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Agriculture back on track, says Minister

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Govt. targets chicken breeding

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Keynote Address Official Opening of Agriculture & Fisheries Show

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Trump, unlikely religious favorite, hails Christian values

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Samoan man found not guilty of attempted murder
Samoa's Supreme Court has dismissed an attempted murder charge against a man who admitted assaulting his wife because she was having an affair with a taxi driver. The Samoa Observer reported that Latai Pule was initially charged with causing bodily harm, being armed with a dangerous weapon, using threatening words and attempted murder. He pleaded guilty to the charges of causing actual bodily harm and using threatening words but denied attempting to kill his wife   Read More ...
Categories: Society & Culture |  Law & Crime | 
Places: New Zealand |  Samoa | 
Samoan firefighters sing moving hymn in midst of California wildfires
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA (HawaiiNewsNow) - A team of firefighters from American Samoa who have been in California to battle the raging wildfires brought a little light to a stressful situation – by singing a Samoan Christian hymn. Various reports say they're Crew 61 from the Helena Fire Department in Northern California. It's a hotshot crew, which means they’re essentially special forces firefighters specifically trained to respond to fires in remote regions with some of the roughest terrain   Read More ...
Places: Samoa |  United States |  North California | 
Samoan firefighters sing moving hymn in midst of California wildfires
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA (HawaiiNewsNow) - A team of firefighters from American Samoa who have been in California to battle the raging wildfires brought a little light to a stressful situation – by singing a Samoan Christian hymn. Various reports say they're Crew 61 from the Helena Fire Department in Northern California. It's a hotshot crew, which means they’re essentially special forces firefighters specifically trained to respond to fires in remote regions with some of the roughest terrain   Read More ...
Places: Samoa |  United States |  North California | 
Make China Great Again! Xi leads China into muscular new era
BEIJING (AP) — In this summer's "Wolf Warrior II," Chinese action star Wu Jing portrays a tough super-patriot who rescues both fellow countrymen and oppressed Africans with help from the People's Liberation Army. Audiences loved what became China's biggest-grossing movie ever. Some reportedly sang the national anthem as the movie closed on an image of a Chinese passport and the words, "Please remember, at your back stands a strong motherland   Read More ...
Places: Samoa |  China | 
Wallabies strive to show improvement vs NZ in 3rd Bledisloe
The Wallabies have a chance to administer a shot in the arm to Australian rugby when they play the All Blacks in the third Bledisloe Cup test at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday. New Zealand has already locked away the Bledisloe Cup for the 15th straight year after winning the first two matches 54-34 at Sydney and 35-29 in Dunedin. But the Wallabies put forward their performance in the second test — when they led three minutes from fulltime before being beaten by a late All Blacks try — as evidence of the improvement they have made this season   Read More ...
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Laptops in checked bags pose fire, explosion risk
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government is urging the world airline community to ban large, personal electronic devices like laptops from checked luggage because of the potential for a catastrophic fire. The Federal Aviation Administration said in a paper filed recently with a U.N. agency that its tests show that when a laptop's rechargeable lithium-ion battery overheats in close proximity to an aerosol spray can, it can cause an explosion capable of disabling an airliner's fire suppression system   Read More ...
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Why we must promote early detection of cancer
Message for Pinktober It would be amiss for me not to acknowledge the absence of our Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi who sends his apologies for not being here today. Nonetheless he reiterates his 120 percent support for the cause. As you are all aware, the Prime Minister is one of the most passionate supporters of the Samoa Cancer Society for many, many years   Read More ...
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Paulo returns for what could be final World Cup
Iosefa Paulo is not taking anything for granted. He is proud and excited to get another opportunity to play for Toa Samoa in this year’s Rugby League World Cup. Paulo played for Toa Samoa in the 2008 Rugby League World Cup. He then went on to represent U.S.A Tomahawks in the previous Rugby League World Cup in 2013. But he is back and raring to go   Read More ...
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Tags: Rugby Football |  Rugbyleague | 
Places: Samoa | 
Fatherhood not an easy role
The roles and responsibilities of being a father require a lot of hard work and commitment physically, spiritually and mentally. It requires unconditional love towards your family, your children. This was the sentiment echoed by Ete Toala from the village of Papauta when he was approached by the Village Voice team yesterday. “Fatherhood has taught me about unconditional love especially the importance of giving back and it has taught me how to be a better person,” he said   Read More ...
Categories: Family & Parenting | 
Tags: Fatherhood | 
Places: Samoa | 
Special trip to the motherland
Kathryn Delaney and Leonia Sands are no strangers to the shores of Samoa. And it’s not just because they have blood connection to the land, they genuinely love the place. “My mother is from here and even though she has passed away I still come over because I’ve got families here,” said Ms. Delaney. “However, this time we are here for a very special reason and that is because it’s my sister’s wedding   Read More ...
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Moana lures Vietnamese tourist to remote Samoa
Most visitors to Samoa find out about the place through different means. For most of them, they would have heard about Samoa in relation to Manu Samoa rugby, Seiuli the Rock Johnson and of course our world heavyweight champion, Lupesoliai Joseph Parker. But for a young female from Vietnam, Robin Ton, she heard about Samoa in a very different way   Read More ...
Places: Samoa |  Vietnam | 
Obedience key to prosperous future
Obedience is an essential stepping stone for one who dreams of a successful and prosperous life. The words of the Bible say so, we must respect and obey our parents so we can live long lives. Lives filled with happy and successful stories. But sometimes obeying our parents in particular, can be a very difficult thing to do. So believes 21-year-old Semurana Nouata from Sala’ilua Falealili   Read More ...
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A child’s right is wrong
A man from Salimu Fagaloa, Tanielu Satiu, has poured cold water on the movement to promote the rights of children. Speaking to the Village Voice, he said these new ideas are responsible for a growing population of rebellious young people who think they know best. And this is reflected in the number of school dropouts, youth street vendors and increase in violence among young people as they refuse to take advice from their elders   Read More ...
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Rest in love, Tanuvasa Isitolo
The life of a long serving public servant and former Electoral Commissioner, Tanuvasa Meleisea Matauitaua Isitolo Lemisio, was celebrated during his final service yesterday at St. Theresa Lepea Parish. Tanuvasa passed away on 9 October 2017. He was 69. Acting Prime Minister, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang, and other government officials were among the dignitaries who joined the family and friends to witness Tanuvasa’s farewell   Read More ...
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A waste of money
Dear Editor, Re: Rugby Union struggles with $1million debt That is a stupid idea, you can’t sell out games and build a 20k seating? People are not wasting money to go watch a boring game. Hey, what happened to that Super 12 game that Stui brought to Apia Park? Nobody paid to watch it at the Apia Park, now it costs the country again   Read More ...
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Russia's Putin: Trump's foes have blocked his agenda
MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Russia remains open to cooperation with Washington even though President Donald Trump's political foes in the U.S. have tried to prevent him from fulfilling his campaign promises. Asked at a forum of foreign policy experts if Russia is annoyed with Trump's unpredictability, Putin said that it's linked to a "strong resistance inside the country   Read More ...
Categories: Politics & Government | 
Places: Samoa |  Europe |  E. Europe |  Russia | 
Housing Corp. becomes cancer awareness advocate for life
The Samoa Housing Corporation (S.H.C) has pledged to donate annually to help the Samoa Cancer Society with her public awareness promotions for the early detection as a means for early prevention of Cancer in particular Breast Cancer. The Chief Executive Officer, Mata’utia Rula Levi, reassured last week that staff members and the Corporations’ Board of Directors are all behind the decision   Read More ...
Categories: Health | 
Tags: Diseases & Conditions |  Cancer | 
Places: Samoa | 
Polish couple loving their holiday
Despite the distance of some 15,654 kilometers, this Polish couple were really keen to experience Samoa. So they took the long flight or flights for that matter. A few days after they left their home, they arrive. And their verdict so far? It’s worth the long trip, they say. Dear Tourist caught up with the couple during the cultural tour at the Samoa Tourism Authority Cultural Village yesterday   Read More ...
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What we can do
Re: Contradictions of the world Ropati V, I think self-sufficiency is our path forward. With the blessing of this rich land from our ancestors, the rest of the world could utterly fail financially and Samoa would prosper. We need to revive all of our old ways of food gathering and planting and develop them to help our people. Forget expensive building - build beautiful fale and at the same time bring back our traditional craftsmen and apprentices   Read More ...
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Family love sealed at Temple
Nearly five years after they exchanged vows at their local chapel, young couple Ingrid and Leon Roache took an important step in their lives this week. They wanted to have their vows sealed at the L.D.S Temple in Pesega. This time, the couple was joined by their children ReeNada and DirgNoel Roache for the occasion. “This is one of special moments and memories that we have made,” says the couple   Read More ...
Places: Samoa | 
Kelly defends Trump's call to war widow, raps congresswoman
WASHINGTON (AP) — White House chief of staff John Kelly delivered an extraordinary denunciation of a Democratic congresswoman Thursday, accusing her of politicizing what he called a "sacred" presidential effort to console the grieving loved ones of a slain soldier. Kelly, in an unexpected and emotional appearance in the White House briefing room, invoked the death of his own son, killed in Afghanistan in 2010, as he lashed out at Rep   Read More ...
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Govt. always does the opposite
Dear Editor, Thank you for the editorial Mr. Editor. I refer to the part which says: “This is especially critical for a government that sings about transparency, accountability and good governance at every opportunity it gets.” Politicians know that time heals many wounds. So the older it gets the easier to forget. The H.R.P.P government is also very good at preaching against the very thing that they do, they speak against themselves and fooled the whole country   Read More ...
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Tags: Government | 
Places: Samoa | 
Celebrations of Baha’is Prophet Founder 200th birthday begins tonight
Members of the Bahai Faith in Samoa will gather tonight at the grounds of the Mother Temple of the Pacific, at Tiapapata, to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah, the Prophet Founder of their Faith. The service will start with a Prayer Service at 8pm followed by an address from the government of Samoa. This is scheduled to be delivered by the Deputy Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa   Read More ...
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Tags: Celebrations |  Birthday | 
Places: Samoa | 
Attempted murder not proven
An attempted murder charge against a man accused of using an electric wire to strangle his wife, when he became enraged over a suspected extra marital affair, has been dismissed. A panel of five assessors in the Supreme Court dismissed the charge citing the lack of evidence. The alleged incident occurred on 17 March 2017. Initially when the hearing started on Tuesday, Latai Pule was charged with one count of causing actual bodily harm, one count of being armed with a dangerous weapon, one count of threatening words and one count of attempted murder   Read More ...
Categories: Law & Crime | 
Tags: Crimes |  Murder Crimes |  Attempted murders | 
Places: Samoa | 
From Russia with love
Think a minute...This is a true Russian love story. Nadya von Meck was the wealthiest woman in Moscow. But all of her money and fortune could not comfort her after her husband died. She then escaped inside her luxurious home and tried to heal her broken heart by playing the music she loved on her piano. At the same time in the city of Moscow was a 36-year-old composer named Peter Tchaikovsky   Read More ...
Places: Samoa |  Russia | 
Sala strives for excellence
“Excellence is to excel in those fields where you can really make a difference, so that when you move on, you shall have left behind a better world for those who follow.” The words above from Eva Lantsought inspired Salā Stella Siale –Vaea Tangitau, General Manager of Samoa International Cricket to aim high. And she has. She has recently graduated with an Executive Master in Sports Management (M   Read More ...
Places: Samoa | 
M.P. takes climate change fight to Russia
World leaders must do more to address climate change and its impact on Samoa and other small island states. That’s the message from Member of Parliament, Lenatai Victor Tamapua, to world leaders. Lenatai is attending the Inter-Parliamentary Union (I.P.U) General Assembly being held in St Petersburg, Russia. He joined forces with fellow Pacific Parliamentarians from Tuvalu, Marshall Islands, Fiji and Federated States of Micronesia to ensure the voice of Pacific small island developing states (S   Read More ...
Places: Samoa |  Europe |  E. Europe |  Russia | 
What is P.M. Tuilaepa up to?
Dear Editor, Re: H.R.P.P rift emerges The word around the makeki is that Stui is staying away deliberately to find out who the wannabe’s are in H.R.P.P. He is sitting in Auckland having a quiet chuckle about the fickleness of people especially those who profess their apparent loyalty to him. He is well and will be back soon enough to run the government   Read More ...
Places: Samoa | 
Training looks at pros and cons of accepting refugees
It is vital that Pacific Island countries understand the pros and cons of allowing refugees to settle in their countries. But first of all understanding the term refugee, their background and reasons of migrating are crucial to island nations in the Pacific region. This is the ultimate aim of the Refugee Protection and Mixed Migration workshop held in Apia this week   Read More ...
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Tags: Social Issues |  Refugees | 
Places: Samoa | 
H.R.P.P.’s political power struggle
The good news is that Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi is reportedly recovering well. And if all goes according to plan he should be back in the country on Sunday. The progress of his recovery, without a doubt, is music to the ears of a nation that had been praying for his swift healing after the news broke about his medical evacuation to New Zealand two weeks ago   Read More ...
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They should be held accountable
Dear Editor I read with sadness your story about the $4.2million building at Tuanaimato. These clowns love to waste money as if it grows on trees. They get high salaries; great perks, expensive cars and they still can’t get their s%#t together. It’s about time they were held accountable for their poor choices and bad decisions wasting taxpayer’s money and think they’re untouchable   Read More ...
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Judge highlights critical role of election observers
The role of election observers in running any election is critical. The point was highlighted by Justice Lei’ataualesa Daryl Clarke yesterday. He was speaking about Election Observation on Day 4 of the Commonwealth Election Professionals (C.E.P) Initiative Pacific workshop being held this week at the Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel in Apia. Justice Lei’ataualesa was a member of the Commonwealth Election Observer group to the Solomon Islands elections in 2014   Read More ...
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Places: Samoa | 
Manu Samoa Team announced
The Manu Samoa Team for the Northern Hemisphere tour 2017 was announced this morning by Head Coach Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua. As follows: Manu Samoa Northern Hemisphere tour squad Loose Head Props. Jordan Lay (Mitre 10 Bay of Plenty NZ)Donald Brighouse (Mitre 10 Otago NZ)Tight Head Props. Logovi’i Mulipola (Leicester Tigers UK)Paul Alo-Emile (Stade Francaise FRA)Hisa Sasagi (Mitre 10 Otago NZ) Hookers   Read More ...
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We are custodians of the jersey, Pita Godinet
It is more than just wearing a blue and white jersey for Pita Godinet. What matters to him is who owns the jersey. “We are not the owners of these jerseys we are just the custodians,” said Pita Godinet. Despite having a background career built on other successful and thriving rugby clubs in New Zealand and England, when he was playing for the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats; Godinet, the young man from the villages of Aleisa and Satuimalelufilufi, bleeds blue all the way   Read More ...
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Customs must lodge complaint first- Police
In order for the Police to launch an investigation into anything, an official complaint has to be filed with Ministry of Police. That’s the response from Police Superintendent, Sala’a Sale Sala’a, to questions as to what action the Police have taken after the Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, confirmed that Customs had confiscated a container allegedly smuggled into the country using falsified documents   Read More ...
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Places: Samoa | 
Govt. shows Toa Samoa support
The government has thrown its full support behind Toa Samoa’s bid to secure the holy grail of rugby league. Acting Prime Minister, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang, expressed the nation’s well wishes to coach, Matt Parish, captain Frank Pritchard and the rest of the team. The sacrifice a number of players made to represent Samoa was not lost on the Acting Prime Minister who saluted them for their patriotic spirits   Read More ...
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Tags: Government | 
Places: Samoa | 
Ardern to lead New Zealand liberal government
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Jacinda Ardern will be New Zealand's next prime minister and hopes to take the country on a more liberal path following nine years of rule by the conservatives. The outcome of a national election nearly a month ago only became clear Thursday after the small New Zealand First party decided to back Ardern's liberal Labour Party   Read More ...
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Optimism for Samoa family violence curb
A member of Samoa's commission of inquiry on domestic violence is heartened by Samoa's vision for a non violent society. The commission has finished hearing testimony and a report is to be presented to parliament. New Zealand based commissioner Tagaloatele Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop said people had been saying old family values of fa'asamoa have weakened and it's now time to go back to old traditions like evening family prayers   Read More ...
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Tags: Social Issues |  Violence | 
Places: Oceania |  Australasia |  Zealandia |  New Zealand |  Samoa | 
Clampdown in Samoa on "dirty politics"
Reports from Samoa say the acting prime minister Papali'itele Niko Lee Hang is vowing to look into an apparent conspiracy to displace the prime minister. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has been in hospital in New Zealand and is due back in Samoa on Sunday. Papali'itele told the Samoa Observer he had taken steps to get to the bottom of the conspiracy reports   Read More ...
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Tags: Government |  Prime Minister | 
Places: Oceania |  Australasia |  Zealandia |  New Zealand |  Samoa | 
A mother’s fear with drunks
Being drunk and disorderly is not only is a disgrace to one’s self but also the community and family. Living in an environment full of alcoholics can affect a person’s or even a child’s growth and development, especially when they’re exposed to the same kind of environment almost every day. And for Lufi Samu, 41, from Nu’u and Asau Savai’i, this is a major concern she has been experiencing for some time   Read More ...
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