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COASTAL AND MARINE AREAS PROTECTION: The participants during the training held at Tanoa Tusitala in Samoa.

Pacific Plan for protected areas discussed in Apia

With the aim to strengthen the management and governance of protected areas in the Pacific region, close to one hundred participants from governments, N.G.O. stakeholders and partners convened in Apia, Samoa on 11 June, 2018 for the inception workshop of the second phase of the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (B.I.O.P.A.M.A.) programme.

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WOMEN AT WORK: The women taking part in the Nofotane project.

Project changes lives at Toamua

When the livelihood training for the Nofotane project reacheed Toamua, the participants from Toamua, Puipaa and Faleula had already heard of its success through the nofotane women who have shared their human interest stories on the impact of the empowerment programme on their lives and that of their families.  

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Samoa Observer reporter Joyetter Luamanu with some of the patients based at the S.A.C.H. center in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Israeli help group looks to expand to Samoa

An Israeli international non-profit organization, Save a Child’s Heart (S.A.C.H.), is looking to spread its mission to Samoa.

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La’aulialemalietoa Leuatea Schmidt.

M.P. cautions against ‘industrial spirit’ sold as alcohol

The Minister of Health, Tuitama Dr. Leao Tuitama, has been asked to look into the emergence of new alcohol products locally produced.

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OPEN DAY: Nigel Stowers and B.S.L. staff with students from Faleata College during the Open day.

Business Systems Ltd. values education

Education is critical for the future of Samoa. Business Systems Limited (B.S.L.) believes this and does its best to support the education sector. 

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THE FUTURE OF TENNIS: The players from different schools who took part in the competition.

Mission accomplished for Anglican School

The All Saints Anglican School took the overall Business Systems Limited (B.S.L.) – Australian Open Pacific Pathway (A.O.P.P.) 2018 interschool competition. 

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TAFAIGATA BOUND: The father will spend 14 years at Tafaigata.

Father jailed 14 years for raping biological daughter

A father who pleaded guilty to raping his 15-year-old daughter has been jailed for 14 years. The decision was delivered by Supreme Court Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren. Lawyer, Fuifui Ioane, of the Attorney General’s Office was prosecuting while Diana Roma represented the defendant.

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Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt and Salega M.P., Olo Fiti Vaai.

M.P. questions accuracy of revenue figures

Member of Parliament for Salega, Olo Fiti Vaai, has questioned the accuracy of revenues forecasted in the Government’s budget. Olo raised the questions in relation to the Ministry of Revenue when Parliament convened to discuss and pass Minister of Finance, Sili Epa Tuioti’s budget for 2018/19.

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A DAY TO REMEMBER: Adventures in paradise for David Nicholson.

First time the charm as diplomat lands blue marlin

Diplomat David Nicholson can now add another title to his name. Apart from being New Zealand’s High Commissioner, he joined a rare group of anglers to have caught a marlin in the waters of Samoa during the weekend. What’s more, it was his first time fishing.

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POLICE VEHICLE INCIDENT: An incident a few years ago where a Police vehicle was damaged. Photo: File

Police cars repair bill raises eyebrows

The Ministry of Police (M.O.P.) spent more than $100,000 on vehicle repairs between 2012 and 2016. This is according to the Samoa Audit Office Report on Irregularities presented to Parliament. The Ministry recorded the highest number of irregularity reports, with the bulk of them involving car crashes and damaged vehicles. 

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U.N.D.P., M.C.I.T., M.W.C.S.D. and N.U.S. ready for Computer Literacy Training.

Digital training opens doors

A training launched last week is set to open the door of opportunities for some sixty unemployed young people to gain vital skills in I.C.T. Driven by the United Nations Development Programme (U.N.D.P.), the training was launched by the Minister of Communications and Information Technology.

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Representatives from Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, National University of Samoa and the UNDP office in Samoa.

Govt. launches I.C.T. training programme

The Governent has launched a Pilot I.C.T. Training programme made possible with the kind assistance of the United Nations Development Programme (U.N.D.P.). The pilot programme will train 60 unemployed youth in the I.C.T. field.  

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STRUGGLE IS REAL: 39 year old Feterika Taulagia shares his fears.

Farmer works harder to overcome struggles

Life is challenging for Feterika Taulagia. But the 39-year-old farmer from Alaoa, is not fazed by it all. With his humble abode and farm damaged by the cyclone, the Village Voice team found him working on his plantation.

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Home of Pepe Fetu in need of assistance.

House help needed for Pepe and his family

Pepe Fetu is a resilient man. Despite the struggles with hardship and poverty, the unemployed father of two from Faleasi’u remains positive. His biggest fear is not being able to provide for his children. In the short term, he admits that they need to fix their house. 

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PROUD SAMOAN WOMAN: Fa’amanu Kelemete in Geneva.

From Samoa to Geneva, Fa’amanu Kelemete’s journey

Fa’amanu Kelemete is on the trip of a lifetime. The eldest child of Kelemete Kelemete and the late Marianive from the village of Faleula, is representing Samoa at the 38th session of the Human Rights Council held in the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland

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SAMOA AIRWAYS: Seiuli Alvin Tuala.

Samoa Airways partners with Samoa Tourism and Expedia to promote Samoa

Samoa Airways is already reaping the fruits of its availability online via global travel company, Expedia and its affiliate partners, by receiving its first lot of bookings from the popular booking channel. 

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FOR A GOOD CAUSE: Unasa Tauheia Levaai champions the fight against cancer by participating in the ‘Shave, Save or Dye it’ campaign.

Unasa’s mission to fight cancer

Businessman Unasa Tauheia Levaai is ready to shave it all for a good cause. The man from Siufaga and Samauga Savaii is representing the Samoa Marist Club, joining other men, women and children who have chosen to raise money for the Samoa Cancer Society’s ‘Shave, Save or Dye It’ fundraising event to be held this week.

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President of the Methodist Congregation Rev. Apineru Lafai.

Church celebrates 70th anniversary

The Methodist Church at Salepoua’e Saleimoa celebrated 70 years since the church was established yesterday. The church was founded in 1947 by eight members, including Pula Esau, Malaeoaitu Uale, Fa’amau, Tima, Tulaga, Alesana, Leni and Fetala’i. Malaeoaitu Fatu Pula told the Sunday Samoan that the church has come a long way.

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GOING K-POP: A few members of R.L.S.S. K-POP who will perform in Wellington in July.

Robert Louis to represent Samoa at K-POP Festival

In 2017, Robert Louis Stevenson-College formed a new club K-POP Korean Pop Music and Culture, under the Performing Arts Programme. The idea was to enhance and develop the students learning opportunities through additional experiences and electives other than theory or academic. 

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HARD SLOG: Some of the Manu Samoa players during training in Apia last week ahead of the game against Germany this Saturday.

P.M. to Manu Samoa: “You have no guts”

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, who is also the Chairman of the Samoa Rugby Union, did not mince words when he visited the Manu Samoa team last week. “You have no guts,” he told them. Prime Minister Tuilaepa revealed the gist of his message in Parliament when it convened to discuss and pass the 2018/2019 budget.

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Think a Minute

Yes means stress

Think a minute…Are you a “yes man” or woman? Do you always say yes to everybody who asks you for a favor or help? Some of us just cannot say no to others. The problem is our “yes” sometimes means stress—to us and our family.

Columns

To tax or not to tax

With apologies to Shakespeare, but this is no longer the question. Prime Minister Tuila’epa and his Government have made up their mind. Faife’aus will pay tax. The only question left is how they will get them to pay and what process will be used to ensure that the tax they pay is fairly assessed.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

Banking whispers Whispers about the change of ownership for a major player in the banking industry in Samoa has been laughed off.

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