Minister for Justice and Courts Administration, Faaolesa Katopau Ainu’u.

Service to bridge gap

Samoa is in the process of adopting the rights, empowerment and cohesion (R.E.A.C.H.) mobile service delivery programme that has been successful in Fiji since 2015. A pilot launch of the programme was held yesterday at the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration conference room, supported by the Government of Samoa and UN Women and the United Nations Development Programme. 

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Ava Wilderson, Isabella Colquhoun, and Aniva Clarke are the first year nine students at Apia International School. At the launching yesterday, the girls did the honour of cutting a cake to mark the historic occasion.

Students excited to go remote

Samoa has another high school in its portfolio: Apia International School (AIS). 

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S.V.S.G. Juniors begin their Buddying up programme with child vendors.

Programme embraces Samoa‘s child vendors

The youth groups under the umbrella of the SVSG (Juniors) gathered yesterday at the Campus of Hope, Tuanaimato to kick start its first activities for 2019, with its Buddying up Programme with Child Vendors.

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World

Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou arrives at a parole office with a security guard in Vancouver.

China demands US drop Huawei extradition request with Canada

China on Tuesday demanded the U.S. drop a request that Canada extradite a top executive of the tech giant Huawei, shifting blame to Washington in a case that has severely damaged Beijing's relations with Ottawa.

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Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa, left, arrives at Robert Mugabe International Airport in Harare.

Zimbabwe leader: Violence by security forces 'unacceptable'

Zimbabwe's president on Tuesday said "unacceptable" violence by security forces will be investigated after a days-long crackdown on economic unrest, while a doctor said the 12 documented deaths and more than 300 people wounded are likely "are just a fraction of the actual victims."

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Sport

In this Jan. 21, 2019, photo, Germany's Alexander Zverev smashes his racket in frustration during his fourth round match against Canada's Milos Raonic at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. Happens all the time in top-level t

Tennis players can cause quite a racket by smashing rackets

Way behind in a match he soon would lose, Alexander Zverev leaned forward in his Australian Open sideline seat to repeatedly, and violently, crack his racket against the court with a reverberating THWACK — one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight times in all, before throwing down the offending, and now-mangled, piece of equipment.

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Mahonri Schwalger (green hat) at Rugby Academy Samoa training.

Schwalger: overseas opportunities best pathway to Manu Samoa

Former Manu Samoa captain and hooker Mahonri Schwalger is working to develop the best young rugby talents in the country and get them opportunities overseas, as executive director of Rugby Academy Samoa.

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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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Marasavana Misieli, 45

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Michael Taulolo, 25

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MJ Matau, 16

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Think a Minute

Think a minute...This is the true story of a man named Sam who joined the American army in 1812. He was such a great military leader that he became a major general.

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The inspirational, menial and downright bizarre

This is the undeniable truth. The Prime Minister’s public address to Government representatives in the villages at the To’oa Salamasina Hall last week sounded more like a parent scolding his children.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Re: Don’t be easily fooled You know very well these changes to land ownership does not happen overnight. The negative impact of L.T.R.A. will only be fully understood many years from now, but you probably won’t be around to see it hence why you don’t care. It’s a slow trickling effect and more customary land issues will surface.

Re: Pastor says minimum wage is abuse of youth Your views on church ministers having to pay tax are on point. However, the criticism of Samoa’s minimum wage is misguided. Your comparison parameters are so off the mark it gives the minimum wage earners in Samoa false hope that they too can earn around $10 an hour.

Re: Missing the point Hey Mr. PS Jeffery, how did you know they were told by the Tower to divert unless you’re one of the Tech crew on the day or you were the Controller working in the Tower? Hit a little nerve there I see “BS “Jeffery? Are you part of the unqualified ones in the airline?.

Entertainment

Singer Chris Brown.

Singer Chris Brown detained in Paris after rape complaint

U.S. singer Chris Brown and two other people were remanded in custody in Paris on Tuesday after a woman filed a rape complaint, French officials said.

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In this photo taken on Nov. 6, 2018, Senator Elio Lannutti attends a Senate session in Rome.

Italy senator apologizes for tweet citing anti-Semitic text

A senator with Italy's governing 5-Star Movement has apologized for a tweet citing a century-old anti-Semitic conspiracy theory, which he later deleted.

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