N.H.S. Palanitina Toelupe, Minister of Health Tuitama Dr. Leao Tuitama and M.O.H Leausa Dr. Take Naseri.

Govt. Health vision

The Minister of Health, Tuitama Dr. Leao Tuitama, says the merger between the National Health Services (N.H.S.) and Ministry of Health (M.O.H.), will lead to better primary health care services. It will also sharpen the focus and finances on services as opposed to the current situation where the “total expenditure for health is about 80 percent personnel and 20 percent on services.”

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DEAL: Mayor Takahiro Sato and Ambassador Fa’alavaau Perina Sila-Tualaulelei.

Samoa inks pack with Yamagata City

Samoa’s preparation to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Japan took a major leapfrog this week. It follows the endorsement of an agreement between the government of Samoa and the city of Yamagata, Japan.

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WORKING AT THE FAMILY PLANTATION Tamaleaoa Talanoa Lilo, 25 years old, from the village of Pata Falelatai.

Free food and less headaches, man vouches for value of plantation

People living off the plantation believe it’s the best way to deal with the high cost of living today. One of them is a young father of two, Tamaleaoa Talanoa Lilo, 25, from the village of Pata Falelatai. Mr. Lilo says life is hard for him and his family, especially when there’s only one person who works.

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World

North Korean Hyon Song Wol, center, head of North Korea's art troupe, arrives at the Seoul Train Station in Seoul.

North Korean girl band leader heads delegation to South

The head of a hugely popular North Korean girl band crossed the heavily fortified border into South Korea on Sunday as part of an official delegation, triggering a media frenzy as she checked potential venues for performances during next month's Winter Olympics.

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People gather for a Women's March, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles.

Global female empowerment marches enter second day

Demonstrations in support of female empowerment are scheduled in cities across the country Sunday, a day after hundreds of thousands of people across the globe marched, chanted and protested.

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Sport

ALERT: Iuniarra Sipaia (inset) Nynette Sass.

Banned substance alertness heightened after Sipaia’s case

The recent suspension of Weightlifter, Iuniarra Sipaia, who tested positive for a banned substance, has prompted the Samoa Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (S.A.S.N.O.C.) to work towards preventing this issue from happening again.

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BETTER EQUIPPED: Ele Opeloge giving instructions during the workshop.

Equipping coaches with tools to develop sports in Samoa

The Samoa Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (S.A.S.N.O.C.) is on a mission. It wants to empower local coaches with the tools so they can nurture and develop local athletes to be the best they can be.

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Street Talk

Lupesoliai Parker gets the support

It’s signed and sealed. Samoa’s Lupesoliai La’auliolemalietoa Joseph Parker will take on Anthony Joshua in what will be the biggest fight of his life. The fight will take place in Cardiff Wales on 31 March 2018. Do you think Lupesoliai is ready for the fight? We asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Think a Minute

Think a minute…Since we spend so much of our life at our workplace, it is important to see what unhealthy conditions we can start changing to improve our daily lives on the job. Let’s complete our checkup we started yesterday.

Editorial

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First the E.U. blacklist and now the U.S. ban? What’s going on?

The United States Department of Homeland Security’s (D.H.S.) decision to remove Samoa from the list of countries whose citizens are eligible for temporary work visas is an unexpected surprise. Not just because we’ve hardly heard about anyone from these shores taking up the visa class but the reason behind the decision is rather poor and disappointing.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Re: P.M. wants fitter prison guards You surprise me P.M., how about fixing up the prison to make it harder for these criminals to escape! Processes should be put in place for staff to manage the whereabouts of each and every single prisoner at all times, isn’t this just basic protocol that staff should already know and do?

Dear Editor, Re: P.M. scoffs at call for consultation Did our government over-ride the Constitution to push through the re-introduction of the Criminal Libel Law? When I first read about the Criminal Libel Law passed by Parliament in all 3 readings, I was like wow and all this in less than an hour. So I was starting to wonder how the H.R.P.P. government by-pass or over-ride the Constitution to achieve this.

Dear Editor, Re: P.M. stands by S.T.E.C. Why does the P.M. mislead our people? How can he say Samoa Trust Estates Corporation is not a government entity when it is clearly listed on the Ministry of Public Enterprise website as 1 of 17 government Public Trading Bodies monitored by M.P.E?

Entertainment

Kevin Hart, from left, Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan and Jack Black in

'Jumanji' tops box office for third straight weekend

"Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" outdid another weekend's worth of newcomers to top the North American box office for the third straight weekend, making the surprise hit the fifth-highest grossing film of all time for Sony Pictures.

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Technology

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg meeting with a group of entrepreneurs and innovators during a round-table discussion at Cortex Innovation Community technology hub  in St. Louis. Facebook is announcing its second major tweak to its algorithm this month, sayin

Facebook to emphasize 'trustworthy' news

Facebook is announcing a second major tweak to its algorithm, saying it will prioritize news based on survey results of trustworthiness. The company said in a blog post and Facebook post from CEO Mark Zuckerberg Friday that it is surveying users about their familiarity with and trust in news sources.

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