Saena Saena and chis hildren.

“I thought that no one cared”

Ten families, whose stories and lives have featured in the Samoa Observer Village Voice series, received food items on Saturday from an anonymous Good Samaritan. The Village Voice team was there to help give out the donations to the families and to witness their surprise, gratitude and joy for the unexpected support.

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Local

Doris, (Samoa Cancer Society), Manamea (Miss Samoa Alumni and cancer survivor), Sanjeewa Perera (Chief Commercial Officer of Bluesky), Anita and Paul Caffarelli (Owners of Amoa Resort)

Bluesky continues its support for Pinktober in Savai’i

Bluesky continued its support of Pinktober in Savai’i with Amoa Resort hosting a first time high tea for the local and business community in support of Samoa Cancer Society and Breast Cancer Awareness. 

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WORKING WARRIORS:The supporters worked together to paint banners featuring the distrinctive ‘Have your sei’ logo.

Climate Change warriors call for action

Climate Change Warriors and supporters gathered for a family fun and community building for the “Have Your Sei” campaign.

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World

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.

World Health Organization revokes appointment of Mugabe

The head of the World Health Organization revoked his appointment of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe as a "goodwill ambassador" on Sunday after the choice drew widespread outrage and criticism. Zimbabwe's government said it respected the turnabout and that the U.N. health agency "benefited tremendously" from the attention.

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FILE - In this April 15, 2011, file photo, a bottle of Johnson's baby powder is displayed in San Francisco.

Judge tosses $417M award against Johnson & Johnson

A judge on Friday tossed out a $417 million jury award to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer by using Johnson & Johnson talc-based baby powder for feminine hygiene.

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Sport

Wellington's Asafo Aumua scores a try during the Mitre 10 Cup rugby match between Wellington and Northland.

4 new caps in All Blacks squad for northern tour

League convert Matt Duffie and hooker Asafo Aumua have been named among four uncapped players in a 37-man All Blacks squad to play tests in Britain and France next month.

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Israel Folau gets passed Waisake Naholo.

Tryscorer Israel Folau to miss Australia's end of year tour

Israel Folau will miss Australia's end-of-year tour to Japan and Britain after electing to take an extended break from rugby following next weekend's exhibition match in Sydney against the Barbarians.

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Street Talk

Questions over sports administration

The administration of sports in Samoa has come under the microscope once more. American-based Samoan Sprinter, Jeremy Dodson, has raised serious questions about the way sports are run. “From the three years I have represented Samoa, I have seen officials do nothing but get free trips, trips spent lounging in sponsored hotels while athletes eat processed food,” he said. “I have seen officials get elected not off merits, but friendships.

Fa’afetai Timo, 29

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Maria Faitau, 54

Vaitele Fou

Nifo Simone, 37

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Suau’u Lafai, 45

Puipa’a

Tasi Iuli, 31

Tuana’i

Think a Minute

Think a minute…Some young children were asked this question: “What is a conscience?” A 6-year-old boy said he thought it was “the bad feeling you get when you kick girls and puppies.” A 9-year-old said your conscience is “a voice inside that says ‘No’ when you want to beat up your little brother.”

Editorial

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Playground politics as the P.M. returns

The return of Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has not come a moment too soon for most of us who have interests in life outside of playground politics. The reports of alleged and unseemly plotting, the forming of factions and jockeying for positions while the leader of our country was receiving medical treatment in New Zealand is rather tacky, to say the least.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor Re: Exploitation hurts You are so correct. Of course you have seen this from your place in the world. I have seen this in Latin America. It is despicable what the wealthy nations do to the poor nations.

Dear Editor, Re: Refugees talk in Samoa Wow, are you people stupid? Has anyone seen the result of refugees in Europe?

Dear Editor, Re: Revolving door and the Union’s legal woes Theresa Passi should have adhered to the principles of what the duty statements, for the position as Manager of the Samoa Sevens entailed. Theresa went above and beyond her call of duties, by doing jobs that was not within her scope of responsibilities.

Entertainment

Undated photo issued Sunday oct. 22, 2017, by Henry Aldridge and Son Auctioneers, shows a letter written by first class Titanic passenger Alexander Holversson, before the auction.

Letter penned a day before Titanic sank sold at UK auction

A letter written by one of the Titanic's passengers a day before the ocean liner sank has sold for 126,000 pounds ($166,000) at an auction in England.

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Technology

A woman poses as she playing a Tencent's smartphone game called

Viral smartphone game lets ordinary Chinese 'clap' for Xi

Ordinary young Chinese may not have paid close attention to Xi Jinping's 3½-hour speech this week, but they're happy to "applaud" the president in the newest viral phenomenon to sweep China's internet.

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