C.E.O. OF THE MINISTRY OF PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET: Agafili Tomaimano Shem Leo (left). U.S. Charge D’Affaires to Samoa, Antone Gruebel (right).

Govt. responds to U.S. visa decision

The government has assured Samoans their travel plans to the United States should not be interrupted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (D.H.S.) decision to remove Samoa from the list of countries whose citizens are eligible for temporary work visas to the United States.

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Local

N.P.I. General Manager; Joanne Rasmussen [middle] with N.P.I. Samoa Managers; Faumuina Faalepo Solofa-Isitolo [left] and Tumua Saueleele T Ah Wong.

National Pacific Insurance appoints new General Manager

National Pacific Insurance (N.P.I.) and Tower Insurance have confirmed the appointment of a New General Manager. Joanne Rasmussen has secured the role of General Manager National Pacific Insurance, with oversight and responsibilities for the N.P.I. Region across Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga.

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Participants at the Network Security and Internet Resource Management workshop.

Network security takes centre stage

A three-day workshop on Network Security and Internet Resource Management was held in Apia this week. The workshop was jointly organized by the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (A.P.N.I.C) and Computer Services Limited, Samoa.

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World

This image taken from video shows an investigator photographing the scene near Raton, N.M., Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, where a helicopter crashed late Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018.

'Watching my family burn': Woman frantic after copter crash

Andra Cobb was frantic when she called for help, telling an emergency operator that a helicopter she was riding in with her father, longtime partner and others had crashed in a remote part of New Mexico and that she was watching her "family burn."

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France's President Emmanuel Macron, gestures, during his meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, at the Elysee Palace, in Paris.

French president warns that UK can't keep full access to EU

French President Emmanuel Macron has suggested that Britain is likely to negotiate a unique relationship with the European Union before it leaves the bloc next year, while stressing that any agreement must be consistent with EU rules.

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Sport

BETTER EQUIPPED: Ele Opeloge giving instructions during the workshop.

Equipping coaches with tools to develop sports in Samoa

The Samoa Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (S.A.S.N.O.C.) is on a mission. It wants to empower local coaches with the tools so they can nurture and develop local athletes to be the best they can be.

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Britain's then new world champion Tyson Fury, celebrates with the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts after winning the world heavyweight title fight against Ukraine's Wladimir Klitschko in Duesseldorf, western Germany. Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fur

Former world heavyweight champ Fury to regain boxing license

Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury was cleared Friday to make his long-awaited return to the ring after being told by British boxing authorities that his suspension will be lifted.

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Street Talk

Lupesoliai Parker gets the support

It’s signed and sealed. Samoa’s Lupesoliai La’auliolemalietoa Joseph Parker will take on Anthony Joshua in what will be the biggest fight of his life. The fight will take place in Cardiff Wales on 31 March 2018. Do you think Lupesoliai is ready for the fight? We asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Think a Minute

Think a minute…There was a young married couple who really struggled to make enough money just to live on. One day the husband took all their money and bought a small service station. His wife Jane did not think this was a smart, good investment.

Editorial

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White elephants, economy and the need for cost benefit analysis

Aid and white elephants are not exactly strangers to each other. Especially where cheque-book diplomacy is involved since the focus is not always on what people really need but rather a formality so that the funders can tick their boxes, have their cocktail functions, be merry and fly the flag.

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Letters to the Editor

Re: Samoa’s $140m international gateway How many years or generations before we get a return in investment? If 3 planes still arrive a day at Faleolo Airport for the next 5 years then this new face-lift construction was a massive loss making operation.

Dear Editor, Re: Bad start for Parker camp I think they should have clarified their roles and stuck to what they were suppose to do. (1) Kevin Barry - the Trainer, Fight Analyser and Fight strategist. Kevin’s goal is for Joseph Parker to Win the Fight.

Dear Editor, I write in reference to your editorial “Bad start for Team Parker, they need to do better.” I’m with you Mata’afa with your views and concerns on Parker’s Team in their first press conference. This is the normal preparations and formalities in world championship and title fights where the fighters and their teams meet, look at each other seriously in the eyes then either shake hands or push off your opponent as an act of who’s the winner in the eyes of the people who are there.

Entertainment

Kim Kardashian West, left, and Kanye West arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York.

Kim and Kanye choose Chicago for their new baby's name

Chicago — where Kanye West was raised — is the name of baby No. 3 with Kim Kardashian West.

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Technology

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg meeting with a group of entrepreneurs and innovators during a round-table discussion at Cortex Innovation Community technology hub  in St. Louis. Facebook is announcing its second major tweak to its algorithm this month, sayin

Facebook to emphasize 'trustworthy' news

Facebook is announcing a second major tweak to its algorithm, saying it will prioritize news based on survey results of trustworthiness. The company said in a blog post and Facebook post from CEO Mark Zuckerberg Friday that it is surveying users about their familiarity with and trust in news sources.

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