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Aiolupotea La’auli Talataina.

Suspended cop guilty of firearm charge

A suspended Police officer, Aiolupotea La’auli Talataina, has been found guilty of one charge of presenting a firearm and one charge of being armed with a dangerous weapon. But he was acquitted of one charge of presenting a firearm in relation to an incident involving one Lene Epa at Malololelei on 4 August 2015.

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THE TOWN PLAN: A look at what Apia will soon look like if all goes according to plan.

Waterfront Project on the move

The New Zealand Aid Programme has committed funding to develop the front of the main Government Building into an events space, and create an attractive pedestrian walkway from the Clock Tower to the waterfront edge.

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Michael Donoghue, Threatened and Migratory Species Adviser of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (S.P.R.E.P).

Pacific conservation of migratory species benefitting Pacific communities

“Their future is our future – sustainable development for wildlife and people” is at the heart of the Twelfth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (C.M.S C.O.P12) in Manila, the Philippines this week.

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S.P.R.E.P Director, Leota Kosi Latu, at the Twelfth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (C.M.S C.O.P12) in Manila.

Leota is Pacific’s voice at Manila

The Pacific islands voice was heard among those of ministers, ambassadors and heads of international organisations from across the world during a High Level Panel at the Twelfth Conference of the Parties of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (C.M.S C.O.P12).

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PRIORITIES START AT HOME: Suitulaga Lio.

Church and Bible hold the answers

Get your household in order and everything else will fall into place. That’s the message from Suitulaga Lio who believes most of the problems today are caused because families do not get their priorities right.

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Lefua Moemai from the village of Moata’a.

Cooking and fishing is how Lefua gives back to family

Meet Lefua Moemai from the village of Moata’a. Mr Moemai is a single hardworking man who he lives with his mother and sisters. His job is to prepare the food for his family every day. Village Voice caught up with Mr Moemai while on his way to the sea for fishing.

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Toa Samoa Fereti Tuilagi with his family.

Go well Toa Samoa

The Toa Samoa team for the Rugby League World Cup received a rousing farewell at Faleolo International Airport on Saturday. It was an emotional send off after the players spent a week in Samoa to gear up for the Cup, which kicks off this Saturday against the Kiwis.

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Leao Liva Muliaga, 62, from the village of Faleula.

Elderly father works to inspire young sons

People have different motives for the work they do. Most people work to get money and that’s because they need to provide for their families. Others do it so their children can see and emulate their footsteps. Meet Leao Liva Muliaga, 62, from the village of Faleula.

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CONCERNED ABOUT STREET VIOLENCE: Atonio Fepuleai of Vaitele Fou.

Jobless youths blamed for street violence

Young people who are unemployed and find themselves sitting idle on the streets have been blamed for the majority of street fights in Vaitele-fou. So says Atonio Fepuleai who believes the government needs to prioritise a project to give these young people jobs so they will have something better and more productive to do.

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Prudence Raine, UN volunteer at UNDP Samoa multi-county office.

Happy United Nations Day!

Today, on 24 October 2017 we celebrate the United Nations Day. The objectives of the United Nations (U.N.) is outlined in its Charter, and includes maintaining international peace and security, promoting sustainable development, protecting human rights, upholding international law, and delivering humanitarian aid.

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Samoa partners with Sri Lanka at C.M.S COP12, for stronger protection of blue sharks as a migratory species

Samoa steps up to protect Blue Shark

Approximately 20 million Blue Sharks are killed each year, propelling Samoa and Sri Lanka to jointly propose to place the species on a special global list asking countries to conserve them and protect their habitat.

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Samoan artist, Tupe Lualua, is the Creative director behind Le Moana Dance Company based in Wellington, New Zealand, and she will be attending this year’s arts conference.

Samoa to host Pacific artists

Samoa will once again play host to another conference in November 2017. This event will see Pacific artists and academics from around the world descending on Apia, prepared to take on this year’s theme of “Making the invisible, visible.” 

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The Police thanked members of the public who provided information which led to finding the missing child.

Police sound alarm bells

The Police have sounded an alarm for parents to keep a close eye on their children and not leave them unattended. The warning comes after the abduction of a two-year-old boy on Sunday afternoon. 

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Upskilling for N.G.O and C.B.O: Participants show off their certificates in Volunteerism Skills

S.U.N.G.O. holds volunteerism skills training

The Samoa Umbrella of Non Government Organisation (S.U.N.G.O) hosted a Volunteerism Skills training for C.S.Os last week. The five-day course was conducted for 14 people from the various N.G.O’s and C.B.O’s around Samoa. Volunteers play a key role in not-for-profit organizations.

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GREAT PADDLING AND FELLOWSHIP: Paddlers from Samoa and American Samoa who gathered at Utulei for the Aunu’u Challenge during the weekend. Photos: Supplied.

Samoa dominates American Samoa’s Aunu’u Challenge

The Laumei Opens team is the undisputed champion of the 25km Aunu’u Regatta Iron Challenge held in American Samoa during the weekend. The Laumei team had a secret weapon in the form of superwoman Amanda Wheatley. They dominated the opens category from start to finish.

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Catalin Razvan Veverita.

Romanian accused of stealing stopped from leaving country

The application from a foreign businessman accused of stealing from a local A.T.M to leave the country has been denied. The decision was handed down yesterday by District Court Judge, Fepulea’i Ameperosa Roma.  

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SAD SIGHT: Raging flames tear through the family's home.

Fire rips through home at Nofoali’i

A family at Nofoali’i has lost thousands of tala worth of valuables after a fire shredded their home yesterday afternoon. Pictures immediately shared on social media shows the fire ripping through the house as bystanders look on helplessly.

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HAPPY TO LIVE: Otto Felise Wulf.

‘Grateful to be alive’

Otto Felise Wulf is “grateful” to be alive. The man whose wife poured boiling water on his head two weeks ago is finally out of the hospital. Mr. Wulf, a 37-year-old, was hospitalized for eight days at the Surgical Ward in Moto’otua. He had spent three days in the Intensive Care Unit. 

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PINKTOBER MOVES: Members of the Miss Samoa Alumni, survivors of cancer and supporters at the Amoa Resort.

Pinktober raises hope for Savai’ians

The beautiful Amoa resort in Savai’i was the backdrop to the big Islands' first Pinktober High Tea fundraiser, which saw hoteliers and small business owners along with community leaders come together in pink fashion to boost the morale of the community and raise funds to support families affected.

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Ta’amilo Ta’avili.

Stick to your budget

Meet 45-year-old Ta’amilo Ta’avili. Ta’amilo says that life is all about budgeting well.

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Think a Minute

Hard Habit to Break

Think a minute…Are you in the habit of putting salt on your food? Maybe you have a habit of thinking you’re not smart and that you’ll never succeed in life. Don’t forget, your habits control your life. What we keep doing every day becomes our life!

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The entire shoreline of the beach just a few feet before her, was completely sullied by fragments of rubbish.

The Sullied Coast

The tropical heart was unendurable. Beyond the seldom cloudy, blue horizon, the sun stood undeterred at the sky’s apex. For three Alaskan tourists, this was a whole new experience from the arctic climes they have adapted to since they were children.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

DEPENDS WHICH SIDE YOU’RE ON Does that adage "one swallow make a summer" apply to football? If you’re an Aussie rugby fan and have been waiting for a win for yonks, it’s a resounding yes.

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