AUDITOR: Fuimaono Camillo Afele.

Auditor questions annual leave payment

An audit of the Samoa Trust Estate Corporation has questioned the payout of its Chief Executive Officer  and Chief Financial Officer from accumulated untaken annual leave. aThe organisation’s C.E.O. and C.F.O. were paid an unspecified amount in 2013, despite their employment contracts stating that untaken annual leave should be forfeited, unless approval to defer the leave was given by the S.T.E.C. Board

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Saloga Salelologa Methodist Youth Fishing

Climate change project success celebrated

The celebration of the successful three-year project between the Adventist Development and Relief Agency and United States Agency for International development (U.S.A.I.D.) or the Pacific American Climate Fund (P.A.C.A.M.) project was held in Siufaga, Savaii yesterday. 

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REPRESENTING SAMOA: Members of the business community came to help support the fashion cause in Cecilias famous garden.

Samoan fashion fusion set for London

Designer Cecilia Keil turned the beautiful gardens at her Vaitele residence into a fashion walkway last Saturday to showcase her new designs, which she will take to London Pacific Fashion Week (L.P.F.W.) next month.

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World

In this Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, frame from video, Jakiw Palij, a former Nazi concentration camp guard, is carried on a stretcher from his home in the Queens borough of New York. Palij, the last Nazi war crimes suspect facing deportation from the U.S. was t

US deports 95-year-old ex-Nazi guard to Germany

A 95-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard who lived quietly in New York City for decades was carried out of his home on a stretcher by federal agents and flown to Germany early Tuesday in what could prove to be the last U.S. deportation of a World War II-era war-crimes suspect.

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Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan, left, shows the way to Medardo Gonzalez, center, a Salvadoran politician, Secretary General of the ruling party of El Salvador, and El Salvador Foreign Minister Carlos Castaneda during their meeting at the Zhongnanhai L

Salvador denies asking Taiwan for money before China switch

Salvadoran authorities on Tuesday denied having asked Taiwan for money in exchange for maintaining diplomatic relations with the self-governing island, saying its decision to switch recognition to China was due to the enormous advantages of trading with the economic giant.

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Sport

“Drink the Kool Aid” takes Fittest team title at Toa Games

Team Drink the Kool Aid has taken out the title of the Fittest Team in Samoa at the 2018 Toa Games at Vaitele last Saturday.

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Sunset friendlies for Samoan National Women’s team

Samoa goes up against neighbours

Samoa women’s football draft team continued their preparation for the qualifying games last night with a friendly match against American Samoa.

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Street Talk

Public against Government’s banana distribution decision

The decision made by Government to prioritise commercial farmers regarding the distribution of banana has received a backlash from members of the public. Our reporter, Adel Fruean asked the public about their opinion on the decision made by the Government and they responded:

Faasisili Isaako, 58

Papaloloa

Lusia Sagato, 50

Leauvaa

Malota Alosina, 34

Falelima

Maria Faailoga, 45

Manono

Romeo Silva, 46

Faleula

Tupai Iulai, 66

Solosolo

Think a Minute

Think a minute…You remember the first time you tried to ride a bike? It can be quite tricky. The bike shakes and wobbles everywhere until you finally learn how to balance your weight. Balance is important in everything.

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How things might have been different if Parliament and the Government listened to Chief Auditor and O.P.C.

And so once more, the Controller and Chief Auditor, Fuimaono Camillo Afele, has made some pretty alarming discoveries in his latest report to Parliament to have been made public. The report to Parliament for the financial years 2013 and 2014 paints quite a grim picture of wrongdoing, abuse of power and misuse of taxpayers monies in the public service.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Regarding the front page story titled “$13million investment lacked proper papers.” What can we do about it and what’s the point here? We were clearly told that all these high profile officials running the show were well educated, and some of them had more than 2, 3 or more Degrees up their sleeves.

Dear Editor, Re: Public against banana distribution I feel for all of you. Unfortunately, that boat has sailed due to the inconsiderate heads of the agricultural Ministry. Yes. You were all correct the needs of the less fortunate should outweigh that of the rich.

Dear Editor, Prime Minister Tuilaepa is absolutely right about the issue of the Chinese debt. While Tonga may be struggling to repay loans, Samoa certainly is not. Asking for a debt write-off is tantamount to admitting that Tonga is going to default.

Entertainment

Director John Chu and his wife Kristin Hodge pose for photographers as they arrive for the red carpet screening of the movie

'Crazy Rich Asians' hoopla elicits mixed feelings in Asia

The craze for "Crazy Rich Asians" is hitting Asia, with a premiere in Singapore followed by openings in several neighboring countries later this week.

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Technology

The company said Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, that a hacking group tied to the Russian government created fake internet domains that appeared to spoof two conservative organizations: the Hudson Institute and the International Republican Institute.

Microsoft uncovers more Russian attacks ahead of midterms

Microsoft said Tuesday it has uncovered new Russian hacking attempts targeting U.S. political groups ahead of the midterm elections.

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