by Tina Mata'afa-Tufele and Roy J.D. Hall III

(SAMOA) — Trust is something that simply cannot be quantified. The more end users learn about the data abuse enabled by Facebook, the social networking site that has become a verb in the global tele-communications vernacular, the more people of note are opting to bail.

Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak has deactivated his account, telling the Associated Press Monday this week he had been thinking for a while of deleting his account and made the move after several of his trusted friends deleted their Facebook accounts last week.

(SAMOA) — Fifteen operational Safety Instructors (OST) graduated last month after completing a strenuous five-week training delivered by qualified instructors from the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF).

This is part of the regional approach to delivering trainings in support of the Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police “by Pacific for Pacific” theme. It enables qualify trainers from other policing organisations in the Pacific to deliver trainings regionally.

(SAMOA) — Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi says he is at a "crossroads" and "all options are open" as he continues to ponder the fate of the social media and Samoa.

Tuilaepa was responding to latest claims on the social media that he had authorized a $1 million tala reward for information that could lead to unmasking social media ghost writers and bloggers.

“There is no reward and I will never authorize such a reward,” refuted the Prime Minister.

(SAMOA) — Soteria Sekuini received a big shiny trophy for earning the Top Student in Medicine during the 2018 National University of Samoa graduation.

One of nine graduates who received special 'Top Student' awards, Sekuini, on behalf of the graduating class, spoke before a distinguished gathering.

Hundreds were in attendance — Espicopal Vicar Apia Vicariate (Suiepikopō Vikaliatu Apia) Father Falaniko Matulino, NUS educators, parents, family members, friends and well-wishers of all ages.

(SAMOA) — O le a moe malū ia le aupeau i ou paia Samoa o le atunuu ua uma ona tofi, e afua mai le Matasaua seia pāia Fili ma Puletuu, O paia Faaletalalelei aua le nofo a Ekalesia e fia i Samoa, o Mamalu Faalemalo aua le Afio o lau Afioga i le Ao Mamalu o le Malo Tutoatasi o Samoa, lau Afioga Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi le II, Afio le Sui o le Fono Sui Tofia, Afio lau Afioga i le Alii Palemia ma le Kapeneta, lau Afioga i le Faamasino Sili ma le Vasega o Faamasinoga, lau Afioga i le Fofoga Fetalai ma sui mamalu o le Palemene.

(RALEIGH, North Carolina) — There are hundreds of thousands of soldiers in the U.S. Army but only one can be named Female Soldier-Athlete of the Year.

While her accomplishment is being heralded as an historic win for Samoans, it'd be an injustice to exclude half of her identity.

"I like to say my full name is Salaia Latoya Nicole Marshall Salave’a," the U.S. Army's Female Soldier-Athlete of the Year told tautalatala from Raleigh.

"I tell people that I am Samoan and Black. Most people want me to be one or the other but I’m both so they either accept it or not."

(GATINEAU, QUEBEC, Canada) — The Sulu'ape family and the Samoan art of Tatau are featured in the Skindigenous television series airing in Canada and Nish Media, the show's producers, are working to bring it to a wider audience.

"At the moment, the series is airing on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) in Canada only," Skindigenous Director Jean-François Martel told tautalatala from Quebec. "However, we are working to ensure that people in other countries can watch the show."

(AUCKLAND, New Zealand) – There was no breach, only abuse, but just who the “bad actors” were will surprise you. It’s true that the Trump campaign used data provided by Cambridge Analytica to adjust their messaging and to identify electoral districts in battleground states that would be receptive to the campaign’s platform during the Republican primaries, and to a lesser degree some of the information may have been used later in the general election.

What did Cambridge Analytica actually do?

(SAMOA) — La'auli Alan Grey was an icon of rugby and sports. And Samoa loved him dearly.

When the Manu Samoa Sevens take the field in Hong Kong this weekend, they'll wear black armbands to honour him, a fitting tribute to the man who single-handedly propelled the Manu Samoa to the world stage.

La'auli, who was laid to rest last month in Afiamalu following a state funeral, devoted his life to the sport and the development of Samoa.

Hundreds joined the Grey family and Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, to bid him farewell.