Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries: La'auli Leuatea Polataivao.

Minister La'auli resigns

The Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, La'aulialemalietoa Polataivao Schmidt, has stepped down from office. He submitted his resignation today following the criminal charges filed against him by the Police. La'auli is charged with obtaining by deception.

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FROM WINDY WELLY TO SUNNY SAMOA: Friends, Columbia Cox and Olivia Jacobs, walk the seawall.

From Windy Welly to Sunny Samoa

Columbia Cox and Olivia Jacobs are used to being bowled over by the elements -- especially coming from Wellington, New Zealand, which is renown for hurricane-like winds travelling at 110kms per hour on the average day. 

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Ulu o Tokelau: Siopili Perez.

Ulu o Tokelau issues response

The Ulu o Tokelau, Siopili Perez, has moved to address public statements by commentators, including two Apia-based senior officials under suspension pending an investigation.

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Rescuers pull out 7-month boy Pasquale from the rubble of a collapsed building in Casamicciola, on the island of Ischia, near Naples, Italy, a day after a 4.0-magnitude quake hit the Italian resort island.

3 children pulled from rubble on quake-hit Italian island

Italian firefighters working through the night, sometimes digging by hand, freed a 7-month-old baby Tuesday and then his two older brothers from the rubble of their home that collapsed when a 4.0-magnitude quake struck the resort island of Ischia during the height of tourist season.

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This undated photo provided by Robinson Calcagnie, Inc., shows Eva Echevarria.

Record $417M award in lawsuit linking baby powder to cancer

A Los Angeles jury on Monday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a record $417 million to a hospitalized woman who claimed in a lawsuit that the talc in the company's iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene.

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Anoama’a College.

Basketball growing in colleges

The High School Basketball tournament hosted by the Samoa National Basketball Association ended last weekend.

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The tournament has attracted 24 teams, massive support from parents and families and the dedication of three young females training to be umpires.

No Barriers for Netball

Efforts by Netball Samoa with their development programmes is producing positive results in the BlueSky ‘Play Netball’ Tournament targeting players U10, U13 and U15. 

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Street Talk

P.M.’s media call wrong

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has stopped the Police’s monthly press conference in a bid to control media reports about cases of rape, incest and other vile crimes, in Samoa. In doing so, he has also criticised the media for reporting such cases. He said they are lazy and they only want to be spoon-fed by the Police. What do you think? Do you think the media should stop reporting about rape, incest and other crimes, in Samoa? Talimalie Uta asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said.

Rachael Iosu, 22


Tolu Leaia, 53


Leuga Nofoilo, 57

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Andy Anthony, 20


Falepoli Fato, 36


Sisifo Siilata, 25


Think a Minute

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Deep-rooted problems require soul searching solutions

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has a legitimate concern. Judging from a string of headlines about some of the criminal developments in Samoa recently, the image of Samoa being created in the minds of people who don’t know us better will certainly not be flattering.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Re: P.M.’s attacks on the media That’s right. Sweep it all under the carpet. I have been appalled reading about these incest/rape cases in Samoa.

Dear Editor, Re: P.M’s attack on media As a prime minister, you should be congratulating the police for their efforts and encouraging the media to highlight these crimes.

Dear Editor, Re: P.M. Tuilaepa attacks media for reporting on rape, incest Talking about the lovely image of New Zealand and Australia; well, for your information, rape and incest is not news in those countries anymore.


Actor Morgan Freeman.

Morgan Freeman to receive SAG Life Achievement Award in 2018

Morgan Freeman will receive the SAG Life Achievement Award at next year's Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony.

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Haval SUV models parked outside the Great Wall Motors assembly plant in Baoding in north China's Hebei province.

China's Great Wall considers bid for Fiat Chrysler Jeep unit

Chinese SUV maker Great Wall Motors is considering making a bid to buy Fiat Chrysler's Jeep unit, spokespeople for the company said Monday, in a possible ambitious new step onto the global stage for China's fast-growing auto brands.

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