Tahere Talaina Si'isi'ialafia at the Samoa National Youth Council Annual General Meeting.

Youth can become leaders outside politics

Young people can become good leaders in their community without entering politics, says university lecturer Tahere Talaina Si'isi'ialafia. Speaking during the Samoa National Youth Council annual general meeting at the Development Bank of Samoa building recently, the National University of Samoa (NUS) sociology lecturer said former US President Barrack Obama believes that societies can embrace moral leadership if the youth are decent.

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Defendant Motu Taula and his lawyer Maiava Visekota Peteru outside of the Court.

Court adjourns vehicular manslaughter trial

The three-day Supreme Court trial of a man who faces one count of vehicular manslaughter was postponed yesterday, after the defense said it was not ready to proceed. Motu Taula is facing the charge of one count of vehicular manslaughter, in connection to the death of 17-year-old Orlando Manulelia. 

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Businesses support higher minimum wage.

Businesses support higher minimum wage

Business leaders say Samoan people deserve a higher minimum wage, and applaud moves to discuss it in consultations next week. Ray Hunt, financial controller for Frankie Company Limited said while any increase in minimum wages would cost the company, it would not affect their prices. 

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World

From left, Kim Yong Chol, a North Korean senior ruling party official and former intelligence chief, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun.

Trump, North Korean envoy discuss 2nd Trump-Kim summit

President Donald Trump met with a North Korean envoy Friday as the two sides worked to resume stalled efforts to end the North's nuclear weapons program by arranging a second summit with leader Kim Jong Un.

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Michael Cohen, former lawyer to President Donald Trump, leaves his apartment building in New York.

Congress to probe report Trump told lawyer Cohen to lie

Democrats are vowing to investigate whether President Donald Trump directed his personal attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about a Moscow real estate project, calling that possibility a "concern of the greatest magnitude."

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Kelvin Masoe of Frankie Tama Uli Salelologa breaks free at last year’s tournament.

Frankie 7s the start of Savaii club rugby season

Rugby in Savaii kicks off tomorrow with the first leg of the Frankie 7s tournament, organised by the Fa’asaleleaga Rugby Union.

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S.R.U’s Chief Executive Officer, Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i and Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

S.R.U. doing better financially, but “not out of the woods yet”

Samoa Rugby Union chief executive officer Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i said despite progress being made, there are still financial issues from the past that need to be addressed.

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Street Talk

Strong support for call for tougher penalties

An Associate Minister, Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi, has called for tougher penalties for anyone charged and found guilty of first-degree murder. His comments follow the sentencing of Simanu’a Manuele of Falefa and Toamua — who pleaded guilty to two charges of murder — and was given a life imprisonment sentence by the Supreme Court. Leala said in many cases, murder convicts are placed on parole after ten years. This is not fair considering the seriousness of the offending. What do you think? Yumi Epati Tala’ave and Misiona Simo asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Fetuna’i Simanu, 51

Vaivase-Uta

John Sasagi, 28

Apia

Laina Danny, 45

Vaitele-Fou

Lui Leuta, 53

Siusega

Saoalii Peter, 60

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Amio Telea, 37

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Think a Minute

Think a minute… The statesman and financer Cecil Rhodes who started his world-famous Rhodes Scholarships was also known for being a fine dresser. He once invited a young man to his home for dinner.

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Joining the dots in the minimum wage debate and hoping for the best for Samoa

$2.30 is legally the minimum wage in Samoa – not even enough for a loaf of bread in an Apia supermarket. One would need another .20 sene to buy bread, and even more to get a tin of mackerel.

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Letters to the Editor

Re: P.M. on minimum wage If you increase the wages, doesn’t that give enough money for people to put back to the economy. There will be more money for people to spend on goods, food, fa’alavelave, schooling and church donations.

Dear Editor, Re: Disappointing results The long awaited results for national exams this year have again come with great disappointment. For a few years now our national examinations have been a nightmare.

Re: Gabbard’s strong support in Samoa That’s an interesting conclusion to assume because Gabbard was born in American Samoa that this would be a good thing for Samoa. Obama’s father was born in Kenya, his relatives still lived there, but what did Obama do for Kenya or any country in Africa.

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Anthony Rapp hopes he did his part to 'change the culture'

Actor Anthony Rapp said he came forward with sexual misconduct allegations against Kevin Spacey because he feared assaults could "keep happening" if he said nothing.

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Technology

Tesla Motors unveils the new lower-priced Model 3 sedan at the Tesla Motors design studio in Hawthorne.

On the road to make an affordable car, Tesla cuts jobs

Tesla will cut 7 percent of its workforce as it tries to lower prices and break out of the niche-car market to produce an electric vehicle that more people can afford.

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