OUTSIDE COURT: Reverend Vavatau Taufao (right) in Court yesterday.

Church Ministers in Court

Nine Church Ministers from the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa made their first appearance in the District Court yesterday. The hearing of the matter between the Ministry of Revenue and the Church Ministers was presided over by Judge Talasa Lumepa Atoa Sa'aga. 

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For some Goshen Trust residents, Christmas may look a little different to normal, but it will be special nonetheless.

Spare a thought for Samoa’s mentally ill

The Christmas season is almost upon us, and while the preparations begin for family gatherings, spare a thought for Samoa’s mentally ill, who won’t be celebrating at home this year.

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GO PARKER: Agnes Fruean, Niulevaea Afamasafa, Ruta Perelini and Farid Mohammed.

Digicel winners off to see Joseph Parker fight

Two Digicel customers have won the chance to see Samoa’s Lupesoliai Joseph Parker in action this weekend.

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World

School children demonstrate in Bayonne, southwestern France.

The cost of France's protests running into billions

France's wave of protests and violence over the past month or so has already cost the eurozone's second-largest economy a fortune.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May, left, and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

UK's May lobbies EU leaders in fight to save Brexit deal

Top European Union officials on Tuesday ruled out any renegotiation of the divorce agreement with Britain, as Prime Minister Theresa May fought to save her Brexit deal by lobbying leaders in Europe's capitals.

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Sport

Matin Taupau, Amanda Jewell and Gabrielle Apelu with the organisers and participants of the Beyond the Goalpost Star programme for 2018.  Photos / Thomas Airey

NRL star at young women leadership programme graduation

Manly Sea Eagles and New Zealand Kiwis forward Martin Taupau was present to reward graduates and award winners of the NRL Beyond the Goalpost Star leadership programme at a ceremony at the Sheraton Aggie Grey’s Hotel yesterday.

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Weightlifting Award Female winner Faustina Opeloge.

Former students award Leiifiifi College sports stars

The Leiifiifi College Sports awards for 2018 were held on Monday night at the Leiifiifi Hall.

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Street Talk

Public welcome World AIDS Day

Samoa joined the international community last Saturday December 1 to mark the 2018 World AIDS Day with a parade, a float and speeches by dignitaries including Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi. Our reporter Yolanda Lavata’i met members of the public to get their views on the deadly disease and what should be done.

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Think a Minute

Think a minute…Years ago many white southerners in America treated black, African Americans in horrible, evil ways. Yet there were some southern whites who were different. One of these was the Chisholm family in Laurel, Mississippi.

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Human rights and the beauty of freedom, different views, opinions

The writer was invited by UNESCO to speak as one of the panelists during the celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights last night. Other speakers included Acting Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, Ombudsman Maiava Iulai Toma and UNESCO Director and Representative to the Pacific State, Ms. Nisha. This is what Mata’afa said:

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, The other day I came across this kid near EPC.This kid has consistently been there selling popcorn and other small stuff for as long as I can recall. He always approaches vehicles in a very polite expectant way trying to sale his merchandise.

Re: About the Asau wharf editorial Absolutely agree with the article regarding deepening port in Savaii. Similar situations are in Vanuatu where the government is having difficulty with repayments to the Chinese lenders, Sri Lanka government has already defaulted in their loan and now the Chinese government controls the deep port for 99 years.

Re: The truth about Mr. Tauili’ili’s death will be told Please. Don’t act all sanctimonious about “gutless, faceless, ghosts”, when all of Samoa knows that your newspaper has benefited tremendously from those “gutless, faceless, ghosts” over the years in feeding you their stories, and from what you are not able to publish legally, the information of those “gutless, faceless, ghosts” always finds their way into the editorials hidden by “opinion” and generalisations.

Entertainment

Sarah Hyland arrives at the 2018 amfAR Inspiration Gala Los Angeles in Beverly Hills, Calif.

'Modern Family's' Sarah Hyland had second kidney transplant

"Modern Family" star Sarah Hyland says she had a second kidney transplant last year, replacing a kidney from her father with another from her brother.

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Technology

People walk by Google offices in New York.

Google accelerates Plus closure after another privacy lapse

Google is still having trouble protecting the personal information on its Plus service, prodding the company to accelerate its plans to shut down a little-used social network created to compete against Facebook.

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