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SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP WITH SAMOA: Wayne and Victoria Irwin of New Zealand at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel.

Tourist couple’s Samoan connection

No matter the different places people visit, if you’ve been to Samoa, you will always find yourself returning to the heart of the Pacific Islands. For Victoria Humphries-Irwin and Wayne Irwin of Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, this is their third trip to our shores. 

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U.S. President Donald Trump.

U.S. bars Samoa from seasonal work visas

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (D.H.S.) has removed Samoa from the list of countries whose citizens are eligible for temporary work visas to the United States. This was according to an announcement made by the Department yesterday.

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LOOKING GREAT: The first phase of the Faleolo International Airport.

Faleolo Airport completed in March

In its bid to strengthen the bilateral ties between Samoa and China, the Chinese Embassy has invited the Samoan media to visit some of its major projects in the country today.

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Samoa remains on E.U. tax haven blacklist

The European Union (E.U.) officials have proposed to remove eight countries from the blacklist of seventeen tax havens the bloc adopted in December. But Samoa is not one of them.

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Health care standards questioned

Health professionals in Samoa should adhere to stricter sanitation practices. They should also work to improve on client care procedures to prevent cross contamination between patients and ensure better health care delivery to the public.

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Satapuala Village Mayor Vaili Mimita, outside his residence in Satapuala.

Satapuala files petition to remove family

The Satapuala Village Council has proceeded with the removal of the family alleged to own a marijuana farm and the suspects charged in connection to the brutal murder of a 15-year-old boy in Satapuala last week. 

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Samoa Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee President, Fepulea’i Patrick Fepulea’i.

Govt. slapped with $290,000 host fee

Taxpayers will have to fork out $290,000 as the host fee for the Pacific Games in 2019. The amount is a fraction of what is likely to cost the country to host the Games, with less than two years to go. 

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

P.M. in Facebook hoax

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi does not have a Facebook page. This was confirmed by his Office last night in a statement released to the media, in a bid to clear the Prime Minister’s name after someone created a Facebook page using his name and posting about alleged government reforms. 

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DISPUTE RESOLVED: Aoe'e Adolfo Montengro and Amper S.A. Chairman Jaime Espinosa de los Monteros.

$46million lawsuit “resolved”

A US$20million ($46million) lawsuit brought by former Chief Executive Officer of Amper’s Bluesky Pacific Group, Aoe’e Adolfo Montenegro, Amper S.A, eLandia International and American Samoa-based Bluesky Communications has been resolved.

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Fa’alua Skelton, 38 year old mother from Ale’isa-uta.

Water issues hinder family’s development

Living off their plantation and vegetable garden is a family in the village of Ale’isa-uta. Fa’alua Skelton, a 38-year-old mother of four, told the Village Voice team the story of her family’s daily struggle. 

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REMEMBER YOUR LANGUAGE AND CULTURE: Apulu Sefo Fonoti, 72 year old father who is a retired culture and language trainer.

Samoan language should be prioritised

A 79-year-old man says schools in Samoa should encourage the use of the Samoan language. Speaking as an expert on this matter was retired culture and language trainer, Apulu Sefo Fonoti. 

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SEEKING HELP AND ASSISTANCE: Tauofe Faialaga, 71 year old father from Nu’u-Fou.

Nu’u family faces health battle

Life is a roller coaster for Tauofe Faialaga from Nuu-Fou. At the age of 71, Mr. Faialaga’s health, including his wife’s, is a battle that is seemingly impossible to deal with every day. 

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FAMILY STRUGGLES: Ufiau Petero, 57 year old mother from Leulumoega-tuai.

No job, electricity and running water

Despite the New Year, life is still the same for Ufiau Petero from Leulumoega. The unemployed mother has faced water and electricity issues for so many years. Coupled with this is her wish for her 23-year-old daughter to find employment.

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W.H.O. REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE SOUTH PACIFIC AND DIRECTOR OF THE PACIFIC TEHCNICAL SUPPORT: Dr. Corinne Capuano and S.P.T.O. C.E.O., Christopher Cocker.

Healthy Pacific Islands move

The World Health Organization (W.H.O.) and the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (S.P.T.O.) have joined forces to promote healthy tourism in the region. Under the new partnership, the organizations will promote smoke-free public places and increase opportunities for people to eat healthy local foods and get physically active.

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Prime Minister and Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi

Cabinet to decide on C.E.O. for Games Organising Committee

Cabinet is to have the final say on the Chief Executive Officer of the 2019 Pacific Games Organising Committee. That’s according to Prime Minister and Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, who said his Cabinet were deliberate last night on the appointment of a Chief executive.

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SECRETARY OF THE SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE: Tagaloa Sharon Potoi

‘Nepotism’ claims rejected

The government has swiftly rejected claims of nepotism and favouritism with regards to the selection and awarding of government scholarships. The Prime Minister and the Chairman of the Staff Training and Scholarship Committee (S.T.S.C.), Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, said the claims against himself, the Committee and the Secretary of the Scholarship Committee, Tagaloa Sharon Potoi, making rounds on blogs and social media, are unfounded.

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Court House Mulinuu.

Granduncle guilty of raping niece

A 60-year-old granduncle was yesterday convicted for raping his 13-year-old niece following an Assessors’ trial. Ioane Peni of Apolima is charged with seven sexual related charges.

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FIRE EMERGENCY SERVICES AUTHORITY COMMISSIONER: Lelevaga Fa’afouina Mupo.

Refrain from hoax call, Commissioner warns

So far, more than 1,000 prank calls have been made to the 911 emergency number since its launch. Fire Emergency Services Authority Commissioner, Lelevaga Fa’afouina Mupo, is warning members of the public to refrain from using the line for hoax call.

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Tumua Laufasa's land trash

Tumua raises concern on rubbish collection

Tumua Laufasa, from Vaitele-Uta, has raised his concerns on rubbish collection in his area. The 46-year-old said he was not aware that he had to pay to have his rubbish taken to the dump.

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This is behind the S.T.E.C. office in Vaitele, where the coconuts are prepped to be shipped away.

P.M. stands by S.T.E.C.

The Samoa Trust Estate Corporation (S.T.E.C.) is not a government entity. They operate as part of the private sector. This is according to Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, in response to questions on why S.T.E.C. is competing with the private sector.

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Think a Minute

Get hold of happiness

Think a minute…Have you heard of the new emotional sickness called Sudden Wealth Syndrome? It happens to people who suddenly become rich by winning a big lottery jackpot, inheriting a lot of money, or other quick ways.

Columns

The woman and her bones

Do you feel the earth would be kinder if Adam was Eve instead? When I look at the children of the streets, I feel sorrow only. There is not a bone in a loving mother which does not ache for the grief upon any child. I miss my own mother like I miss the rain.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

LEARNING THE AIRLINES LINGO Heard the term “close in bookings”? Chances are, you are one of the many Samoans who fall into that category used by airlines to describe your booking when you travel.

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