Men in Samoa dominate matai and village titles

The survey report reveals 93 percent of matai title holders are men.

That means 16,583 men are matais and 1,228 women are in the same position.

Men hold more than 2 thousand village chief titles, compared to just 168 women, and just under 9,500 men hold Tulafale or oratory titles, compared to 330 women.

The Minister for Women and Social Development, Tolofuaivalelei Falemoe Lei'ataua, says much work is needed to achieve gender equality in terms of leadership and decision making both at the local and national levels.

England set up Australia meeting

The world number three side eased to their third win of the group stage on Sunday to set up a meeting with holders and hosts Australia in the next round.

England were expected to avoid the Commonwealth champions but the Diamonds fell to a shock 52-47 defeat by New Zealand to finish second in Pool A.

Meanwhile, Wales made it two wins from two games with a 71-44 victory over Zambia in Pool D.

Elsewhere, Malawi beat Singapore 75-31 to finish top of Pool C, while Trinidad and Tobago won 55-39 against Barbados in Pool A.

Polynesian aspirants build for Qualifiers

Fiji will firstly host Tonga on 19 August at Govind Park in Ba, before playing American Samoa at Prince Charles Park in Nadi on 27 August.

The two visitors will compete when Oceania FIFA World Cup qualifying commences on 31 August in Tonga. One spot will be up for grabs in Stage 2 over the course of the five-day tournament, which also features Cook Islands and Samoa.

Fiji coach Carlos Buzzetti has named a strong 23-man squad for the matches including Wellington Phoenix striker Roy Krishna, powerful attacker Osea Vakatalesau and U-20 captain Jale Dreloa.

Elderly man found dead after a night at the casino

The Ministry of Police spokesperson Su’a Muliaga Tiumalu said the deceased was at the casino at Sheraton Hotel at Mulifanua.

At around 1.00am in the morning, he left, but never reached the main road.

Sheraton’s staff on their way home saw the car parked a few meters from the main road went to see if he needed help, but found the man already dead.

Faleolo police outpost was alerted and police  took the man to Leulumoega  district hospital.

According to Su’a, the man’s daughter said her father has a heart condition which could have been the cause of his death.

Samoa finish pool phase winless

The Samoans only managed ten goals in a disappointing first half but troubled the English in the third quarter, which they lost 18-14.

Goal-shoot Julianna Naoupu says it's a unique challenge coming up against the big guns.

16 students in Samoa arrested for fighting

The students, now out on bail after two days in police custody, were charged over a fight at the flea market in Savalalo.

The police say some of the students were drunk and an investigation into the fight is focussing on the shops who sold liquor to the students.

The students are from Don Bosco vocational school and Avele College.

Both schools are located in the suburbs of the capital Apia.

The students will appear in court on the 18th of August.



Samoa police called in as temporary prison guards

The inmates escaped from one of the prison cell blocks last Saturday night after drilling a hole in a concrete wall.

They were recaptured by police after two days on the run.

The police spokesperson, Su'a Muli'aga Tiumalu, says the temporary security assistance will enable the police to share their experience after managing Samoa's prisons for many years.

Last year the Government set up a separate division to run the prison service.


Dengue fever cases in Samoa rises to 220

It says the serotype three strain has been identified and most of the cases are from the North West Upolu region.

Children and teenagers have been the largest group affected by the mosquito borne illness.

There have been 15 admissions to hospital with four children seriously unwell but no reported deaths.

The Ministry says it is now reserving rapid laboratory testing for the sickest patients.

Mosquito spraying, increased surveillance and public education are all underway throughout Samoa to prevent dengue spreading.

Bluesky to pay American Samoa wages

The Labor department official, Terence Trotter, says the decision follows a two year investigation which found that Bluesky failed to pay overtime for hours worked beyond 40 hours.

He says overtime violations occurred when employees in the customer service department worked on average up to five hours per week beyond their scheduled shift without compensation to complete their assignments.

Mr Trotter sas Bluesky has agreed to pay $80,240 to the 20 customer service employees affected.

Fiji, Samoa ready for netball world cup openers

Hoornweg coached Fiji in the 90s and was in charge for a short stint last year when the Pearls qualified for the World Cup by defending the Pacific Series title.

She will be in the crowd for the opening match but admits there will be an element of divided loyalties.