MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES: Hon. Laaulialemalietoa Leuatea Polataivao Schmidt.

S.R.O.S. could be privatised

The Scientific Research Organisation of Samoa (S.R.O.S.) could become privately owned. A proposal to commercialize S.R.O.S. will be tabled in Cabinet for its consideration, the Minister in charge of the Organisation, Laaulialemalietoa Leuatea Schmidt told Parliament.

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MINISTER OF FINANCE: Sili Epa Tuioti.

Parliament approves budget

A round of applause was echoed during Parliament at Tuanaimato when the budget for the financial year 2017/2018 was passed on Monday night.

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TACKLING YOUTH ISSUES: The relevant stakeholders and representatives present at the Launching of the Samoa National Youth Council’s Tracer Youth Employment Survey Report.

Report reveals alarming statistics

The Samoa National Youth Council (S.N.Y.C.)’s Tracer Youth Employment Survey Report has revealed some very interesting statistics about young people and unemployment in Samoa.

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World

Aramazd Andressian Sr. appears in court Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in Las Vegas.

Man accused in missing son's slaying denies trying to flee

A California father told a judge on Tuesday that he wasn't hiding from authorities when he was arrested in Las Vegas, and will not fight his transfer in custody to Los Angeles to face a murder charge in the disappearance of his 5-year-old son.

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This undated photo provided by the University of Illinois Police Department shows Yingying Zhang.

FBI locates car related to missing Chinese scholar case

The FBI says it has located the car that a missing Chinese scholar studying at the University of Illinois was last seen getting into earlier this month.

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Sport

United States' Mike Te'o races to score a try during a 2019 Rugby World Cup Qualifier against Canada in Hamilton, Ontario.

Canada, US draw in 1st leg of Rugby World Cup qualifier

Canada and the United States missed late kicks at the goalposts and finished 28-28 in the first leg of their 2019 Rugby World Cup qualifier on Saturday.

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 All Blacks loose forward Jerome Kaino, right, upends Lions halfback Conor Murray during the first test match between the All Blacks and the British & Irish Lions at Eden Park, Auckland.

All Blacks flanker Kaino denies dangerous play

All Blacks flanker Jerome Kaino has rejected claims he tried to injure British and Irish Lions scrumhalf Conor Murray by diving at his legs during the first rugby test at Eden Park on Saturday.

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Street Talk

How do we address number of alcohol-related deaths?

The growing number of alcohol-related deaths is alarming. Hardly a month goes by without several incidents where precious lives are wasted due to alcohol abuse and drinking sessions gone wrong. What can we as a country do to stop these unnecessary deaths? What is your solution? Ilia L. Likou asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Ali Fa’afetai, 37

Toamua

Iese Faleafa, 16

Samauga

James Tavana, 47

Vailoa

Joe Kaleopa, 17

Tulaele

Kini Kini, 26

Vaimea

Think a Minute

Think a Minute…Someone said: “Death is the worst part of life!” A famous entertainer once said: “I’m not afraid to die, I just don’t want to be there when it happens!” Unfortunately, when it’s our time to die we don’t have any choice but to be there!

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That does sound desperate, doesn’t it?

The war of words between the lone Opposition voice in Parliament, Olo Fiti Vaai, and the Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, over the state of the government’s financial affairs has been interesting to follow. Whether you and I agree or not, the issue being debated is important and we believe we should all take notice.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Re: Open letter to the S.R.U A Samoan family having no families in Samoa? A sure sign of long lost connection with your roots which could have been a lot different outcome with your son had he stayed with families.

Dear Editor, Re: Samoa Coconut Clusters responsds I agree with you. The pharmaceutical companies, the meat industry, sugar companies, basically the big bad food cartel, sponsor many of these so-called health bodies and fund their “research”.

Dear Editor, Re: Mistreatment of young player These things happening at the S.R.U is nothing new. The mistreatment of Sons of Samoa by S.R.U has been going on for many, many years. We just never hear of it.

Entertainment

Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist attends The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) and InStyle's annual Toronto International Film Festival celebration in Toronto.

'John Wick,' 'Dragon Tattoo' star Michael Nyqvist dies at 56

Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist, who starred in the original "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" films and often played villains in Hollywood movies like "John Wick" has died.

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Technology

In this Sunday, June 25, 2017, images released by SpaceX, its Falcon 9 rocket Falcon 9 first stage lands on Just Read the Instructions floating landing pad, left, and its second stage engine burns underway, right. The rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air

SpaceX launches 10 satellites from California air base

A SpaceX rocket carried 10 communications satellites into orbit from California on Sunday, two days after the company successfully launched a satellite from Florida.

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