PARTNERSHIP: Minister Julie Bishop inking the New Aid Partnership Arrangement with Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi pictured here with the Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Peseta Noumea Simi.

Aussie Minister announces $2.5million bridge help

The government of Australia will fund the construction of five bridges – including the reconstruction of the Leone Bridge – it was revealed yesterday.

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Local

Auelua Taito Enari with Elisha Terinaite Aiafi and Mercy Tausili Top Equal Foundation Commerce Students

Foundation students graduate at N.U.S.

Foundation students at the National University of Samoa (N.U.S) celebrated the end of another step in their academic lives yesterday.

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L-R Rory Condon (CEO Digicel Samoa), competition winners Iloauila and Faalagolago Aumua, Chloe Faaiuaso, Digicel Sponsorship & PR

Digicel sends customers to world title fight

As the excitement builds for this Saturday’s WBO World Heavyweight bout between Lupesoliai Joseph Parker and Andy Ruiz, Digicel is sending two lucky customers on an all-expenses paid trip to Auckland to watch the fight.

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World

A Navy sailor salutes the USS Arizona memorial as the USS Halsey passes by the memorial, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, in Honolulu.

Ships, jets, giant crowd mark Pearl Harbor anniversary event

Thousands observed a moment of silence before fighter jets streaked across the sky during a ceremony Wednesday at Pearl Harbor marking the 75th anniversary of the attack that plunged the United States into World War II and left more than 2,300 service people dead.

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Ghana Incumbent President, John Dramani Mahama candidate of the National Democratic Congress, second left, validates his name before casting his vote during the Presidential and parliamentary election, in Bole Ghana, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016.

Ghana president, longtime opposition leader face off in vote

Ghanaians began lining up at polling stations before dawn on Wednesday to elect their next president as the West African nation hopes to reaffirm its reputation as a model of democracy on the continent.

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Sport

Athletics Samoa: Some of the participants at Apia Park ready to put in work.

Athletics Samoa a hit

Now that formalities are done and dusted, it’s time to for the games to begin.   

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Leading by example: Captain Tila Mealoi putting his body on the line for the tackle in Dubai.

Accuracy demanded for Cape Town assignment

“The mind set is to take one step better than we did last week and keep moving forward.”

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Street Talk

Money from Samoa for Parker fight

The news that Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has donated SAT$230.000 from Samoa for the heavyweight boxing title fight featuring Lupesoliai Joseph Parker in Auckland next month, has hit the headlines. In return, Samoa will be promoted as a tourist destination and as an investment opportunity to millions of viewers. Natasha Schmidt asked the people what they thought about the donation and this is what they said:

Tanaleaid Malouamaua Lusiano

Faleasiu

Sanete Seikliaki

Puipa’a

Lui Anae

Leauvaa

Namia Faleata

Alamagoto

Think a Minute

Think a minute… Many marriages are not happy simply because the husband and wife don’t understand each other’s needs. Men and women are very different creatures! Remember the best-selling book, Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus?

Editorial

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Self-confidence key ingredient

We’re not going to lie. There is a lot of work to be done for the Manu Samoa Sevens in the upcoming months, including this weekend during the second leg of the H.S.B.C Sevens Series.

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Letters to the Editor

Re: Waterfront plan released The P.M wants to construct Samoa to mimic Brazil, Indonesia and other island nations. It is great when the population is at this level.

Re: Dux pays tribute to her father A big fa’amalo and congratulations to Tauatua Lilomaiava Fou Taioalo for your achievement.

Re: Police under scrutiny Why are we babying the very people that are tasked with protecting the people and upholding our laws?

Entertainment

Filmmaker Erik Anders Lang, left, and singer Sia

Singer Sia and filmmaker-husband Erik Anders Lang separate

Grammy-nominated singer Sia and her filmmaker-husband, Erik Anders Lang, are separating.

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Technology

A man passes by the Samsung Electronics Co. logos at its headquarters in Seoul, South Korea.

High court sides with Samsung in patent dispute with Apple

The Supreme Court unanimously sided with smartphone maker Samsung on Tuesday in its high-profile patent dispute with Apple over design of the iPhone.

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