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LIVE POSITIVELY: Tapu Timu of Gataivai and Salelavalu Savaii.

New beginnings are always challenging but exciting

The beginning of a new change in life is always the hardest so you have to be certain you’re in for the long run. 

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GOVERNMENT MUST DO ITS PART: Paepae Seumanutafa from Tiapapata and Falealupo Savai’i.

Farmer calls for more international markets

There are many areas where people need help from their government.

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SMILING AND WORKING HARD: Pese Siaosi from Leulumoega and Sa’anapu.

Young man sees future as a fruit picker in N.Z.

Most teenagers live life not knowing what they are called to do.  For Pese Siaosi, he says a dream is merely a wish if you don’t move towards achieving it.

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Tusitina Nuuvali, Taiaopo Rasmussen and Misty Blue.

P.M. talks about stability, tourism and future

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has congratulated the Bank of the South Pacific (B.S.P.) for its rapid growth in the region.

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S.P.C. INITIATIVE: S.P.C. Director General Dr. Colin Tukuitonga and S.P.C. Deputy Director of Social Development Division (Gender, Culture and Youth), Leituala Kuiniselani Tago Elisara, of Samoa.

Inspiring Pacific women campaign launched

Representatives of the 26 countries and territories that govern the Pacific Community (S.P.C) – including Samoa – have launched a regional campaign that celebrates the legacy of Pacific women.

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DEPUTY P.M.: The meeting will be opened today by Deputy P.M., Fiame Naomi Mata’afa.

Samoa hosts Pacific Broadband Forum

More than 250 delegates are in the country to attend the Commonwealth Telecommunication Organization (C.T.O) Pacific Broadband Forum 2017.

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Survey reveals young Samoans are becoming sexually active between ages 14 and 19.

Samoan youth sexually active at young age, report finds

Young Samoans are becoming sexually active as early as 14 years of age.

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Father dreams big for children but needs job to make it happen

Money is always the problem. That is the opinion of Jerry Ma’umaga of Maninoa Siumu and Mulifanua when he spoke with the Village Voice yesterday.

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A.G.: Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff.

A.G. hails 'brave' cops

Attorney General, Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff, has commended the “brave officers” who stood up for justice in the wake of the recommendations by a Cabinet-appointed Commission of Inquiry to terminate the services of two senior police officers.

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OFF TO AUSTRALIA AND NEW CALEDONIA: Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.

P.M. to open new High Commission Office in Canberra

Prime Minister travels to Australia and New Caledonia. Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has left the country for Canberra Australia and New Caledonia.

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SIGNED AND SEALED: Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer for Fiji Airways, Andre Vilijoen and Chief Executive Officer, Seiuli Alvin Tuala of Polynesia Airlines during the M.O.U. signing.

Deal signed as Samoa Airways takes shape

The government’s vision for Polynesian Airlines to return as a full international airline under the banner of Samoa Airways took a gigantic leap forward yesterday with the signing of a key agreement.

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Men accused over ice package in Court

The two men accused over a package intercepted by Customs Officers at the Fagali’i Airport, which contained ice, made their initial appearance in the Supreme Court yesterday. Scott Robert Barlow, of Samoa, and Fatu Vagana, of American Samoa, are facing drug charges.

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WE NEED TO VALUE WATER: Same Letoa with his daughter Sala.

Same needs water tank help

Water is a precious resource and we should do our best to preserve it. That is the opinion of 31-year-old Same Letoa from Solosolo.

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LOVING LIFE: Ene Tama of Solosolo.

Ene’s love of farming life

“Being a farmer is hard labor work but that is the end result for someone like me who did not complete education.” So is the opinion of Ene Tama of Solosolo. 

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This was confirmed by the Acting Assistant Commissioner, Sala’a Moananu Sala’a, who said the alleged relationship dates back to 2015.

Mother, step son face sex crime charge

A mother and her step son have been charged with incest. This was confirmed by the Acting Assistant Commissioner, Sala’a Moananu Sala’a, who said the alleged relationship dates back to 2015. “The incident started in 2015 when the family were staying at one of the villages at the Itu o Tane District in Savai’i,” said Sala’a.

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SAY NO TO SMOKING AND DRINKING: Manu Puamo of Lauli’i.

Young man cautions youth about smoking and drinking

Don’t waste money and time on smoking and drinking alcohol, these are useless things. That is a message from Manu Puamo of Lauli;i to the youth of Samoa.

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PLEASE SLOW DOWN: David Niumata of Moata’a.

David raises issue of safety at Moata’a

David Niumata of Moata’a is a grateful man. Niumata works at the Apia Park Stadium as a security officer and collects entry fees at the gate for people who attend the rugby games. 

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EXPO IN SAVAI’I: U.S.P is taking education to the population of Savai’i.

U.S.P. shaping the future with Savai’i Career Expo

The University of the South Pacific (U.S.P) in Samoa held a Careers Expo at the U.S.P Savai’i Centre last Friday. U.S.P Savai’i Centre provides access to University studies and students need not leave their Savaii homes and families to travel to Upolu.

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Court House Mulinuu

Church man denies sex charge

An official of a local church has pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted sexual violation in a case involving a nine-year-old girl.

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Cabinet hosts Head of State

INAUGURATION DINNER: After the fanfare of the official inauguration ceremony of the new Head of State, His Highness Tuia’ana Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II, Cabinet hosted a private dinner to welcome him and his Masiofo, Her Highness Fa’amausili Leinafo at Taumeasina Island Resort on Friday.

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Think a Minute

Your secret weapon

Think a minute…Years ago a woman was awarded the Medal of Freedom, the highest honor an American civilian can receive. This was all the more amazing since she was not even an American! Mrs. Josefina Guerrero was from the Philippines, where she became known simply as Joey.

Columns

Living with ghosts

A good friend, smart also, once told me I live with ghosts. By ghosts he was referring to my childhood days.

Between the Lines

Between The Lines

7 QUESTIONS THAT ARE KEEPING US AWAKE 1. So come July 26, the day after the current Tui Atua is no longer the Head of State, is he still His Highness? 2. After being addressed as His Highness for 10 years, what new honorific if any, will he be known by?

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