WORD OF CAUTION: Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi addresses the village leaders and representatives during meeting.

“Don’t be easily fooled,” P.M. tells Village leaders

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has cautioned leaders and representatives of the Government in villages not to be “easily fooled” by people making claims that Samoa’s land has been “taken by China.” He also warned against being misled by people who claim that they are legal experts and know-it all when it comes to matters of customary lands. Prime Minister Tuilaepa did not name anyone in particular and he wasn’t immediately available to elaborate.

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Tahere Talaina Si'isi'ialafia at the Samoa National Youth Council Annual General Meeting.

Youth can become leaders outside politics

Young people can become good leaders in their community without entering politics, says university lecturer Tahere Talaina Si'isi'ialafia.

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DETERMINED GROUP: United Uso aiming for the best.

Dance crew determined to be the best

The United Uso dance crew will not throw in the towel in their strive to be Samoa’s top dance group. 

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World

Supporters of Brazil's new President Jair Bolsonaro display a giant banner of him on his inauguration day in Brasilia, Brazil.

Brazil's Bolsonaro makes stumbling start as president

A few days after being inaugurated, new Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced a tax increase, only to have his chief-of-staff say hours later that the boss "had been wrong."

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., meets with reporters in her first formal news conference, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Pelosi says Trump 'silent' on postponing State of the Union

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says President Donald Trump has yet to respond to her request that he postpone his State of the Union address until the government is reopened so workers can be paid for providing security for the grand Washington tradition.

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Sport

Kelvin Masoe of Frankie Tama Uli Salelologa breaks free at last year’s tournament.

Frankie 7s the start of Savaii club rugby season

Rugby in Savaii kicks off tomorrow with the first leg of the Frankie 7s tournament, organised by the Fa’asaleleaga Rugby Union.

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S.R.U’s Chief Executive Officer, Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i and Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

S.R.U. doing better financially, but “not out of the woods yet”

Samoa Rugby Union chief executive officer Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i said despite progress being made, there are still financial issues from the past that need to be addressed.

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Street Talk

Strong support for call for tougher penalties

An Associate Minister, Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi, has called for tougher penalties for anyone charged and found guilty of first-degree murder. His comments follow the sentencing of Simanu’a Manuele of Falefa and Toamua — who pleaded guilty to two charges of murder — and was given a life imprisonment sentence by the Supreme Court. Leala said in many cases, murder convicts are placed on parole after ten years. This is not fair considering the seriousness of the offending. What do you think? Yumi Epati Tala’ave and Misiona Simo asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Fetuna’i Simanu, 51

Vaivase-Uta

John Sasagi, 28

Apia

Laina Danny, 45

Vaitele-Fou

Lui Leuta, 53

Siusega

Saoalii Peter, 60

Satapuala

Amio Telea, 37

Satitoa

Think a Minute

Think a minute… The statesman and financer Cecil Rhodes who started his world-famous Rhodes Scholarships was also known for being a fine dresser. He once invited a young man to his home for dinner.

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Joining the dots in the minimum wage debate and hoping for the best for Samoa

$2.30 is legally the minimum wage in Samoa – not even enough for a loaf of bread in an Apia supermarket. One would need another .20 sene to buy bread, and even more to get a tin of mackerel.

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Letters to the Editor

Re: P.M. on minimum wage If you increase the wages, doesn’t that give enough money for people to put back to the economy. There will be more money for people to spend on goods, food, fa’alavelave, schooling and church donations.

Dear Editor, Re: Disappointing results The long awaited results for national exams this year have again come with great disappointment. For a few years now our national examinations have been a nightmare.

Re: Gabbard’s strong support in Samoa That’s an interesting conclusion to assume because Gabbard was born in American Samoa that this would be a good thing for Samoa. Obama’s father was born in Kenya, his relatives still lived there, but what did Obama do for Kenya or any country in Africa.

Entertainment

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Netflix has no plans to cut 'Bird Box' scene despite outcry

Netflix's post-apocalyptic survival film "Bird Box" is drawing criticism for using footage of a real fiery train disaster but the streaming giant has no plans to remove it.

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Technology

Microsoft Corp. President Brad Smith speaks Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, during a news conference in Bellevue.

Microsoft pledges $500M to tackle Seattle housing crisis

Microsoft says it will devote $500 million to address a problem its own success helped create: the severe need for affordable housing in the Seattle area.

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