THE ANNOUNCEMENT: Minister Loau Keneti Sio with champion boxer Lupesoliai Joseph Parker at Taumesina Island Resort yesterday.

Boxing plan revealed

The future of boxing in Samoa is bright. Despite the sport’s current predicament, with the government taking the lead in pushing development at grassroots level and support from Lupesoliai La’auliolemalietoa Joseph Parker, brighter days are ahead.

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Local

New title holders.

Matai titles bestowed at Vaitele

Vaitele welcomed 42 new matai titleholders yesterday during a colorful and elaborate ceremony at the residence of Toī. The titles conferred included Galumalemana, Tupuola, Tagaloa, Siliga, Lealailepule, Lepou, Suemalo and others.

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MAKING CHANGES: Participants at the opening of the Trauma training.

Dealing with trauma cases

Trauma is increasingly becoming a significant cause of death in the developing world. 

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World

Pope Francis prays in front of the Memorial at the former Nazi Death Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, in Oswiecim, Poland, Friday, July 29, 2016.

Pope visits Auschwitz, begs God to forgive "so much cruelty"

Choosing silence to convey his sorrow, Pope Francis visited the former Nazi death factory at Auschwitz and Birkenau on Friday, meeting with concentration camp survivors as well as aging saviors who helped Jews escape certain doom. In a guest book entry he made an anguished plea: "Lord, forgiveness for so much cruelty!"

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Thursday, July 28, 2016, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Trump transition tests outsider's governing ability

His status as a presidential nominee barely a week old, Donald Trump is already tasked with assembling a complex transition team capable of hiring thousands of high-level government officials and crafting a detailed policy agenda should he win the presidency.

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Sport

Sendora vs. Sheena.

Boxers ready to rumble

They have been weighed, they have faced down their opponent and now they are ready for the ring. Businesses against businesses, friends against friends, one ring and one winner; tonight is the night where it all goes down.

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Matthew Giteau

Matt Giteau back in Wallaby frame for Rugby Championship

Veteran playmaker Matt Giteau and four uncapped players have been named in a 36-man Australia squad for the Rugby Championship against New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina.

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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…A famous painting shows a king making a chain from his crown, and a slave making a crown from his chain. Underneath the painting are these words: “Life is what one makes it, no matter of what it is made.”

Editorial

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Olympic the stuff of dreams

Time sure flies. It was only four years ago that Usain Bolt bolted onto the headlines and in our living rooms with pictures of the fastest man in the world beamed all over the globe for people to see. We’ve hardly had a breather and the Olympic Games is upon us already.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, So there is a Samoan Obesity Gene? I call that BS. Google old Samoan Photo and find me one obese Samoan. The problem is that the moa palagi is deemed unfit for human consumption. Check the box; see the 'approved for export' stamp.

Dear Editor, The General Manager Tologata Tile Leia said the price of electricity will be dropped to fulfill the government’s promise. What a load of absolute rubbish. The price of electricity went up not long ago and straight after, the Minister of Finance announced that the price of electricity would increase again this year.

Dear Editor, Samoa faces a catastrophe every bit as deadly as the 1918 Flu Pandemic. The Alienation of Customary Land Rights is absolutely Forbidden without a National Referendum of All Registered Voters.

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VIDEOS

Entertainment

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton arrive for a rally at McGonigle Hall at Temple University in Philadelphia, Friday, July 29, 2016. Clinton and Kaine will begin a three day bus tour through the rust belt.

Poof! 'Ghostbusters' tweet cheering Clinton deleted

A tweet from Sony Pictures' "Ghostbusters" account that many interpreted as an endorsement of Hillary Clinton has disappeared as quickly as a phantom.

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Technology

Fans play the highly addictive

What's troubling athletes arriving in Rio? No 'Pokemon Go'

So the plumbing and electricity in the athletes' village took several days to fix. Who cares? But no "Pokemon Go"? That's an outrage!

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