Leifiifi Dux 2016: Makerita Krause with her proud mother, Uini Ema Krause.

Future lawyer dux at Leifiifi College

Growing up in a family of accountants, Makerita Krause, is looking to carve a new path in life. 

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CONGRATULATIONS: Melvin Apulu and Carla Horobin-Apulu with their two children, Taupulega, eight month old, and Lalelei, two-year-old.

Couple say “I do” in Paradise

After dating for eight years, Melvin and Carla finally said their “I do’s” on the stunning beach of Coconuts Beach Resort last Saturday in front of close family and friends.  

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PROUD WINNERS: Head Chef Tino and Savelio with their team at their booth at Home Café.

Roko’s claims top prize at Oka Fest

Oka is a traditional Samoan dish consisting of three simple ingredients: fish, coconut cream and lemon.  

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A portrait of Fidel Castro hangs from a crane as a man takes pictures with his cellphone while waiting for the convoy carrying the Cuban leader's ashes near Yarey, eastern Cuba, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016.

Fidel Castro's ashes arrive in eastern city of Santiago

Fidel Castro's ashes have arrived in the eastern city of Santiago, ending a four-day journey across Cuba.

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A Syrian boy displaced with his family from eastern Aleppo eats a vegetable in the village of Jibreen south of Aleppo, Syria, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016.

Syria: Thousands of Aleppo's displaced pack market shelter

Azza Haj Hussein held out for four years in war-ravaged eastern Aleppo, moving from one bombed-out home to another and surviving mostly on bread, crushed wheat and rice for four months under a suffocating government siege.

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England's Nathan Hughes charges forward during the rugby union international between England and Australia at Twickenham stadium in London, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016.

England cap unbeaten year by beating Wallabies 37-21

England completed 2016 test rugby with a perfect winning record after overcoming a sluggish start and beating Australia 37-21 at Twickenham on Saturday.

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South Africa's Kyle Brown, top left, watches with Philip Snyman as their teammate Branco du Preez wrestles for the ball with Fiji's Setareki Bituniyata, bottom left, during the final of the World Rugby Sevens Series.

South Africa beat Olympic champions to take gold in Dubai

South Africa claimed top prize in Dubai on Saturday after they beat last season's series champions and Olympic gold medallists, Fiji, 26-14.

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Street Talk

Money from Samoa for Parker fight

The news that Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has donated SAT$230.000 from Samoa for the heavyweight boxing title fight featuring Lupesoliai Joseph Parker in Auckland next month, has hit the headlines. In return, Samoa will be promoted as a tourist destination and as an investment opportunity to millions of viewers. Natasha Schmidt asked the people what they thought about the donation and this is what they said:

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Think a Minute

Think a minute…Edwin Thomas was one of the greatest actors in the 1800’s. He became world-famous for his acting performances in Shakespeare’s plays.


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All those little big things add up

And so once again we are back where we started. Manu Samoa Sevens ended up in the bowl where no one cares, Miss Fiji cleaned out the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant on our home soil and after the grand opening of the magnificent facility airport facility last week, the excitement is quickly doused.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor Re: Minister denies report That was before, there were two separate ministries. I don’t know how the change came about. But, its brilliant to go back to two. Any educated mind would understand the difficulties of managing a ONE huge ministry.

Dear Editor Re: Runner of the Year Sure mate here you can watch it on youtube.

Re: Barry says world title fight will be the toughest test Joseph Parker is a good fighter and a good man. His opponent is a little bit more experienced than him and his punch is more powerful than Parker’s but Parker has speed and has a longer reach than his opponent which he needs to use both to his advantage.


Madonna performs during Art Basel Miami Beach, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Miami Beach, Fla.

Madonna raises $7.5M for Malawi, slams Trump in Miami show

Madonna kissed Ariana Grande, repeatedly criticized President elect Donald Trump and said she was ashamed to be an American in a magnetic performance in Miami on Friday night where she raised more than $7.5 million for the African nation of Malawi.

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India's opposition Congress party vice-president Rahul Gandhi waves at his supporters from atop a vehicle, during a protest rally in New Delhi, India.

Twitter accounts of Indian opposition party hacked

Indian police are investigating hackers who infiltrated Twitter accounts belonging to the opposition Congress party and sent out a barrage of abusive posts.

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