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BE PROACTIVE: Lemusu Pulepule from Solosolo.

Stop complaining, do something

Laziness and complaining will get you nowhere. This is according to Lemusu Pulepule from Solosolo, who says everyone has a purpose and it is their responsibility to discover it and use it to the best of their ability. 

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IN NEED OF WATER: Akata Neufeldt’s Home in Falefa.

Mother says her family can do with some water help

The family of Akata Neufeldt from Falefa is coping well despite the hardship and struggles of today. But the 31-year-old mother says her family can do with some help for their water supply. The family recently relocated inland.

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NEED WATER TANK: Masunu Iese.

It’s a tough life without running water

Life is already hard. But without a steady supply of water, things are even harder. That’s the reality for young father, Masunu Iese, 44, from Letogo. 

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CONTENT WITH SUBSISTENCE FARMING: Viliamu Ah-Lung.

An endless supply of food

A plantation not only provides food; it also tackles the high cost of living. Viliamu Ah-Lung, 43, from Fusi-Saoluafata, shared this view when he sat down with the Village Voice team yesterday. 

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C.S.S.P second call for N.G.O proposals: Participants in discussion.

Funding help for Civil society

The Civil Society Support Programme (C.S.S.P.) hosted its second call for proposals for Non – Government Organisations (N.G.O.) last week Friday at the T.A.T.T.E. Convention Centre.

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

Israel still paying for crucifying Jesus Christ, P.M. says

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi is adamant the nation of Israel will not experience true peace until the penalty for their decision to crucify Jesus Christ is paid. That was his response when his government was queried in Parliament about why it did not vote during a controversial United Nations resolution demanding the United States to drop its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

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SWEET SUCCESS: Taumeasina Island Resort Manager, Nathan Bucknall (far left) and staff, the overall winners of the S.T.A Tourism Excellence Awards and Best Hygiene award.

Great vibes at Taumeasina Resort

It’s been a great week for Taumeasina Island Resort. Last week, the Resort and their staff celebrated sweet success during the S.T.A Tourism Excellence Awards.

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EDUCATION ON THE TABLE: The participants of the  Annual Teachers Conference yesterday with P.M. Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.

P.M. Tuilaepa calls for change

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi challenged more than 50 participants of the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture’s Annual Teachers Conference to make a change for 2018.

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PRISON PROJECT: Government officials during a visit to the Tanumalala Prison project last week.

King Construction secures Prison Tank project

Cabinet has approved the construction of the Tanumalala prison tank and reservoir installation by King Construction Ltd for $505,252.50.   

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Cabinet has yet to finalise the appointment of the Chief Executive Officer of the 2019 Pacific Games Organizing Committee.

Cabinet still undecided on Pacific Games chief

Cabinet has yet to finalise the appointment of the Chief Executive Officer of the 2019 Pacific Games Organizing Committee. This was confirmed by the Samoa Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (S.A.S.N.O.C.) Team Samoa Chef de Mission, Nynette Sass.

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M.J.C.A. Assistant C.E.O. Tuiloma Lopez Williams.

Malietoa appeal extension granted

Chief Justice, his Honour Patu Tiava'asu’e Falefatu Sapolu has granted the request for an extension to file an appeal by four parties of the Malietoa family. This was confirmed by M.J.C.A. Assistant C.E.O., Tuiloma Lopez Williams, during an interview with the Samoa Observer at his office. 

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SADLY MISSED: Inspector Maotaoali’i Kaioneta Kitiona.

Police mourn sudden passing of Inspector

The sudden passing of Police Inspector, Maotaoali’i Kaioneta Kitiona, while on duty yesterday, has left the Ministry of Police in shock. A father and a husband, Maotaoali’i will be missed, said Police Superintendent and Media Spokesperson, Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo. 

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IN COURT: Former Immigration Officer, David Nomereta Uaine and his lawyer, Unasa Iuni Sapolu after Court yesterday morning.

Ex-Immigration officer faces 32 criminal charges

The Attorney General’s Office has filed 32 criminal charges against former Immigration Officer, David Nomereta Uaine. The charges include forgery, corruption, bribery, improper issue of Samoan travel documents, unlawful recording of information from passport database and false representation.

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REST IN PEACE: Among many tributes for Dr. Ueta came from the Samoa Teachers Training College (T.T.I.) now the Faculty of Education (F.O.E.).

Nation pays tribute to legendary musician

Samoa paused yesterday to to pay tribute to the life of a great music composer, also known as a Music Master, Dr. Ueta Matautia Peni Solomona. At the All Saints Anglican Church at Leifiifi, hundreds gathered to pay their last respects. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and a host of Cabinet Ministers and senior government officials were present.

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KEEP WORKING HARD: Potoi Va’atiuola.

Don’t settle keep working, Potoi says

Hard work leads to prosperity. So says Potoi Va’atiuola, 45, from the village of Mulifanua. Mr. Va’atiuola said even though he has a regular job, that doesn’t stop him from working on his plantation.

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LOTS OF CHANGES: Lio Sasagi.

Lio talks about changes

Life has changed considerably in Samoa today compared to the past. At 51 years of age, Lio Sasagi from the village of Fasito’o-tai knows. Mr. Sasagi was on his way home from the plantation last weekend when the Village Voice team met him.

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Evo Maiki.

Mother needs help with back to school costs

They say education is the key to success. But nothing can be accomplished without money. With school to start soon, Evo Maiki, is seeking help for her two children.

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WATER TANK NEED: Tutasi Tavita of Lalovi, Mulifanua.

Tutasi Tavita’s basic dream

Tutasi Tavita for so long has been longing a supply of running water. For 14 years, Mrs. Tavita has never experienced the joy of turning on a tap since she settled at Lalovi Mulifanua. The mother of six shared that they fetch water from her in-laws. Every day.

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ENJOYING THE NIGHT: Iliganoa Spolu, Matautia Rula Levi, Dr. Satupaitea and his wife Sialei Viali.

Staff the secret to tourism success

“Keep it real; keep it beautiful.” That was the theme of Friday night’s extravaganza, celebrating excellence in the Tourism industry with the Samoa Tourism Authority Awards. From hoteliers to restauranteurs and transport services, recognition was given to those businesses in the hospitality industry that showed excellence in six categories.

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Aquatic Centre in good shape for 2019 Games

Samoa’s Aquatic Center is ready to cater for swimming participants and spectators in the 2019 Pacific Games. Since the 2007 Pacific Games, the Chinese government has been financing the maintenance of the facilities at a cost of about $2 million per year.

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Think a Minute

More is caught than taught

Think a minute…A man told about an experience his family had visiting a museum. The tour guide led them through all the rooms and then returned to her desk. As the family was leaving, she said: “I must tell you that I’ve never seen such well-mannered children.”

Columns

The woman and her bones

Do you feel the earth would be kinder if Adam was Eve instead? When I look at the children of the streets, I feel sorrow only. There is not a bone in a loving mother which does not ache for the grief upon any child. I miss my own mother like I miss the rain.

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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