Former Deputy Prime Minister Fonotoe Lauofo Meredith.

Fonotoe issues reassurance

Former Deputy Prime Minister Fonotoe Lauofo Meredith has reassured the nation that they should not have to worry about the mortgaging of leases of customary lands. The reassurance was issued by the Member of Parliament during an interview with the Sunday Samoan on the Alienation of Customary Land Amendment Bill 2017, discussed in Parliament this week.

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Top Stories


NEW OWNERSHIP: Coffee Bean café Manager and co-owner Andrew Padrana with his chef, Alofaifo Ah Chong and staff.

Return to paradise for new Café owner

Setting a high standard for coffee making will never change at The Coffee Bean in Taimaligi. But if you have noticed a slight change in the vibe and menu at the hot spot, then you would not be mistaken because the café is under new management and ownership.

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SWEET SUCCESS: Tiaseu Meripa Eleitino Siaosi Samoa fulfills her dream of attaining a Master in Science International Cooperation Policy. Photo supplied.

Sweet success for Tiaseu

Hard work and faith in God has seen Tiaseu Meripa Eleitino Siaosi Samoa achieve her dream. This week, she graduated with a Master in Science International Cooperation Policy at the Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Japan.

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Security members stand guard as investigators search the area after a bomb placed under a nearby car exploded Saturday, March 24, 2018 in Alexandria, Egypt, as the city security chief's convoy passed by, killing at least one policeman and wounding four ot

Egypt: Car bomb in Alexandria kills 2 policemen

A bomb placed under a nearby car exploded Saturday in the coastal city of Alexandria as the city security chief's convoy passed by, killing two policemen and wounding four others, the Interior Ministry said.

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Turkey-backed opposition fighters of the Free Syrian Army patrol the northwestern city of Afrin, Syria, during a Turkish government-organised media tour into northern Syria, Saturday, March 24, 2018. Turkey and allied Syrian opposition fighters captured t

Turkish army and allies in 'total control' of Syria's Afrin

The Turkish army and Syrian opposition fighters it backs have "total control" of the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in northern Syria, according to the country's official news agency on Saturday, nearly a week after they captured the main town that carries the same name.

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Taula Apia Rugby Union Shield holder B.B.E Vaiala.

Vaiala does it again

The B.B.E Vaiala Rugby Club has continued their winning ways in the Apia Rugby Union. They prevailed against a much strong H.J Keil Vaimoso side winning, 30-20.

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The Laumei mixed crew.

Laumei dominates Sheraton to Sheraton Regatta

Laumei Club dominated the 2018 Sheraton to Sheraton Regatta 33km race yesterday. The race began outside the Sheraton Aggie Grey’s  & Bungalow in Apia and ended 33km away at the Sheraton Beach Resort, Mulifanua.

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Street Talk

N.Z. govt. urged to change law

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is standing by her country’s immigration laws requiring Samoans to go through a stringent screening process to obtain a visa to visit New Zealand. This is despite the two countries sharing a Treaty of Friendship. Do you think this is fair? Reporter, Nefertiti Matatia, asked the public in today’s Street Talk and this is what they said:

Faaofonuu Iosefo Faamausili, 57


Vili Vili, 57


Katalina Tuasivi, 62


Mika Eliapo, 24


Carol Bilbo, 64


Think a Minute

Think a minute…We all like to save time—especially since life is so short. So the sooner we learn good shortcuts to living well, the sooner we will enjoy life at its best.


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So who is the ‘Father of the Nation’ today?

On Friday last week, when Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, told Parliament: “I am not the ‘Father of the Nation’,” right away we sensed the feeling, that he’d known all along he had done enough for this country, so that it was now time for him to think about stepping out.

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Letters to the Editor

Re: Parliament handbook It appears to me that this Cabinet Handbook 2011, was tailor made to clear the pathway for the L.T.R.A. 2008 to sail through without any oppositions in government.

Re: NZ urged to change law I disagree with the policy for the fact it is humiliating and disrespectful. New Zealand being the Nation to blame for many of our people’s deaths in War and in Peace.

Re: La’auli Alan Grey What a great man. A Samoan man, had a Samoan heart, and died in Samoa.


Bill Skarsgard as the evil clown Pennywise in a scene from the film

No laughing matter: When exactly did clowns become scary?

His nose was round and bright red, his face as white as a sheet. His mouth was surrounded by an exaggerated smear of red makeup and his arched eyebrows hung ridiculously high on his forehead.

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a pedestrian looks at his phone near steam vented from a grate near the Philadelphia Museum of Art on a cold morning in Philadelphia. Every time a person shops online or at a store, loyalty cards linked to phone numbers or email addresses can be linked to

Can Facebook restore public trust after privacy scandal?

It's a scandal of privacy, politics and an essential ingredient of business success — public trust. Facebook is confronting a costly, embarrassing public relations debacle after revelations that Cambridge Analytica may have misused data from some 50 million users to try to influence elections.

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