Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

Israel still paying for crucifying Jesus Christ, P.M. says

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi is adamant the nation of Israel will not experience true peace until the penalty for their decision to crucify Jesus Christ is paid. That was his response when his government was queried in Parliament about why it did not vote during a controversial United Nations resolution demanding the United States to drop its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

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PRISON PROJECT: Government officials during a visit to the Tanumalala Prison project last week.

King Construction secures Prison Tank project

Cabinet has approved the construction of the Tanumalala prison tank and reservoir installation by King Construction Ltd for $505,252.50.   

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EDUCATION ON THE TABLE: The participants of the  Annual Teachers Conference yesterday with P.M. Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.

P.M. Tuilaepa calls for change

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi challenged more than 50 participants of the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture’s Annual Teachers Conference to make a change for 2018.

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World

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders arrives for the daily press briefing at the White House, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, in Washington.

As shutdown deal reached, Trump stays out of sight

As the shutdown of the federal government lumbered toward an end on Monday, President Donald Trump remained out of sight, suppressing his instincts to make himself part of the story by making a deal or picking a fight.

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In this July 9, 2010 file photo, Pakistani doctor Shakil Afridi is photographed in the Jamrud tribal area, Khyber region of Pakistan.

Doctor who aided hunt for bin Laden languishes, forgotten

Shakil Afridi has languished in jail for years — since 2011, when the Pakistani doctor used a vaccination scam in an attempt to identify Osama bin Laden's home, aiding U.S. Navy Seals who tracked and killed the al-Qaida leader.

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Sport

Faalemiga Selesele.

Manu 7s for Sydney Named

The Samoa Rugby Union has named its final squad for the H.S.B.C. sevens leg in Sydney this weekend. A statement from the rugby house states the final squad for the Manu Samoa 7s team has seen the return of Falemiga Selesele, Elisapeta Alofipo and Gordon Langkilde.

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Philadelphia Eagles' Carson Wentz congratulates Nick Foles (9) during the second half of the NFL football NFC championship game against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Philadelphia.

Foles, Eagles fly into Super Bowl, rout Vikings 38-7

With one quarter remaining, Eagles players on the field and sideline already were dancing.

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Street Talk

Your thoughts on China’s aid

According to the Lowy Institute, China has provided A$1.8 billion in aid and loans for the South Pacific nations between 2006 and 2016.The main recipients were Papua New Guinea, which received A$632 million, Fiji (A$360 million), Vanuatu (A$244 million) and Samoa (A$230 million). Last week, Ms. Fierravanti-Wells launched an unprovoked scathing attack on China’s aid to the Pacific countries – including Samoa. She accused the Chinese of building “roads to nowhere” and constructing “useless buildings” which will only leave Pacific countries with debts they cannot pay. What do you think of China’s aid to Samoa? We asked members of the public in today’s Street Talk and this is what they said:

Ioane Isa’ako, 72

Samatau

Manuia Savili, 45

Fasitoo’o Tai

Moana Fidow, 21

Falelauniu

Sam Samuelu, 23

Fasito’o Tai

Tu’ugamusu Ete Fuimaono, 54

Vaitele fou/Nu’usuatia

Think a Minute

Think a minute…A man told about an experience his family had visiting a museum. The tour guide led them through all the rooms and then returned to her desk. As the family was leaving, she said: “I must tell you that I’ve never seen such well-mannered children.”

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Time to get those “sumo wrestlers” in shape

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi is absolutely correct. This country needs fit and able-bodied Prison guards who can chase after prisoners who run away from Tafa’igata Prison. And even some Police officers need to get in shape so they can do their jobs properly.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Re: Samoa’s $140m international gateway I keep seeing this argument and it is laughable. Hawaii has freeways, a massive naval base, 60 storey hotels, one million people.

Dear Editor, The Parliament of Samoa is governed by its own internal rules and procedures. The Parliament is operated under what is called “Standing Orders” or commonly known in Samoan as “Tulafono Tumau a le Palemene o Samoa”.

Dear Editor, Re: White elephants, economy and the need for cost benefit analysis Thank you for your editorial. These poor people just want basic necessities of life; water and electricity. Is that too much to ask for from the government?

Entertainment

Director Peter Jackson poses for photos at the screening of his film The Hobbit.

'Hobbit' director Peter Jackson making WWI documentary

"The Lord of the Rings" director Peter Jackson is going from Middle Earth to the Western Front, transforming grainy black-and-white footage of World War I into 3-D color for a new documentary film.

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Technology

France's President Emmanuel Macron, right, attends a meeting with Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, during the

French president hosts 140 world business leaders

French President Emmanuel Macron promoted his government's changes to French tax and labor laws Monday in front of 140 world business leaders in a bid to convince them to invest and hire in France.

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