The taxi that crashed into the BBQ restaurant after bumping the pedestrians.

Speeding taxi lands three in hospital

Speeding has allegedly led to another vehicle crash and injuries to three pedestrians, including a three-year-old girl, who is in a critical condition at the Moto’otua hospital. The traffic accident at around 2pm yesterday occurred when a speeding taxi—which according to eyewitnesses was in a race with another vehicle—hit three pedestrians on Levili road and landed in a nearby restaurant.

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Local

Sister Emanuela Betham celebrates 60 years of service within the Missionaries Sisters of the Society of Mary.

Family and friends join Sister Emanuela’s celebrations

Families and friends of Sister Emanuela Betham gathered on Saturday evening to commemorate her 60 years of service in the order of Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary (SMSM). Sister Emanuela, 88, dedicated her life to being an educator and Sister of the order of SMSM at the age of 19 and entered the convent in 1955. 

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Julie Bright and Family.

Meet a few volunteers currently in Samoa

Volunteers come from far and wide to immerse themselves in Samoa and its culture. They give their time and energy, and in return are rewarded with a lifelong experience, deep connections and new skills. 

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World

A police officer investigating the murder of British tourist Grace Millane stands at a crime scene along a section of Scenic Drive in the Waitakere Ranges outside Auckland, New Zealand, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. New Zealand police said Saturday, Dec. 8, that

New Zealand police find body they believe is British tourist

New Zealand police said Sunday they found a body they believe to be that of missing 22-year-old British tourist Grace Millane. Police said the body was in a forested area about 10 meters (33 feet) from the side of the road in the Waitakere Ranges near Auckland.

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The Israeli military says it has opened an investigation into the death of Habali after a video surfaced appearing to show him being shot in the back.

Israeli military probes shooting of Palestinian in the back

The Israeli military on Sunday said it has opened an investigation into the death of a 22-year-old Palestinian man in the West Bank after a video surfaced appearing to show him being shot in the back.

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Sport

Samoa 10th at Cape Town Sevens

Samoa 7s played in the Challenge final yesterday/this morning for the second World Rugby Sevens Series event in a row. However after last week’s 9th place finish in Dubai, Samoa finished 10th overall having lost their final 14-38 to Argentina.

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Fiji wins Cape Town Rugby Sevens as US falls in final again

Fiji capitalized on mistake after mistake by the United States to win the Cape Town World Rugby Sevens 29-15 on Sunday, sending the Americans to a second straight defeat in a final at the start of the season.

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Street Talk

Public welcome World AIDS Day

Samoa joined the international community last Saturday December 1 to mark the 2018 World AIDS Day with a parade, a float and speeches by dignitaries including Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi. Our reporter Yolanda Lavata’i met members of the public to get their views on the deadly disease and what should be done.

Aiatia Notoa, 20

Vailima

Jennifer Ah Ching, 28

Fagalii

Mareta Arp, 28

Alafua

Muliau Isaako, 69

Sogi

Shary Tasipale, 19

Lalovaea

Susana Talaiti, 29

Tuanai

Think a Minute

Think a minute…A father was trying to get his little boy to drink a glass of milk, but the son kept refusing, so the battle of wills was on. The father then poured himself a glass of milk and challenged his son to a race to see who could drink their milk the fastest. When the son had finished drinking his entire glass of milk, he said: “Let’s race again!”

Editorial

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Climate change is real, show empathy and leadership

Forget what the climate change skeptics are saying—it is real and already affecting millions of lives on the planet—including the Pacific Islands. In America authorities put the death toll from the devastating fires in California last month at 85.

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Letters to the Editor

Re: China demands release Interesting arrest if Trump was not aware of it. Especially interesting as it happened while he was dining with Chinese president Xi.

Re: Minister slams door on sex education call I am sick to death of these over educated people who either, did not know the warning pen by the late, or, had known and completely went against Lemalu Tate Simi encomiums:

Re: Chinese influence in Samoa We as an ethnic group carry a stigma with the outside world from NZ, Australia and in the US. To them, we ethic Samoans, are dumb people. The prime minister and PS Jeffrey here are prime examples.

Entertainment

Brandi Carlile performs at One Love Malibu at King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas.

Rise up: Female voices take center stage at Grammys

After being nearly muted at this year's ceremony, the 2019 Grammys are shaping up to be the year of the woman, with powerful female voices representing the majority in two of the top categories.

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Technology

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, the Chang'e 4 lunar probe launches from the the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province.

China launches pioneering mission to far side of moon

China launched a ground-breaking mission Saturday to land a spacecraft on the largely unexplored far side of the moon, demonstrating its growing ambitions as a space power to rival Russia, the European Union and the U.S.

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