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WATER PROBLEMS: Vaisuamumu well at Manono and Muanita Vaalata trying to clean her washing.

Family of ten depends on water from well

Resorting to water from a well has become the only hope for Muanita Va’alata and her family when it comes to their daily water needs. Every day, the family members at Manono-uta collect water from the morning until, depending on their needs for the day.

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P.M. Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

People don’t listen, P.M. says about dengue fever

Prime minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has admonished the Samoan public for being lax in heeding warnings from the Ministry of Health on the dengue fever outbreak.

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CHIEF JUSTICE: His Honour Patu Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu.

Chief Justice raises concerns

The Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asue Falefatu Sapolu, has expressed concerns about the non-appearance of suspects remanded at Tafa’igata Prison when their cases are called. His Honour Patu is especially concerned about the number of them missing during their initial mention hearing.

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CHIEF JUSTICE: His Honour Patu Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu.

Chief Justice raises concerns

The Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asue Falefatu Sapolu, has expressed concerns about the non-appearance of suspects remanded at Tafa’igata Prison when their cases are called. His Honour Patu is especially concerned about the number of them missing during their initial mention hearing.

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L.T.A. C.E.O. Leasi Vainalepa Galuvao.

Public encouraged to report crashes and vandalism

Not reporting traffic accidents to the Police is a crime. So said Police Superintendent and Media Spokesperson, Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo, in response to questions from the Samoa Observer. 

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STILL SAILING: The soon to be replaced MV Lady Naomi at the Matautu Wharf.

New ferry in the works

Plans are in place to replace the MV Lady Naomi that has been servicing the Upolu-American Samoa route for twenty years now. 

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FINANCIAL STRUGGLES: Lusia Iosefo with her 7 month year old boy Sagato.

Mother needs help with ‘back to school’

The Festive Season is over and with schools starting again soon, many parents are already worrying about how they will pay fees and buy stationeries and school uniforms. Lusia Iosefo from Manono-uta is among many of them.

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KEEN TO WORK: Ben Lui.

Man’s desperate search for a job

Twenty-six-year-old Ben Lui is desperate for aa job. The young lad from the village of Nu’u-fou understands the importance of securing a stable job so he can contribute to the development of his family.

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WATER-AN EXPENSIVE NECESSITY: Leiataua Tamate

Family can’t afford to connect to water supply

For twenty years, a family at Manono-uta has not had a proper supply of running water. They still have to resort to a well in the village for water. The problem, according to Leiataua Tamate, is that they cannot afford the installation costs to have the government water supply connected to their house. 

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Pelelina O’oto talks about her struggles.

Back to school heavy on mother’s mind

Life is far from being a bed of roses for Pelelina O’oto. The mother of 10 shared with the Village Voice team her daily struggles that haunt her with the dawn of every new day.

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COURT: John Robert Harden (left) with his lawyer, Lefau Harry Schuster.

Visitor caught with marijuana at Airport claims it is medicine

A visitor from the United States of America caught with marijuana in his possession at the airport has told the authorities the joint is for his medication.

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Justice Vui Clarence Nelson.

Sex Offenders Registry signed into law

The Sex Offenders Registration Act 2017 has been signed into law by the Head of State, His Highness Tuimaleali’ifano, Va’aletoa Sualauvi II. This was confirmed by Ministry of Prime Minister and Cabinet Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Siaopo Pese.

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CONVICT: Tagaloasa Filipaina was allowed out for his title bestowment and Minister of Prisons: Tialavea Tionisio Hunt.

Prisons under scrutiny over convict's release

The Minister of Prisons, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, has defended the decision to release a convicted murderer to attend his matai title bestowal ceremony during the Festive Season. The Samoa Prisons and Corrections Services (S.P.C.S.) approved the release of well-known criminal, Tagaloasa Filipaina, the Samoa Observer was told.

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LISTEN UP SON: Sala Parker speaks to her son Lupesoliai Joseph Parker in Samoa during one of his training camps.

‘Being proud is far from my mind,’ Parker’s mom says

Lupesoliai Laauliolemalietoa Joseph Parker’s mother has mixed feelings about the biggest fight her son is about to enter on 1 April 2018. Having finalised the deal to take on Anthony Joshua in Cardiff, Sala Parker, has told Newshub she is nervous – not necessarily about the result – but she does not want her son to get hurt, as she fears in every fight he has entered.

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UGLY SCENE: Rubbish lying alongside the road.

Roadside trash anger

Contractors hired by government to mow the grass on the shoulder of public roads should also pick up the trash. Far too many of them mow the grass and then move on, leaving trash, plastic bags, plates, bottles and foam cups strewn all over the place.

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Marijuana confiscated from Satapuala raid.

Man faces murder charge over Satapuala killing

One of the five suspects held over the murder of a 15-year-old boy in Satapuala last week has been charged with first degree murder.  The defendant is a 39-year-old, says Police Superintendent and Media Spokesperson, Auapa’au Filipo Logoitino. 

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UNFORTUNATE OCCURRENCE: The family's home and some of their vehicles up in smoke last Friday afternoon.

Fire destroys family home

A family in Iva, Savai’i, has been left without a home after a fire ripped through their house on Friday. The fire reduced the family’s home and properties into a pile of rubble. According to an eyewitness, who wished not to be named, the incident occurred at 12:30pm on Friday.

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 WORK, WORK, WORK: LJ Leota, 29, from the village of Lepuia’i i Manono-uta.

Hard work and sacrifices

Life in Samoa these days requires hard work and sacrifice. Ask LJ Leota, 29, from the village of Lepuia’i i Manono-uta and that’s what he will say.

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WHILE WAITING: Muliupu Tua does his best with chores at home and their plantation.

Muliupu talks about his goal and love for his parents

Every day there is a challenge. For Muliupu Tua, his problems are compounded by not having a job. To make up for not having a job, 26-year-old from Fasitoo-Tai does his best with daily chores and their plantation.

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ONE MAN, MANY OBLIGATIONS: Solomona Kolio.

‘If people with jobs struggle, what hope is there for people without jobs?’

The low income levels for the majority of workers in Samoa today is one of the biggest problems there is. Solomona Kolio, 38, from the village of Sogi and Fasito’o-tai says life in Samoa is really that tough, even regular salaries can’t address the expensive cost of living.

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Think a Minute

Wishing Life Away

Think a minute…Do you wish you were somewhere else right now? At the beach? Away on a nice holiday? At Disneyland? Many of us spend a lot of our time wishing we were somewhere else. When we’re at work we wish we were home relaxing. We wish we had a different job and career or a different boss. We wish we were rich.

Columns

Catch the right waves

Stop. Unplug your earphones, headphones, you know what, turn the phone off.

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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