NEW ROLE: Namulauulu Sami Leota.

The new President of Samoa Rugby Union

Namulauulu Sami Leota is the new President of the Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.). He will sit on the Board chaired by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi. The officers were elected earlier this month after a review of the S.R.U. Constitution. 

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VILLAGE MAYOR: Luafau Leia Amaasu at his banana patch.

Magiagi village growing Israel banana variety

Banana farmers at Magiagi have received 2,000 banana suckers of the Israel variety from the latest shipment allocated to those whose banana crops were affected by Cyclone Gita. Village Mayor, Luafau Leia Amaasu, said the village is grateful and given their reputation as strong banana growers, they are delighted.

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Six schools in total makeover

Six schools have undergone a total makeover using recycled materials and vegetable gardens this term as part of their participation in the Bank South Pacific (B.S.P.) Go Green School Beautification project. The inaugural project attempts to engage children in sustainability and recycling by decorating their schools, environments where they spend most of their time.

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World

The coffin of a victim of the capsized MV Nyerere passenger ferry is laid into a grave during a mass burial ceremony on Ukara Island, Tanzania.

Burials begin as deaths from capsized ferry rise to 224

Relatives wept in grief on Sunday at the mass burial in Tanzania of many of the 224 people who drowned when a ferry in capsized on Lake Victoria. Colorfully painted coffins were lined up to go into graves on Ukara Island. Grieving family members places wreaths of flowers on the coffins.

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In this photo provided by Mehr News Agency, an Iranian army member carries away a child from a shooting scene during a military parade marking the 38th anniversary of Iraq's 1980 invasion of Iran, in the southwestern city of Ahvaz, Iran, Saturday, Sept. 2

Iran's president blames US after attack on military parade

Iran's president on Sunday accused an unnamed U.S.-allied country in the Persian Gulf of being behind a terror attack on a military parade that killed 25 people and wounded 60, further raising regional tensions.

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Sport

Roosters celebrate the try of Isaac Liu.

Sydney Roosters, Melbourne Storm to meet in NRL grand final

The Sydney Roosters beat South Sydney 12-4 to advance to their second National Rugby League grand final in five years. The Roosters will play the Melbourne Storm, who kept alive their chance of repeating as league champions with a 22-6 win over Cronulla on Friday.

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Mahinarangi Tuala Warren.

Rising star has big dreams

At the tender age of eleven, Mahinarangi Tuala Warren is on a mission. Known to many as Mahina, the 11-year-old Vaiala Beach School student is a two-time champion of the girls Under 12 Pacific Oceania Junior. 

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Think a Minute

Think a minute…They say, “The difference between men and boys is the price of their toys!” Little boys are happy with a small, simple toy truck, but later when we’ve become macho men, we want bigger, more sophisticated trucks.

Editorial

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Let’s give changes at the Rugby Union a chance

And so the Manu Samoa has new Coach. Last week, the Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.) announced the appointment of Steve Jackson as the man to take the national team to the Rugby World Cup in Japan next year, barring a disaster of epic proportion of course.

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Letters to the Editor

Re: New Airport at Tiavea Give the Americans a chance to drop off their shopping and show off some Benjamin’s as they travel through or stop in Upolu by giving them easier access. Aleipata is facing American Samoa so it makes sense to have a route directly to and fro.

Re: Tiavea Airport There is no need for this airport. The one at Fagali’i is in town and it’s affordable if you are catching a taxi. The thinking behind this is not logical at all.

Dear Editor, We took a group of visitors from overseas on a sightseeing tour of Upolu on Friday a week ago. Our visitors had been here for a week on business and were to leave that weekend. We started out from Apia and took the road that runs through the Aleisa farmlands, then Lefaga (without diverting to the coast), then Safata, Siumu, Falealili with a stop at Aga Hotel for lunch.

Entertainment

In this Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, photo The Huntington's senior paintings conservator, Christina O'Connell, examines

Art's iconic 'Blue Boy' gets major 250th birthday makeover

"Blue Boy" is getting a long-awaited makeover, and the public can watch as one of the world's most recognizable paintings gets a little nip here, a nice tuck there and some splashes of fresh paint (blue presumably) just in time for the eternally youthful adolescent to mark his 250th birthday.

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Technology

FILE -This March 29, 2017 file photo shows a sign outside the Comcast Center in Philadelphia.  British regulator says Comcast has won an auction to formally bid for broadcaster Sky, on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Comcast beats Fox in Sky auction with $39B bid

Comcast has emerged as the top bidder for European broadcaster Sky after a rare auction held by British regulators.

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