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Wahtonka Community School presents an evening of celebrating American Samoa

Come join us for a night of celebrating American Samoan culture! Ticket price includes a traditional Samoan dinner, cultural entertainment and auction fun! All money raised will go towards supporting the Wahtonka Community School students' efforts to establish an exchange program to American Samoa.
We are currently aiming to send students for a week of cultural and service learning projects in April 2017.

Update: Teacher answers to charges of sexual assault


Apia, SAMOA — A teacher from Pope Paulo High School has been arrested and will be charged with sexual assault involving female students. This was confirmed during the police press conference where Samoa’s Police Spokesperson, Superintendent Su’a LeMamea Tiumalu said the matter was reported to the police by the school’s principal. Su’a said the teacher would make his initial appear in Supreme Court on Monday (today in Samoa). The Catholic’s School teacher who is behind bars is Vili Sapati Vili of Mulifanua.

Secret life of young baby-in-drain mum revealed

She was a young woman from the islands with a pretty face living far away from her deeply religious Samoan parents when she secretly became pregnant to her first Australian boyfriend.

Then aged 30, she worked at a food storage warehouse in northwestern Sydney, just a 20-minute drive from the home she shared with her aunt and cousins.

The woman, who was to make international headlines when she placed her newborn son from a secret pregnancy down a 2.4m deep stormwater drain and the baby survived alone for an incredible five days, was leading an ordinary suburban life.

Samoa teacher charged over student relationship

Samoa police have charged a mission school teacher over having sexual connection with two female students.

The police spokesperson says the alleged victims, aged 15 and 18, are from the same school.

Meanwhile, the police are investigating a woman's complaint against the police after her husband allegedly attempted to rape her in a court room.

The man was facing domestic violence charges in the family court.

The woman has told the police that she was taken by a police officer to meet her husband in the room despite a protection order against him.

Commonwealth: Economic opportunities come with women’s empowerment


 “An increased empowerment and inclusion of women is not just about fairness, it’s about huge economic opportunity that is otherwise simply missed,” yet, exclusion and marginalization prevents women from participating in tackling important issues like climate change, says Patricia Scotland, Commonwealth Secretary-General at the Women’s Affairs Ministerial Meeting in Apia last week.

Will Obama fence off more of the ocean? US fishermen are fearful

American fishermen are deeply fearful that the Obama White House could cut them off as early as this week from major fishing areas of the U.S. continental shelf on both coasts, further restricting one of the most highly regulated fishing industries in the world.

Woman claims she escaped rape in a Mulinu’u courtroom


Apia, SAMOA — Testimony by a woman that her husband attempted to rape her inside one of the courtrooms at the Court House in Mulinu’u led to questions for Samoa’s Police Spokesperson, Su’a LeMamea Tiumalu who confirmed that police are looking into the allegation.
The woman’s testimony was made during the 11th Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministerial Meeting held in Samoa last week.

Samoa Briefs


Apia, SAMOA — Samoa’s Fashion week kicked off over the weekend with a Charity Fashion Cocktail Party held at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel. The show presented talented local up and coming designers, and a host of international designers. Produced by Pacific Runway Fashion Shows out of Sydney Australia in partnership with the Samoa Arts Council (SAC), it brings the weeklong fashion spectacular — Samoa Fashion Week — to Samoa for the first time.

Attorneys battle over who will prosecute NPO director

Judge says, let commonsense rule

Apia, SAMOA—Attorneys will battle before the Supreme Court next week to determine who will prosecute in the case against suspended National Prosecution Office (NPO) Director Precious Mauga who is facing two charges in connection with a traffic incident — whether it’s Simativa Perese an attorney hired by the Attorney General’s Office as Independent Prosecutor (IP) or Taulapapa Heather Brenda-Latu who was hired by the NPO to prosecute the case. Samoa News notes that Taulapapa is a former Samoa attorney general.

Samoa Police Commissioner fights back with motion to quash

Still no plea entered as defendant has yet to receive copy of charges

Apia, SAMOA — Samoa’s Police Commissioner, Fuiavailiili Egon Keil has moved to quash the charges against him noting the lack of sufficient evidence by the National Prosecution Office (NPO) and prosecution’s failure to submit information — in particular to the criminal charges against him. This was the submission by Komisi Koria attorney for the Commissioner.

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