HELD IN CUSTODY: The accused is in Police custody to await his Court appearance.

$60,000 drug bust

Drugs estimated to be worth $60,000 was intercepted at the Faleolo International Airport this week. Methamphetamine, commonly known as “ice”, was discovered by the Police and the Customs K9 Unit on Tuesday evening in a suitcase that belongs to a man in his 40's.

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Taking it back to Kua: The Kua Chefs from left: Ugapo Uaealesi Tutunoa, Chef Anania Tavita Betham and Chef John.

Kua Chefs showcase Samoan cuisine in Australia

Prospect, Australia will be getting a triple dose of Polynesian flavour at an event in June featuring three very popular Samoan chefs. Our very own local celebrity chef, Kopelan Tuulame,  also known as Chef John, has joined forces with Ugapo Uaealesi Tutunoa (Savage Samoan Chef) and Chef Anania Tavita Betham (owner of Pappas Nuthouse cafe) of Sydney to form “the Kua Chefs”.

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WINNERS OF THE TV3 CHEER FOR JOSEPH PARKER CAMPAIGN: Don Bosco students meet the former World Champ, Lupesoliai Laauliolemalietoa Joseph Parker.

Students meet their champ

It was an opportunity of a lifetime for Team Leader Joseph Iosefo and representative students of Don Bosco Alafua to meet the former World Champion, Lupesoliai Laauliolemalietoa Joseph Parker. 

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World

As citizens of a small and isolated nation, New Zealanders often seek validation from abroad. By that measure, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern returned triumphant this week from a trip to Europe. (Daniel Leal-Olivas/Pool via AP, File)

New Zealand leader triumphs abroad, faces pressures at home

As citizens of a small and isolated nation, New Zealanders often seek validation from abroad. By that measure, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern returned triumphant this week from a trip to Europe.

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A Pakistani police officer walks past a police vehicle targeted by a suicide bomber in Quetta, Pakistan.(AP Photo/Arshad Butt)

Suicide bombers kill 6 police, wound 8 troops in Pakistan

Suicide bombers struck a police vehicle and a security checkpoint in separate attacks Tuesday in the Pakistani city of Quetta, killing six police and wounding eight paramilitary troops, officials said.

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Sport

FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 30, 2015 file photo, South Africa's Bryan Habana, center, and teammates wave after receiving their medals after winning their bronze medal Rugby World Cup match against South Africa at the Olympic Stadium, London. Bryan Habana,

Habana, World Cup winner & Springbok record-holder, retiring

Bryan Habana, the lightning-fast South Africa wing and World Cup winner with an insatiable hunger for scoring tries — a record 67 for the Springboks — announced Tuesday he will retire from rugby at the end of the season.

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Oceania Rugby U18s Sevens Championship 2018 Official Captains Photos, St Ignatius College Riverview, Friday 20th April 2018.

Samoa U18 unlucky

The Samoa U-18 Sevens team has had to settle for second place at the Oceania Sevens Championships in Sydney, Australia. The Stephen Betham-coached team lost in the final, 7-32, to Australia at Riverview on Sunday. The win for Australia secured them their ticket to the Youth Olympics.

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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…A man was cleaning his car with a special brush when a little girl watching him said, “My daddy has a special brush like that to clean his car too.” The man responded, “What kind of car does your daddy have?”

Editorial

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Mana’s legacy of strength, courage and advocacy

The passing of Manamea Apelu-Schwalger on Sunday was a tremendously sad moment for this nation. It was especially sad for her family, close friends, the Samoa Cancer Society and cancer patients – here and abroad - who had looked up to her as a role model since she stood up to become the face of the battle against this deadly sickness.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor With regards to your article “The Letter that made the former Head of State cry,” I am flummoxed. Perhaps then, the taking over of the Head of State role by the current Head of State Tuia’ana Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aleto’a Sualaivi ii is the will of God Almighty knowing Tupua Tamasese Efi no longer has the leadership quality?

Dear Editor, I write in reference to the address by the former Head of State. I can’t see an ambiguity. This ambiguity argument is all about letting both the P.M., A.G. and the former Head of State off the hook as if all that occurred was innocent and they were all motivated by virtue and determined to put the interests of the people of Samoa first.

Re: The letter that made former Head of State cry He signed the law because it was his Constitutional duty to do so. The law was passed by the democratically-elected Parliament of Samoa (the People’s House).

Entertainment

Seiuli Johnson and Lauren welcome baby Tiana

Samoa’s Hollywood superstar, Seiuli Dwayne Johnson and his longtime partner, Lauren Hashian, have welcomed their second baby girl. The birth of Tiana Gia Johnson, Seiuli’s third daughter, was announced by her proud father on Instagram.

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Technology

Kogan, the academic at the center of the Facebook data-misuse scandal, apologized during the interview which aired on Sunday, April 22, 2018. (CBS News/60 Minutes via AP)

Researcher in Facebook data scandal apologizes

The academic at the center of the Facebook data-misuse scandal apologized for his actions, but said he thought he did nothing wrong at the time. Cambridge University researcher Aleksandr Kogan made his comments during an interview with CBS's "60 Minutes" on Sunday.

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