According to the report, this was consistent with the decline in the production of major crops such as taro (45.6 per cent), ta’amu (14.7 per cent), banana (50.2 per cent), and head cabbage (38.3 per cent).

Agriculture continues negative growth

Samoa’s agriculture sector has again recorded a negative growth for the fourth consecutive quarter, contributing a negative 0.6 per cent to the country’s gross domestic product. This is highlighted in the September 2018 Quarter GDP Report that was produced by the Samoa Bureau of Statistics. 

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They did not have proper documents and so we didn’t allow them to wait in our country while their papers are being processed.

Samoa Immigration disputes human trafficking report

Chief Immigration Officer, Valavala Siaopo Pese, has disputed a report of human trafficking in Samoa. Responding to a recent media article on a suspected case of human trafficking in Samoa, Valavala said the people involved wanted to get to American Samoa but did not have proper documentation. Consequently, they were forced back on the plane to return to Fiji.

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Electoral Commissioner Faimalomatumua Matthew Lemisio.

Poem competition for voter awareness

The Office of the Electoral Commissioner is calling for submissions for a poetry competition in honour of National Voters Day, March 1 2019.

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Anne Barrett Doyle, co-director of group.

Religious orders apologize for sex abuse inaction, cover-ups

Catholic religious orders from around the world apologized Tuesday for having failed to respond when their priests raped children, acknowledging that their family-like communities blinded them to sexual abuse and led to misplaced loyalties, denial and cover-ups.

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Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, right, talks with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.

US, China resume trade talks in Washington ahead of deadline

The United States and China resume talks Tuesday aimed at ending a fight over Beijing's technology ambitions ahead of a deadline for a massive U.S. tariff hike.

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Ma'a Nonu.Blues v Crusaders, Super Rugby, Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand. 16 February 2019. Copyright Photo: Jeremy Ward /

Nonu's Super Rugby return may herald new era

Over the years New Zealand rugby has become accustomed to saying "goodbye" to top players. But "welcome back?" Not so much.

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George Bridge. Blues v Crusaders, Super Rugby, Eden Park, Auckland.

Super Rugby: Crusaders start search for 3 in a row with win

Chasing three titles in a row, the Crusaders benefited from a pair of penalty tries and survived a strong second-half challenge from the Blues to open their Super Rugby season with a 24-22 away win on Saturday.

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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


Ioapo Samuelu, 25


Karanina Manuo, 38


Daniel Meki, 24


Renei Atonio, 20


Vaea Nakiso, 51


Think a Minute

Think a minute…In 1951 a nuclear disaster almost took place at a nuclear power plant in Canada. The core reactor melted down, so it had to be taken apart before deadly radiation escaped into the nearby community.


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Election corruption? What have they been doing all these years?

And so once more, Prime Minster Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and his administration have declared war on election corruption. Who doesn’t get excited about this stuff? We say this knowing that corruption, especially when it comes to political elections, has not been stopped. Anywhere.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, That’s right. Malele Faipopo King of the Humid Air, go and bring your witnesses. Time for these social media stars to put up or shut up.

Dear Editor, I agree with your editorial that the Marist Sevens is a good investment, but far, far, far from enough. Here’s why: 1) This is just 7s, so it does not do much for 15s - the real money-maker;

Re: Remittances and Samoans abroad People lie but numbers don’t lie. NZ $203.87 million, Australia $162.28 million, United States $87.88 million.


Actor and singer Jussie Smollett.

Chicago police seek follow-up interview with Jussie Smollett

Chicago police said Sunday they're still seeking a follow-up interview with Jussie Smollett after receiving new information that "shifted" their investigation of a reported attack on the "Empire" actor.

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A woman browses her smartphone as she walks by a Huawei store at a shopping mall in Beijing.

China accuses US of trying to block its tech development

China's government on Monday accused the United States of trying to block the country's industrial development by alleging that Chinese mobile network gear poses a cybersecurity threat to countries rolling out new internet systems.

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