PAINFUL MEMORIES: Victoria Reupena and the owner of the Lupesina Treesort, Jack Batchelor.

Forgotten victims

The owner of the much-maligned Lupesina Treesort, Jack Batchelor, has broken his silence for the first time in a brave effort to tell his side of the story. After worldwide media coverage – the latest being 60 Minutes in Australia last week – of an incident where an escaped convict attacked and raped an Australian woman at his property; the businessman said the impact has been devastating.

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JUST MARRIED: Wanda Muaausa-Tavale and JK Tavale.

Matrimonial smiles at Faleata

“When two people are meant for each other, no time is too long, no distance is too far and no one can ever tear them apart.”

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FROM FALELATAI AND SAPAPALI’I: Kyocera General Manager, Angus Malietoa.

Success starts from humble beginnings

“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” Those words by Colin Powell aptly describe the journey of 34-year-old Angus Malietoa from humble beginnings to where he is today. 

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World

A girl puts down flowers in front of the Olympia shopping center were a shooting took place leaving nine people dead the day before on Saturday, July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (AP Photo/Sebastian Widmann)

After Munich shooting, tearful witnesses linger at scene

It was the beginning of a typical Friday night out. Crowds streamed through Munich's glass-and-concrete Olympia Shopping Mall, while across the street, a mostly young crowd relaxed in a McDonald's restaurant.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is joined by Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., as she speaks at a rally at Florida International University Panther Arena in Miami.

Clinton says veep pick Kaine is everything GOP ticket isn't

Hillary Clinton debuted running mate Sen. Tim Kaine on Saturday as a can-do progressive committed to social justice and equality — "everything Donald Trump and Mike Pence are not" — at a boisterous rally ahead of next week's Democratic National Convention.

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Sport

L-R Sanele Lotu (Referee Officials), Iva Lagolago (81kgs), Alema Leleisiuao (75kgs), Ropati Hall (69kgs), Faasala Livai (64kgs), Lionel Fatupaito (Head Coach), Faamanu Aukuso (91kgs), Filimaua Hala (91+kgs)

Samoa dominates boxing tourney

The Team Samoa Boxing Amateur took part in the Tri Nation held in Suva, Fiji last Saturday 16th July 2016. According to the Team Official Faletolu Su’a, the team consists 6 boxers from each weight category. 

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Highlanders' Ash Dixon, left, is tackled by Jaguares'Javier Ortega Desio during a Super Rugby match in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Hurricanes, Chiefs, Lions, Highlanders in Super Rugby semis

The Chiefs and the Hurricanes underlined the strength of the New Zealand teams in Super Rugby as they won their quarterfinals by huge margins on Saturday — 60-21 and 41-0.

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Street Talk

Mixed opinions on Lupesoliai’s preparedness

Lupesoliai Joseph Parker scored a 4th round knock out against Solomon Haumono on Thursday night. The victory means he is a step closer to his much-anticipated world heavyweight title fight against Anthony Joshua. Is Lupesoliai Joseph Parker ready for Joshua? Sarafina Sanerivi asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Moata’a

Filipo Taufusi

Palisi

Fefiloi Kerstin

Siusega

Ilo Uili

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Lotopa

Think a Minute

Think a minute…A man was cleaning his car with a special brush when a little girl who had been watching him said, “My daddy has a brush like that to clean his car too.” “Really!” said the man. “What kind of car does your daddy have?” The little girl answered: “Oh, he hasn’t got the car yet, but he’s got the brush to clean it.” Well, I suppose you have to start somewhere! The important thing is that you do get started. And to do that, we first have to decide what kind of life we want.

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Maintaining value, vision in digital era

The influx of popular technology and its impact on our people – good or bad – cannot be denied. Without a doubt, it has transformed the way we live, the dynamics in our communities and the behavior of the people upon which it has found an unbreakable bond – or bondage. But it’s worth remembering today that all that glitters is not gold*.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, In October 2014, we learned from some former Cabinet Members that Parliament had passed the Samoan Language Commission Act 2014 and members and a Commission were approved by Cabinet and the Head of State. This piece of legislation is indeed a milestone. Government ought to be applauded for its vision and farsightedness as this Act should promote; enhance and encourage the survival of our cultural identify and heritage.

Dear Editor, Thank you for printing in full the interview of our Hon. Prime Minister and 60 Minutes that has caused quite a furore. Actually it’s not as bad as I had assumed. We absolutely sympathize and empathize and wish to heaven we can reverse the ordeal of these beautiful and unfortunate individuals. If our hearts could make up for a crime, a whole new Ocean would have been created, such is the depth of feeling and emotions that have been alerted.

Dear Editor, When I read what PM Tuilaepa said about the need to increase exports, it was like reading a comic book. He said he wants to increase export. Export what? Nothing? The govt. never invested in agriculture in the past years.

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VIDEOS

Entertainment

Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell pose for a photo in New York. Higgins proposed marriage to Bushnell in the season finale of ABC's

Star of 'The Bachelor' not running for office after all

Ben Higgins, the most recent star of ABC's "The Bachelor," announced Friday he had abandoned a campaign for public office in Colorado, just two days after filing the required paperwork to run.

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Technology

People gaze at their smartphones as they play

Watch it, cowboy: Japan's 9 safety tips for "Pokemon Go"

Aware of the reports of "Pokemon Go"-related mishaps elsewhere, Japan's government-run National Center of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity has issued a flier with these nine public safety tips to keep overly enthusiastic players from getting into trouble.

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