CONGRATULATIONS: Georgia Alevizos and Ray Borg of T.M.C.A, Rev. Eric Mulitalo and Funefeai Oliva Va'ai.

Happy 25th birthday, Yazaki!

 The biggest private employer in Samoa, Yazaki Samoa Eds, celebrated its 25th anniversary yesterday. Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and senior Cabinet Ministers joined special guests during the celebration at Vaitele.

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FUTURE OF SAMOA: For children in Samoa, the ratification means the government has made a concrete commitment to protect them from all forms of exploitation and abuse.

Samoa takes lead in justice for children

Government ratifies two Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child

The government of Samoa this week ratified two key human rights instruments; the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (C.R.C) on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, and the Optional Protocol to the C.R.C on a communications procedure.

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Justice Vui Clarence Nelson

Judge praises govt.’s lead

A member of the UN Committee of the Rights of the Child, Justice Vui Clarence Nelson, has expressed his warmest congratulations to the government and the people of Samoa for once again taking the initiative in areas vital to the interests of children.

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World

Frank Levingston Jr., of Lake Charles, La., is greeted by visitors following a wreath laying ceremony to mark the anniversary of Pearl Harbor at the World War II Memorial in Washington.

110-year-old WWII veteran from Louisiana dies

A 110-year-old Louisiana man who enlisted in the army during World War II to serve his country has died.

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Wildfire in Canada

Expert: Alberta evacuation 1 of largest in recent memory

The wildfire raging in the Canadian province of Alberta is driving one of the largest evacuations in North America in recent memory, said Bill Stewart, co-director of the University of California's Center for Fire Research and Outreach at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Sport

Quade Cooper

Quade Cooper won't be part of Australia's 7s Olympic team

France-based flyhalf Quade Cooper won't play for Australia's sevens team at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro after being dropped by coach Andy Friend.

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Former Wallaby Glen Ella

England brings former Wallaby Glen Ella into coaching staff

England rugby coach Eddie Jones has tapped into his Australian connections by bringing former Wallaby Glen Ella onto his staff for the team's three-test tour of Australia in June.

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Street Talk

Is electricity expensive in Samoa?

The cost of electricity in Samoa remains far too high. So says the Electric Power Corporation’s (E.P.C) new Minister, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang. He has called on the Corporation to make electricity cheaper for all households in Samoa in the next five years.

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Think a Minute

Think a minute…A 58-year-old man was sharing his memories of his father. He said his father had been a workaholic who was always busy with work and his own personal interests. He never came to his son’s sports games or activities.

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Passion, pride on the line

Here we go again. The war of attrition between traditional foes two proud nations comes to life tonight in Parramatta when our very own Toa Samoa confronts the might of the Mate Ma’a from Tonga.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Instead of attracting lawyers and constructing new court buildings and moving toward private prisons ... how about attracting and recruiting New Zealand and Aussie based Samoan students and professionals who have degrees in psychology.

Dear Editor,

Re: Fighting schools reconcile 

If the principals of these schools can’t figure out how to control their students then they should all be fired and someone who can effectively deal with the students should be hired. 

Dear Editor, I wouldn't describe an inter school juvenile delinquent behaviour by angry directionless school kids as cowardice behaviour by any means.

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VIDEOS

Entertainment

Rapper French Montana performs at HOT 97's

Rapper French Montana signs with Bad Boy and Epic Records

Rapper French Montana has signed with Bad Boy Entertainment and Epic Records, the music companies told The Associated Press on Thursday.

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Technology

n this April 21, 2016 photo provided by The Strong museum in Rochester, N.Y., the 2016 inductees to the World Video Game Hall of Fame are displayed.

'Space Invaders,' 'Grand Theft Auto III' hall of fame games

A video game that allowed players to zap marching aliens with dot lasers and another that gave them flamethrowers and put them in the driver's seat in a violent 3-D world are among six games inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame.

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