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Ombudsman says both police and father failed jailed boy

Ombudsman, Maiava Iulai Toma, has blamed both the Police and the father for contravening the rights of a three-year-old boy, recommending the demotion of the officers involved.

This was noted in a report he wrote following an inquiry his Office conducted into the detaining of the child, two weeks ago. A copy of the report has been obtained by the Sunday Samoan.

The inquiry was launched when a complaint was made by the boy’s parents - the father involved in the matter, Sauafea Tiava’asue and his wife Mareta, Maiava.

Scientists make recommendations to WestPac Fishery Mgmt Council

(BASED ON A PRESS RELEASE) — The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council's Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) concluded its 117th meeting this past Thursday in Honolulu and has passed on its recommendations to the full Council, which meets this week.
The recommendations are based on acceptable biological catches (ABCs) and these figures will be used to develop the 2015 annual catch limits (ACLs) for the fisheries.

Pacific Climate Warriors from 12 countries blockade world’s largest coal port

Newcastle, AUSTRALIA — Thirty Pacific Climate Warriors were joined by hundreds of Australians to peacefully blockade the world’s largest coal port in Newcastle this past Friday and called on the country to stop its destructive expansion of fossil fuels causing climate change.

Hawaii surfing, swimming and driving through the storm

Lifeguards have done three dozen rescues on the southern shore of Oahu alone as Hurricane Ana passes the islands to the south.

Ocean safety officials told HNN's Ramsay Wharton there were three rescues at Makapu'u Point, the far eastern point of Oahu, eight rescues at often treacherous Sandy Beach near Hawaii Kai, and 24 rescues in Waikiki.

Lifeguards also took an estimated 80 preventative actions at Makapu'u, 80 at Sandy Beach, and more than 500 in Waikiki. This refers to warning swimmers or surfers against going out in the water.

Ebola protection supplies arriving in Pacific

The World Health Organisation says it is working with Pacific governments to distribute Ebola protection gear around the region.

The head of the WHO in Vanuatu, Jacob Kool, says Pacific health sectors must be more prepared for the possibility the virus will reach the region.

Dr Kool says that includes having more supplies.

Tupa’i hails N.Z’s victory in New York

A special friend of Samoa, New Zealand, has done it.

This past week, it secured a historical seat on the United Nations' most powerful body, the UN Security Council.

New Zealand had Samoa’s support all along.

In the aftermath, that country’s Foreign Minister, Tupa’i Murray McCully is vowing to follow through on New Zealand's bid to reform the Security Council.

Samoa warned about fake currancy being passed

A man from Luatuanu’u, Pauli Mika, has warned members of the public to be on the look out for people using fake international currency to con them of their Samoan tala.

Mr. Mika approached the Weekend Observer yesterday to alert other people after a man at a petrol station tricked him with fake Australian money.

He said the man approached him, asking for help.

“He told me that he really wanted to go home but he had no money. All he had was foreign currency – an Australian $5 dollar,” said Mr. Mika.

“I felt sorry for him and I quickly got out $10 and gave it to him.”

Samoan travel agent pleads guilty in second fraud case


A Samoan travel agent, who already pled guilty at a federal court in Missouri for defrauding a high school marching band, has pled guilty to wire fraud in Arkansas for defrauding another high school marching band.
Both marching bands had wired money to Calliope R. Saaga for travel to Honolulu for separate trips in the summer 2012 but the defendant used the money for his own benefit. In total, federal prosecutors says Saaga, who resides in Sarasota Springs, Utah where one of his two travel businesses is located, stole $632,500 combined from both marching bands.

Samoa gets new power sub-station

The Samoa Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, has just opened a multi-million dollar power sub-station at Fuluasou.

The new system will allow the Samoa Electric Power Corporation to monitor its key assets on Upolu and Savaii.

It will also ensure cheaper, more efficient and more reliable delivery of electricity around the country.

The system, which cost just over seven million US dollars, has been funded by the Asian Development Bank, Japan, and AusAID.

Ebola fear for Samoa peacekeepers based in Afrika quashed

The Acting Commissioner of Police, Nafo’itoa Tala’imanu Keti, yesterday dispelled fears about the possibility of ebola entering the country through returning Police officers who have been on peacekeeping mission.

The Commissioner was contacted for a comment after an official raised concerns about police peacekeepers from Samoa who have been working in Northern Africa, namely Sudan.

“Africa is a big place and the officers are on the other side,” said Nafo’itoa. “So far there is no ebola in Sudan. If there was any ebola in the area (Sudan) we would’ve withdrawn them.”

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