ELECTRICITY MATTERS: General Manager of E.P.C., Tologata Galumalemana Tile Lei'a and the Chairman of E.P.C. Board, Pepe Fiaailetoa Fruean.

Govt. delivers on electricity promise

The Electric Power Corporation (E.P.C.) has some exciting news for you. The cost of tariffs for electricity will be reduced significantly starting from 1 August 2016.

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OPTIMISTIC FATHER: Seiuli Mikaele’s two daughters were involved in the crash.

Father clings on to hope

A 59-year-old father whose daughters were involved in the horrific bus crash at Tiavi last week, which has already claimed one life, is hanging on to dear hope.

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Chairperson of S.T.I.A., Adele Kruse addresses the gathering.

Pushing tourism forward

Members of an outfit called the Samoa Tourism Industry Alliance (S.T.I.A.) gathered for their second meeting at the Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel in Apia yesterday.

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World

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to delegates during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Monday, July 25, 2016.

Slaves built the White House, say Obama and historians

First lady Michelle Obama declared at the Democratic National Convention that the White House she and President Barack Obama have lived in since 2009 was built by slaves.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waits back stage to speak to volunteers at a Democratic party organizing event at the Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, July 25, 2016.

Clinton steps into history as 1st woman White House nominee

Taking her place in history, Hillary Clinton on Tuesday night will become the first woman to lead a major party toward the White House, a triumphant moment for Democrats to relish before plunging into a bruising general election against Republican Donald Trump.

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Sport

Gu Yu of China, left, fights, Veaceslav Gojan of Moldova during a men's bantamweight 54 kilogram preliminary boxing match at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Olympic boxers to fight without headgear, worry about cuts

Although Antonio Vargas still thinks about the cut that nearly ended his Olympic dream, his unprotected head will be clear when he steps into the ring in Rio de Janeiro.

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Usain Bolt of Jamaica poses for photographers after he won the men's 200 meter race during the Diamond League anniversary games at The Stadium, in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.

Injury anxieties grow but Bolt says 'sport needs me to win'

Whatever controversy is raging in the Olympic world there's one constant: Usain Bolt's bravado and self-confidence.

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Street Talk

A question of safety on buses

The bus crash at Tiavi last week, which has claimed one man’s life, has again raised questions about the safety of public transportation in Samoa. In particular, the issue of wooden versus ready-made buses has resurfaced. Is it not time to get rid of the wooden buses now? Why? Why not? Ilia Likou asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Peneueta, 50

Siumu

Aso Matemate, 45

Siumu

Eli Taualai, 36

Siumu

Fereti Tupuola, 46

Siumu

Pofito Semasi, 35

Vaie’e

Toni Penisula, 37

Nu’usuatia

Think a Minute

Think a minute …My grandparents had a neighbor who liked talking about how busy she was and how quickly she got things done. One day she said, “This morning I killed the chicken for dinner and made all the beds before my family even woke up!” Now that’s fast! And, of course, not possible!

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Cost of ignoring the need to deal with corruption

When you bend a piece of stick hard and long enough, it will eventually break. Just as whatever goes up must come down, life is a bit like that. We reap what we sow. Looking at some of the challenges this country is confronted by in this day and age, whether it’s political, economical, spiritual, cultural or whatever, it’s hard to ignore that principle with the thought that perhaps with a few key changes we did not make, the outcome might have been different.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Re: Moe Lei Sam’s concerns What Ms. Lei Sam is talking about and her concerns mentioned in the article about the state of Samoa, have been discussed many times. And it’s true what she said, that nothing has been done about the concerns till this day.

Dear Editor, Re: Concerned about Samoa’s State When I read the article “Concerned about Samoa’s State”, I feel very sad. In fact, most Chinese doing business in Samoa can’t speak English. Facing the blame, they can’t defend themselves though they feel a sense of grievance. They even don’t know there is so much blame on them in the newspaper.

Dear Editor, Re: A bunch of hypocrites I will have to say “Only fools rush in…” It’s not like the world will end tomorrow, change can only be achieved when good information is shared with the majority.

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Entertainment

Keith Weglin, 29, of Sacramento, California, taken at the Douglas County Jail in Minden, Nev.

Celebrity golf fan arrested after touching Justin Timberlake

A California man was arrested for disorderly conduct after Justin Timberlake said he got too physical with him last weekend during the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at Lake Tahoe, sheriff's officials said Tuesday.

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Technology

Twitter bird logo on an updated phone post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

Twitter still struggling to grow as rivals race ahead

Twitter is in danger of becoming the next internet company forced into a desperation sale if it cannot find a way to start luring people and advertisers back to its sometimes-befuddling messaging service.

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