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Samoa PM scotches plans for govt TV station

The Samoa Observer reports that Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi is wary of the heavy set-up costs and the ongoing expense imposed by the television regulator.

The regulator Samoa Digital Company Limited (SDCL) is at loggerheads with Samoa's seven existing stations over its tariff for the new digital platform which the country is migrating to.

It is charging each channel $US13,400 per month compared with the monthly $5600 previously touted as acceptable by Tuila'epa.

Tuila'epa questioned whether any stations would use the service if the cost was prohibitive to do so.

Man who admitted conspiracy to kill Samoan PM to change plea

Taualai Leiloa, of Laulii and Magiagi villages, through his lawyer told the court that he wants to change to a not guilty plea.

The defense counsel has not yet filed an application for change of plea. Nor has the prosecution responded yet.

The accused was scheduled to be sentenced last week but the acting chief justice, Vui Clarence Nelson, has ordered Taualai to engage a lawyer to represent him before passing sentence.

The matter will be called again next Friday.

New factory to create jobs in Samoa's Tanumalala - PM

The company, Skyline, will also grow and process fruit on site.

Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said he welcomed Skyline's development because it would create jobs.

"With 200 new employees at the factory plus an additional 100 new employees to work at the proposed farm, that would plant the various crops of nonu, sour-sop, avocado, breadfruit and other fruit trees."

Skyline plans to send up to 25 containers of product to China each month.

Last year, it shipped nearly $US4 million worth of noni juice to China.


Bail hearing for Samoa PM assassination plot accused adjourned

Talamua Online reports Malele Paulo, also known as King Faipopo, and Lema'i Faioso Sione have been sent back into police custody until 16 October when the new legal matters will be heard.

Once those matters have been solved a date will be set for a bail hearing.

When the matter was called this week, counsels were called to chambers and advised the matter had been adjourned.

Both men entered not guilty pleas but a third man, Taualai Leiloa, has already pleaded guilty to the charges and now awaits sentencing on 30 September.

Samoa PM plays down fears over China in Pacific

 While Canberra and Washington fear China's long-term ambition is a military base in the Pacific, Malielegaoi said he was more interested in the practical aid Beijing offered.

 “The bigger geopolitical issues don't have importance to us as small island countries, whose only interest is to provide a modern living,” he told TVNZ at the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) meeting being held in Tuvalu.

 Australia and other western-aligned nations have launched diplomatic campaigns to limit China's inroads in the region but Malielegaoi said all nations that offered help were welcome.

Samoa police investigating alleged plot to assassinate PM

Police Commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil is reported to have confirmed that his office is carrying out the investigation, but he declined to comment further.

Samoa Observer reports two people have been detained by police for questioning in connection to the ongoing investigation.

The Lauli'i village council is helping police with their investigations, as it is alleged that a man who is under investigation is married to a woman from the village and that they both live there.

PM defends donation to Manu Samoa

Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi defended the donation at a fundraising radiothon held two weeks ago in American Samoa.

Another $US50,000 was raised from other sources during the radiothon.

There's been an angry reaction from the public in American Samoa regarding the donation towards Samoa's Rugby World Cup campaign.

One of the main complaints was that $US100,000 had been promised to the recent American Samoan Pacific Games team, but only $US20,000 was given.

Tuilaepa said public opinion is part of a democratic society and people have a right to complain.

Samoan PM Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi hits out at Laurel Hubbard

The issue has been ignited by Kiwi transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard winning three medals at the latest Pacific Games, which finished at the weekend.

Hubbard won two gold medals and one silver in the women's 87kg and over category at the games. She has been cleared to compete under International Olympic Committee guidelines.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi made it clear he didn't support trans athletes competing in women's sport.

Samoan PM withdraws from archery at Pacific Games

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, 74, voluntarily withdrew from Friday's bronze medal event in archery mixed doubles compound category to allow his 17-year-old team mate to compete.

Mathew Tauiliili is the youngest member of Samoa’s archery team, and also the top male compound shooter in the team. He will play in the bronze medal decider with Tahiti at the Sports Fields, Faleata.

Samoa PM Tuilaepa in bronze medal contention

He will be competing in the Mixed Doubles Compound Category along with one of the youngest member of the Samoa archery team and bronze medallist Naifoua Vise Timai.

They will be taking on Tahiti for the bronze in Fridays’ finals.

And while the Prime Minister is reserving his predictions saying that he will do his talking on the field, 19- year old Timai is overly confident.

“To compete side by side with Samoa’s longest serving Prime Minister to represent Samoa? I don’t have the words to describe it,” said the Leulumoega Fou College graduate.