The official ceremony is scheduled to start at 6.05am the next day with the arrival of the official guests.

Flag Day in front of govt. building

The celebration of Samoa’s 55th Independence Day will be held in front of the government building on Thursday morning. It is the beginning of a two-day national holiday declared by the government for the nation to pay tribute to our forebears for the freedom we enjoy today.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Seated second from left, Faimafili Leleisiuao Faimafili Leleisiuao is surrounded by family and friends.

Happy 90th birthday, Faimafili Leleisiuao!

Faimafili Leleisiuao celebrated her 90th birthday at Taumeasina Island Resort on Sunday afternoon.

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EVERY DAY IS MOTHERS DAY: Mothers and their families of the first Assembly Of God church from Puipaa at Paddles Restaurant, Matautu.

Puipa’a A.O.G. pays tribute to mothers

A late Mothers’ Day celebration for members of the first Assembly Of God Church at Puipaa was held at Paddles Restaurant on Friday night.

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Paris mayor, Anne Hidalgo, speaking to media after a meeting with French president Francois Hollande, at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, France.

Paris mayor says 'solution' found for black feminist event

 The mayor of Paris said Monday that a "clear solution" has been found with organizers of a festival for black feminists, an event that had aroused her ire because four-fifths of the festival space was to be open exclusively to black women.

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Bangladeshis stand by the coast of the Bay of Bengal, before the expected landfall of tropical storm Mora in Chittagong, Bangladesh.

Bangladesh ready with evacuation plans as cyclone nears

Bangladesh on Monday was bracing for its first cyclone of the year, with more than 1,000 shelters set up for people who may need to evacuate as the storm approaches the low-lying delta nation.

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Reds centre Henry Taefu.

Red’s Henry Taefu among eight new caps in Manu Samoa’s June squad

Manu Samoa coach, Namualuulu Alama Ieremia, has announced his squad for the June July Internationals.

With Aaron Mauger named as his new Assistant Coach, the squad includes eight new players.

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England's Danny Care celebrates scoring his second try.

England beats Barbarians 28-14 in warmup for Argentina tour

England scored three tries as a weakened team containing eight uncapped players beat the Barbarians 28-14 on Sunday in a final workout before a rugby tour to Argentina next month.

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Street Talk

How do we address number of alcohol-related deaths?

The growing number of alcohol-related deaths is alarming. Hardly a month goes by without several incidents where precious lives are wasted due to alcohol abuse and drinking sessions gone wrong. What can we as a country do to stop these unnecessary deaths? What is your solution? Ilia L. Likou asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Ali Fa’afetai, 37


Iese Faleafa, 16


James Tavana, 47


Joe Kaleopa, 17


Kini Kini, 26


Think a Minute

Think a minute…A pilot was flying his small airplane, a Cessna 150, when suddenly he lost control. His plane began spinning and falling to the ground! He panicked and began doing everything he could think of with the controls.


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Something for everyone at Independence

As we head towards the first day of June on Thursday of this week to celebrate 55 years of Independence, let’s not forget that that is the underlying reason behind the many celebrations that will take place.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor Re: The rise of Tuilaepa as P.M. On 7 December 2011 Terry Bourke considered that without an independent public sector, an anti-corruption body capable of investigating corruption and prosecuting those found responsible for the corruption and an independent Electoral Commission and electoral act which

Dear Editor, Re: Talanoa Lakapi on TV1 This program has not done anything good to the development of rugby but only diminishing the image of our team who won the Sevens series in 2010. Sioeli, you need to respect these boys and you’ll need NOT to include these type of talks in the program.

Dear Editor, Re: Of low hanging fruits and Samoa Mr. Vai Autu, prepare for further annoyance and maybe read and re-read before making assumptions. I am not an American, but am a well educated Australian with more than 30 years experience in the IT and Communications industry.


This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Dwayne Johnson as Mitch Buchannon, left, and Zac Efron as Matt Brody in

'Pirates of the Caribbean' tops box office, 'Baywatch' sinks

It was smooth sailing to the top spot at the box office for "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," but the waters were choppier for the Dwayne Johnson comedy "Baywatch."

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FILE - In this May 21, 2107 file photo people watch a TV news program showing a file image of a missile launch conducted by North Korea, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea.

Leery of North Korea, US plans first test of ICBM intercept

Preparing for North Korea's growing threat, the Pentagon will try to shoot down an intercontinental-range missile for the first time in a test next week.

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