FIRST TIME IN SAMOA: Tomas Nilsson enjoys Samoa and tells of the unique reason behind his visit.

Act of kindness brings Swede to Samoa

A simple act of kindness 15 years ago has brought a Swedish tourist to the shores of Samoa. Tomas Nilsson told Dear Tourist yesterday that it was his first visit to the country. But he would not have travelled to the Pacific from Europe, if it was not for an incident 15 years ago when he was working in Sweden.

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Former Attorney General, Aumua Ming Leung Wai.

Former Attorney General files strike out motion

Former Attorney General, Aumua Ming Leung Wai, has moved to remove his name from a lawsuit filed by Samoa Solidarity International Group Global (S.S.I.G.G.). The Group has gone to the Supreme Court and is questioning the legality and the constitutionality of the Land Titles Registration Act 2008 and seeking $5 million tala in damages from the Government. 

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Verona Parker, Samoa Cancer Society C.E.O., Shelley Burich, C.E.O. of Samoa Stationery and Books (S.S.A.B.), Tofilau Fiti Leung Wai, and Asomua Anastasia Stanley Stanley.

S.S.A.B. gives to Cancer Society

The Chief Executive Officer of the Samoa Stationery and Books (S.S.A.B.), Tofilau Fiti Leung Wai, presented a $2,000 cheque to the Samoa Cancer Society. The Society’s C.E.O., Shelley Burich, received the donation at the S.S.A.B. conference room yesterday.

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A seller shows betel nuts at the Koki Buai market at Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

Papua New Guinea's betel high defies control, convention

A ubiquitous sight in Papua New Guinea's capital is men, women and children chewing betel nut combined with slaked lime and mustard bean, turning lips, teeth and tongue a dark red, and producing a mild high.

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Pro and anti Brexit protesters hold placards as they vie for media attention near Parliament in London.

Allies rally to UK's May amid leadership woes over Brexit

British Prime Minister Theresa May won support for her beleaguered Brexit deal Friday from key politicians and business groups, but she remained besieged by internal party opponents determined to oust her.

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Wales Cory Hill runs between Australia's Dane Haylett-Petty, right, and Michael Hooper during the rugby union international match between Wales and Australia at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.

Wales make 14 changes for Tonga, fullback Holmes to debut

 Jonah Holmes will debut at fullback in a Wales side with 14 changes playing Tonga on Saturday in Cardiff.

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Australia's Will Genia passes the ball during the rugby union international match between Wales and Australia at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

Ashley-Cooper to make Australia return against Italy

Adam Ashley-Cooper will start his first test for Australia in more than two years as one of seven changes to the team to face Italy on Saturday.

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Street Talk

Public keep the faith in Samoa Airways

National airline Samoa Airways is celebrating its one-year anniversary this month. Our reporter Yolanda Lavata’i talked to members of the public to get their views on the performance of the airline and its services.

Ake Moleli, 53


Levaula Levaula, 29


Monalisa Matau, 24


Arleen Tuilimu, 21


Rhonda Ulberg, 20


Veolaha Sopu, 20


Think a Minute

Think a minute…An army general was asked what kind of good-luck charms he carries when he goes to war. The general answered: “I don’t carry a lucky charm on my body. I carry it in my heart.” In other words, he was saying it is not luck but his character, choices and true beliefs in his heart that guide and protect him.


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Attack on P.M. Tuilaepa cowardly, shameful and unacceptable

This much we know. The attack on Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi in Brisbane on Wednesday night was unacceptable (see front page story). It was a cowardly act and regardless of what reasons or motives that might have triggered it, whoever is responsible should be ashamed.

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Letters to the Editor

Re: The difference between then and now A good question to ask is: just what is the point of Samoa having its own airline? Making a profit is a nice idea but based upon past experience this is not realistic, as the best outcome is not to lose too much money while at the same time trying to maximize other benefits to Samoa.

Re: Stupid editor, stupid reporter You will need to get to the bottom of the matter. Dig out all the facts about the financial affairs of Samoa Airways and report again.

Dear Editor, I write in response to your editorial titled “If cryptocurrency is illegal, why hasn’t the Government outlawed it?” First and foremost, “cryptocurrency” is not dissimilar from learning a new trade. Governments are typically as ill-informed about it as the general public.


Country music star Roy Clark performs after being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tenn.

Roy Clark, country guitar virtuoso, 'Hee Haw' star, has died

Country star Roy Clark, the guitar virtuoso and singer who headlined the cornpone TV show "Hee Haw" for nearly a quarter century and was known for such hits as "Yesterday When I was Young" and "Honeymoon Feeling," has died. He was 85.

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FILE - In this March 23, 2018 file photo provided by KTVU, emergency personnel work a the scene where a Tesla electric SUV crashed into a barrier on U.S. Highway 101 in Mountain View, Calif.

Electronic driving systems don't always work, tests show

Testing by AAA shows that electronic driver assist systems on the road today may not keep vehicles in their lanes or spot stationary objects in time to avoid a crash.

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