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Participants of the two-day tourism forum at the Taumeasina Island Resort that concluded yesterday.

Industry targets ‘smart tourism’

Stakeholders from various tourism organisations in Samoa gathered at the Taumeasina Island Resort for the two-day Samoa Tourism Forum 2018 focusing on sustainable tourism. 

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Kei Ji Li's application has been denied by Supreme Court Justice, Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren.

Court denies application

In the interest of justice, Supreme Court Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren has denied the application by Kei Ji Li to depart Samoa until his criminal case is heard and determined by the Court of Appeal.

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Prisoner, Tagaloasa Filipaina and LAWYER: Pa’u Tafaogalupe Mulitalo.

Prisoners’ lawyer intervenes

The lawyer representing two prisoners accused of masterminding the failed mass prison break last week has called on the Police to treat his clients “as human beings". Lawyer Pa’u Tafaogalupe Mulitalo has asked the Police to give them “clothing and amenities for their state of wellbeing".

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SEEKING GOVERNMENT HELP: Lapi Luka of Samusu, hopes to live in a brick house.

Surviving in a leaky home, father dreams of a brick house

A father can only dream of waking up in a brick house. However that can not materialise for him because of financial constraints. Lapi Luka, of Samusu, a father of six, said while five of his children work, their salaries will never be enough to build a brick house.

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WATER PROBLEMS: Father of 10, Taipeau Leota of Saleaumua is happy to be featured on the Village Voice.

Water help needed at Saleaumua

Taipeau Leota of Saleaumua needs help with his water supply. That’s what the father of 10 told the Village Voice team. “After the tsunami, we moved inland and from then on, we have not had any stable water supply,” he said.

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PLEASE HELP: Siufaga Lusia Lui, 70 year old mother from Salamusu.

Mother shows where her family needs help

A 70-year-old mother can do with some help. She reluctantly shares that her family needs a modern toilet. “I am happy with the house that I have, I can live under this roof, so long as it shelters us from the rain and the sun,” said Si’ufaga Lusia Lui of Salamusu, Aleipata. 

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PLEA FOR WATERTANK: Tenisi Tinaina of Salamusu.

‘We’ve got this one gallon drum for water’

Tenisi Tinaina and her family are in dire need of a water tank. That is the plea from the Salamusu family yesterday when approached by the Village Voice team. 

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Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Loau Keneti Sio with Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.

P.M. Tuilaepa spearheads site visit

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi led a group of Cabinet Ministers that visited some of the villages that were badly affected by Tropical Cyclone Gita last week Friday and Saturday. This is one of the four tours that will be conducted by the Ministers this week.

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IN PERFECT SAMOA: From California, the U.S.A. to Samoa for some good waves.

From the States to check out our surf

Surfing brought six young men to the heart of the Pacific – Samoa. Dear Tourist found the men enjoying the sunshine and looking out to sea at the Lalomanu beach fales, probably hoping to catch a good wave.

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Culture Crew and Pacific Heart at a school in Pesega where they gave out school packs to children.

A visit for love and culture

Soul Reggae group, The Culture Crew, and non profit organization, Pacific Heart arrived in Samoa on schedule last Friday just as Cyclone Gita was about to make her solo debut wreaking havoc around the township of Apia.

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“I LOVE IT HERE MORE.”: Couple, Sammy and Graham from Sydney, Australia at Lalomanu.

Valentines in Samoa

Lovebirds, Sammy and Graham, have all the more reason to enjoy Valentine’s Day in Samoa. Not only is it their first time to the islands, Dear Tourist learned that it’s their first time together overseas. 

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TAKING FULL RESPONSIBILITY: The Leau’s elevated new home behind the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa in Apia survived the heavy floods from Cyclone Gita.

Why the Leaus are staying put

Tolovae Leau has no intention to relocate to higher grounds even if it means jeopardizing the safety of his family and his children. Leau and his family barely survived Cyclone Evans floods five years ago. 

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GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY: B.S.P. spread good news to those in need.

B.S.P. offers Cyclone Gita help

The Bank South Pacific (B.S.P.) has donated $20,000 worth of emergency supplies, hygienic products, clean drinking water and other items to the Samoa Red Cross.

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'JUSTICE HAS NOT BEEN SERVED': The late Hans Dalton.

Anxious wait for justice

A family whose son was killed at Tafa’igata Prison continue to face a long wait to find out how he died.

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The landslide at Tuialamu, Lalomanu.

A huge problem

These aerial photos of the Tuialamu Saleapaga landslide show the full extent of the problem. As of today, the road to Lalomanu remains blocked as authorities negotiate how to clear the “active landslide.”

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PRIME MINISTER: Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

P.M. blames bus drivers

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Maleilegaoi has slammed the irresponsible bus drivers as the core reason for traffic accidents. He made the point when his opinion was sought on calls for the Government to ban wooden buses.

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CHRONIC SEPTIC ARTHRITIS: Sonny Mikaele.

Family’s life saving plea

Sonny Mikaele, who suffers from chronic septic arthritis, needs your help. This is the plea from his father, Kosema Mikaele, who will leave Samoa next week to seek medical treatment overseas for his son. 

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PRISONER AND SUSPECT: Tagaloasa Filipaina.

Plot suspects named

Murderer and drug criminal, Tagaloasa Filipaina and a relative, Ovalegi Poli, have been identified as two of the suspects behind the failed mass prison break out last Friday. This was confirmed by Police Superintendent, Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo, yesterday. He told the Samoa Observer that the suspects have been removed from the Tafa’igata Prison. 

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FAITH: Sa Ga Sakaria has faith that through God anything is possible.

Faith keeps mother strong

Sixty-eight-year-old Sa Ga Sakaria from Satapuala has gone through a lot in life. A mother of nine, she has had to endure the loss of six of them due to illnesses and still birth.

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ALWAYS WORKING: Logolelei Su’a.

The enduring role of mothers

A mother’s obligation to her children never ends. That is the notion that Logolelei Su’a lives up to when it comes to her children. 

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Think a Minute

What a world we live in (Part 2)

Think a minute…We live on a one-of-a-kind privileged planet. Earth has a greater variety of life, landscapes, and water than any planet ever discovered.

Columns

In response to the Samoa First Union

This piece is in reference to “About those “lazy” Samoan workers” by the Samoa First Union. Laziness is a habit inherent in any human being. And it is a bad habit. Period.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

THE BEST A big fa’amalo to the skilled and courageous E.P.C. staff who braved the winds and rain to restore power from broken and dangerous power lines on Cross Island Road on Wednesday night in pitch darkness.

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