Faiva Tagatauli.

Samoan rugby mourns passing of promising Vaimoso player

The Rugby fraternity in Samoa is in mourning after a 27-year-old Apia Union Rugby player died early this morning from a suspected head injury during a rugby Game last Saturday at the HPU Rugby Field in Tuana’imato. Faiva Tagatauli, 27, was playing for his Club Vaimoso at a Senior A competition.

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NEWLY APPOINTED C.E.O.: Tevaga Viane Tagiilima.

New man at helm of U.T.O.S.

The Unit Trust of Samoa has a new Chief Executive Officer. He is Tevaga Viane Tagiilima, Cabinet announced yesterday.

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DEVELOPING STRONG PROBABLE MEDIUM ENTERPRISES: A consulting and leadership skills workshop was hosted yesterday at Elisa conference room.

Workshop to assist Samoa’s service providers

A consulting and leadership skills workshop was officially launched yesterday at Elisa conference center at Sogi.

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World

FILE - In this May 2, 2017 file photo, Damaso Lopez, a leader in Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel, is escorted by police after his capture at an upscale apartment building in Mexico City.

Witness: El Chapo's wife was in on plans for prison escape

The wife of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman played a key role in his infamous 2015 escape from prison through a tunnel dug into the shower of his cell, a witness tesified Wednesday at the kingpin's U.S. trial.

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Pope Francis waves to the crowd gathered to attend the Angelus noon prayer he recited from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican.

Amid wall debate, pope says fear of migration makes us crazy

Pope Francis said Wednesday that fear of migration is "making us crazy" as he began a trip to Central America amid a standoff over President Donald Trump's promised wall at the U.S.-Mexico border and a new caravan of migrants heading north.

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Sport

COLLABORATION AND WORKING TOGETHER: Fepuleai Patrick Fepuleai and Falefata Hele Matatia.

SASNOC teams up with Pacific Games

The Samoa Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (SASNOC) will back the Pacific Games to the tune of T$1.5 million, formalised yesterday with a ceremonial signing between the organisations.

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United States' Serena Williams reacts after losing a point to Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic during their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbei

1 point away, Serena stunned by Pliskova at Australian Open

Four times, Serena Williams was only one point — a single point — from closing out a victory in the Australian Open quarterfinals.

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Street Talk

Govt. applauded for hydro power

The Government has in the last two weeks been commissioning hydro power plants on both Upolu and Savai’i as it continues the push to become 100 percent reliant on renewable energy by 2025. Our reporter Yolanda Lavatai went and met members of the public to get their views on the issue.

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Think a Minute

Think a minute…”The reason some people are successful is that they put their plan and work together for a plan that truly works.” Yesterday we started a plan for success both in our job and career, as well as in our personal life, so today we will complete the course.

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Child vendors and embracing life’s building blocks

It is good to see progress being made this week on addressing a major issue facing Samoa – child vendors and the long-term implications of their lack of education. Seeing pictures taken yesterday of children vendors at an Apia conference ¬– whom we would normally see around shops with their plastic baskets trying to sell popcorn, match boxes, cotton buds and other items to the public – was an eye opener.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Regarding: Business support lifting the minimum wage There you are the good people of the nation! The cracks are starting to appear in the latest claim by the honourable Prime Minister of the country aiming the pendulum to swing the wrong direction.

Re: P.M. and villager leaders Wendy, you will remain confused if you jump to conclusions. Nowhere in the report does it say the mayors are the last word in the village. The P.M. did not elevate the mayors as the head of the villages.

Re: P.M. and village chiefs “Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi has challenged Village Mayors not to be afraid of making hard decision – even if it is against paramount chiefs.”

Entertainment

Harvey Weinstein, left, arrives at New York Supreme Court with his attorney Benjamin Brafman in New York.

Weinstein hires pack of new lawyers for NY rape case

Harvey Weinstein unveiled a new legal team brimming with star power Wednesday to defend him at his upcoming New York rape and sexual assault trial.

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Technology

This undated photo provided by Amazon shows a self-driving delivery robot that Amazon is calling Scout.

Amazon testing delivery by self-driving robots

Amazon is bringing delivery robots to the streets of a Seattle suburb.

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