Minister for Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt.

Most of $503.7m from seasonal workers, Minister claims

Most of the remittances received by Samoa is from seasonal workers. This is according to the Minister for Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt. How much exactly he did not say. But he made the point when he was asked about the significant contribution by Samoans overseas to the local economy with reference to remittance figures released by the Central Bank of Samoa for the financial year 2017/18.  

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Keith Gebauer. Photo: Talanei News.

Top Pago official rejects drug claims

A senior American Samoa government official has rejected claims from Samoa that most of the hard drugs found in Samoa are brought in from the territory.

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One of the youngest Samoan fine mats weaver, Shalom from Nofoali'i.

Show to highlight traditional arts

The annual showcasing of Ie Samoa, known as the National Faalelega Pepe/Fuataga will be held on May 9 this year.

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World

President Donald Trump speaks during an event in the Rose Garden at the White House to declare a national emergency in order to build a wall along the southern border, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Trump declares national emergency to build border wall

Battling with one branch of government and opening a new confrontation with another, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency Friday to fulfill his pledge to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro.

US military aircraft to deliver more aid to Venezuela border

The Trump administration is sending another large shipment of humanitarian aid to the Venezuelan border in Colombia, for the first time using U.S. military aircraft as it increases pressure on Nicolas Maduro to give up power, according to a State Department email sent to Congress.

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Sport

Tabadamu triumph at Marist Sevens

Fijian club Tabadamu won the Marist International Sevens Tournament today, taking the Tupua Fred Wetzell Trophy after a 22 - 10 win over Tama Uli Salelologa in the final. 

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Fijian club Tabadamu have cruised to the semifinals of the Marist International Sevens Tournament.

Apia earn matchup with Tabadamu on the morning of Day Two

Fijian club Tabadamu have cruised to the semifinals of the Marist International Sevens Tournament with a 39-0 win over the darlings of Day One, Lefaga.

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Street Talk

Govt. policy versus freedom of opinion

The Government’s decision to sack the Nofoali’i village mayor over his comments against the Government’s land law reforms has raised a rather interesting question. Can the Government sack village mayors who are appointed by the villages? What’s more, where does this leave Government employees when it comes to the question of freedom and rights? Talaia Mika and Misiona Simo discussed the issue with members of the public and these are their views:

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Think a Minute

Think a minute…This is an amazing true story of love and luck, or what appeared to be luck. Terri wanted to buy her husband David something special for Christmas. Then in September she found exactly what she was looking for.

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Marist Sevens worthwhile investment in local potential and talents

It’s an easy choice. The most exciting event taking place in Samoa this weekend is the Vailima International Marist Sevens, which kicked off at Lotopa yesterday. An annual fixture on the nation’s sporting calendar, the tournament has become more than just another Sevens rugby competition.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, My friends at the makeki always find your letters Hollywood amusing and of great entertainment value. I would encourage you to write regularly because you are our only source of amusement every time we read your letters.

It is very interesting how Samoans live in NZ pull out a race card. However, if you look at where you are, then you should ask some reality questions.

Dear Editor, In especially times of Economic strife where every cent does count it is perhaps wise to have regular reference to the General Price Order. Accessible on MCIL’s website, the price order could save one a couple of tala in making purchases for products considering it clearly lays out legally established maximum prices for products being sold on the shelves of shops, supermarkets etc in Samoa.

Entertainment

Actor and singer Jussie Smollett.

Chicago police arrest 2 black suspects in attack on Smollett

The investigation into black actor Jussie Smollett's account of being beaten in a racist, anti-gay attack took a sharp turn Friday when police announced the arrest of two black men they believe assaulted the "Empire" cast member.

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Technology

In this Feb. 2, 2019 photo, a guide stands next to a model of the West Sea Barrage in Nampo, North Korea.

North Korea exploring sanctions-proof energy technologies

Power-strapped North Korea is exploring two ambitious alternative energy sources — tidal power and coal-based synthetic fuels — that could greatly improve living standards and reduce its reliance on oil imports and vulnerability to sanctions.

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