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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.

Sacked Samoa police chief sues AG

Samoa's former Police Commissioner, Lilomaiava Fou Taioalo, is suing the Attorney General, and three members of a Commission of Inquiry, over recommendations to the Cabinet that led to his dismissal.

The ombudsmen who chaired the inquiry are Maiava Iulai Toma, Gatoloai Tili Afamasaga, and Su'a Tanielu are defendants in case.

Lilomaiava and one of the assistant police commissioners who managed the prison, had been suspended for 12 months while the commission had investigated allegations of mismanagement and corruption at Tafaigata prison.

Report on human rights violations in Samoa highlights plight of women & youth


Sexual abuse and incest is a problem that is becoming increasingly common in Samoa, and it is condemned across the board by human rights law, national law, and within the Fa’asamoa, according to the recent report released by Samoa’s National Human Rights Institution (NHRI).
The report was provided to Samoa News, and says that despite being condemned within the Fa’asamoa, because it represents a total breakdown of the responsibility of the aiga to protect and safeguard children — it is a common problem in Samoa.

Miss Samoa links with NRL to promote wellness

The reigning Miss Samoa/Miss Pacific Islands Latafale Auva'a teamed up with NRL Development Samoa to promote healthy lifestyles in primary schools using the NRL Wellness program.

The program was delivered by NRL staff and Latafale, who visited Tuanaii Primary School on 22 July and Levi Primary School on 23 July to over 750 students.

Hawaii State employees watch 100 to 300 hours of Netflix at work a week

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The state has just begun to block state employees from being able to access video streaming services such as "Netflix" and "Hulu" from their on-the-job computers.

And Hawaii News Now has learned the state workforce spent anywhere from 100 to 300 hours in one week recently watching Netflix.

Samoa police seize 600 plants in drug raid

The police in Samoa have uncovered two plantations of marijuana at Faleatiu village, resulting in the confiscation of more than 600 plants.

Weapons were also found and four people arrested during the raid which involved over 60 officers.

It was the biggest police operation carried in the village since an unsuccessful raid two years ago where a gun fight erupted ending with the death of a villager and injuries to three officers.

The latest raid was the second drug operation in two weeks weapons and drugs were found at a family house in Afiamalu.

Measina a Samoa performs at Pacific Ink & Art Expo Saturday in Honolulu

Representing Samoa and its art of siva, Measina a Samoa, under the direction of Waipahu, Hawai'i-born A'o Siva Moana Sulu'ape, performed at the Pacific Ink & Art Expo Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015. It was the first appearance from the group since the passing of their beloved A'o Siva Lorita “Lika” Achica, of Alamagoto, Samoa and Utulei, Amerika Samoa, mid-June in Hawai’i.

PNA calls one-year agreement for SoPac Tuna Treaty “positive development”


The South Pacific Tuna Treaty transitional agreement reached last week in Brisbane, Australia is valued at just over $89 million and the agreement is a positive development reflecting the value of rights-based fisheries management for the Pacific islands, according to a news release over the weekend by the eight Pacific island nations which are Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA).
The Brisbane meeting was held Aug. 3-5 but the parties failed to reach a long term agreement, which is of great importance to American Samoa because of our local canneries.

Escape prompts Samoa police to bolster Tafa'igata prison security

The Samoa Ministry of Police has stepped back in at Tafa'igata prison to support the fledgling Ministry of Prison and Correction Services after a mass escape.

Tafa'igata prison was controlled by the Ministry of Police, but command was shifted amid allegations of corruption to the Prisons and Correction Service when it was established last year.

Ten prisoners escaped at the start of the month after they drilled a hole through a cell wall and were caught by police two days later.

A lesson for us? Pain of Puerto Rico’s debt crisis

To Lev Steinberg, it seemed like a good place to park his nest egg.

Puerto Rico bonds offered high returns and tax-free income. And there was little chance, his broker assured him, that the government would default on its debt.

So Mr. Steinberg went all in, investing more than 85 percent of his retirement savings in funds with large concentrations of Puerto Rico bonds.

“They told me this was safe,” said Mr. Steinberg, a 64-year-old mathematics professor at the University of Puerto Rico, “that the legal protections to repay the bonds were strong.”

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