Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi announces that the Blues Super Rugby Team will play The Reds in Apia, Samoa on June 2, 2017. Samoa House, Auckland, New Zealand, Monday, January 30, 2017. Copyright photo: David Rowland / www.photos

Attempt to attack PM Tuilaepa during Samoa Airways launch

A video has surfaced of an attempt to attack Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi in Brisbane, Australia. The video, shared online by ET Live, surfaced overnight from the official launching of Samoa Airway’s Faleolo to Brisbane flights, marking the airline’s first birthday.

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S.T.A. C.E.O. Papali’i Sonja Hunter and Pacific Games C.E.O. Falefata Hele Matatia address the accomodation providers at the Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel yesterday.

Hoteliers sign up for Games

A Memorandum of Agreement was signed yesterday between the Government of Samoa and the hotel/accommodation owners for their hosting of some 4,000 athletes and officials at next year’s Pacific Games. nder the MoA, hotels are expected to commit 100% of their capacity for the duration of the Games - 6th to 22nd of July.

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HELPING SAMOA: Dr. Helena Va’a Fuimaono, Sara Moriarty and Dr. Anthony Hall.

Aussie Dermatologist helps Samoa

The Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital housed clinical dermatologist, Dr. Anthony Hall, who visited from 5 to 10 November to assist with meeting priority needs in service delivery, capacity building and systems strengthening.

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World

Fiji's Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama.

Fiji's leader of 12 years headed for convincing election win

The man who first seized power in a military coup then refashioned himself as a legitimate leader appears set to rule Fiji for another four years.

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, right, meets Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Singapore.

Pence says Myanmar's handling of Rohingya 'without excuse'

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi rebuffed criticism from U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and other leaders Wednesday over her government's treatment of its ethnic Rohingya Muslims.

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Sport

New Zealand Announced As Women's Rugby World Cup 2021 Winning Bid 14/11/2018 Steve Tew (New Zealand World Rugby Council Member) with Mark Robinson and Farah Palmer from the New Zealand Bid Team and Bill Beaumont (World Rugby Chairman)

New Zealand to host 2021 Women's World Cup

New Zealand has won the right to host the 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup, bringing the tournament to the southern hemisphere for the first time.

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A HELPING HAND: Chinese Ambassador, Wang Xuefang presents $30,000 to the Marist St Joseph Sports Club for sports development.

Marist receive $30,000 from China

The Marist St Joseph’s Sports Club were presented with $30,000 by the Chinese Embassy at a handover ceremony last Thursday evening. Club President Faimalomatumua Mathew Lemisio received the donation from Ambassador Wang Xuefeng, at an event which celebrated the club’s recent triumph at the Auckland Marist Samoa 7’s tournament in New Zealand.

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Street Talk

Public keep the faith in Samoa Airways

National airline Samoa Airways is celebrating its one-year anniversary this month. Our reporter Yolanda Lavata’i talked to members of the public to get their views on the performance of the airline and its services.

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Arleen Tuilimu, 21

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Think a Minute

Think a minute…One night in June, 1997 a 55-year-old mother named Karen Minahan was hit by a car driven by a drunk driver. The driver then backed up and ran over her two more times! Karen’s lungs were punctured and all of her ribs broken. She also had to have her right leg cut off!

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If cryptocurrency is illegal, why hasn’t the Government outlawed it already?

The issue of cryptocurrency is back on the agenda this week. It follows a public presentation at the National University of Samoa (N.U.S.), where an independent cryptocurrency entrepreneur from Zambia, Mapanza Nkwilimba, talked up the scheme as the way of the future. From that presentation, a story titled “Entrepreneur defends bitcoins, cryptocurrency” was published on yesterday’s front page.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, I write in response to your editorial titled “If cryptocurrency is illegal, why hasn’t the Government outlawed it?” First and foremost, “cryptocurrency” is not dissimilar from learning a new trade. Governments are typically as ill-informed about it as the general public.

Re: Entrepreneur defends bitcoins, cryptocurrency There is nothing I don’t know about cryptocurrencies. I’m here for the central bank meetings this week, wearing Blockchain socks. Don’t buy cryptocurrencies, they are snake oil.

Re: Hotels sign up for Games I really don’t know why S.T.A. is even involved here and not let S.H.A take the lead on this S.T.A. trying to dictate the terms.

Entertainment

FILE - This Nov. 8, 2017 file photo shows hosts Brad Paisley, left, and Carrie Underwood during the opening of the 51st annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn. Underwood will be working triple-duty at the 2018 Country Music Association Awards as co-host, pe

CMA Awards to feature Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton

Carrie Underwood will be working triple-duty at the 2018 Country Music Association Awards as co-host, performer and nominee.

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Technology

The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission issued the warning Wednesday in a report focused on the increasing use of the internet in household appliances. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

US panel warns against government purchase of Chinese tech

A congressional advisory panel says the purchase of internet-linked devices manufactured in China leaves the United States vulnerable to security breaches that could put critical infrastructure at risk.

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