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(SALT LAKE CITY, Utah) — Seventeen years after he arrived in the United States, Faafo'i Laulu Ah Chee of Fa'aala, Palauli, Savai'i is living his American dream.

On April 11, 2018 at a U.S. federal courthouse on South West Temple Street in downtown Salt Lake City, Ah Chee became a U.S. Citizen.

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.

(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) — Ole a mafai ona molia soo se tasi ua maea on lesitala e palota ae le faataunuuina lea aia tatau ile taimi o sailiga tofi ale atunuu.

Ose tasi lenei o teuteuga ole Tulafono Taufaaofi Faigapalota 2018 lea ua folasia nei i luma ole laulaufono ale Fono Faitulafono a le Palemene a Samoa mo se iloiloga.

O loo faamanino mai ile Tulafono Taufaaofi ile Fuaiupu 63 e faapea: ua aiaia ai e faapea e faamalosia tagata uma taitoatasi ua faamauina ina ia faia a latou palota.

(SAMOA) — Registered voters who do not cast a ballot in the 2021 General Elections will be fined $100 tala if a bill that calls for mandatory voting — now before Parliament — is passed.

In a statement issued by the Office of the Electoral Commission this week, it says: "Mandatory voting for all registered voters will be a must in the upcoming 2021 General Elections, subject to approval of the Electoral Bill 2018 now before Parliament."

The statement explains:

The 2018 Bill will repeal the 55-year old Electoral Act 1963.

(FRESNO, Calif.)-On Nov. 20 and 21, 2014, President Barack Obama announced the administration's "Immigration Accountability Executive Action." The plan that the President outlined is designed to help reform the immigration system and ranges from measures to enhance border security, to new temporary protections for many of the people living in the United States without permission. Many of these changes, will directly affect members of the Pacific Islander community. With this blog, I will highlight the two most pertinent changes.