So'oalo Roger Stanley.

President speaks out

The President of the Samoa Fa’afafine Association, So’oalo Roger Stanley, is adamant. He says it matters little whether people choose to refer to him as a “she” or a “he.” 

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TEAM PARKER: Lupesoliai Laauli Joseph Parker with the team from Digicel Samoa Ltd (L-R), Toalepai Waikato Lefale, C.E.O, Rory Condon and Chairma, Pepe Fia’ailetoa Fruean.

Parker is Digicel’s new brand Ambassador

Digicel’s newest Brand Ambassador is Professional heavyweight boxer, Lupesoliai Joseph Parker.

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Pastor Ma’anaima Pepa Aloali’i

Church mourns Pastor Ma’anaima’s passing

The church fraternity is mourning the loss of a beloved leader, pioneer.

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World

A Somali soldier takes position during an attack on Nasahablod Hotel, in Mogadishu, Somalia, Saturday, a June 25, 2016.

At least 14 killed in Somalia hotel attack; police say ended

Gunmen stormed a hotel in Somalia's seaside capital Saturday, taking guests hostage and "shooting at everyone they could see," before security forces pursued the grenade-throwing assailants to the top floor and ended the hours-long assault, police and witnesses said. At least 14 people were killed.

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Amy Nelson, 30, breaks down as she goes through the remains of her home devastated by a wildfire, Saturday, June 25, 2016, in South Lake, Calif.

Officials: 150 homes burned in deadly California wildfire

A voracious and deadly wildfire in central California has burned 150 homes and the toll may rise, fire officials said Saturday. The tally rose from 80 homes as firefighters began going through neighborhoods to count houses and mobile homes incinerated by the blaze.

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Sport

British boxer Anthony Joshua, left, fights U.S. boxer Dominic Breazeale during their IBF heavyweight title bout at the O2 Arena in London

Joshua knocks out Breazeale to defend IBF heavyweight title

Anthony Joshua defended his IBF heavyweight title by knocking out Dominic Breazeale in the seventh round Saturday, ending his American challenger's unbeaten record.

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New Zealand All Blacks' Beauden Barrett scores against Wales during the third and final test match between the All Blacks and Wales on Saturday, June 25, 2016,  at Forsyth Barr Stadium, in Dunedin.

New Zealand beats Wales 46-6 in 3rd test

Flyhalf Beauden Barrett scored two tries and 26 points as New Zealand crushed Wales 46-6 in the 3rd rugby test on Saturday to sweep the three-match series 3-0.

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Street Talk

What is the solution to our youth problems?

Ilia Likou was told by those interviewed that lax discipline, failing families, the diminishing authority of the church and the failure of government to create opportunities for jobs are some of the contributing factors.

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Vaitele Fou

Viena Upu, 60

Sinamoga

Fa’aaliga Auvele

Lupepe Simati, 52

Foailalo

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Ululoloa

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Malie

Think a Minute

Think a minute…Imagine that every morning somebody put $86,400 in your bank account. Then, every night whatever you didn’t spend that day was taken out of your account and thrown away. Wouldn’t you take out every cent of your $86,400 and spend it every day? So none of it would be wasted or thrown away.

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May the late Jeanine Tuivaiki, rest in peace

Two days ago, a letter from the Attorney General’s Office arrived. Sent by the office’s Principal Legal Secretary, Fagalele Iosefa-Tualatamalelagi, it is in connection with the death of the late, Jeanine Tuivaiki.

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Letters to the Editor

The Attorney General’s office has opened a legislative file as a result of the reporting of the death of Jeanine Tuivaiki. Attorney General states: “This is to do with suggested suicides, and how the reporting of this can be appropriately guided by law.

Dear Editor, As a resident of Vailele, I am very thankful to the Ministry of Works, Transport and Infrastructure under the L.T.A Road Construction Development Projects for fixing the two roads at Vailele. The roads were in a very bad condition compared to the amount of road users travelling and using them everyday especially during school time at Samoa Primary.

Dear Editor, Wow. England has voted to leave the EU. Although I hate to see the rise of right wing nationalism, which is the real reason the Brits voted to leave the EU, I think the status quo is underestimating the anger that people are feeling towards the elites who globalization is working for, while not working for many and leaving so many struggling to make ends meet.

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VIDEOS

Entertainment

New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham waits for the arrival of the annual Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, in New York. Cunningham, a longtime fashion photographer for The New York Times known for taking pictures of everyday people on the streets

Bill Cunningham, NY Times fashion photographer, dies at 87

Bill Cunningham, a longtime fashion photographer for The New York Times known for taking pictures of everyday people on the streets of New York, has died. He was 87.

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Technology

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton checks her mobile phone after her address to the Security Council at United Nations headquarters.

Emails: Key security features disabled on Clinton's server

State Department staffers wrestled for weeks in December 2010 over a serious technical problem with then-Secretary Hillary Clinton's home email server, causing them to temporarily disable security features that left the server more vulnerable to hackers, according to emails released Wednesday.

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