A DAY TO REMEMBER: Adventures in paradise for David Nicholson.

First time the charm as diplomat lands blue marlin

Diplomat David Nicholson can now add another title to his name. Apart from being New Zealand’s High Commissioner, he joined a rare group of anglers to have caught a marlin in the waters of Samoa during the weekend. What’s more, it was his first time fishing.

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La’aulialemalietoa Leuatea Schmidt.

M.P. cautions against ‘industrial spirit’ sold as alcohol

The Minister of Health, Tuitama Dr. Leao Tuitama, has been asked to look into the emergence of new alcohol products locally produced.

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U.N.D.P., M.C.I.T., M.W.C.S.D. and N.U.S. ready for Computer Literacy Training.

Digital training opens doors

A training launched last week is set to open the door of opportunities for some sixty unemployed young people to gain vital skills in I.C.T. Driven by the United Nations Development Programme (U.N.D.P.), the training was launched by the Minister of Communications and Information Technology.

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World

Injured people lay on the ground following an explosion at a Zanu pf rally in Bulawayo, Saturday, June, 23, 2018. An explosion rocked a stadium where Zimbabwe's president was addressing a campaign rally on Saturday, with state media calling it an assassin

Zimbabwe says 'nothing will stop' election after rally blast

The explosion at a campaign rally for Zimbabwe's president that injured 49 people will not delay next month's historic election, officials said Sunday, as a vice president called the attack "terrorism" and said any frightened candidate would be provided with protection.

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Hessah al-Ajaji drivers her car down the capital's busy Tahlia Street after midnight for the first time in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, June 24, 2018. Saudi women are in the driver's seat for the first time in their country and steering their way through

Saudi women are now driving as longstanding ban ends

Saudi women are in the driver's seat for the first time in their country and steering their way through busy city streets just minutes after the world's last remaining ban on women driving was lifted on Sunday.

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Sport

Australia's Michael Hooper, left, and David Pocock chat each other before their captain's run training session in Sydney, Friday, June 22, 2018, ahead of their rugby union test match against Ireland. Australia will play Ireland in Sydney on Saturday. (AP

Wallaby captain Michael Hooper to miss 4 weeks for Waratahs

Wallabies captain Michael Hooper is expected to miss four weeks with a hamstring injury sustained during Australia's third-test loss to Ireland on Saturday.

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The NSW Blues celebrate winning the 2018 Holden State of Origin, Game 2. New South Wales Blues v Queensland Maroons , ANZ Stadium,  Sydney, Australia. 24th June 2018. Copyright Photo: David Neilson / www.photosport.nz

New South Wales tops Queensland 18-14 in 2nd State of Origin

A rare penalty try paved the way for New South Wales to beat Queensland 18-14 in the second State of Origin match Sunday and clinch Australia's annual best-of-three rugby league series with a game to spare.

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Street Talk

Should the Govt. listen to plea from E.F.K.S. Church?

“The Elders of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) are urging Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and his administration to reconsider the law to tax the alofa received by Church Ministers. This is the gist of a letter from the Church to Prime Minister Tuilaepa, dated 15 June 2018. The 11-page letter, written in Samoan, highlights the church’s position on the issue. It was submitted to Tuilaepa prior to their much-anticipated meeting on Monday. Do you think the Government should reconsider based on the request from the church? Adel Fruean asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Mumu Elia 55

Falelatai

Sosefina Soo 46

Savaia Lefaga

Lotolagi So’o 55

Palisi

Tuli Stowers, 56

Leauva’a

Mareko Mareko 58

Saleufi

Think a Minute

Think a minute…Are you a “yes man” or woman? Do you always say yes to everybody who asks you for a favor or help? Some of us just cannot say no to others. The problem is our “yes” sometimes means stress—to us and our family.

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Why is Money Laundering Bill being rushed? Does it have anything to do with a certain E.U. blacklist?

Come to think of it, the verbal sparring between the Speaker, Leaupepe Toleafoa Fa’afisi, former Speaker Laaulialemalietoa Leuatea Schmidt and Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi in Parliament was really unnecessary. As senior leaders of the country, it wasn’t a good look at all.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Re: Poor Prime Minister Tuilaepa He has got a point regarding the 7s team. They never won any tournament from the 2000 season until 2007. I can only remember them getting into one Cup final in all that time. It was at the Wellington 7s in 2002.

Re: Church on taxes Malo uso Leituala, you are absolutely right. It’s unusual to have so many faifeau news these days but all the commotions are about the potential loss of personal wealth to the tax man...unbelievable!!!

Dear Editor, Finally, the E.F.K.S. church gives in writing the reasons for refusing to have its church ministers pay income tax. Here are a few brief responses to some of the reasons given and to the church’s General Secretary’s comments about his own beliefs and actions on the subject.

Entertainment

Jamie Foxx, left, and his daughter Corinne Foxx arrive at the BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, June 24, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

Foxx kicks off BET Awards rejoicing 'Black Panther' success

Host Jamie Foxx kicked off the 2018 BET Awards rejoicing in the uber success of "Black Panther," namedropping the records the film has broken and even pulling Michael B. Jordan onstage.

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Technology

The spokesman, Friedland, confirmed in tweets Friday, June 22, 2018, that he was leaving the company, saying he was insensitive in speaking with his team about words that offend in comedy. (AP Photo/Berenice Bautista, File)

Netflix's top spokesman fired over use of racial term

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings says he fired the company's top spokesman over use of the N-word. The spokesman, Jonathan Friedland, confirmed in tweets that he was leaving the company, saying he was insensitive in speaking with his team about words that offend in comedy.

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