Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and Paulo Malele or King Faipopo.

P.M. to King Faipopo: Bring your witnesses

Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, says the man who accused him of “murder, corruption and gun smuggling” among other things will finally have his day in Court. He was referring to Paulo Malele, who is better known as “King Faipopo,” whom the Police arrested and charged last week for making false statements. 

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2019 GUEST OF HONOUR: Laulu Alapasa Cordtz. Photo / (Aufa’i Areta Jnr).

Laulu the Guest of Honour

Fitness is the key if the local players are to do well in any tournament, especially in the international arena. So says former Manu Samoa 7s and 15s player, Laulu Alapasa Cordtz, who was the Guest of Honour for the two-day Vailima Marist 7s that concluded at the Marist St Joseph’s grounds in Lotopa yesterday. 

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OPEN FOR BUSINESS: The new T&N Toleafoa Service Station at Fagali’i is open to the public. Photos / (Aufa’i Areta Areta).

New service station opens

The Toleafoa Service Station at Fagali’i is finally open for business. During a ceremony yesterday led by Fagali’i Tai Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (CCCS) Pastor, Rev. Petaia Leavai, the business was officially opened, witnessed by family and friends. 

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World

President Donald Trump.

White House indicates Trump to veto disapproval of emergency

President Donald Trump is prepared to issue the first veto of his term if Congress votes to disapprove his declaration of a national emergency along the U.S.-Mexico border, a top White House adviser said on Sunday.

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An explosion strikes during a military demonstration targeting a theatrical

Abu Dhabi arms fair opens amid Yemen war criticism

The United Arab Emirates' yearslong war in Yemen alongside Saudi Arabia bled into the start of a biennial Abu Dhabi arms fair Sunday, which saw the Emirates sign $1.3 billion in weapons deals.

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Sport

Tabadamu triumph at Marist Sevens

Fijian club Tabadamu won the Marist International Sevens Tournament today, taking the Tupua Fred Wetzell Trophy after a 22 - 10 win over Tama Uli Salelologa in the final. 

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CHAMPIONS: The Christchurch Women’s Rugby team are the second winners for the Glen Feaunati Memorial Cup at the Marist International Sevens tournament yesterday.

Christchurch beat Apia to win Marist Sevens

Christchurch Women’s Rugby lifted the Glen Feaunati Memorial Cup as the second ever champions of the Marist International Sevens Tournament after their 19-0 win over Apia Maroons in the final yesterday.

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Street Talk

Govt. policy versus freedom of opinion

The Government’s decision to sack the Nofoali’i village mayor over his comments against the Government’s land law reforms has raised a rather interesting question. Can the Government sack village mayors who are appointed by the villages? What’s more, where does this leave Government employees when it comes to the question of freedom and rights? Talaia Mika and Misiona Simo discussed the issue with members of the public and these are their views:

Anesone Elama, 43

Saleimoa

Easter Nun Yan, 20

Vaoala

Fa’aa’e Faletaoga, 35

Saina

Iulio Ioane, 46

Salepoua’e

Meatuai Sefo, 35

Vaitele

Queenmary Maia’i, 21

Moamoa

Toalua Tauavae, 42

Siusega

Valma Tonu’u, 34

Fugalei

Think a Minute

28 June, 1997 was the date of the famous Bite Fight between world heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson. During the fight, Tyson completely lost control of his anger and actually bit off part of Holyfield’s ear! Tyson lost his license to box and paid a $3 million penalty for not fighting by the rules.

Editorial

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Remittances, Samoans abroad and the concept of tautua

Numbers don’t lie. If Samoa’s economy received $503.73 million in remittances from Samoans overseas last year, that is a massive contribution to the economy by any standard. Now let’s quickly take a look at the Government’s revenue collections during the past few years. In 2011, the Ministry of Revenue collected $420 million; it dropped to $377 million in 2012, and went up to $409 million in 2013. In 2014, it further increased to $421 million, $431 million in 2015 and for 2016 it was $485 million.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, You should embrace the thriving democratic principles now showing in the Samoan political system. The right to dissent is one of the corner stones of democracy.

Dear Editor, Re: P.M. gives instruction on terrorist Are these people nuttas or just frustrated at having no freedom of speech often denied in Samoa? I haven’t seen the video in question.

Dear Editor, When the Prime Minister of the country calls his people dogs, stupid, stinking pigs, uncircumcised horses, and threat to drop an atomic bomb on them, then this much is undeniable, the language he used is low, even worse it cannot be ignored.

Entertainment

Designer Ruth E. Carter, nominated for an Oscar for best costume designs for

'Black Panther' costume designer blazes trail to inspire

Ruth E. Carter is a black woman blazing a trail as a costume designer in a film industry with not many who look like her. 

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Technology

In this Feb. 2, 2019 photo, a guide stands next to a model of the West Sea Barrage in Nampo, North Korea.

North Korea exploring sanctions-proof energy technologies

Power-strapped North Korea is exploring two ambitious alternative energy sources — tidal power and coal-based synthetic fuels — that could greatly improve living standards and reduce its reliance on oil imports and vulnerability to sanctions.

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