WEATHER DETERMINES INCOME: Bad weather affects the income for local fishermen at the fish market.

Bad weather affecting income of local fishermen

The bad weather is having an effect on Samoan families that rely on selling fish to make a living. The Samoa Meteorological Service has in recent weeks issued warnings to small crafts and boats against taking to sea, as heavy rain and winds pounded the islands, as a result of tropical depressions in various parts of the Pacific.

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2019 GUEST OF HONOUR: Laulu Alapasa Cordtz. Photo / (Aufa’i Areta Jnr).

Laulu the Guest of Honour

Fitness is the key if the local players are to do well in any tournament, especially in the international arena. So says former Manu Samoa 7s and 15s player, Laulu Alapasa Cordtz, who was the Guest of Honour for the two-day Vailima Marist 7s that concluded at the Marist St Joseph’s grounds in Lotopa yesterday. 

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OPEN FOR BUSINESS: The new T&N Toleafoa Service Station at Fagali’i is open to the public. Photos / (Aufa’i Areta Areta).

New service station opens

The Toleafoa Service Station at Fagali’i is finally open for business. During a ceremony yesterday led by Fagali’i Tai Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (CCCS) Pastor, Rev. Petaia Leavai, the business was officially opened, witnessed by family and friends. 

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World

FILE - In this Monday, April 18, 2005 file photo, U.S. Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick attends a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. On Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 the Vatican announced Pope Francis defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick

Vatican defrocks former US cardinal McCarrick for sex abuse

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A man holds a flare chanting the name of Gen. Hristo Lukov, who had supported Germany during the Second World War, depicted on his t-shirt, as people take part in the

Bulgarian nationalists march in honor of pro-Nazi general

Bulgarian nationalists have marched through Sofia, the country's capital, to honor a World War II general known for his anti-Semitic and pro-Nazi activities.

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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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CHAMPIONS: The Christchurch Women’s Rugby team are the second winners for the Glen Feaunati Memorial Cup at the Marist International Sevens tournament yesterday.

Christchurch beat Apia to win Marist Sevens

Christchurch Women’s Rugby lifted the Glen Feaunati Memorial Cup as the second ever champions of the Marist International Sevens Tournament after their 19-0 win over Apia Maroons in the final yesterday.

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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:

Anesone Elama, 43

Saleimoa

Easter Nun Yan, 20

Vaoala

Fa’aa’e Faletaoga, 35

Saina

Iulio Ioane, 46

Salepoua’e

Meatuai Sefo, 35

Vaitele

Queenmary Maia’i, 21

Moamoa

Toalua Tauavae, 42

Siusega

Valma Tonu’u, 34

Fugalei

Think a Minute

Think a minute...This is the true story of a boy named Jim who started working on farms at the young age of eight. By the time he was 20 Jim was training as a store manager, and within a year was a successful salesman.

Editorial

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Remittances, Samoans abroad and the concept of tautua

Numbers don’t lie. If Samoa’s economy received $503.73 million in remittances from Samoans overseas last year, that is a massive contribution to the economy by any standard. Now let’s quickly take a look at the Government’s revenue collections during the past few years. In 2011, the Ministry of Revenue collected $420 million; it dropped to $377 million in 2012, and went up to $409 million in 2013. In 2014, it further increased to $421 million, $431 million in 2015 and for 2016 it was $485 million.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, You should embrace the thriving democratic principles now showing in the Samoan political system. The right to dissent is one of the corner stones of democracy.

Dear Editor, Re: P.M. gives instruction on terrorist Are these people nuttas or just frustrated at having no freedom of speech often denied in Samoa? I haven’t seen the video in question.

Dear Editor, When the Prime Minister of the country calls his people dogs, stupid, stinking pigs, uncircumcised horses, and threat to drop an atomic bomb on them, then this much is undeniable, the language he used is low, even worse it cannot be ignored.

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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