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Teens draw prison sentence for brutal beating of Fijian student in Samoa

Two young men Barry Mafi and Ashley Wilson were sent to prison for four years after they pleaded guilty to the charge of grievous bodily harm.

The matter was brought before His Honour, Chief Justice Patu Tiava’asue Falefatu Sapolu yesterday in the Supreme Court.

Mafi and Wilson were charged together with others for beating up a Fijian student on 6th February 2016.

Mafi is 18 years of age from the village of Vaivase-Tai while Wilson is 19 years of age from Taufusi.

Tuna parties address conflicting sustainability and social responsibility policies

Source: South Pacific Tuna Corporation media release

SAN DIEGO and BANGKOK — J Douglas Hines, Executive Director of South Pacific Tuna Corporation (SPTC) and US partner in the Global Companies, (Ocean Global, LLC, Sea Global, LLC, and Pacific Global LLC) along with global Industry members and stakeholders attended the Infofish Conference in Bangkok that was held this week.

Samoa village welcomes back Head of State

Samoa's Head of State, who is the holder of the Tui Atua paramount title, has reconciled with his village of Lufilufi who banished him six years ago.

His removal from the village was over the construction of a shelter which was built on the traditional grounds of the Tui Atua title holder that village council members said they had not been informed about.

A Commission of Inquiry was established following the dispute but later withdrawn following a request from the Head of State.

Last month the village council of Lufilufi unanimously accepted that Tui Atua would be welcomed back.

Cool Stuff: Three Wise Cousins Hawai’i Rocks!

Hawai’i just caught up with the Samoas after more than a week of nearly all sold out cinema showings and guest appearances of the cast & crew of Three Wise Cousins.
Hawai’i based Samoans seemed impressed with the humility and accessibility of Three Wise Cousin's cast, Director and Producer.
There was selfies, and group shots galore at the Regal Dole Cannery, Pearl Ridge, Temple Valley's Stadium Theater, Maui, Kona and now we heard... maybe Hilo.

Australian woman bound, gagged and raped in front of boyfriend in their Samoa hotel

A woman who was bound, gagged and raped by an intruder in front of her boyfriend during a trip to Samoa in September is now seeking donations to help put her alleged attacker behind bars.

US Embassy funds project to document Samoa’s archeology, culture

“The fruits of this project will be a gift to future generations”

Samoa has a rich and diverse archaeological and cultural history spanning some 3000 years, and it is because of this history, that the US Embassy in Apia has given the independent nation funding to the tune of $650K.

Pew slams NOAA for ‘promoting Pacific tuna consumption’

NGO The Pew Charitable Trusts has accused the US government of turning blind eye in the protection of endangered Pacific bluefin tuna.

"While the US has rebuilt many fish populations within its waters and contributes to better international management of fisheries, the recent guidance on Pacific bluefin calls into question its commitment to protecting and rebuilding this troubled species," said director, global tuna conservation Amanda Nickson.

According to some reports, cited by Pew, overfishing has left the population of the species is at just 2.6% of its unfished level.

Samoa court releases students on bail

Four Avele students were released on bail this week after they appeared before Judge Vaepule Vaemoa Vaai in the District Court.

The four accused were represented by lawyer Semi Leung Wai while Iliganoa Atoa appeared for the National Prosecution Office yesterday.

The four students were, Jason Vitale, Shammah Peato, Peter Tauaana and Metai Fono who faced nine joint charges.

All the charges were not disclosed in court, but through their lawyer, they entered their not guilty pleas and the matter is now adjourned to the 27 and 28th July for hearing.

Pacific Climate Change Centre to be built in Samoa

The Pacific islands are one of the areas which are highly affected by the effects of climate change. To fight these effects, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (S.P.R.E.P.) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (J.I.C.A.) have now signed a contract to build a specialized Climate Change Centre in Samoa. The Centre will be located on the S.P.R.E.P. campus in Apia.

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