Falefatu Sapolu.

Tropical Storm Watch issued for Big Island of Hawaii

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for the Big Island as Hurricane Ignacio has rapidly intensified and is now a major Category 3 storm in the Central Pacific. A Tropical Storm Watch means that Tropical Storm conditions are possible within 48 hours.

American Samoan pleads guilty in second attack in AZ

A former Northern Arizona University football player serving 40 years in prison for a 2001 rape has pleaded guilty to attempted sexual assault in another case.

Pisa Magele, 36, was first arrested in December 2001 after an NAU student told campus police he had raped her in her dorm room. Magele was 11 years into a 40-year sentence with the Arizona Department of Corrections for that rape when a grand jury indicted him in January 2014 on two counts of sexual assault for attacking another NAU student two months before his arrest.

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