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Arrests in Vanuatu over 'black magic' hangings

Church pastors and customary chiefs of Akham Island in Vanuatu have been arrested for allegedly ordering the hanging of two men for practicing black magic.

According to the Daily Post, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, John Taleo, has described the killings as brutal and unlawful murders.

Mr Taleo says the 67 and 40-year old victims were related and police suspect others from the area who live in the capital Port Vila were also involved.

Pastors alleged the pair were responsible for a number of deaths on the island.



Prematurity cause for bulk of baby deaths in Samoa

A doctor at Samoa's baby unit says women need to seek medical care early in their pregnancies to avoid the risks of premature delivery.

The World Health Organisation says preterm birth is the world's largest killer of newborn babies, causing more than one million deaths each year, but 75 per cent could be saved without expensive, high technology care.

A Pediatric Registrar, Dr Litra Esera, told Jenny Meyer in Samoa babies born up to ten weeks early are able to be supported but up to half do not survive due to overwhelming infection.



Samoa attorney says Govt. should not regulate media

“If government is serious about accountability and transparency, it is axiomatic (clear) that there should be such (Freedom of Information) legislation” - Su’a Hellene Wallwork

The government should not be involved in the regulation of the media. That’s the opinion of local lawyer, Su’a Hellene Wallwork.

But Su’a who has previously worked on defamation cases in New Zealand with a highly respected Queen’s Counsel acting for and against the media; says that the sector here is in need of a regulatory body.



FSM installs largest solar system in effort to reduce annual fuel costs

The Federated States of Micronesia is making impressive progress in the implementation of their grid connected solar power generation systems funded through the Pacific Environment Community (PEC) Fund.
 



Samoan man shot and killed in San Diego area

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Police in San Diego are still investigating the fatal shooting death of Vaafuti Togiailua, a 41-year-old Samoan rugby player turned assistant coach for the Old Mission Bay Athletic Club (OMBAC) rugby team who was shot six times in the chest and head last month inside his car, only two blocks away from his apartment in Golden Hill.
 



Samoan man shot and killed in San Diego area

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Police in San Diego are still investigating the fatal shooting death of Vaafuti Togiailua, a 41-year-old Samoan rugby player turned assistant coach for the Old Mission Bay Athletic Club (OMBAC) rugby team who was shot six times in the chest and head last month inside his car, only two blocks away from his apartment in Golden Hill.
 



Samoa NGO says support for abuse victims improving

The Samoa Victim Support Group says there has been a great change in attitude over the years towards helping abused and vulnerable children.

An Auckland chapter of the SVSG launched over the weekend, to help raise awareness and support for victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence in Samoa.

The founder and president of the SVSG, Lina Chang, says the more awareness they are able to create, the more accepting people are of the work they do.

She says when the group started 9 years ago, people didn't want to give anything to towards the cause.



Feleti Teo after Tuna Commission director's post

The director of the Suva-based Pacific Islands Development Forum is the only Pacific Islander shortlisted for the job as head of the Tuna Commission.

Feleti Teo, who is Tuvaluan, also spent two terms at the Suva-based Pacific Islands Forum's secretariat, and earlier headed the Forum Fisheries Agency.

He is one of five candidates vying to become the new director of what is formally known as the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission.

The Commission's office in Pohnpei has been vacant since August, when Australian Glenn Hurry stepped down at the end of his four-year term.



"Vessel Day Scheme" the focus at PNA meeting in Tuvalu

Issues surrounding a fishing conservation plan that has also become a big earner is the key topic at a meeting this week of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement in Tuvalu.

Tuvalu's permanent secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources, Kakee Kaitu, says a recent review of the Vessel Day Scheme, or VDS, offered thought provoking challenges for the eight member countries.

He says all the member nations will benefit from a strengthened VDS, without loopholes and with full compliance by participants, but he says it may be necessary to make concessions to achieve that.



Lava breakout burning through asphalt

PUNA, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii County Civil Defense officials say a Puna lava flow breakout is continuing to advance through the Pahoa Transfer Station -- burning through asphalt of the driveway that surrounds the buildings on the property, but has not come into contact with any of the structures yet.



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