BUSINESS AS USUAL: Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi in an interview with SBS Television’s Stefan Armbruster in Brisbane before leaving for Port Moresby, P.N.G. yesterday where he will join other Pacific Island leaders to observe the A.P.E.

Australian Police investigate attack on P.M. Tuilaepa

The Queensland Police has launched an investigation into an attempt to attack Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, in Brisbane, Australia. The attack took place during the official launching of Samoa Airway’s Faleolo to Brisbane flights at the Maximillian Kolbe Catholic Parish, Logan City, marking the airline’s first birthday, on Wednesday night.

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Faumuina: Learning from failure a path to success

In business and life there are so many similarities, you learn when you embrace your failures, says former rugby league star Sione Faumuina. Sione played professional rugby league in New Zealand for nine years, and is now a successful publisher author, coach, trainer and motivational speaker. 

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LEADERSHIP GRADUATE: Akeli Tuuano, senior finance officer at D.B.S.

Leadership graduates tackle sexual harassment at work

Researching the prevalence of sexual harassment in the workplace shows the need for training, documentation and no tolerance policies, a Leadership Samoa graduate believes. In the final months of the programme, the class researched and wrote the foundations for sexual harassment policies which they intend to implement as widely as possible.

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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 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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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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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

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Think a Minute

Think a minute…An army general was asked what kind of good-luck charms he carries when he goes to war. The general answered: “I don’t carry a lucky charm on my body. I carry it in my heart.” In other words, he was saying it is not luck but his character, choices and true beliefs in his heart that guide and protect him.

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Attack on P.M. Tuilaepa cowardly, shameful and unacceptable

This much we know. The attack on Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi in Brisbane on Wednesday night was unacceptable (see front page story). It was a cowardly act and regardless of what reasons or motives that might have triggered it, whoever is responsible should be ashamed.

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Letters to the Editor

Re: The difference between then and now A good question to ask is: just what is the point of Samoa having its own airline? Making a profit is a nice idea but based upon past experience this is not realistic, as the best outcome is not to lose too much money while at the same time trying to maximize other benefits to Samoa.

Re: Stupid editor, stupid reporter You will need to get to the bottom of the matter. Dig out all the facts about the financial affairs of Samoa Airways and report again.

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.

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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