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Samoa newspaper editor denies sexual claims

he Editor of the government owned Savali Newspaper, Tupuola Terry Tavita, has denied allegations that he made sexual advances towards a young female.

The complainant, Maria Kolia, is a journalism student at the National University of Samoa who was attached to the Savali Newspaper when the alleged incidents happened.

The Editor has pleaded not guilty to two charges of indecent assault; one of threatening words and two counts of assault. He is represented in Court by lawyer, Fepulea’i Patrick Fepulea’i.



Indecent assault trial for Savalii newspaper editor opens in Apia

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Trial for Tupuola Terry Tavita, the editor of the Savali Newspaper, got underway in Samoa this week with the complaining witness telling the court that she was disgusted by the sexual advances she alleges he made toward her, according to the Samoa Observer.
 
The victim, Maria Livisitone Kolio alleged to the Court that Tupuola made the advances several times before he abandoned her on a rural village road when she turned him down.
 



Vanuatu food situation 'critical'

The Vanuatu Government says relief aid has now reached all of the nation's islands since Cyclone Pam struck two weeks ago.

However, RNZI reporter Koroi Hawkins, who is on Erromango, says the food situation on many islands is critical.

He says the villages in Dillon's Bay, Port Narvin and Cooks Bay have waited two weeks for relief assistance but none has come.

The chiefs told him they have food enough for only a few more days.



Egon Keil appointed Samoa Police Commissioner

Egon Keil, has been appointed as Samoa's new Police Commissioner.

Keil, who was one of 13 applicants, had spent 17 years with the Los Angeles police department before returning to Samoa three years ago.

Keil, who is 50, is the son of a prominent businessman, Maposua Rudolf Keil, who runs the country's first FM radio station.

Under amendments of the Police Act, he is the first person to be appointed with outside police experience and qualifications.



Samoa court dismisses charge against police officer

A charge against a police officer who was accused of helping a prisoner escape from Tafaigata prison was dismissed by the District Court on Friday.

The not guilty decision was handed down by Judge Mata Tuatagaloa.

Anamani Sinapoa had pleaded not guilty to the charge of assisting and or concealing a prisoner’s escape.

The allegation stems from an incident that occurred on 18 June. He was suspended on 8 July without pay.

Sinapoa, a father of five, had served in the force for five years at time of the alleged offence.



Cook Is gov't looks to balance marine reserve with fishing needs

The Cook Islands prime minister, Henry Puna, says government ministries, such as Marine Resources are not undermining plans for the huge marine reserve, the Marae Moana.

Mr Puna and the heads of ministries have been meeting to try and push the project forward.

It is more than three years since the plans for the Marae Moana were first announced but Cook Islands News says, apart from wide public consultation, there has been no substantial move to get it off the ground.



Merciless stoning kills man in Samoa

A 27-year-old father who jumped in the sea at Savalalo in an attempt to flee from his attackers has died.

Holani Toso, of Leone was involved in a fight that broke out at the Savalalo Fish market during the weekend.

His father, Toso Fata, told the Samoa Observer that his son jumped into the sea to avoid his opponents.

“He couldn’t stand up to the seven of them,” said Mr. Fata. “So he jumped into the sea trying to escape from them. But even when he was in the sea thinking they will leave him alone, they continued to throw stones at him, hitting him.”



Two thirds of Vanuatu children need help

UNICEF says two thirds of children in Vanuatu have been affected by Cyclone Pam and require immediate help.
 
It has revised its Cyclone Pam humanitarian appeal, saying 4.8 million US dollars is required to meet the immediate needs of children affected by the disaster across the Pacific.
 
UNICEF says the appeal is critically underfunded.
 
Its Pacific Representative Karen Allen says children, especially in the hardest-to-reach islands in Vanuatu, are in serious danger.
 



Fans warned about unauthorised tickets for ABs v Samoa test

The Chief Executive of the Samoa Rugby Union has warned local fans to be aware of unauthorized ticket sales for the upcoming test between Manu Samoa and the All Blacks.

Tickets will be available for purchase from April the 6th, ranging from 40 Samoan Tala to 500 Tala, with Bluesky Samoa the only authorised local seller.

Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea'i says Bluesky is working together with the SRU to upgrade the union's website before tickets go on sale.

Apia Park will have a capacity of 12,000 for the July test.



Ex-teacher aid in Samoa jailed for sex with girls with special needs

A 37-year-old man, accused of having sexual intercourse with three students with special needs.

has been jailed for five years and three months.

The decision was handed down by Justice Elizabeth Aitken in the Supreme Court on Friday afternoon.

A name suppression is in place to protect the identity of the three young victims.

The man, who was caught in the United States of America, and flown back to Samoa to face the charges, pleaded guilty to 10 counts of carnal knowledge and four of indecently assaulting female students under the age of 16.



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