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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Local

COCOA FARMER: Saena Tialino Penaia with his cocoa.

Solar driers to improve quality of local cocoa

Maintaining a consistent supply of quality cocoa beans is problematic for smallholder farmers in Samoa. There is significant variability in smallholder fermentation and drying practices, often resulting in variable cocoa bean quality, including smoke contamination from wood fueled driers. 

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German Pathologist Dr Gerhard Stauch with Pathology Lab team leader Seve Dr Emmanuel Chan Chui and staff at the lab.

German Pathologist helps Samoa

German Pathologist Dr. Gerhard Stauch is back in Samoa. This time, he is here to conduct a second Senior Expert Services (S.E.S) assignment for the National Health Services (N.H.S).

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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:

Sairo Fa’ataga

Moata’a

Filipo Taufusi

Palisi

Fefiloi Kerstin

Siusega

Ilo Uili

A’ai o Fiti

Saienisi Faauma

Malie

Eti Ieremo

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.

Editorial

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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

Ian Somerhalder attending

'Vampire Diaries' to end after 8 seasons

The eighth season of "The Vampire Diaries" will be the supernatural series' final entry. The cast and crew of the CW show announced Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con International that the forthcoming season will be its last.

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Technology

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to reporters about the state budget and education funding, in his office at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Many of Illinois' top Republican officials plan to sit out the GOP national convention in Clevela

ACLU praises new Illinois limits on cellphone surveillance

A new Illinois law limits how police can use devices that cast a wide net in gathering cellphone data and are at the center of a lawsuit against the Chicago Police Department.

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