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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.

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The American Samoa Environmental Protection (AS-EPA) played host to an entourage from the USEPA and representatives of other local agencies during a three-day training focused on addressing issues involving land-based sources of pollution.


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.

LBJ audit report shows increase of $2.6MIL for salaries

Also operating at a loss — $20.6million for 2014 and $20.3million for 2015

The LBJ Medical Center operating revenue reported for 2014 is $24.5million while the 2015 revenue stands at $30.4million — an increase of $5.8million, according to the hospital’s audit report by Moss and Adams for fiscal year ending September 30, 2015. On the flip side: there was also an increase of $2.6million for salaries of the hospital personnel, according to the audit. 
Salaries, wages and employee benefits for 2014 were $24.6million — however for 2015 it increased to $27.2million.

Insular Cases have no bearing on Citizenship Clause says attorney

Calls them rulings “infused with indefensible racial biases”

Lead attorney for the five American Samoans and a Samoan organization in California in the US citizenship lawsuit case have urged the Supreme Court of the United States to grant its petition for ‘writ of certiorari’ because the case “undisputedly presents a constitutional question of tremendous importance,” according to the plaintiffs’ brief filed on Monday.

Ex-army man disputes Samoa court's report

An ex army man who did not appear in the Supreme Court on Monday when his case was called has disputed the scheduled date it was supposed to be called.

Mualia Salamo failed to appear before Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asue Falefatu Sapolu this week and as a result an order was made for a warrant of arrest against him.

But Salamo who contacted the Samoa Observer yesterday, said he was only aware that his case was called on Monday when he read about it in an article in the Samoa Observer.

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