INTRODUCING VACCINES: The Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital at Motootua.

New vaccine funding welcomed

A massive boost to vaccination funding has been welcomed by the Ministry of Health (M.O.H.) and the World Health Organisation (W.H.O.). This week the Asia Development Bank (A.D.B.) approved T$7.4 million to introduce new vaccines in Samoa, as part of a larger project including Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. 

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Local

S.T.A. C.E.O. Papali’i Sonja Hunter and Pacific Games C.E.O. Falefata Hele Matatia address the accomodation providers at the Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel yesterday.

Hoteliers sign up for Games

A Memorandum of Agreement was signed yesterday between the Government of Samoa and the hotel/accommodation owners for their hosting of some 4,000 athletes and officials at next year’s Pacific Games. nder the MoA, hotels are expected to commit 100% of their capacity for the duration of the Games - 6th to 22nd of July.

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HELPING SAMOA: Dr. Helena Va’a Fuimaono, Sara Moriarty and Dr. Anthony Hall.

Aussie Dermatologist helps Samoa

The Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital housed clinical dermatologist, Dr. Anthony Hall, who visited from 5 to 10 November to assist with meeting priority needs in service delivery, capacity building and systems strengthening.

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World

Security officials stand outside a perimeter fence for a secured area ahead of the APEC Economic Leaders' Week Summit in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

Expensive APEC summit sows division in host Papua New Guinea

After three decades of promoting free trade as a panacea to poverty, the APEC grouping of nations that includes the U.S. and China is holding its lavish annual leaders meeting in the country that can least afford it.

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FijiFirst poster with the image of Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama is displayed at the entrance to a village in Nausori, Fiji.

Rain closes some polling venues as Fiji elects new leader

Heavy rainfall was affecting some voting in Fiji's general election Wednesday, as two men who led different military coups battled for control of the island nation. 

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Sport

A HELPING HAND: Chinese Ambassador, Wang Xuefang presents $30,000 to the Marist St Joseph Sports Club for sports development.

Marist receive $30,000 from China

The Marist St Joseph’s Sports Club were presented with $30,000 by the Chinese Embassy at a handover ceremony last Thursday evening. Club President Faimalomatumua Mathew Lemisio received the donation from Ambassador Wang Xuefeng, at an event which celebrated the club’s recent triumph at the Auckland Marist Samoa 7’s tournament in New Zealand.

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Goalkeeper Ronisa Lipi.

Samoa women’s football taking on best in the region

Yesterday the Samoa women’s national football team departed for New Caledonia to take part in the Oceania Nations Cup. “This is the pinnacle women’s football event in our region,” said coach Nicola Demaine.

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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

Savaia

Levaula Levaula, 29

Lepea

Monalisa Matau, 24

Faleula

Arleen Tuilimu, 21

Motootua

Rhonda Ulberg, 20

Tulaele

Veolaha Sopu, 20

Vailele

Think a Minute

Think a minute…If you are not having a good day, people sometimes humorously say that you “got up on the wrong side of the bed.” Amazingly, brain surgeons discovered that the brain actually has two sides and that each side thinks differently.

Editorial

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If cryptocurrency is illegal, why hasn’t the Government outlawed it already?

The issue of cryptocurrency is back on the agenda this week. It follows a public presentation at the National University of Samoa (N.U.S.), where an independent cryptocurrency entrepreneur from Zambia, Mapanza Nkwilimba, talked up the scheme as the way of the future. From that presentation, a story titled “Entrepreneur defends bitcoins, cryptocurrency” was published on yesterday’s front page.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, I write in response to Ropeti Ale’s article titled “Samoan cultural traditions, the controversy and the God in us…” Mr. Ale, I am not sure whether to grimace, giggle, guffaw or be profoundly awed by your rhetoric.

Re: How fares Samoa Airways one year on Two big differences between the Polynesian airline days and now is that: 1) Most airfares are paid for over the internet nowadays, which cuts down the opportunities for corruption because it is all done on the computer and not face to face. No pay, no plane.

Re: Trump is only asking for fairness Utter rubbish. He asks questions which Donald Trump and his spokesperson, Sarah Sanders-Huckabee refuse to answer half the time.

Entertainment

Harvey Weinstein enters State Supreme Court in New York.

Actress Paz de la Huerta sues Harvey Weinstein, alleges rape

Actress Paz de la Huerta filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of raping her in 2010 and then embarking on a campaign of harassment that harmed her career.

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Technology

A woman carries a fire extinguisher past the logo for Google at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai.

Nigerian ISP's configuration error disrupted Google services

A Nigerian internet service provider said Tuesday that a configuration error it made during a network upgrade caused a disruption of key Google services, routing traffic to China and Russia.

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