Manu Sina team.

Manu Sina “pumped” for first match in four years

The Manu Sina are excited to get their Oceania Rugby Womens 15s Championship started against Papua New Guinea this afternoon. The match is their first since the Women’s Rugby World Cup in August 2014. Coach Ramsey Tomokino said his team are just grateful to be able to play.

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Local

The financial irregularities were highlighted in an audit report on the Ministry of Prime Minister and Cabinet for the financial year 2012-2013.

“Lack of control over money a worry”

The lack of control over the collection and receipting of monies at the Immigration Office has come under the scrutiny of the Audit Office. The financial irregularities were highlighted in an audit report on the Ministry of Prime Minister and Cabinet for the financial year 2012-2013.

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Harold Guida checks out the panelling on the Parliament building with the team during a routine inspection this week.

Parliament to be ready next month

By the time the festive season is over, Parliament will be having their sessions in a brand new hall, built by their own people. Head architects Harold Guida and Willam Gardner visited the site this week and they are pleased with the progress.

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World

A video image of Hatice Cengiz, fiancee of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, is played during an event to remember Khashoggi, who was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, in Washington.

Saudi Arabia to seek death penalty in Khashoggi killing

Saudi Arabia will seek the death penalty against five men suspected of killing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, its top prosecutor said Thursday, while the U.S. slapped sanctions on 17 Saudi officials in the toughest action it has taken against the kingdom since the slaying.

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This general view shows an explosion as part of the dismantling of a South Korean guard post in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas in Cheorwon.

South Korea dismantles guard posts with dynamite, excavators

South Korea exploded one of its own front-line guard posts Thursday, sending plumes of thick, black smoke into the sky above the border with North Korea, in the most dramatic scene to date in the rivals' efforts to reduce animosities that sparked last year's fears of war.

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Sport

Manu Samoa perform the Manu Siva Tau.

Four changes to Manu Samoa 23 to face Georgia

Coach Steve Jackson has made four changes to his lineup for Sunday morning’s game against Georgia. Faifili Levave drops to the bench with Josh Tyrell shifting to No. 8, while Piula Fa’asalele comes in at blindside flanker. Ben Nee-Nee, Iakopo Petelo-Mapu, Melani Matavao and Stacey Ili all drop out of the 23 entirely, with loosie Mat Luamanu, halfback Pele Cowley and centre Alofa Alofa taking their spots on the bench.

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Tonga’s national men’s basketball team.

Tonga falls short of cash playing at FIBA Polynesia Cup

With just a few days remaining before the FIBA Polynesia Cup in Apia next week, Tonga’s national men’s basketball team face a race against time to fly to Samoa for the tournament. 

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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

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Levaula Levaula, 29

Lepea

Monalisa Matau, 24

Faleula

Arleen Tuilimu, 21

Motootua

Rhonda Ulberg, 20

Tulaele

Veolaha Sopu, 20

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Think a Minute

Think a minute…One night in June, 1997 a 55-year-old mother named Karen Minahan was hit by a car driven by a drunk driver. The driver then backed up and ran over her two more times! Karen’s lungs were punctured and all of her ribs broken. She also had to have her right leg cut off!

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“Stupid editor”, “stupid reporter” and public company called Samoa Airways

This much we know. Questions surrounding the performance of one of the Government’s grand inventions called Samoa Airways are not new. They have been around since the plan was announced to reinvent the airline’s international operations under the Samoa Airways brand and they will continue to surface until the Government comes clean about its performance.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, I write in response to your editorial titled “If cryptocurrency is illegal, why hasn’t the Government outlawed it?” First and foremost, “cryptocurrency” is not dissimilar from learning a new trade. Governments are typically as ill-informed about it as the general public.

Re: Entrepreneur defends bitcoins, cryptocurrency There is nothing I don’t know about cryptocurrencies. I’m here for the central bank meetings this week, wearing Blockchain socks. Don’t buy cryptocurrencies, they are snake oil.

Re: Hotels sign up for Games I really don’t know why S.T.A. is even involved here and not let S.H.A take the lead on this S.T.A. trying to dictate the terms.

Entertainment

FILE - This Nov. 8, 2017 file photo shows hosts Brad Paisley, left, and Carrie Underwood during the opening of the 51st annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn. Underwood will be working triple-duty at the 2018 Country Music Association Awards as co-host, pe

CMA Awards to feature Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton

Carrie Underwood will be working triple-duty at the 2018 Country Music Association Awards as co-host, performer and nominee.

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Technology

The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission issued the warning Wednesday in a report focused on the increasing use of the internet in household appliances. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

US panel warns against government purchase of Chinese tech

A congressional advisory panel says the purchase of internet-linked devices manufactured in China leaves the United States vulnerable to security breaches that could put critical infrastructure at risk.

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