Methodist Church located at the heart of the Faleula Methodist Compound which has now been announced as the Games Village for PG2019. Photo / Supplied.

Church to get $4 million for Games accommodation

The Methodist Church will be paid $4 million for hosting up to 3500 athletes at its Faleula complex. Pacific Games Office Chief Executive Officer, Falefata Hele Matatia, confirmed the payment when discussing the cost of the July 2-22 regional sporting event with reporters.

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National Kidney Foundation of Samoa (NKFS).

Agreement to introduce new life-saving surgery procedures

The National Kidney Foundation of Samoa (NKFS) will benefit from an agreement between the Government of Samoa and the Apollo Group from India. 

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Samoa Land Corporation's Malifa Lodge.

Controversial lodge now generating revenue

The Samoa Land Corporation-owned Malifa Lodge – which was once described as a failed project –is now collecting $108,000 on an annual basis. 

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Seagulls mill around in search of food as a whale is hauled onto a fishing boat after it was killed in the Atlantic Ocean off the west coast of Iceland.

Iceland to keep hunting up to 2,130 whales over 5 years

Iceland's whaling industry will be allowed to keep hunting whales for at least another five years, killing up to 2,130 baleen whales under a new quota issued by the government.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the U.S. Conference of Mayors Annual Winter Meeting in Washington.

Biden's 2020 opening? Dem field missing foreign policy hand

In town halls, television interviews and social media posts, Democratic presidential candidates are touting their support for "Medicare-for-all," higher taxes on the wealthy and a war on climate change.

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Wales Liam Williams is tackled by England's Jack Nowell during the Six Nations rugby union international between Wales and England at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Wales overcome England 21-13 to be last unbeaten team in 6N

Wales had a hand on the Six Nations rugby trophy as the only undefeated team after overcoming England 21-13 on Saturday.

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Crusaders George Bridge is airborne as he scores a try during the Super Rugby game between the Crusaders and Hurricanes in Christchurch, New Zealand, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Baker

Crusaders 2 from 2 in Super Rugby, Brumbies smash Chiefs

The Crusaders continued their winning start to Super Rugby and ACT Brumbies produced a powerful performance in a 54-17 demolition of the two-time champion Chiefs on Saturday.

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Street Talk

Mixed reaction from public to electricity price increase

The Electric Power Corporation on Monday announced a $0.09 sene increase in the price of electricity effective from March 1. The EPC said the increase applies to all domestic and non-domestic users for cash power and induction meter users. Reporter Soli Wilson meets members of the public to get their views on the increase.

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Think a Minute

Think a minute…During a football game of Augsburg University in the U.S., Augsburg was losing. Then late in the game, defensive tackle David Stevens was put in to play and sparked a comeback in his Augsburg teammates.


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The European Union’s “blacklist” and why its so absurd

Black list, red list, white list, whatever list – you have to forgive ordinary Samoans for being bewildered – at being thrown a book full of complex financial system requirements and technical jargon that don’t make an iota of difference in their daily lives.

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Letters to the Editor

Well its about being independent and industrious – no matter what you sell or the quality of it, the offer is there. Let the customer take it or leave it but the important part of it is they are doing an honest living and I admire that courage and workmanship.

Such a good read Lumepa Hald! Your writings is astonishing and I always look forward to read and appreciated it. It goes so much deeper than I originally thought. Perfect enunciation of the text, and feeling of liturgical ‘presence’.

Dear Editor, The current case between Laauli Leauatea Polataivao and his own political party (H.R.P.P.) reveals some shocking discoveries of real issues about the by-laws of the H.R.P.P.


Musician R. Kelly leaves his Chicago studio Friday night, Feb. 22, 2019, on his way to surrender to police.

R. Kelly ordered jailed on $1M bond at Chicago hearing

A judge on Saturday gave R. Kelly a chance to go free while the R&B star awaits trial on charges that he sexually abused four people, including three minors, in a case that seemed likely to produce another #MeToo reckoning for a celebrity.

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FILE - This March 20, 2018 file photo shows the YouTube app on an iPad in Baltimore.

Nestle, AT&T pull YouTube ads over pedophile concerns

Several companies, including AT&T and Nestle, are pulling advertisements from YouTube over concerns about inappropriate comments on videos of children.

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