$534,250 in mystery private hospital funding

The Development Bank of Samoa had budgeted $534,250 for “completing payment” of the now abandoned MedCen Hospital at Vailima. The amount of $534,250 comes from a supplementary estimate of $636,747 appropriated for the bank. It is unclear what the payment is for. 

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Samoa Police Service.

Man charged with murder, Police investigate dispute

The Police are investigating a family dispute, which is connected to the death of a man from Lotofaga, Safata, on Sunday. 

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In the concept paper, which details the proposed (not yet confirmed) plan, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has proposed a $20 million grant towards adaptation and mitigation of climate change.

Funding plan for proposed Alaoa multi-purpose dam

An October 2018 concept paper for the proposed multi-purpose dam at Alaoa says the dam will cost US$82.1 million but it could increase. The multi-purpose dam at Alaoa is proposed to be a triple bonus for the community: an improved water supply in the dry season, a hydropower plant in the wet season and a flood control system for the urban area below the Vaisigano river.

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World

U.S. President Donald Trump, right, meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Possible peace declaration looms large over Trump-Kim summit

With their second summit fast approaching, speculation is growing that U.S. President Donald Trump may try to persuade North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to commit to denuclearization by giving him something he wants more than almost anything else: an announcement of peace and an end to the Korean War.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Putin sternly warns US against putting missiles in Europe

Russian President Vladimir Putin sternly warned the United States against deploying new missiles in Europe, saying Wednesday that Russia will retaliate by fielding new weapons that will take just as little time to reach their targets.

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Sport

Tiger Woods tees off on the 17th hole during the final round of the Genesis Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club.

Woods, Djokovic, Vonn win Laureus World Sports Awards

Tiger Woods, Novak Djokovic, Lindsey Vonn and the France national soccer team were among the winners at the Laureus World Sports Awards, with Woods claiming the Comeback Award 19 years after he was first recognized.

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A woman walks past a cutout of a runner originally installed as a promotional tool for 2018 Asian Games at a bus stop near the main stadium in Jakarta.

Indonesia makes 2032 Olympics bid official

Indonesia has officially joined bidding to host the 2032 Olympics following its success staging the Asian Games last year, the deputy chairman of its national Olympic committee said Tuesday, highlighting the rising ambitions of the giant but perennially underperforming Southeast Asian nation.

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Street Talk

Public share views on remittances

“Remittances is Samoa’s largest form of foreign exchange earner with the 2017/18 financial year recording about $503.73 million tala in earnings. This shows the extent of the contribution by Samoans living abroad to the development of the nation. What do you think? Talaia Mika discussed the issue with members of the public and these are some of their views:

Afaatia Ataga, 21

Magiagi

Ioapo Samuelu, 25

Manono

Karanina Manuo, 38

Magiagi

Daniel Meki, 24

Fagalii

Renei Atonio, 20

Vaivase

Vaea Nakiso, 51

Faleasiu

Think a Minute

Think a minute…Recently a 102-year-old woman was playing a game of golf. On a 100-yard long hole she thought she had lost her ball, only to discover she had hit it straight into the cup. A record hole-in-one by a 102-year-old woman! Who says we don’t get better with age!

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Who is more dangerous? Pig head thrower or two convicted criminals on the run?

You’ve got to hand it to this Government. As far as being thorough with immigration paper work goes, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s administration deserves an award. Nothing gets past them, absolutely nothing. Let’s think about this for a minute.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, The current case between Laauli Leauatea Polataivao and his own political party (H.R.P.P.) reveals some shocking discoveries of real issues about the by-laws of the H.R.P.P.

Re: Candidates stand for H.R.P.P. If only H.R.P.P. are running in a district, how can anybody other than a person who must declare loyalty to the P.M., win this district?

Re: Church Ministers hearing Corruption in Samoa – including the government - can be attributed to the failure of Christian churches in Samoa to maintain moral support and uphold moral discipline in the community.

Entertainment

Actor and singer Jussie Smollett.

Police official: Smollett suspected of lying about attack

Chicago detectives suspect that "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett filed a false police report when he said he was the victim of a racist, homophobic attack in downtown Chicago late last month, a police official said Wednesday.

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Technology

DJ Koh, Samsung President and CEO of IT and Mobile Communications, talks about the new Samsung Galaxy Fold smartphone during an event Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Samsung folding phone is different - but also almost $2,000

 Samsung unveiled a highly anticipated smartphone with a foldable screen in an attempt to break the innovation funk that has beset the smartphone market.

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