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Lagalaga Misiluki.

Lagalaga escapes from Tagaigata Prison

A convicted burglar, Lagalaga Misiluki, escaped from Tafaigata Prison this afternoon. This is confirmed by Police Superintendent and Media Spokesperson, Auapaa’u Logoitino Filipo. Lagalaga, 38, is from Fagali’i-tai and Salamumu.

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PRIME MINISTER: Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi. (Inset) N.U.S. Lecturer for Media School of Journalism, Misa Vicky Lepou.

P.M. scoffs at call for Criminal Libel consultation

There was “no need for consultations” with the media prior to the passage of the Criminal Libel Act. So says Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi when he was asked for a comment as to why there was no consultation before the passage of the Act. 

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PRAYING TO ACCESS WATER SOON: Misitaga Vasa, 42 years old from Faleu Manono

Residents struggle with water

Villagers in the mainland of Faleu Manono continue to pray and hope for water connection. Misitaga Vasa, 42, says most families in his village cannot afford the installation cost. 

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CHANGE THE GOVERNMENT: Galoma Eliuta Tunumafono, 71 years old from Faleu Manono.

Elderly father shares his views about Samoa today

For any country, the exercise of good governance in its leadership is reflected by the way citizens live. That means if the leaders do what’s right, the people they are leading should thrive.

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HARDWORKING FATHER: Sani Howard, from Nu’u.

Father struggles to get by

Not having enough money is an issue most families in Samoa face today. And Sani Howard, from Nu’u, is not spared from such misery. The father of two shared with the Village Voice team that while he faces water and electricity problems, the $30 he makes from his small business is not enough to support his children’s education.

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WORRIED FOR HIS FAMILY: Fa’ifa’ai Petelu

Father worries about school and water

Hardship and poverty have left Fa’ifa’i Petelu worried about his children’s education. The unemployed father of two says with school starting soon, he fears he won’t be able to provide for his children’s needs. 

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They made it to Paradise: Markus and Mathias of Austria curious to see more of the heart of the Pacific.

From the hills of Austria to the mountains of Samoa

When Mathias and Markus of Austria introduced themselves to Dear Tourist along the seawall, it was only natural that we ask after the famous town of Salzburg in Austria where it seems everyone’s childhood movie, the Sound of Music was filmed.

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“IN REALITY IT’S BEAUTIFUL AND AMAZING”: Simon and Rose Schmid from Germany enjoying their lunch at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel.

German family feels at home in Samoa

Flying from half way across the globe are Simon and Rose Schmid from Germany. Simon and his mother arrived into the country on New Year’s Eve and they are here for three weeks.

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ENJOYING AWESOME SAMOA: The Juarez family (Rodolfo, Maya and Nicki)  find Samoa spectacular to their taste buds and they want more.

More Samoan food please

Walking from their accommodation at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel, the Juarez family was taking a mid-morning stroll along the waterfront. Dear Tourist met them midway to their destination in front of Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel 

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Study Tour: Griffith University students at the Samoa Tourism Authority fale.

Mission for health and leisure

People travel for leisure, but a group of students from Griffith University, Australia, are in Samoa for a totally different reason. Apart from enjoying Samoa’s natural scenery and friendly hospitality, these students are here to study Samoa’s health sector and culture. 

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The last car that slipped into the Tufuiopa pool last week.

A disaster waiting to happen

The government needs to consider the safety of people who swim at the Tufuiopa village pool. The concern has been raised by village member, Tu’ifao Sauala, following a string of incidents where vehicles have crashed into the pool. 

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Students ready for new journey

Twenty-five students are ready to begin their journey at the Malua Theological College. It followed a special service yesterday where more than a hundred family members and friends gathered at the E.F.K.S. Hall, Sogi, to pray, while the students took their oaths.

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ARRIVED IN THE MAIL: The mail alleged to have been received already opened and wrapped in plastic bag.

Samoa Post responds

The Samoa Post has responded to criticisms of their services after a member of the public received an opened mail. In doing so, the Post says they are willing to address and clarify any concern customers may have on their mail items as soon as they receive them. 

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C.E.O. OF MINISTRY OF PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET: Agafili Shem Leo.

Cabinet demands Annual Reports

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s administration has ordered government Ministries and Corporations to submit their Annual Reports to Cabinet immediately. It has also demanded that starting from the financial year 2018/2019, it is now compulsory for all government bodies to submit Annual Reports to the Ministry of Prime Minster and Cabinet, no later than 30 September every year.

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WATER PROBLEMS: Vaisuamumu well at Manono and Muanita Vaalata trying to clean her washing.

Family of ten depends on water from well

Resorting to water from a well has become the only hope for Muanita Va’alata and her family when it comes to their daily water needs. Every day, the family members at Manono-uta collect water from the morning until, depending on their needs for the day.

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P.M. Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

People don’t listen, P.M. says about dengue fever

Prime minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has admonished the Samoan public for being lax in heeding warnings from the Ministry of Health on the dengue fever outbreak.

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CHIEF JUSTICE: His Honour Patu Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu.

Chief Justice raises concerns

The Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asue Falefatu Sapolu, has expressed concerns about the non-appearance of suspects remanded at Tafa’igata Prison when their cases are called. His Honour Patu is especially concerned about the number of them missing during their initial mention hearing.

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CHIEF JUSTICE: His Honour Patu Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu.

Chief Justice raises concerns

The Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asue Falefatu Sapolu, has expressed concerns about the non-appearance of suspects remanded at Tafa’igata Prison when their cases are called. His Honour Patu is especially concerned about the number of them missing during their initial mention hearing.

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L.T.A. C.E.O. Leasi Vainalepa Galuvao.

Public encouraged to report crashes and vandalism

Not reporting traffic accidents to the Police is a crime. So said Police Superintendent and Media Spokesperson, Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo, in response to questions from the Samoa Observer. 

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STILL SAILING: The soon to be replaced MV Lady Naomi at the Matautu Wharf.

New ferry in the works

Plans are in place to replace the MV Lady Naomi that has been servicing the Upolu-American Samoa route for twenty years now. 

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Think a Minute

Workplace Checkup (Part 2)

Think a minute…Since we spend so much of our life at our workplace, it is important to see what unhealthy conditions we can start changing to improve our daily lives on the job. Let’s complete our checkup we started yesterday.

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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