Lawyer Unasa Iuni Sapolu and David Uaine outside court yesterday.

Ex-immigration officer innocent, lawyer argues in Supreme Court

Former Immigration Officer, David Nomereta Uaine, who is accused of the sale of Samoan passports, is innocent. That was the argument put forward by his lawyer, Unasa Iuni Sapolu, during her final submission yesterday, at the end of a lengthy trial. 

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Local

M-TALA LAUNCHED: Miss Samoa Sonia Piva and Bluesky C.E.O. Toleafoa Douglas Creevey.

Bluesky launches mobile-based transaction system

Local mobile phone company Bluesky yesterday launched its first mobile phone-based payment application. The service will enable Bluesky customers to process or make and receive payments or transfer funds with another phone user.

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Rosa’s youngest sister, Tilomai together with her mother farewelling their beloved rose. Photo: Adel Fruean

“Let what happened to me end with me,” victim dies with message

An 18-year-old victim of rape who passed away recently due to heart problems has left a message with the hope that it could save others.

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World

United States Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a statement in front of the 'Warsaw Uprising Monument' in Warsaw.

Pence urges Europe to quit Iran deal, stop busting sanctions

The Trump administration lashed out at some of America's closest traditional allies Thursday, accusing Britain, France and Germany of trying to bust U.S. sanctions against Iran and calling on European nations to join the United States in withdrawing from the Iranian nuclear deal.

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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves the Houses of Parliament in Westminster.

UK's May suffers embarrassing defeat on Brexit strategy

British Prime Minister Theresa May suffered an embarrassing defeat by lawmakers Thursday in a vote that left her bid to secure a European Union divorce deal stuck between an intransigent EU and a resistant U.K. Parliament — with Brexit just six weeks away.

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Sport

Lefaga win over Scopa highlights morning at Marist Sevens

Defending champions Auckland Marist Samoa, Vaiala, Tepatasi, Mountfort Brothers and Tama Uli Salelologa all made strong starts on the morning of Day One at the Marist International Sevens Tournament.

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St Joseph’s College rugby players run drills under the watchful eye of Auckland Marist Samoa player Epeli Lotawa (left).

Marist Sevens trip to grow women’s rugby in Northland

Te Tai Tokerau, the first women’s rugby side from Northland, New Zealand to ever travel abroad, will play their first match at the Marist International Sevens Tournament this morning against local champions Apia Maroons.

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Street Talk

Govt. policy versus freedom of opinion

The Government’s decision to sack the Nofoali’i village mayor over his comments against the Government’s land law reforms has raised a rather interesting question. Can the Government sack village mayors who are appointed by the villages? What’s more, where does this leave Government employees when it comes to the question of freedom and rights? Talaia Mika and Misiona Simo discussed the issue with members of the public and these are their views:

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Fugalei

Think a Minute

Think a minute… James Macie was a child born outside of marriage. Tragically this marked him for the rest of his life as a second-class citizen in England’s 18th century society.

Editorial

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Promoting tobacco products to the detriment of our health outcomes

It was only two weeks ago when the Government announced plans to introduce legislation to make it legal for an 18-year-old to sell alcohol. And just the other day we were alerted to another Government-sponsored legislation – which Parliament passed into law last month – that now gives a child 15-years or older the authority to sell cigarettes.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, In especially times of Economic strife where every cent does count it is perhaps wise to have regular reference to the General Price Order. Accessible on MCIL’s website, the price order could save one a couple of tala in making purchases for products considering it clearly lays out legally established maximum prices for products being sold on the shelves of shops, supermarkets etc in Samoa.

Dear Editor, There is no denying the dysfunctional state of affairs in our beloved country of Samoa today. What is blatantly clear is the emotional roller coaster amongst our citizens, both here at home and abroad.

Re: Threat to shoot P.M. unnecessary. It’s illegal and shameful We all know that the voting system in Samoa favours the HRPP so the idea of people coming to Samoa to vote is extremely senseless to say the least.

Entertainment

Jussie Smollett, a cast member in the TV series

Police questioning 'persons of interest' in Smollett case

Detectives are interviewing two "persons of interest" who surveillance photos show were in the area of downtown Chicago where "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett said he was attacked last month, police said Thursday.

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Technology

Airbus CEO Tom Enders, left, CFO Harald Wilhelm and president of Airbus Commercial Aricraft Guillaume Faury, thumb up before the presentation of Airbus 2018 results in Toulouse.

Too big to sell: Airbus bids pained adieu to superjumbo A380

To passengers, the A380 feels immediately different — spacious, smooth and oddly elegant for a jet so gargantuan. Yet to Airbus, it's become a burden so super-sized that the European manufacturer is ending its production for good.

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