Court House Mulinuu

Bail denied for murder accused

Supreme Court Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren has denied the bail application for the 18-year-old murder defendant. Ietitaia Misialofa of Fogasavai’i is accused in the murder of a man from Vailoa last month. The deceased was found dead on the side of the road with severe injuries to his head. 

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CHARGED: Former Immigration Officer, David Nomereta Uaine and his lawyer Unasa Iuni Savausa.

Passport hearing postponed

The hearing of former Immigration Officer, David Nomereta Uaine, has been postponed. Uaine from Tuana’i faces 32 criminal charges in connection to the alleged selling of Samoan passports online.  

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HELPING HAND: Tautua i Puapuaga o Tagata of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa donated $30,000 to the National Kidney Foundation.

Church donates $30,000 to Kidney Foundation

The $30,000 donated by Tautua i Puapuaga o Tagata (T.P.P.T.) of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) to the National Kidney Foundation will go a long way to assist the increasing numbers of dialysis patients. This is according to National Kidney Foundation General Manager, Mulipola Iose Hazelman, who said they have been very fortunate with the monetary assistance offered by the T.P.P.T.

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World

Protesters light placards on fire to mark the anniversary of the siege by Islamic State group-aligned militants of Marawi city in southern Philippines exactly a year ago Wednesday.

Philippines struggles with evacuees, bombed city after siege

Thousands of displaced remain in emergency shelters and the threat of Islamic extremists and unexploded bombs lingers in the rubble of a southern Philippine city, where survivors on Wednesday remembered a disastrous five-month siege by Islamic State group-aligned fighters that began a year ago.

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A man watches a TV screen showing file footage of U.S. President Donald Trump, right, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea.

Pompeo: Fate of US-NKorea summit rests with Kim Jong Un

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday he's "very hopeful" that a planned U.S.-North Korean summit will proceed but laid the fate of the historic meeting squarely with Kim Jong Un, who won't be reassured by U.S. demands for "rapid denuclearization."

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Sport

Glasgow Warriors vs Scarlets Scarlets' John Barclay injured

Scotland captain Barclay has op on ruptured Achilles tendon

Scotland captain John Barclay will not play rugby until at least the end of the year after surgery on a ruptured left Achilles tendon. Barclay was hurt on Friday while playing for Scarlets, just minutes into the Pro14 semifinals.

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England Head Coach Eddie Jones.

England rugby defense coach leaves for club job

One of the key assistants of England rugby coach Eddie Jones has left his job with the national team to take up a role at club level.

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Street Talk

Public oppose new chicken tax

The recent passing of the Customs and Tariff Bill in Parliament means new tariff rates will be imposed on all imported chicken. This is a grave concern given that chicken is one of the most affordable meat for families living below the poverty line and middle income earners. Taxing such goods is no doubt a burden on these families because a decent meal every day is now being robbed from them with price increase. Our reporter, Ulimasao Fata asked the public on their opinion on Government’s move to tax imported frozen chicken. This is what they said:

Eseta Faasao, 42

Falelauniu

Lui Mareko, 34

Faleula

Vaine’a Faatafe, 65

Nu’u

Waldell Brown, 58

Leauva’a-Uta

Lima Salatielu, 38

Toamua

Think a Minute

Think a minute…Studies show that the average person puts only 25% of his energy and ability into his work? That means those who use 50% of their effort and ability stand out from the rest.

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P.M. Tuilaepa, midnight dramas and Pastors refusing to pay taxes

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi was the man of the hour in Japan last week. There is absolutely no doubt about that. All you have to do is read the story titled “Japan pledges $4.6 million aid for Samoa” on the front page of the Sunday Samoan.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor Interesting story on the front page yesterday. In the story, the Associate Minister said: “I had a disagreement with my wife, and yes publicly.” The Associate Minister admitted that there was a disagreement between him and his wife.

Dear Editor, Re: $30million health costs under the gun Who cares what structures you ended up with if you can’t provide basic medical care and ongoing support to the daily working conditions?

Dear Editor, Re: Customary lands It appears that the government is smartly driving our people into poverty when they become desperate enough then it makes it easy for the government to sell their Trojan Horse plan, and as Nafanua said, the whole world is now speaking the same language of sustainable development and we are all in it for a rude awakening.

Entertainment

ABC, Maddie Poppe, left, reacts with Ryan Seacrest after being announced the winner of “American Idol” in Los Angeles. The singer-songwriter bested Caleb Lee Hutchinson and Gabby Barrett in the two-hour finale on ABC. (Mitch Haaseth/ABC via AP)

Iowa native Maddie Poppe wins 'American Idol'

Iowa native Maddie Poppe has won "American Idol." The singer-songwriter bested Caleb Lee Hutchinson and Gabby Barrett in Monday night's two-hour finale on ABC.

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Technology

European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, right, welcomes Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg upon his arrival at the EU Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faces senior European Union lawmakers today to answer quest

Facebook chief faces EU grilling over his 'digital monster'

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced tough questions from European Union lawmakers Tuesday over what one of them branded Zuckerberg's "digital monster," and he apologized for the way the social network has been used to produce fake news, interfere in elections and sweep up people's personal data.

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