MANU COACH: Sir Gordon Tietjens.

Money making Tietjens’ job harder

Manu Samoa Sevens coach, Sir Gordon Tietjens, has experienced for the first time the methods by New Zealand to deny players from representing Samoa.

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Local

HANDOVER: H.E Mr. Wang Xuefeng handing one of the laptops to the Speaker of the House, Le’aupepe Toleafoa Fa’afisi and Deputy Speaker of the House, Nafo’itoa Talaimanu Keti.

China delivers on promise

Members of Parliament and officials of the Legislative Assembly are set to enjoy new laptops and other valuable equipment thanks to the Chinese government.

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B.S.L Open Day a success with its many customers.

B.S.L spices up the shopping experience

Business Systems Limited (B.S.L) has spiced up Episode 1 of its 40th Anniversary celebration for 2017 with their B.S.L. Open Day!

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World

White House press Secretary Sean Spicer speaks during the daily White House briefing.

White House opens door to cooperation with Russian in Syria

The Trump administration on Monday opened the door to cooperating with Russia "or anyone else" to combat the Islamic State group in Syria, suggesting it could reverse a previous refusal to coordinate military action with Moscow as long as it backs the Syrian government.

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Secretary of State John Kerry.

US sent $221 million to Palestinians in Obama's last hours

Officials say the Obama administration in its waning hours defied Republican opposition and quietly released $221 million to the Palestinian Authority that GOP members of Congress had been blocking.

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Sport

THE FIRST REGATTA: Paddlers who took part in S.O.C.A’s first V6 mini marathon last Saturday.

Paddlers gear up for big 2017

It’s a new year and the paddling world of Alo Vaa Samoa is set to kick off once again with the Taula Strong V1 Series. With daylight saving still on the calendar the first race will be this Saturday 28 January 2017 from 4:30pm.

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Sam Warburton leaves the field.

Warburton: I'll be a better player without Wales captaincy

Sam Warburton says letting go of the Wales captaincy will make him a better rugby player.

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Street Talk

Do you support the church’s decision?

The father of a woman who claims to be carrying the marks of Jesus Christ’s suffering has been stripped of his roles by the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S). Reverend Opapo So’ana’i, who currently looks after the Siufaga C.C.C.S parish, confirmed the decision during an interview with the Sunday Samoan. What do you think about the decision? Misiona Simo asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Samaila Onosai

Saina

Kerisimasi Vui

Vaitele Tai

Lino Setu

Toamua

Tofilau Kalapu Mauli’o

Vaitele

Ulugia Eteuati

Vaigaga

Think a Minute

Think a minute…Ever feel like you are running in all directions but “getting nowhere fast”? After working long, hard days you still feel like you’ve got little to show for it. It is easy to “major on minors” and spend our time on so many unimportant things that our life becomes a game of “trivial pursuit”.

Editorial

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The scourge of theft and dishonesty in church-going Samoa

On page 14 of yesterday’s newspaper is a piece that should alarm us all. In fact reading Tony’s heartfelt plea for Samoa to start openly discussing the issues of petty theft and outright dishonesty among our population reminds us about what we’ve been saying for a long time now.

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Letters to the Editor

Re: Trump deserves a chance Obviously you’re ok with giving a misogynist, racist, egomaniac a chance at leading what is now the most deeply divided nation?

Re: Do Samoans really need new cars? There are a lot of good points in this piece. New cars need the correct equipment to programme and diagnose problems and the technicians (not mechanics any more because of the level of skill required) need to be trained to use them correctly.

Re: Father, daughter and stigmata Religion like culture is the social fabric of any society. That’s why the controllers of the world used religion as a geo-political instrument for their own benefit.

Entertainment

Soulja Boy performing at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, Calif.

Soulja Boy charged with felony weapons possession

Los Angeles prosecutors on Monday charged Soulja Boy with felony weapons violations stemming from a police search of his home last month that found an assault weapon and a stolen police handgun.

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Technology

Microsoft logo in Issy-les-Moulineaux, outside Paris, France.

US fights Microsoft's bid to tell users when feds take data

The U.S. Justice Department wants a judge to throw out a lawsuit from Microsoft and keep a law that prohibits technology companies from telling customers when the government demands their electronic data.

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