“Internet bill was approximately $700,000. There was lack of monitoring, control and lack of proper planning that the internet bill was increasing and out of control.

Ministry ran up $700,000 internet bill

The Ministry of Natural Resources Environment (M.N.R.E.) ran up an internet bill of approximately $700,000 for the financial year 2012-2013. Details of the excessive charges racked up by the Ministry were highlighted in a report that the Audit office compiled and submitted to the Parliament. The charge included internet downloads that exceeded the monthly plan.

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Local

Accidents on the road like this one in Lalovaea is just one of the reasons Judge Alalatoa Rosella Viane Papali’i wants to increase the fines for such offences.

Judge pushes for stiffer penalties

A maximum fine of T$2000 for negligent driving may not be enough, according to Judge Alalatoa Rosella Viane Papali’i. She made the suggestion during the reading of her decision regarding Rose Hope Ah Leong, who hit and killed a seven-year-old while driving last month.

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The Audit Office, in a report to the Parliament, said the tax oversight was noted in an audit of the Samoa Tourism Authority’s books for the 2014 financial year.

Board directors’ fees not taxed

Failure to tax the fees and sitting allowances of the Samoa Tourism Authority board members has caught the eye of the Audit Office. The Audit Office, in a report to the Parliament, said the tax oversight was noted in an audit of the Samoa Tourism Authority’s books for the 2014 financial year.

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World

A friend's basket of clams sit in the water as Mike Suprin, of Rollinsford, N.H., calls it a day after filling his basket with softshell clams at Cape Porpoise in Kennebunkport, Maine.

Warming hurting shellfish, aiding predators, ruining habitat

Valuable species of shellfish have become harder to find on the East Coast because of degraded habitat caused by a warming environment, according to a pair of scientists that sought to find out whether environmental factors or overfishing was the source of the decline.

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The Camp Fire burns along a ridgetop near Big Bend, Calif., on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. Crews working to contain the blaze overnight faced deteriorating weather conditions according to CalFire as winds picked up and humidity dropped. (AP Photo/Noah Berger

Death toll hits 25 from wildfires at both ends of California

Authorities called in a mobile DNA lab and anthropologists to help identify the dead as the search went on for victims of the most destructive wildfire in California history. The overall death toll from the outbreak of fires at both ends of the state stood at 25 Sunday and appeared likely to rise.

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Sport

Gold medalist Tai Vili with coach Johannes Keil.

Samoa gets gold in body building

Tai Vili has won gold for Samoa in the over 70kgs category at the South Pacific Bodybuilding Championship in Rarotonga. The tournament in the Cook Islands was held under the umbrella of the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (I.F.B.B.). 

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South Africa's Bongi Mbonambi, left, is congratulated by teammate's Handre Pollard, right, and Cheslin Kolbe as he celebrates after scoring his team's match winning try against France during their rugby union international at the Stade de France in Paris,

France cracks late again and loses to Springboks 29-26

France cracked right at the end once again as South Africa scored a try deep into injury time to win 29-26 at Stade de France on Saturday.

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Street Talk

Public express views on nurses

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi last week criticised the performance of nurses in Samoa and accused them of “unprofessional behaviour”. Our reporter Yolanda Lavata’i in a Street Talk hears the views of members of the public and what they think of Tuilaepa’s criticism.

Edmune Ioka, 35

Paploloa

Faagoto Vaapuu, 20

Aleisa

Fialogo Lemi, 20

Sataoa

Leone Leota, 21

Talimatua

Mauga Foe, 40

Aleisa

Nervin Laauli, 28

Vaiusu

Paletina Lauofo, 38

Lotuanuu

Pua Pou, 43

Falelauniu Tai

Think a Minute

Think a minute…Are you a “yes man” or woman? Do you always say yes to everybody who asks you for a favor or help? Some of us just cannot say no to others. The problem is our “yes” sometimes means stress—to us and our family.

Editorial

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Cruise Tourism, Fiji elections and APEC in PNG

Apia played host to another cruise ship and its passengers of tourists yesterday morning — the second vessel to visit our shores in five days. The word at Matautu wharf yesterday is that another cruise ship is due in Apia today, which if true would make it vessel # 3 in six days. Apia residents would probably be unfazed with the increasing regularity of visiting cruise ships, but ask a tourism expert and they would probably make reference to “cruise tourism”.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Re: P.M’s village bestows title This story is a silent example of begging without pride. Do you have to give away centuries of cultural, traditions and your lineage to bring business and employment?

Dear Editor, Interesting reading Minister Loau’s comments. The Minister should know better if he has this office about the causes and the solutions of this problem. He completely contradicts all tested theories about the issue.

Dear Dr. Khulmann, People choose to believe in what they deem as ‘believable’. So if L.D.S. Missionaries go about their business proselytizing in the streets of Apia using a belief system alien to yours ...then welcome to the real world . Who cares if the L.D.S are not a member of the World Council of Churches?

Entertainment

Bruno Mars presents the Icon award at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Bruno Mars to provide Thanksgiving meals for 24K in Hawaii

Bruno Mars will mark the end of his massive "24K Magic World Tour" by providing meals to 24,000 Hawaii residents in need for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Technology

Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia.

Facebook ends forced arbitration of sexual misconduct claims

Facebook is dropping a requirement for mandatory arbitration of sexual misconduct allegations, acceding to a demand recently pressed by other Silicon Valley tech workers.

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