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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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EDUCATION IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS: Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi, Gatoloai Tili Afamasaga and Papali'i Reupena Rimoni.

Former students drive education progress at Samoa College

Once a Samoa College student always a Samoa College student. The spirit is alive and well within the Samoa College Old Pupils Association (S.C.O.P.A) who donated $100,000 back to the school on Friday night. The presentation was held at Bistro Tatau Restaurant where the Association gathered. President of S.C.O.P.A, Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi, said their goal is to support Samoa College in every way possible.

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SHAKE ON IT: Alex Abraham and Tuaopepe Jerry Wallwork.

Island Rock and Bluesky team up

Bluesky and Island Rock have signed an agreement to have Bluesky products made available at all Island Rock stores. The signing was held at Island Rock Company on Friday. The partnership will enable customers to purchase a mobile phone and get a free sim card, fixed line, broadband, TV and e-charge all at once at Island Rock.

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

P.M. tightlipped on Church meeting

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi is staying mum about the details of their meeting with the Elders of the Congregational Christian Church on Monday, last week. Asked whether Cabinet has reached a decision regarding the Elders' visit, including a response to the letter where his Government has been asked to reconsider the taxing of Church Ministers' alofa, Tuilaepa declined to comment.

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AVAILABLE FOR WORLD CUP: Alatasi Tupou.

Sevens captain discharged without conviction

The suspended captain of the Manu Samoa Sevens could be named in the team for the World Cup in San Francisco next month. It follows the District Court’s decision to discharge him without conviction on Friday. The decision was delivered by District Court Judge Alalatoa Rosella Papalii.

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A.C.E.O: Fepulea’i Mark Alesana and C.E.O.: Afamasaga Su’a Onesemo. Photo: M.W.T.I.

Senior Govt. official faces P.S.C. charges

The Assistant Chief Executive Officer for the Maritime Division of the Ministry of Works, Transport and Infrastructure (M.W.T.I.), Fepulea’i Mark Alesana, has been charged by the Public Service Commission (P.S.C.). Fepulea’i is facing six P.S.C. charges over his alleged connection to an Indian company, which had raised allegations of corruption against the Ministry’s Chief Executive Officer, Afamasaga Su’a Pou Onesemo. 

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

Govt. moves to protect Samoa from “dirty money”

A bill tabled in Parliament last week aims to strengthen the Government’s ability to detect criminals who want to use Samoa’s offshore banking scheme to hide the proceeds of their criminal activities. That’s what Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi said when the Money Laundering Prevention Amendment Bill 2018 was tabled and discussed in Parliament. The bill was tabled with a note of urgency from the Head of State.

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Aitken Keil from the villages of Alafua, Faatoia, Siusega, Lotopa, Vaisigano and Motootua wanted by Police

Aitken Keil wanted by Police

The Police have called for help to find one Aitken Keil in relation to an ongoing Police investigation. In a statement posted by the Police today, it does not say what the investigation is about.

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FIRST TIME OVERSEAS: Briar Galpin made the best out of her first experience in a foreign country.

Christmas gift provides memories for a lifetime

It’s better late than never. As a late Christmas gift, Briar Galpin, 15, was surprised with an island getaway to Samoa. 

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AT ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES IN THE WORLD, Kennedy Short from Auckland, New Zealand at her second visit to Samoa.

Work and pleasure for Kennedy Short

Samoa is truly a paradise. So says Kennedy Short from Auckland, New Zealand. This is her second time to Samoa. She came with her husband and seven top performers and their partners for their annual work trip.

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Samoa’s Honorary Consul in Israel, Nissan Krupsky, his wife and Prime Minister’s Press Secretary, Nanai Laveitiga Tuiletufuga.

Visa free entry for Samoans travelling to Israel in the works

Samoans will soon no longer need to obtain a visa before they travel to Israel. This is according to Samoa’s Honorary Consul in Israel, Galumalemana Nissan Krupsky. 

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S.N.P.F. Chief Executive Officer, Pauli Prince Suhren.

S.N.P.F. members to benefit from $53.7 million

Samoa National Provident Fund (S.N.P.F.) has declared a record interest of 10 percent – the highest ever declared by the Fund to be paid out to its members. 

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Think a Minute

Mama’s Boys

Think a minute…In 1946, the United States Army showed to the public its brand new 30-ton computer called the ENIAC. All the credit for this invention was given to two men, John Mauchly and J. Eckert. But it was actually a group of six women who programmed the computer and made this complex machine work.

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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