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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.



Two Samoas gear up for Trade Fair in April

A preparation meeting for the “2 Samoas Trade Fair” is being held in American Samoa this weekend.

The trade fair will be held in American Samoa on 15 – 17 April 2015, as part of the territory’s Flag Day celebration.

The trade fair came about from an agreement between Samoa and American Samoa during the Two Samoa talks in 2012. The first trade fair was held in Apia last year.

The trade fair preparations subcommittee include representatives from the two Governments and private sector.



APTC graduation ceremony set for this week in Apia

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The Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) will hold its graduation ceremony in Samoa for students who have successfully completed programs at the school.
 
There ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at the Ekalesia Faapotopotoga Kerisiano Samoa (EFKS) Hall, in Sogi next Tuesday, March 24 2015.
 



Apia Park will be ready for All Blacks

The Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U) says it is addressing concerns at Apia Park in the lead-up to July’s historic Test against the All Blacks, and expects the ground will be ready at least a month in advance.

New Zealand Rugby visited Samoa last month and raised issues with the drainage at the ground, while an outbreak of the Chikungunya virus had also been of concern.

Samoa Rugby Union interim C.E.O Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i says they’re working with New Zealand and World Rugby staff to meet the required deadlines.



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