Minister for Revenue Tialavea Tionisio Hunt.

I won’t write-off unpaid taxes, says Minister Tialavea

Minister for Revenue Tialavea Tionisio Hunt has vowed not to write-off taxes owed by private companies, which has accumulated to over $80 million. In an interview with the Samoa Observer, Tialavea said his Ministry still intends to go after the debtors and a write-off will not happen under his watch. 

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Skyeye chief executive Faasootauloa Sam Saili with Afamasaga Rico Tupai minister for communications information and technology.

Find it with Maua – how it works

Skyeye’s latest innovation, which won T $320,000 (not $230,000 as previously reported) in funding from the largest international mobile association, will also be able to make money.

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Minister of Prison and Correction Services, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt. Photo/Samoa Observer.

Juvenile detention center to be relocated

The Ministry of Prison and Correction Services will relocate the juvenile detention center to Tanumalala, despite spending $9.6 million on land in Oloamanu.

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World

Visitors look at a display for 5G wireless technology from Chinese technology firm Huawei at the PT Expo in Beijing.

Executive's arrest, security worries stymie Huawei's reach

While a Huawei executive faces possible U.S. charges over trade with Iran, the Chinese tech giant's ambition to be a leader in next-generation telecoms is colliding with security worries abroad.

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Residents react during a gathering in a central square of the eastern French city of Strasbourg.

French city remembers victims of Christmas market attack

Residents of Strasbourg filled a square in the French city Sunday to show respect and sympathy for the four people killed and the dozen wounded during a shooting attack near a famous Christmas market.

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FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 file photo, New Zealand rugby coach Steve Hansen walks on the field before the rugby union international match between England and New Zealand at Twickenham stadium in London. All Blacks coach Steve Hansen will step

Search begins for next All Blacks coach

The most sought-after coaching position in world rugby became available Friday when All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen announced he will step down after the 2019 World Cup.

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Kelvin R Tremain Memorial Player of the Year winner Black Ferns Kendra Cocksedge.2018 NZ Rugby Awards.

Cocksedge makes history as 1st woman named Player of Year

Black Ferns scrumhalf Kendra Cocksedge has made history as the first woman to be named New Zealand Rugby Player of the Year.

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Street Talk

Public welcome World AIDS Day

Samoa joined the international community last Saturday December 1 to mark the 2018 World AIDS Day with a parade, a float and speeches by dignitaries including Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi. Our reporter Yolanda Lavata’i met members of the public to get their views on the deadly disease and what should be done.

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Think a Minute

Think a minute… The first, most important ingredient for success is motivating yourself to act. You must believe every day that your choices and actions are moving you closer to your goal. You are the one who makes or breaks your own success.

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Will P.M. Tuilaepa respond to the call?

How far is a grieving family prepared to go to find closure and justice? If you are anything like the Dalton family, the answer is not only will they go to extreme lengths; they will not take no for an answer. Especially when they believe there is something fishy about the way the case of their loved one has been handled.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, As the year draws to an end perhaps it would be remiss not to extend a token of appreciation to all the local businesses in the Private-sector that have endeavored against all odds throughout the year.

Re: Climate change Being in Australia, I hang my head in shame at the inaction of our nation. Really - it is the responsibility of adults around the world to provision for the next generation. When I say ‘next generation’ I don’t just mean humans - I mean all young.

Re: Church recklessness building This is the legacy of the previous administration of the church. It was led by a man who claimed to be very intelligent. Yet he was very high minded and thought he is the smartest person in the world.

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'Spider-Verse' swings to the top; 'Mortal Engines' tanks

"Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" swung to the top of the domestic box office in its first weekend in theaters, proving that there is widespread audience interest in big screen animated versions of Marvel's marquee superheroes.

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This March 22, 2016, photo provided by Lockheed Martin shows the first GPS III satellite inside the anechoic test facility at Lockheed Martin's complex south of Denver.

US Air Force set to launch 1st next-generation GPS satellite

After months of delays, the U.S. Air Force is about to launch the first of a new generation of GPS satellites, designed to be more accurate, secure and versatile.

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