Member of Parliament, Olo Fiti Vaai.

M.P. cries “injustice”

The “discretion clause” under the Customs Act allowing the Ministry of Revenue to issue cash fines, should be removed from the statute. That is the opinion of Member of Parliament, Olo Fiti Vaai. He was responding to Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s decision to support the Ministry of Revenue’s decision not to take legal action against a company whose container was confiscated by Customs Officers in September 2017. 

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TAMAITA’I SAMOA: Miss Samoa Papali’i Alexandra Iakopo.

True beauty comes from within

“E iloa le teine Samoa moni i lana tu, o lana savali atoa ma lana tautala.” You can tell in the dignified way she holds herself upright, the way she walks with grace and the eloquence of her speech that Papali’i Alexandra Iakopo is the manifestation of what a beautiful Samoan girl represents.

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The statement confirmed that four deaths are related to dengue.

Dengue fever claims four lives

Contrary to denials from senior public health officials, dengue fever has already claimed four lives. This was confirmed in a media release isssued by the government’s Press and Communications division yesterday on behalf of the Ministry of Health.

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World

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands at the end of a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

South Korean President Moon in China on visit to repair ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping told his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in on Thursday that Beijing wants to improve ties that have nosedived over China's objections to the deployment of an American anti-missile system.

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Pope Francis, center, arrives for his weekly general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017.

Italy OKs living wills amid long-running euthanasia debate

Italy's Senate gave final approval Thursday to a law allowing Italians to write living wills and refuse artificial nutrition and hydration, the latest step in the Roman Catholic nation's long-running and agonizing debate over euthanasia and end-of-life issues.

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Sport

Jeriah Mua.

Decision by young Samoans to turn down NZ jersey for Samoa turning heads

The decision by two young Samoan men based in New Zealand to choose to play for Samoa is turning heads all over the world. Jeriah Mua is among two players who had been asked to play for New Zealand at this weekend’s World School Sevens tournament but have opted to play for Samoa instead.

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WELL DONE: Lyla Tapuasoa and Steffi Carruthers on the podium with their gold medals.

Tennis claims 17th gold for Samoa

While the Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu is into its second week, Team Samoa has collected 17 gold medals so far, but still remains in the fourth spot.

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Think a Minute

Think a minute…A rich and famous couple gave their baby girl the name Sunday. Her celebrity father explained why. He said: “When you do not have someone in your life…Sunday is the loneliest day…now that I have a family, Sunday has become my happiest day.”

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March, customary lands and the future of Samoa

When it comes to the search for the truth, it’s not as simple as it appears. It is certainly not as easy as the saying goes that there are always two sides to a story. In some cases, there are often three sides. There is your side, another person’s argument and somewhere hopefully close by is the truth.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor Re: Girl from Vaimauga tops Again another kid from that little known and drought ridden village of Aopo is making the people who never know where in Samoa this little community is located becoming more curious about why it continues to produce some of the finest and brightest students these days.

Dear Editor Re: Critical thinking Just to be clear though when I say the parochial education system in Samoa will only turn out brainwashed people who cannot think critically I mean this in a general sense.

Dear Editor Re: The question of conflict of interest Talofa Siaosi Siomia, Here is the official response of the Audit Office to your question:

Entertainment

Lauren Hashian, right, Dwayne Johnson and their daughter Jasmine Johnson pose for a photo at a ceremony honoring him with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, in Los Angeles.

Samoa’s Seiuli gets his Hollywood star

Samoa’s favourite Hollywood son, Seiuli Dwayne Johnson, is celebrating being accepted into the Hollywood establishment with a Walk of Fame star this week. The 45-year-old actor sported a sharp black suit and was joined by longtime partner Lauren Hashian and their almost two-year-old daughter Jasmine at the ceremony on Hollywood Boulevard.

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Technology

Harry Shum, executive vice president of Microsoft's Artificial Intelligence and Research, speaks at a Microsoft event in San Francisco, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. Microsoft rolled out new features on its Bing search engine powered by artificial intelligenc

Microsoft updates Bing search to highlight reputable results

Microsoft on Wednesday rolled out new features on its Bing search engine powered by artificial intelligence, including one that summarizes the two opposing sides of contentious questions, and another that measures how many reputable sources are behind a given answer.

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