IN NEW YORK: P.M. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi and some members of his delegation in New York.

P.M. addresses world leaders in New York

“The ocean and its resources continue to be critical to the livelihoods of our people and region. The impacts of Climate Change, Illegal Unregulated Unreported fishing and overfishing are threatening the sustainability of this crucial resource of our region” – Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi

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WELCOME TO SAMOA: Max and Karen Orley at the Samoa Tourism Information Centre in Apia.

Couple share thoughts about Samoa, bus experience most memorable

Max and Karen Orley were on a mission. They were heading to the Information Centre in Apia to find what is there there to see in Upolu having just discovered that their accommodation was a little further out than they intended to be. 

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OUR SECOND HOME: Carolyn and Kevin on their seventh holiday at Stevensons in Manase, Savai’i.

Stevensons at Manase home for Kiwi couple

Carolyn and Kevin look very much at home lounging around the pool at Stevenson’s at Manase. The Dear Tourist finds out very quickly that the couple have a rental suite there and that this is their seventh time to Samoa.

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe walks to his seat at a luncheon with President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the Palace Hotel during the United Nations General Assembly, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, in New York.

Does NKorean H-bomb threat push US closer to war?

Would exploding a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific, as North Korea has threatened, push the current war of words between the U.S. and North Korea closer to actual war?

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North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho gets into a car at Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing.

NKorea minister calls Trump's threat 'sound of dog barking'

North Korea's foreign minister has described as "the sound of a dog barking" President Donald Trump's threat to destroy his country.

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England coach Eddie Jones.

4 Lions players omitted from England rugby training camp

Four players who toured New Zealand with the British and Irish Lions have been omitted from the latest England squad selected for an early-season training camp.

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Taula fires up Eels ahead of Super rugby play offs

The Eels rugby team yesterday received a much-needed boost ahead of the all-important semifinal of the Super Nine competition at Apia Park today.

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Street Talk

Line blurred between tips and bribery

The difference between tipping and bribery has been spelt out by a Cabinet Minister who said public servants should not feel bad about accepting tips for doing their work. The Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tioniso Hunt, said it is only wrong when public servants accept bribes. What do you think? Should members of the public be encouraged to tip public servants, especially people like Customs officials? Ulimasao Fata asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Mele Maulolo Iasoni, 47


Paulo Ilalio Fonoti

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Pearlynn Brown


Peleti Aso, 36


Saili Talimasealii, 51


Seufale Filipo Foaluga


Think a Minute

Think a minute…Buzzards and bees are very different in their eating habits. Buzzards fly circling above looking for animals that are either hurt or dead. Then they swoop down to tear and feast on it until it is gone.


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Lupesoliai Parker shouldn’t let the occasion get the better of him

It’s not heavyweight boxing without the drama. That’s for sure. And so it’s hardly surprising to see Segiali’i David Higgins’ shenanigans in London on the eve of one of Lupesoliai Joseph Parker’s biggest fights in his career.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor Re: Stop being hysterical Thanks for the question Mr. Editor; I’m a retiree now, and transiting often between Palisi and Brisbane. And in my spare time, proud to acknowledge I’m still scavenging at tips in Queensland turning trash into gold.

Dear Editor Re: Samoa Founded on Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi of Lepa? If the Ministry of Health did their jobs and we could trust they are inspecting things properly, no disgruntled employee would be able to tell a story on social media that people might believe.

Dear Editor Re: M.P. blasts Minister So during the process, there may be discussion or reference to a tip while assessment of the shipments value for duty or tax purposes, but because the pay off happens after all is said and done, it is a tip and not a bribe.


In this photo taken on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, Itir Esen, 18, smiles after being crowned as Miss Turkey 2017 in Istanbul.

Miss Turkey dethroned over 'unacceptable' tweet on coup

Organizers have stripped Miss Turkey 2017 of her crown over a social media posting that was deemed insulting to the memory of the 250 people killed while opposing last year's failed military coup.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Facebook to release Russia ads, beef up election 'integrity'

Facebook is slowly acknowledging the outsized — if unintended — role it played in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.

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