Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i, Theresa Passi and Sir Gordon Tietjens.

M.P. slams Tietjens over Union, ex-Manager row

Member of Parliament, Faumuina Wayne Fong, says the decision by the Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.) to replace the Manager of the Manu Samoa Sevens three months into her contract is a sign they are not sure about what they are doing.

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Local

INCREASE PENALTIES FOR OFFENDERS: Acting Assistant Police Commissioner, Monalisa Tia’i.

Police rethink penalty for deadly drunk driving

Fifteen lives have been lost on our roads because of drunk driving. The alarming statistic has forced the Ministry of Police to rethink the current penalty for driving under the influence of alcohol. 

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Court defers jail sentence

The Supreme Court has deferred a jail sentence for an 18-year-old convicted of three charges in relation to sexual-related matter involving a 14-year-old girl. The Court has also ordered name suppression for both the defendant and the victim, to protect the identity of the victim.

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World

Jacinda Ardern talks to reporters Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in Wellington, New Zealand.

New Zealand to hold marijuana vote under new leader Ardern

New Zealand is poised to slash immigration, rethink trade deals and vote on legalizing marijuana under a new government that takes office next week.

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Forensic police work on the main road in Bidnija, Malta, which leads to Daphne Caruana Galizias house, looking for evidence on the blast that killed the journalist as she was leaving her home, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017.

Malta offers $1.18 million to discover who killed reporter

Malta's government on Saturday offered an "unprecedented" 1 million euro ($1.18 million) reward and full protection for anyone with information on who killed an investigative reporter with a car bomb.

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Sport

Toa Samoa: Friends and family

It’s nothing but love among the Toa Samoa boys. Related by blood or not, the blood of our forefathers run through their veins.

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Special Moment for Frank Winterstein

Frank Winterstein is both excited and proud to be part of the Toa Samoa squad again for the upcoming Rugby League World. 

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Street Talk

Questions over sports administration

The administration of sports in Samoa has come under the microscope once more. American-based Samoan Sprinter, Jeremy Dodson, has raised serious questions about the way sports are run. “From the three years I have represented Samoa, I have seen officials do nothing but get free trips, trips spent lounging in sponsored hotels while athletes eat processed food,” he said. “I have seen officials get elected not off merits, but friendships.

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Think a Minute

Think a minute...Watching the Olympics can be both inspiring and heartbreaking. It is easy to get caught up with both “the thrill of victory” and “the agony of defeat.”

Editorial

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Welcome home Prime Minister Tuilaepa! Congratulations Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern!

The manner in which the New Zealand government had made sure the country’s general elections would not be disrupted in any adverse way, as it was moving along relatively slowly over recent weeks for reasons that could not possibly be avoided, is the sort of performance the Samoan government should both learn from, and indeed emulate.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Re: Refugees talk in Samoa Wow, are you people stupid? Has anyone seen the result of refugees in Europe?

Dear Editor, Re: Revolving door and the Union’s legal woes Theresa Passi should have adhered to the principles of what the duty statements, for the position as Manager of the Samoa Sevens entailed. Theresa went above and beyond her call of duties, by doing jobs that was not within her scope of responsibilities.

Re: Rugby Union struggles with $1million debt Your response just shows how you know nothing. An 8,000 capacity stadium means less seats to make money for teams using the stadium.

Entertainment

Former Presidents from right, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter gather on stage at the opening of a hurricanes relief concert in College Station, Texas.

Former presidents call for unity at hurricane aid concert

The five living former presidents put aside politics and appeared together for the first time since 2013 at a concert on Saturday to raise money for victims of devastating hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Technology

credit and debit cards are displayed for a photographer in Baltimore. Payment processing giant Visa is launching a platform to allow banks to integrate various types of biometrics, such as your fingerprint, face, voice, etc., into approving credit card ap

Applying for a credit card? Please take a selfie

The selfie is everywhere — Facebook, Instagram, Twitter — and soon your bank could be asking for one in order to approve your purchase or credit card application. Payment processing giant Visa Inc. is launching a platform to allow banks to integrate various types of biometrics — your fingerprint, face, voice, etc. — into approving credit card applications and payments.

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