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SAD SIGHT: Where the boy was found at Satapuala last week.

Group saddened over boy’s brutal killing

The Samoa Victim Support Group (S.V.S.G.) has expressed sadness over the brutal murder of a 15-year-old boy last week. Uili Uili, of Satapuala, was discovered by Police on Friday morning with his head savagely bashed.

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FIXING THE FENCE: Winnie Heder and a helper working to fix the fence.

Tufuiopa residents told to pen concerns

Residents living in close proximity to the Tufuiopa pool have been told to write a formal letter to the Acting C.E.O. of the Land Transport Authority regarding their concerns. 

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BE RESOURCEFUL: Lopa Apelu fishes to provide for his family.

Jobless? Be proactive and turn to fishing or farming

Life is hard enough as it is. But when you don’t have a job, things become even tougher. For Lopa Apelu, 32 years of age from Utuali’i, he is grateful he can turn to the sea to earn a living for his family.

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THANKFUL FATHER: Malaefono Fea living on his blessings.

Father grateful for love of children

Every good seed planted faithfully will not fail to come through for you. That’s the belief of Malaefono Fea, a father of eight children from Falelauniu. He and his wife are unemployed.

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SERIOUS HEALTH CONDITION: Sieni Moe, 36 year old speaks up about the challenges she faces.

Mother needs your help

A mother of eight needs help. Sieni Moe, from Fasito’o-tai, suffers from a condition where seizures are frequent occurrences unless she takes her medication. The problem is that she cannot afford it.  

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WORKING HARD IS THE KEY: Eteuati Vaiao is happy to work in his plantation for his living.

Father contented with life of a farmer

Depending on the plantation to provide for the family is not a bad choice at all. So says young man Eteuati Vaiao, 27 years of age from Fasitoo-tai. Mr. Vaiao is also a father of three young children. Mr. Vaiao said he used to work.

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Aquila the brave: Taking on the sliding rocks at Papaseea like a champ.

Aquila versus the Sliding Rocks

Still acclimating to the hot Samoan sun, Aquila of Oregon, United States, had an umbrella as her accessory of the day as she took a stroll with her mum and niece on Beach Road. Aquila and her sister are visiting their mum who serves as a Peace Corp volunteer here in Samoa.

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SAMOA, A ‘REAL HOLIDAY’ DESTINATION: Koos and Tissy Batelaan from New Zealand.

Beauty of Savai’i impresses couple

The Batelaan couple from New Zealand are in love with Samoa’s surrounding, especially the ocean. Dear Tourist met Koos, 62, and his lovely wife Tissy, 61, while they were enjoying a swim at the Vaisala Hotel in Savai’i.

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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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Think a Minute

How Do I Talk to God?

Think a minute…Who do you enjoy being with most? We usually enjoy friends who make us feel accepted the way we are. When we’re at our worst we still know that they accept us, even if they don’t approve and agree with what we’re doing.

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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