SUPPORTING SAMOA'S ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT: High Commissioner Sue Langford presents the Bailey bridges to the Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure, Papali'i Niko Lee Hang.

Thank you, Australia!

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has acknowledged with gratitude the Australian government for the provision of emergency “Bailey” bridges for Samoa. The project valued at A$1.4m (T$2.6million) was officially presented to the government at the beginning of the week.

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Granduncle guilty of raping niece

A 60-year-old granduncle was yesterday convicted for raping his 13-year-old niece following an Assessors’ trial. Ioane Peni of Apolima is charged with seven sexual related charges.

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Prime Minister and Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi

Cabinet to decide on C.E.O. for Games Organising Committee

Cabinet is to have the final say on the Chief Executive Officer of the 2019 Pacific Games Organising Committee. That’s according to Prime Minister and Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, who said his Cabinet were deliberate last night on the appointment of a Chief executive.

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Athletes from North and South Korea march together, led by a unification flag, during an opening ceremony for the 14th Asian Games in Busan, South Korea.

Rival Koreas agree to form first unified Olympic team

The rival Koreas agreed Wednesday to form their first unified Olympic team and have their athletes parade together for the first time in 11 years during the opening ceremony of next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea, officials said.

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Louise Anna Turpin, left, and David Allen Turpin.

No fire inspection records where 13 children held captive

City officials could find no records that the fire department conducted required annual inspections at a California home that doubled as a private school where authorities say 13 malnourished siblings were kept captive in filthy conditions by their parents.

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Lima Sopoaga’s hints at playing for Manu Samoa

All Blacks and Highlanders first-five Lima Sopoaga isn't ruling out a switch to represent Samoa in the future as he embarks on his last Super Rugby season before heading to the UK to play for English side Wasps, TVNZ reports.

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England's head coach Eddie Jones smiles during an England rugby union team training session at a school in London.

England keeps Jones as coach until 2021, plans for his exit

England handed Eddie Jones a two-year contract extension as coach on Wednesday while also outlining a strategy for his exit in advance of the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

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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…Guiseppe’s Papa came from a family of fishermen. In fact, for 300 years the men in his family had been fishermen in the country of Sicily. His Papa eventually moved to San Francisco where he continued their fishing business. Eventually they had 9 children.

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No need to burn our bridges over Australia and China row

The truth is simple enough. Australian Minister Concetta Fierravanti-Wells might have sounded rather undiplomatic in her criticisms of China’s aid to the Pacific region but we cannot deny that she does have a very valid point.

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Letters to the Editor

Re: Beautiful from afar, sickening at core These are very sad incidents. The first speaks of uncontrolled rage and of a person not in their right mind. Who knows, if Samoa had better counseling and mental health services, perhaps this horrid incident could have been avoided.

Re: Marijuana in Samoa Legalising marijuana should have been done long ago worldwide for medical purposes because of this plant’s many known benefits—that is why pharmaceutical companies’ top management have suppressed its legal availability.

Re: Prisons Authority under scrutiny Well, there you have it; the Prison Authority has no respect of the Court’s ruling or the law that guided the Court.

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Tom Hanks portrays Ben Bradlee, left, and Meryl Streep portrays Katharine Graham in a scene from

In honor of 'The Post,' the top 10 newspaper movies

As an entry into the pantheon of great newspaper movies, Steven Spielberg's Pentagon Papers drama "The Post" is inked with deep affection for the analog apparatus of the newspaper business, circa 1971: the hum of broadsheets rolling through the presses, the metal clanking of handset type, the thump of a newsstand's morning delivery.

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Apple Store at an outdoor shopping mall in Beijing, China. On Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, Apple announced it is planning to build another corporate campus and hire 20,000 workers during the next five years as part of a $350 billion commitment to the U.S. ec

Apple to build 2nd campus, hire 20,000 in $350B pledge

Apple is planning to build another corporate campus and hire 20,000 workers during the next five years as part of a $350 billion commitment to the U.S. that will be partially financed by an upcoming windfall from the country's new tax law.

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