Toa Samoa rookie proud to be home

You can take the boy out of Samoa but never Samoa out of the boy. Despite being born and nurtured in a different country, Jarome Luai, the least experienced member of the Toa Samoa squad, is proud to be back to the place he calls home. The youngest star of the national rugby league team hails from the village of Palauli, Savai’i.

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DREAM THE IMPOSSIBLE: Paulo Pisa from Sala’ilua, Savaii.

Man from Sala’ilua, Savai’i ready to see the world

Don’t ever stop dreaming in life. What you wish for may one day come true, even if you think it’s impossible. It surely worked for 19-year-old Paulo Pisa whose childhood dreams just came true.

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FAMILY MAN: Toleafoa Sanerivi from Utuali’i.

Family survives off fishing

Be patient and calm. No one can catch fish in anger. That’s one of the number one rules for 57-year-old Toleafoa Sanerivi from Utuali’i. The Village Voice met him while on his way to fish on the other side of his village.

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World

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech at the opening ceremony of the 19th Party Congress held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China.

Xi says China's prospects are bright but challenges severe

Chinese President Xi Jinping trumpeted his nation's prospects as bright but made a rare acknowledgement of severe economic challenges as he opened the Communist Party's twice-a-decade national congress on Wednesday.

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U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, left, and Japan's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Shinsuke Sugiyama shake hands prior to their bilateral meeting at Iikura Guest House in Tokyo.

US, Japan agree to maximize diplomatic pressure on N. Korea

U.S. and Japanese diplomats agreed Tuesday to maximize pressure on North Korea to resolve tensions over its nuclear program, while citing the need to be prepared for the worst if diplomacy fails.

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Sport

Warren Gatland.

Gatland rules out 3rd stint as British and Irish Lions coach

Warren Gatland says he does not want to coach the British and Irish Lions for a third time.

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Lions' George North injures his shoulder during the Rugby Union match - Hurricanes v British & Irish Lions.

Wales wing North injures knee, out of November tests

Wing George North will miss Wales' four tests in November and December after hurting his left knee last weekend.

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Street Talk

Questions over sports administration

The administration of sports in Samoa has come under the microscope once more. American-based Samoan Sprinter, Jeremy Dodson, has raised serious questions about the way sports are run. “From the three years I have represented Samoa, I have seen officials do nothing but get free trips, trips spent lounging in sponsored hotels while athletes eat processed food,” he said. “I have seen officials get elected not off merits, but friendships.

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Think a Minute

Think a minute…A woman worried for 40 years that she would die of cancer. She never got cancer and eventually died of old age. She wasted more than half of her life worrying about the wrong thing. Today we will continue our strategy for winning over worry.

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“At the end of day, S.L.C. paid $490,000 for an expensive broken down elevator”

As Members of Parliament, whether they belong to the H.R.P.P. or the Opposition Party, we know they have a sacred responsibility to do what is right in the eyes of the people they serve. Not to mention God who sees everything.

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Letters to the Editor

Re: H.R.P.P. rift emerges Seeing Leala Rimoni Aiafi’s comments about what’s happening in the H.R.P.P. reminds me of the saying: “If you hadn’t opened your mouth we wouldn’t have known you were stupid.”

Dear Editor Re: H.R.P.P rift emerges Politicians are power hungry. This is a problem Faumuina has rightly highlighted. But who will lead after Tuilaepa is a very valid concern. Fiame is a very experienced politician well capable.

Re: M.P. blasts Minister Are you telling me to shut up and allow these people to continue to abuse power? That is why the corruption is prevalent and perpetuated.

Entertainment

Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the 24th annual ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel Beverly Hills on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, in Los Angeles.

Witherspoon reveals Hollywood assault; Lawrence talks abuse

Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Lawrence used their speeches at a Hollywood event honoring women to detail experiences of assault and harassment at the hands of directors and producers and pledged to do more to stop such situations from happening.

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Technology

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, file photo, an autonomous vehicle is driven by an engineer on a street in an industrial park in Boston.

Self-driving cars could ease traffic, but increase sprawl

A new study inspired by Boston's early experiments with self-driving cars finds that the technology could ease congestion, but might also lead to more cars on the road and further encourage urban sprawl.

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