(SAMOA) — The dream of every footballer is to be a professional player and to represent his or her country too.

The Football Federation Samoa (FFS) endeavours to do its part to insure this dream will be achieved one day by our inspiring young footballers, or, soccer players.

Thursday, 12 April 2018 saw the reintroduction of the Centre of Development Programme as part of the FFS technical programmes for 2018.

The programme has started with thirty (30) talented youth players selected from various clubs currently competing in the National Youth League tournament.

(MESA, Ariz.) — Standout football players of Pacific heritage from across the U.S. will meet January 2019 at the Aloha Stadium in Hawai'i for the Polynesian Bowl.

Among the All Star list is Leone High School Lions safety Edmund Anthony Siaumau, the only athlete from the famed "football islands" of American Samoa, who has been named to the Bowl.

His selection to the Polynesian Bowl All Stars, announced this week, is welcome news for the Siaumau and Pereira families.

(SAMOA) — Levaopolo Uitinesi Apoua Mata’afa travels frequently between New Zealand and Samoa. He has to. He may live in Auckland, but he is very much involved with family and village obligations here that he has to attend to. In fact, he now travels home every month to attend meetings at his village of Salamumu.

Thanks to Samoa Airways, this has been made easier for him with the availability of affordable airfares at his disposal.

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."