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Samoan man arrested over human trafficking and slavery identified as Viliamu Samu

The Samoan man arrested in New Zealand for human trafficking and slavery in relation to labourers from Samoa has been identified.

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Skyeye chief executive Faasootauloa Sam Saili with Afamasaga Rico Tupai minister for communications information and technology.

Find it with Maua – how it works

Skyeye’s latest innovation, which won T $320,000 (not $230,000 as previously reported) in funding from the largest international mobile association, will also be able to make money.

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Minister of Prison and Correction Services, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt. Photo/Samoa Observer.

Juvenile detention center to be relocated

The Ministry of Prison and Correction Services will relocate the juvenile detention center to Tanumalala, despite spending $9.6 million on land in Oloamanu.

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World

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Australia recognizes west Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Australia has decided to formally recognize west Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but won't move its embassy until there's a peace settlement between Israel and the Palestinians, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Saturday.

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Visitors look at a display for 5G wireless technology from Chinese technology firm Huawei at the PT Expo in Beijing.

Executive's arrest, security worries stymie Huawei's reach

While a Huawei executive faces possible U.S. charges over trade with Iran, the Chinese tech giant's ambition to be a leader in next-generation telecoms is colliding with security worries abroad.

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Sport

FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 file photo, New Zealand rugby coach Steve Hansen walks on the field before the rugby union international match between England and New Zealand at Twickenham stadium in London. All Blacks coach Steve Hansen will step

Search begins for next All Blacks coach

The most sought-after coaching position in world rugby became available Friday when All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen announced he will step down after the 2019 World Cup.

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Kelvin R Tremain Memorial Player of the Year winner Black Ferns Kendra Cocksedge.2018 NZ Rugby Awards.

Cocksedge makes history as 1st woman named Player of Year

Black Ferns scrumhalf Kendra Cocksedge has made history as the first woman to be named New Zealand Rugby Player of the Year.

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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.

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Tuanai

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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Identifying our friends in the climate change debate

In a time when the world critically needed leadership by the planet’s biggest carbon emitters, everyone failed to show-up. Vulnerable island states—from the Pacific to the Indian Oceans and to the Caribbean—whose future ironically now lies in the hands of those who couldn’t care less, made emphatic and emotional presentations at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNCCC).

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Letters to the Editor

As the year draws to an end perhaps it would be remiss not to extend a token of appreciation to all the local businesses in the Private-sector that have endeavored against all odds throughout the year.

I dont know why Mataafa you’re even writing about this when it’s all over and done with. You say there’s an inquest in NZ? Our court already answered that question but the family were dissatisfied.

Dear Editor, As the year draws to an end perhaps it would be remiss not to extend a token of appreciation to all the local businesses in the Private-sector that have endeavored against all odds throughout the year.

Entertainment

This image released by Sony Pictures Animations shows a scene from

'Spider-Verse' swings to the top; 'Mortal Engines' tanks

"Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" swung to the top of the domestic box office in its first weekend in theaters, proving that there is widespread audience interest in big screen animated versions of Marvel's marquee superheroes.

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Technology

This March 22, 2016, photo provided by Lockheed Martin shows the first GPS III satellite inside the anechoic test facility at Lockheed Martin's complex south of Denver.

US Air Force set to launch 1st next-generation GPS satellite

After months of delays, the U.S. Air Force is about to launch the first of a new generation of GPS satellites, designed to be more accurate, secure and versatile.

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