RAISING HIS CONCERN: The Associate Minister of M.C.I.T., Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi.

Associate Minister calls for tougher penalties

Associate Minister, Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi, has called for tougher penalties for anyone charged and found guilty of first degree murder. “The current sentencing under the Crime Ordinance Act has it that anyone convicted or enters a guilty plea will automatically receive a life imprisonment in jail,” he said. 

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Local

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi. Photo / Misiona Simo.

P.M. points to private sector over minimum wage call

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has responded to calls to increase the minimum wage of $2.30, saying this is totally dependent on whether the private sector can afford it.

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Education launches key policies

The Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture (M.E.S.C.) launched some key policy documents yesterday at the Aute Conference Room, Malifa.

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World

Civilians who had been hiding in buildings flee under the direction of a member of security forces at a hotel complex in Nairobi, Kenya.

Extremists attack hotel in Nairobi; al-Shabab claims role

Militants stormed a luxury hotel in Kenya's capital on Tuesday, setting off thunderous explosions and gunning down people at cafe tables and offices in an attack claimed by Africa's deadliest Islamic extremist group. Witnesses reported seeing several bodies.

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U.S.-bound migrants walk along the roadside as they leave San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

New migrant caravan sets out from Honduras for US

Hundreds of Hondurans trekked out of a violent northern city Tuesday, part of a new caravan of migrants hoping to reach the United States or Mexico, following in the path of another group last year that U.S. President Donald Trump turned into a hot political issue during the U.S. midterm elections.

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Sport

BUILDING CONSISTENCY: Samoa Rugby 7’s head coach, Sir Gordon Tietjens.

Tietjens prizing experience in picking Hamilton Sevens squad

The Samoa rugby 7s squad for the next round of the World Series in Hamilton will be selected today.

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The Samoa 7s team captain, David Afamasaga and team training for the next Rugby Sevens Series in Hamilton.

Captain Afamasaga not resting on his laurels

Samoa captain David Afamasaga said “no one’s spot is safe” including his own heading into the next round of the World Rugby Sevens Series in Hamilton on January 26th and 27th.

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Street Talk

Govt. should prioritise fixing roads

The heavy downpours of late have damaged a lot of road infrastructure in Samoa. Motorists in most parts of the country are having to navigate the multiple potholes and some of the more challenging road conditions that exist. This is not the first time this has happened in Samoa though. Bad roads at this time of the year is a common occurrence. What do you think the Government should do to improve our roads? Reporter Yumi Epati Tala’ave asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Konelio Sheck, 34

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Papauta

Think a Minute

Think a minute...Tragically, fathers are becoming a vanishing breed. Statistics show that millions of children are growing up like orphans because their fathers simply reproduce themselves and leave, rather than staying home to love and raise their son or daughter.

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Market voices, small business owners matter. Listen to their concerns

Small shop owners in the villages, market vendors and ordinary Samoans who sell basic food items like pork buns on the streets for a living have a legitimate complaint. A few weeks before the Government’s ban on single-use plastic bags becomes effective, the question of a workable alternative to allow these small business owners to continue their operations has been raised. And rightly so.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Re: Disappointing results The long awaited results for national exams this year have again come with great disappointment. For a few years now our national examinations have been a nightmare.

Re: Gabbard’s strong support in Samoa That’s an interesting conclusion to assume because Gabbard was born in American Samoa that this would be a good thing for Samoa. Obama’s father was born in Kenya, his relatives still lived there, but what did Obama do for Kenya or any country in Africa.

Re: A.D.B. breached own policies The processes need to be followed and if they were, then fine with me. This Dam really is a huge game-changer for Apia’s annual flooding issues.

Entertainment

Singer Rihanna.

Rihanna sues father over use of their last name for business

Rihanna is suing her father over his use of their last name for a business.

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Technology

Facebook logo displayed in a start-up companies gathering at Paris' Station F in Paris.

Facebook to invest $300 million in news, focusing on local

Facebook says it is investing $300 million over the next three years in news initiatives, with a focus on local news partnerships and other programs.

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