Afamasaga Pou Onesemo and Minister M.W.T.I.: Papali'i Niko Lee Hang.

P.S.C. terminates services of Public Works C.E.O.

The Public Service Commission (P.S.C.) has terminated the services of the Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Works, Transport and Infrastructure (M.W.T.I.), Afamasaga Su’a Pou Onesemo. The decision was confirmed yesterday by the Minister of M.W.T.I., Papali’i Niko Lee Hang, during an interview with the Samoa Observer. 

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GUILTY PLEA: Paulo Afamasaga.

Man pleads guilty to ice, ammunition possession

A 47-year-old male has pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine, commonly known as ice. He has also pleaded guilty to possession of unlawful ammunition.

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FAMILY VIOLENCE INQUIRY: The challanges highlighted in the report provides that the cornerstone of protection in the law is hardly known about across Samoa.

Legislation is there, but implementation missing

Lack of evaluation into the implementation of legislative reforms targeting family violence is one reason there is minimal changes to the national rates of family violence in Samoa. This was highlighted in the National Inquiry into Family Violence report that was launched last week.

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In this photo taken on Saturday, March 4, 2017, a Il-20 electronic intelligence plane of the Russian air force flays near Kubinka airport, outside Moscow, Russia.

Putin seeks to defuse downing of Russian plane off Syria

A Russian reconnaissance aircraft was shot down by Syria forces responding to an Israeli airstrike, killing all 15 people aboard, in what President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday was "a chain of tragic accidental circumstances."

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Members of the Civil Air Patrol load cars with MREs, (Meals Ready To Eat) water and tarps at distribution area in Wilmington, N.C.

'Nightmare that won't end': Storm evacuees can't return yet

Hundreds of people waited in long lines for water and other essentials Tuesday in Wilmington, still mostly cut off by high water days after Hurricane Florence unleashed epic floods, and North Carolina's governor pleaded with more than 10,000 evacuees around the state not to return home yet.

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S.R.U. Chief Executive Officer Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i.

Manu Samoa coach yet to be appointed

The Samoa Rugby Union has yet to formerly announce the new Coach of the Manu Samoa contrary to reports of an appointment on social media. 

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Jai Opetaia’s next fight confirmed

Samoan boxing star, Jai Opetaia’s next fight has been confirmed. 12 Round Promotion ‘Alain Vanackere’ yesterday confirmed that negotiations have been finalized for Opetaia to fight Bilal Laggoune, as the IBF Intercontinental mandatory challenger in Liege Belgium on October 20.

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Think a Minute

Think a minute…General George Patton is one of the greatest soldiers and battle leaders in history. He was also an athlete, poet, and historian. This multi-talented man was a mixture of both great character strengths and flaws.

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Banning plastic to save our island communities

It will only be a matter of time before fishermen in Samoa catch fish with plastic in the stomach or see marine animals get trapped in abandoned plastic fishing nets. Last month 300 sea turtles were reportedly found dead off the coast of Mexico, with experts suspecting toxic algae attached to abandoned fishing nets or asphyxiation (the act of depriving something or someone of air).

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor Re: Living needs Rubbish again. Nobody is making judgment is whether you eat elegi or T-bone steak at home every other day. The same counter to those moronic arguments that if one wants to change policies then maybe they ought to go to Parliament instead of pulpit.

Dear Editor, Re: Cryptocurrency scams Authorities all over the world have been cracking down on the multi-billion dollar, multi-national pseudo-cryptocurrency scam, Onecoin/ OneLife Network, from Bulgaria. China has arrested 119 Onecoin promoters and in June prosecuted 98 of those (33 are now serving 3 to 5 years IN PRISON for Ponzi/ pyramid fraud). In total, around 150 Onecoin scam promoters have been arrested in 8 countries on 3 continents.

Dear Editor Re: Church honours their pledge to help Photographer Penina Momoiseā, who took some stunning photos of churches in Samoa, marvel at their grandeur in “contrast to the simple fales that people live in” (Coconet tv). Penina’s observation is not unlike that expressed by many first-time visitors to the islands. We’re truly a nation obsessed with church-building.

Entertainment

Hosts Colin Jost, left, and Michael Che speak at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Record-low viewership for Emmy Awards

Television's biggest night wasn't that big. The Emmy Awards drew a record-low audience of just over 10.2 million people, down 11 percent from the past two years.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during an announcement of new products at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif. Apple and Google want to help you spend less time on their phones. With their new tools for managing screen time, you can see

Too much screen time? New phone controls for you and kids

Apple and Google want to help you spend less time on their phones — really. Like that time you checked Facebook at 3 a.m. Stats don't lie.

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