NEW ROLES: Sala Fata Pinati, Minister of Tourism, Public Trust and Police and Minister for Revenue and Prisons, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt.

Sala takes on Tourism, P.M. reshuffles Cabinet

The Minister of Police, Sala Fata Pinati, has had two new portfolios added to his workload. He has been given the Samoa Tourism Authority and the Public Trust office. 

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Fuel prices increase for July

Fuel prices will cost you more, starting today. This was announced by the Minister of Finance, Sili Epa Tuioti, yesterday.

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Clerk of the House, Fepuleai Ropati Atila

The new President of Land and Titles Court

It’s official. The Clerk of the Legislative Assembly, Fepuleai Ropati Atila, is the new President of the Land and Titles Court.

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull raises his fist as he speaks to the media during his election campaign at a small business factory in the western suburbs of Sydney.

Australia could soon elect 5th prime minister in 3 years

Australians go to the polls Saturday with the opposition leader vying to become the country's fifth prime minister in three years.

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Defense Secretary Ash Carter listens to a reporter's question during a news conference at the Pentagon, Thursday, June 30, 2016, where he announced new rules allowing transgender individuals to serve openly in the U.S. military.

Pentagon ends ban on transgender troops in military

Transgender people will be allowed to serve openly in the U.S. military, the Pentagon announced Thursday, ending one of the last bans on service in the armed forces.

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Usain Bolt

Bolt through easily to Jamaica's 100-meter semifinals

Usain Bolt spent a few minutes on the grassy infield of National Stadium after his race Thursday night, putting himself through some very slow cool-down jogs.

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Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after winning the Euro 2016 quarterfinal soccer match between Poland and Portugal, at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, France.

Ronaldo struggles as Portugal reaches Euro 2016 semis

When Cristiano Ronaldo failed to deliver, it fell to an 18-year-old newcomer starting his first game to help Portugal reach the semifinals of the European Championship.

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Street Talk

“He,” “she” or “shim”?

It’s the most asked question following the outrage over the death of Jeanine Tuvaiki. Should faafafine be called “he” or “she”? Some people have coined a new term called “shim.” What do you think? Is it appropriate to refer to faafafine as “she.” If yes, why? If no, why? Mathias Huckert asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Toni Amoa, 70


Tua’au Pati, 67


Fa’aa’oa’o Iakopo, 45


Junior, 22


Pati Tauda, 35


Eme Letasi, 19


Think a Minute

Think a minute…If you made a list of your most important priorities, all the people and things that mean the most to you, what would be on your list? You would probably have things like your family, job, schooling, friends and fun. Now look at your life.


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Do you think the Human Rights Protection Party has the right to sell our human rights to foreigners?

Come to think of it though, it seems that perhaps Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, is so obsessed with the idea of selling Samoan passports and citizenships to wealthy foreigners, it’s quite possible that little snag would just not let him sleep at night.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Re: New Airport takes shape Thank you Prime Minister for developing and keeping Samoa relevant with the times. To everyone else, the perspective of hiring Samoans to build the new terminal - so that Samoans can benefit from the venture is a flawed perspective.

Dear Editor, Re: Of Tuilaepa and Faumuina’s wonderful little scrap I would not be surprised if this is just another ploy to divert public attention from real issues and facts. These two individuals are from the same mold and evil mindset.

Re: Govt. rethinks 15-storey building Monuments and obelisks can withstand the test of time, that’s what Stui wants to do because he’s an egomaniac.




While the city has moved on from the pain of Freddie Gray's death and the stunning homicide spike that followed, it continues to feel frustration and anger over the steady stream of murders that continue to plague the city.

#RIP Lor Scoota, Baltimore rapper who tried to stop violence

The news tore across Twitter: A beloved Baltimore rapper was gunned down in broad daylight, moments after promoting peace on the streets at a charity fundraiser.

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This Feb. 14, 2013, file photo shows a Honda logo on the trunk of a Honda automobile at the Pittsburgh Auto Show, in Pittsburgh. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday, June 30, 2016, it is urging owners of 313,000 older Hondas a

Government urges owners of old Hondas to get air bags fixed

The U.S. government is urging owners of 313,000 older Hondas and Acuras to stop driving them and get them repaired after new tests found that their Takata air bag inflators are extremely dangerous.

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