PROUD FAMILY MOMENT: Alofa Perenise, Afatia Ioakimi and proud father Ioakimi Bill Ioakimi.

Future doctor is Avele’s finest

A Science student, who wants to become a doctor, is Avele College’s top student for 2018. Seventeen-year-old Afatia Ioakimi from Solosolo celebrated sweet success yesterday, having being named Dux during the school’s end of year prize giving.

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Nurses take their oaths in front of families and friends during the ceremony.

Graduating nurses boost manpower

Manpower in Samoa’s health sector has been given a major boost with the graduation of 81 nurses and midwives.

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Paula Whetu Jones. Photo: Misiona Simo.

“Give data a human experience”

Statistics are not all you need to look at when analysing why there is an increasing number of children abuse incidents, says New Zealand-based film director, Paula Whetu Jones. 

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World

School children demonstrate in Bayonne, southwestern France.

The cost of France's protests running into billions

France's wave of protests and violence over the past month or so has already cost the eurozone's second-largest economy a fortune.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May, left, and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

UK's May lobbies EU leaders in fight to save Brexit deal

Top European Union officials on Tuesday ruled out any renegotiation of the divorce agreement with Britain, as Prime Minister Theresa May fought to save her Brexit deal by lobbying leaders in Europe's capitals.

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Sport

Matin Taupau, Amanda Jewell and Gabrielle Apelu with the organisers and participants of the Beyond the Goalpost Star programme for 2018.  Photos / Thomas Airey

NRL star at young women leadership programme graduation

Manly Sea Eagles and New Zealand Kiwis forward Martin Taupau was present to reward graduates and award winners of the NRL Beyond the Goalpost Star leadership programme at a ceremony at the Sheraton Aggie Grey’s Hotel yesterday.

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Weightlifting Award Female winner Faustina Opeloge.

Former students award Leiifiifi College sports stars

The Leiifiifi College Sports awards for 2018 were held on Monday night at the Leiifiifi Hall.

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Street Talk

Public welcome World AIDS Day

Samoa joined the international community last Saturday December 1 to mark the 2018 World AIDS Day with a parade, a float and speeches by dignitaries including Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi. Our reporter Yolanda Lavata’i met members of the public to get their views on the deadly disease and what should be done.

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Jennifer Ah Ching, 28

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Mareta Arp, 28

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Muliau Isaako, 69

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Tuanai

Think a Minute

Think a minute…Years ago many white southerners in America treated black, African Americans in horrible, evil ways. Yet there were some southern whites who were different. One of these was the Chisholm family in Laurel, Mississippi.

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A jolly good time for all

Who wants the rain? Who wants flooding? Or a natural disaster? No one in Samoa does, especially at this time of the year. It’s a happy time, one where people are generally on a positive buzz for one reason or another.

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Letters to the Editor

Re: Sex education Minister Loau Sio, do you really think Samoan parents will have the fortitude to educate their children about sex awareness. It’s not all about just the act of sex but everything that has to do with the subject.

Re: Remember who you are There needs to be responsibilism if not accountabilism, if there were such terms, to describe the accountability a nation and its culture has in the forming and raising of its children, let alone the creation of them by way of sexual intimacy. How was the Minister conceived?

Dear Editor, Allow me to continue. Let’s start with Taiwan. Taiwan shares a similar story to Korea, although at least in economic terms its origins are marginally less humble.

Entertainment

Sarah Hyland arrives at the 2018 amfAR Inspiration Gala Los Angeles in Beverly Hills, Calif.

'Modern Family's' Sarah Hyland had second kidney transplant

"Modern Family" star Sarah Hyland says she had a second kidney transplant last year, replacing a kidney from her father with another from her brother.

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Technology

People walk by Google offices in New York.

Google accelerates Plus closure after another privacy lapse

Google is still having trouble protecting the personal information on its Plus service, prodding the company to accelerate its plans to shut down a little-used social network created to compete against Facebook.

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