Maiava Iulai Toma.

Ombudsman Maiava Iulai Toma responds

Apia 24, June 2016: The Office of the Ombudsman has received a number of complaints in relation to the article “Suicide in Church Hall” which was published on the front page of the Sunday Samoan on 19 June 2016.

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Some of the new titleholders

Unasa title celebration at Si’ufaga Savai’i

The village of Si’ufaga Savai’i welcomed 53 new holders of the Unasa chiefly title during a colorful and elaborate ceremony on Saturday yesterday.

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Chairman Kasiano Leaupepe

Chairman corrects cultural ‘misconception’

Fa’afafines might have become members of the modern Samoan community but in the traditional Samoan set up, they were not part of the picture.

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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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Spain women copy men and take last Olympic rugby 7s berth

The Spain women's rugby sevens team followed its men into the Rio de Janeiro Olympics by winning the last qualifying spot in Dublin on Sunday.

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F.F.A’s grassroots development aims to develop future football stars in Samoa.

Quality coaches the target

The combination of quality coaching and the right support systems produce top athletes and winning teams. With that in mind, Football Federation Samoa (F.F.S) is working with football’s governing body, FIFA, to produce Samoa’s very own quality coaches. 

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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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Think a Minute

Think a minute…A hotel sign in Tokyo, Japan had this rule on it: “Is forbidden to steal towels please. If you are not person to do such is please not to read sign.” Someone said that rules are like a fence around us.


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The right of a child is worth fighting for

Another week another dollar, they say. And as we get down to business – with work or whatever your weekly routine is after taking some time off during the weekend – there is no doubt that there are so many issues we are faced with that demands our serious attention.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Re: Parliament passes budget Samoa has finally put things in perspective and realized that a well run govt. with objectivity in creating a fiscal responsible budget is the only way that can free itself from easy credit lending of the Worlds Bank and its affiliates.

Re: May the late Jeanine Tuivaiki, rest in peace It’s ok Mr. Editor-in-Chief, you did not do anything that led to the death of anyone.

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.




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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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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