“BUSINESS AS USUAL”: Samoa Rugby Union CEO Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i.

S.R.U C.E.O. - “Business as usual” in spite of G.M. resignation

Samoa Rugby Union CEO Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i said the departure of general manager of High Performance Zane Hilton shouldn’t be too much of an issue for the Union. Hilton resigned this week from the role, which involves overseeing the performance and direction of Samoa’s national teams. But Faleomavaega said next person in the job will just pick up where he left off.

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President Donald Trump.

Shutdown not affecting U.S. Embassy in Samoa

The operations of the U.S Embassy in Samoa will not be affected by the U.S. Federal Government shutdown, which is now into its 25th day. 

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OPENING OF THE 2019 SAMOA POLICE SERVICE NEW RECRUITS COURSE: The management of the Police with the new recruits.

Be agents of change, Police recruits told

The Commissioner of Police, Fuiavailiili Egon Keil, has welcomed the Police Recruit class of 2019. 

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World

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., meets with reporters in her first formal news conference, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Pelosi says Trump 'silent' on postponing State of the Union

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says President Donald Trump has yet to respond to her request that he postpone his State of the Union address until the government is reopened so workers can be paid for providing security for the grand Washington tradition.

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Pastor and activist Evan Mawarire arrives at the magistrates courts in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe pastor faces subversion charge amid economic unrest

A prominent Zimbabwe pastor and activist who faces a possible 20 years in prison on a subversion charge said Thursday it is "heartbreaking" to see the new government acting like that of former leader Robert Mugabe, as alarm grew about a violent crackdown on people protesting a dramatic rise in fuel prices.

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Sport

Marcus Mariota.

American football documentary celebrates Polynesian influence

Media initiative Football Matters released a documentary yesterday called Unsung Heroes, exploring the Polynesian community’s influence on American football in the United States.

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Marist Invitation vs Apia Maroons in 30th Marist Sevens 2018.

Top seeds for Marist Sevens confirmed

The 31st Marist International Sevens has confirmed the pool arrangement for both the Men’s and Women’s tournament. 

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Street Talk

Strong support for call for tougher penalties

An Associate Minister, Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi, has called for tougher penalties for anyone charged and found guilty of first-degree murder. His comments follow the sentencing of Simanu’a Manuele of Falefa and Toamua — who pleaded guilty to two charges of murder — and was given a life imprisonment sentence by the Supreme Court. Leala said in many cases, murder convicts are placed on parole after ten years. This is not fair considering the seriousness of the offending. What do you think? Yumi Epati Tala’ave and Misiona Simo asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Fetuna’i Simanu, 51

Vaivase-Uta

John Sasagi, 28

Apia

Laina Danny, 45

Vaitele-Fou

Lui Leuta, 53

Siusega

Saoalii Peter, 60

Satapuala

Amio Telea, 37

Satitoa

Think a Minute

Think a minute… The statesman and financer Cecil Rhodes who started his world-famous Rhodes Scholarships was also known for being a fine dresser. He once invited a young man to his home for dinner.

Editorial

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Joining the dots in the minimum wage debate and hoping for the best for Samoa

$2.30 is legally the minimum wage in Samoa – not even enough for a loaf of bread in an Apia supermarket. One would need another .20 sene to buy bread, and even more to get a tin of mackerel.

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Letters to the Editor

Re: P.M. on minimum wage If you increase the wages, doesn’t that give enough money for people to put back to the economy. There will be more money for people to spend on goods, food, fa’alavelave, schooling and church donations.

Dear Editor, Re: Disappointing results The long awaited results for national exams this year have again come with great disappointment. For a few years now our national examinations have been a nightmare.

Re: Gabbard’s strong support in Samoa That’s an interesting conclusion to assume because Gabbard was born in American Samoa that this would be a good thing for Samoa. Obama’s father was born in Kenya, his relatives still lived there, but what did Obama do for Kenya or any country in Africa.

Entertainment

This image released by Netflix shows Sandra Bullock in a scene from the film,

Netflix has no plans to cut 'Bird Box' scene despite outcry

Netflix's post-apocalyptic survival film "Bird Box" is drawing criticism for using footage of a real fiery train disaster but the streaming giant has no plans to remove it.

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Technology

Microsoft Corp. President Brad Smith speaks Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, during a news conference in Bellevue.

Microsoft pledges $500M to tackle Seattle housing crisis

Microsoft says it will devote $500 million to address a problem its own success helped create: the severe need for affordable housing in the Seattle area.

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