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FANS: Manu Samoa and Wales fan celebrate at Apia Park.

A sad night when Wales broke Samoan hearts at Apia Park

A sea of blue, Apia Stadium hosted the Manu Samoa vs Wales rugby match on Friday.

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STANDING UP FOR BENEFITS OF COCONUTS: Edwin Tamasese, Managing Director of Samoa Coconut Cluster.

Samoa Coconut Cluster rejects U.S. oil claims

The Samoa Coconut Cluster Ltd has strongly rejected claims that coconut oil “is as unhealthy as beef dripping and butter.”

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VICTIM OF A BAD HOST: Ethan Edward Lolesio.

An open letter to the Chairman of the Samoa Rugby Union

To the Honorable and Distinguished Prime Minister Tuila’epa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s, who is a merciful man of integrity and loved and honored by us all. We acknowledge you for all what you have done for Samoa and the growth and redevelopment for a greater Samoa.

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MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT: Olo Fiti Va'ai. (Inset) MINISTER OF HEALTH: Tuitama Dr. Leao Tuitama.

M.P. slams “poor” health services

Member of Parliament, Olo Fiti Vaai, has criticised the delivery of health services in Samoa describing it as extremely poor. He said despite the millions of dollars being injected into the National Health Services, members of the public continue to face many challenges at the hospital.

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MINISTER OF REVENUE: Tialavea Tionisio Hunt.

Minister tells of record revenue performance

For fiscal year 2016-2017 which ends 30 June this year, the Ministry of Revenue, (M.O.R.) collected $485 million tala in government revenues.

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This was confirmed by the Acting Assistant Police Commissioner, Sala’a Moanau Sale.

Father charged over alleged kidnapping

A man has been charged with allegedly kidnapping a two-year-old boy from his home. The charge is part of a bizarre story involving a stolen government vehicle and a relationship between a man and his wife gone sour. 

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MINISTER OF REVENUE: Tialavea Tionisio Hunt.

Minister disputes govt. debt claim

The Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, has disputed the claim by Virgin Australia that the government owes $9.2 million tala in jet fuel excise rebates. “We only owe them $1.8million tala, not $9million,” he told the Sunday Samoan. 

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ACCESS TO MORE OPPORTUNITIES: Chief Executive Officer of A.T.H Ivan Fong with the Chief Executive Officer of U.T.O.S.Sa’u Justina Sa’u signing a deal with the Fiji Company.

Govt. investment arm signs deal with Fiji company

The Unit Trust of Samoa (U.T.O.S.) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Fiji company, Amalgamated Telecom Holdings (A.T.H.). Signed in Apia on Friday, the  Chief Executive Officer of U.T.O.S., Sa’u Justina Sa’u said the M.O.U. is a step in the right direction for Samoa.

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According to the Acting Assistant Commissioner, Sala’a Moananu Sala’a, the mother of the victim has lodged a complaint with the Police.

Parents urged to be alert in looking after girls

The Police are asking members of the public – especially parents – to take extra care to ensure their children are picked up from school. The call comes after a 14-year-old girl was picked up by a stranger who took her to a hotel and raped her there.

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The driver is 58-years-old and he drove into a parked taxi, luckily no one was in the taxi.

Drunk driver crashes into parked taxi

A two-car crash stalled traffic on both lanes in town on Friday night. Acting Assistant Commissioner, Sala’a Moananu Sale, confirmed the driver was under the influence of alcohol. “The driver is 58-years-old and he drove into a parked taxi, luckily no one was in the taxi,” he said. 

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HAPPY TO BE GOING HOME: Pili Lualu, 42 of Savaia Lefaga.

Tired farmer spends four nights selling taro

Earning money means sacrifices. For Pili Lualu, of Savaia Lefaga, it means four nights away from his family.

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The Village Voice caught up with Etisone while helping his family to sell coconuts.

Future Accountant hones skills selling coconuts

Student Johnny Etisone Tuāfono from Matautu, Lefaga doesn’t want to waste time.

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KEEP WORKING: 84-year-old mother and grandmother, Maota Lopati.

Elderly mother shares her views

Life is tough. But it is meant to be that way to challenge us to get better.

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TANOA IS IMPRESSIVE: David Mather.

Welsh super fan loving Samoa

Welsh super fan, David Mather, aged 53, has crossed the world to watch his home country play at Apia Park. 

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$20 a basket of taro.

Young man proud of what he does

Meet Charlie Eti. The 20-year-old hails from the village of Matautu Lefaga. When the Village Voice team caught up with him, he was selling taro. “I work hard to develop our plantation,” he told the Village Voice.

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HONORARY LOCALS: Siena and Brett Morrisey embrace the relaxed way of life in Samoa.

Australian couple embrace culture

Travelling from Northern Australia, couple Brett and Siena Morrisey, both aged 49, have fully embraced their time on the island. 

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HAPPY IN SAMOA: Janus Juul at his new home in sunny Samoa.

‘Great place with friendly people’

Learning from the best of Samoa, Physio Therapist Janus is loving his working holiday

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LEADERS IN THE MAKING: Students taking part in the programme.

Programme develops young female leaders

A programme to develop leadership skills among girls in secondary schools has been launched.

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TALKING ISSUES: Participants of the Civil Society Forum at Hotel Millenia Samoa at Sogi.

Civil Society Forum tackles the issues

The Samoa Umbrella for Non-Governmental Organization (S.U.N.G.O.) delved into the challenging issues of today during a forum for the Civil Society this week.

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REST IN LOVE SU'A: Police Officers carrying Su'a Muliaga's coffin to be laid at rest at his home.

Farewell, Su’a Muliaga Tiumalu!

The life of a father, a dedicated policeman and a matai who served his village, family and country well was celebrated yesterday. 

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Think a Minute

Successful business plan (Part 2)

Think a minute…”The reason some people are successful is that they put their plan and work together for a plan that truly works.” Yesterday we started a plan for success both in our job and career, as well as in our personal life, so today we will complete the course.

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Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi Address to officially  open the 20th Pacific  Immigration Directors Conference;  Taumesina Island Resort

Samoa commits to address security challenges

I welcome you all to our shores for the 20th Pacific Immigration Directors Conference.

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