MINISTER OF PUBLIC ENTERPRISES: Lautafi Selafi Purcell.

Minister Lautafi slams public companies

Public trading bodies have failed the Government in generating new capital and investment, says Minister of Commerce, Industry and Labour, Lautafi Selafi Purcell. Speaking at a gathering of directors at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel on Tuesday, Lautafi said Government reduced the percentage of dividend from 50 to 35 per cent so that public trading bodies can meet some of their obligations, but the return is still not profitable. 

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CONGRATULATIONS: Fealofani Bruun, 35, is listed as number 15 in the list released yesterday.

Samoan woman Fealofani Bruun makes BBC’s 100 Women list

A leading Samoan woman has made the BBC’s 100 Women 2018 list. Fealofani Bruun, 35, is listed as number 15 in the list released yesterday.

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L.T.A Chief Executive Officer Galumalemana Ta’atialeoitiiti Tutuvanu-Schwalger. Photo: Misiona Simo.

IT officer testifies in L.T.A. trial

The year of manufacture for a taxi allegedly owned by suspended Land Transport Authority manager, Anoanoai Pepe Lafai, was changed from 2003 to 2006 as per her instructions. This was the testimony of L.T.A IT officer Semo Siaosi during the trial of former and suspended Assistant Chief Executive Officers Mata’afa Sepelini and Anoanoa’i Pepe Lafai.

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World

A malnourished boy sits on a hospital bed at the Aslam Health Center, Hajjah, Yemen.

Aid group: 85,000 children may have died of hunger in Yemen

A leading international aid group said Wednesday that an estimated 85,000 Yemeni children under the age of 5 may have died of hunger and disease since the outbreak of the country's civil war in 2015.

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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, right, greets British Prime Minister Theresa May on arrival at EU headquarters in Brussels. Photo/AP

British, EU leaders meet as Brexit deadline looms

 British Prime Minister Theresa May told skeptical lawmakers on Wednesday that rejecting her divorce deal with the European Union would mean uncertainty and division, before a meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to help finalize the Brexit agreement.

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Sui Pauaraisa (far right). Photo: Supplied.

Captain Fantastic leading charge for Manu Sina

The Manu Sina are making the most of what captain Sui Pauaraisa of Foailalo calls an “amazing opportunity”. She has lead a squad with almost no international experience to two wins from two at the Oceania Rugby Womens 15s Championship in Fiji.

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Theresa Maelegameli Vaaelua shoots over the Tahiti defence.

Brave Samoa outclassed in the end by Tahiti

Samoa face a rematch against Tahiti in the FIBA Polynesian Women’s Basketball Cup semi-final after losing 76-53 to them yesterday.

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Street Talk

Public push for team changes

“ Manu Samoa recently suffered another loss in their Northern Hemisphere Tour, this time at the hands of Georgia. A week earlier Samoa’s national rugby team lost to America. The two losses have triggered public debate. Our reporter Soli Wilson recently went out and got the views of the public, on what the Manu Samoa Coach should do, to get the team back to winning their games.

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Think a Minute

Think a minute...Watching the Olympics can be both inspiring and heartbreaking. It’s easy to get caught up with “the thrill of victory” as well as “the agony of defeat.” This is especially true when the world’s greatest athletes, who have worked so hard their entire lives, lose by only a fraction of a second!

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Church has critical role to play in ending gender-based violence

The writer was invited by Samoa’s National Human Rights Institution and U.N. Women as the Moderator for a session on the topic “Engaging with Religion and Faith-Based Actors to Address Family Violence” at the Ending Violence in Samoa (EViS) roundtable. The Panelists included Dr. Mercy Ah Siu-Maliko, Maiava Iulai Toma, Judge Talasa Lumepa Saaga, Afamasaga Faauiga Mulitalo-Afamasaga and Deacon Dr. Kasiano Leaupepe. This is what Mata’afa said:

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, I read the recent articles about the Samoa Business Network mission to Samoa supported by the Government of Samoa. I managed to get along to the business day and hear from the speaker and companies from NZ, Australia and American Samoa.

Dear Editor, Please stop using the Savior and Redeemer of the world as excuse and blame for the actions of those who do not know better, do not know enough and/or have not found the real Truth about Him.

Re: Man jailed for planting marijuana Justice Vui needs to consider the decriminalization of marijuana in other regions of the developed world, before coming to his conclusions as to the severity of this matter.

Entertainment

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'Spider-Man' actor tries Thanksgiving pumpkin for first time

"Spider-Man" star Tom Holland has tasted pumpkin seeds, but never actual pumpkin.

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Technology

A North Atlantic right whale feeds on the surface of Cape Cod bay off the coast of Plymouth, Mass.

Simulator helps experts understand how whales get entangled

A new simulator is letting scientists use a joystick to swim a virtual whale across a video screen. But this is no game — it's a serious attempt to better understand how the giant mammals become entangled in fishing lines.

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