CHRISTCHURCH BOUND: Minister of Finance, Sili Epa Tuioti and Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi with Aukusitino Niko, Pinati Titae and Faleupolu Tavita.

Samoans for Christchurch rebuild

Three local carpenters are heading to Christchurch, New Zealand. Recruited under the Christchurch Rebuild Programme, Faleupolu Tavita, of Vaivase, Pinati Titae of Satupaitea and Aukusitino Niko of Vailu’utai were chosen from a pool of applicants for the 12-month programme. 

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Local

A vehicle that belongs to Island Rock Company Ltd was smashed.

Stone fight leaves residents in fear

Residents and business owners in the Togafuafua area on the outskirts of the Apia Township are fearful. 

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Manager of Kyocera Copiers at S.S.A.B., George Te’o, Deputy C.E.O. of S.S.A.B., Gase Manila Pelenato, Managing Director Fiti Leung Wai, Dora Malele, Aumua Ming Leung Wai, General Manager of Kyocera New Zealand Angus Malietoa and Keith Gulliver.

Local technicians empowered

Technicians working at Samoa Stationery and Books (S.S.A.B.) have found a new spring in their step after a week-long training last week.

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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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FILE - In this July 1, 2016 file photo, a ruby star on the Kremlin's Nikolskaya Tower is reflected in a window glass of GUM department store in Red Square in Moscow, Russia.

'Anything's possible' _ Obama points to Russia on DNC hack

Russia may have been behind the leak of hacked Democratic National Committee documents, President Barack Obama said Tuesday in his first public comments on the breach.

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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:

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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!

Editorial

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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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VIDEOS

Entertainment

Beyonce performs 'Freedom' at the BET Awards in Los Angeles.

Beyonce, Adele, Kanye West earn top nominations at MTV VMAs

Beyonce and Adele are the top nominees at the MTV Video Music Awards, where their music videos will compete against Kanye West's controversial "Famous" for video of the year.

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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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