ACTION: Samoan boxer, Vaitele Soi (right), is walking away from the Super 8 boxing contest in Auckland New Zealand with NZ$25,000 (T$45,000). But he could have won the contest and the top prize of NZ$50,000 (T$90,000). The crowd and boxing experts certainly believe the Samoan champion was robbed. Details in Sports. Photo: Zimbio.

The Southland Times - Samoa’s Vaitele Soi has had to settle for second at the Super 8 contest in New Zealand after a controversial decision saw Australian, Brad Pitt, win in the final.

CONCERNED: M.P Toeolesulusulu Cedric Schuster.

Aana Alofi No. 3 Member of Parliament, Toeolesulusulu Cedric Schuster, has penned an open appeal to the Minister and the Board of the Samoa Shipping Corporation (S.S.C) for help.

LOVING SAMOA: The M/S Amsterdam cruise ship paid a visit to our shores bringing almost 1,500 visitors both tourists and crew members. Top photo shows the Fa'atoia Dance Group who provided some local dance displays. Above, tourists Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth from America were impressed with the festivities as well as the 'brilliant' handicrafts which they bought as souvenirs.

More than a thousand visitors graced Samoa’s shores yesterday when the M/S Amsterdam cruise ship docked at the Apia Harbour.

MINISTER of WTI Manu’alesagalala Enokati Posala.The road linking Vailele and Fagali’i will not be fixed anytime soon, with government telling residents to use another street.

The stand-off between Samoa's top players and their rugby union was always going to happen.

The only question was when and, although no one ever said it, the All Blacks' test in Apia next year loomed as the likely catalyst for a fight to begin what is long overdue.

WEDDED BLISS: The happy couple celebrating their marriage in Auala on the Big Island of Savai'i with family and friends.Following an eight-year courtship rugby player Matemini Christopher Masoe married his sweetheart Gemma Anne Tennet.

H.R.P.P ROW: Associate Ministers, Papali'i Niko Lee Hang and Tu'u'u Anasi'i Leota (right) say the Minister of M.N.R.E, Fa'amoetauloa Dr. Faale Tumaali'i's explanation does not make sense. File photos.    “As far as I’m concern, he is just an ordinary M.P. He was not sworn in. We want to know the validity of him signing the grant and yet he is not a legal Associate Minister. He has yet to be sworn in”

SRU: Tuala Mathew Vaea.A senior official of the Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U), Tuala Mathew Vaea, has rejected claims the Union is responsible for personal threats against senior players in the Manu Samoa.

Dr. Richard Herr.An independent media is essential to democracy, says Dr. Richard Herr.

“You can't have a situation where players are questioning accountability and transparency and then getting their families threatened. That's not sport in my opinion"  | Photo: Getty ImagesSamoa lock Dan Leo admits he has been threatened over protest as team demands accountability and transparency from SRU