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FAMILY FIRST: Reupena Tupa’i, of Leauva’a.

Young people need to be loved and understood

Love can change the world. At 22-years-of age, Reupena Tupa’i of Leauva’a, strongly believes this.

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BROTHERS AT WORK: Easu Togitele with his younger brothers yesterday.

Esau inspires younger siblings

Esau Togitele and his two younger brothers were working hard when the Village Voice caught up with them yesterday.

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SHALOM: Some members of the Samoa Pilgrims group to Israel.

Samoa Pilgrims head to Israel

A group from Samoa, called the Samoa Pilgrims team, is on their way to Israel for the Feast of Tabernacles.

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DIRECTOR GENERAL: Director General S.P.R.E.P Leota Kosi Latu during their meeting in Apia last week.

History in Apia: Pacific votes to ban asbestos

History was made in Apia last week with the endorsement of a proposal to work with Pacific islands on restricting or banning asbestos.

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WOMEN CAN: Koko Itila from the village of Nofoali’i.

Hard labour for women? Why not says Koko

Who said women can’t do everything? Koko Itila from Nofoalii will prove you wrong. 

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NO RUNNING WATER: Asoau Faitoa of Tanugamalala.

Tanumagalala family hasn’t had running water for 20 years

Asoau Faitoa, of Tanugamalala and his family need help with water.

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Representatives from four projects that have been approved funding under the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives shared information on their initiatives at a breakfast meeting with officials from the Government of Canada who were in Samoa recently.

Canada Fund projects underway

Representatives from four projects receiving support this year under the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives met earlier this month with officials from the¬¬¬ Government of Canada to share information on their development initiatives. 

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SENESE Inclusive Education Suport Services Marie Bentin Toalepaiali'i and Co-ordinator for Deaf services; Belinda Hansell Lesa during a press conference for the International week of the Deaf.

Celebrating Week of the Deaf in Samoa

Today marks the official opening of the International week of the deaf in Samoa which will be held at the Don Bosco Technical Centre in Savai’i. 

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Team Samoa

Bronze Medal for Samoa from Ashgabat

The Samoa Weightlifting team wraps up the Asia Indoor Games 2017 securing the only medal for Samoa with a bronze medal from Iuniarra Sipaia in the Women90+kg.

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 “You don’t have to answer to the charges against you but wat until you find a lawyer,” Justice Tuatagaloa

'Ice' possession accused told to find a lawyer

The Supreme Court has given a man accused of possession of ‘ice’ two weeks to find a lawyer. Teremoana Dan Tumama faces charges of possession of methamphetamine (ice), two counts of possession of marijuana and one charge of possession of utensils.

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Court House Mulinuu

Man denies forgery charge

A man accused of forging the signature of the Chief Executive Office of the Land, Transport Authority (L.T.A), appeared in the Supreme Court yesterday. 

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Papali’i Willie Nansen.

Shipping Corporation working to improve services

The Samoa Shipping Corporation (S.S.C) is continuing to develop the Mulifanua and Salelologa Wharves for a better travelling experience for members of the public.

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TOURISM MOVES: Digicel Chairman, Pepe Fiaailetoa Fruean.

Digicel’s $40m hotel development at Sogi

A new hotel will soon take shape in Sogi. Next month, Digicel Samoa, is expected to host a groundbreaking ceremony to kick-start their $40million tala hotel development. The hotel will be located on S.I.F.A land, where the government parked all the cars and buses during the S.I.D.S Conference

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SHARK ISSUE: It is not uncommon to find black tip reef sharks in Samoa.

Shark attack alert as victim recovers

Shark sightings and attacks in Samoa’s waters are not new. So alerts the Assistant Chief Officer Legal for the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Maoi’autele Amitonu Brigitta Fa’afiti-Lo Tam.

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Students reminded about importance of culture

Culture is your identity. This was the theme of Avele College’s Culture Day. School Principal, Matafeo Lesaisaea Reupena, said the day was an important occasion to remind students about the value of the Samoan culture.

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Member of Parliament, Olo Fiti Vaai.

Stop sex work

Member of Parliament, Olo Fiti Vaai, has called on the government to end commercial sex work in Samoa. He has also strongly criticised plans by the Ministry of Health to offer educational and counseling services to “commercial sex workers” as part of a bid to promote healthy living.

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Mission to rebuild Bodybuilding

Bodybuilding might have been excluded from the list of sports for the 2019 Pacific Games but the man at the helm of the sport in Samoa, Benjamin Tamanikayaroi, remains upbeat.

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A FIVE YEAR WAIT FOR WATER: Pele Vaifale Alaovai from Leauva’a and Aleisa.

Pele needs access to water

Pele Vaifale Alaovai of Leauva’a and Aleisa faces a water problem. The 30 year old told Village Voice they have been stuck with this problem for five years and they deserve help.

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MAKE YOUR PARENTS HAPPY: Tatou Hinoa from the village of Tuana’i.

The gift of obedience

Obedience is the best gift you can offer your parents. So says 16 year old Tatou Hinoa from Tuana’i.

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HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS: Junior Chang from Leusoali’i.

Peace is found within the family

There’s no place like home. That is the belief of Junior Chang from Leusoali’i.

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Think a Minute

Talking to the dead

Think a minute…A cemetery in Indiana, America has a gravestone with these words on it: “Stop stranger, when you pass me by. As you are now, so once was I.

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Make a life so beautiful…

Have you watched closely the hand of a child holding your hand?

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

NUMBERS PLEASE Is it our imagination or has there been a genuine upsurge in the number of tourists in Samoa? We say genuine, because we are not counting those who are our own ‘sons and daughters (and other aiga) for the return home’!

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