DAME MEG: Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Secretary General and FORUM CHAIR: P.M. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegoaoi.

Forum calls for submissions to improve business opportunities

The Pacific Islands Forum is committed to a regional policy agenda that is inclusive, transparent, and owned by its constituents. Earlier this month the Forum Chair and Prime Minster of Samoa, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegoaoi, launched the Forum’s Regional Policy Consultations and called on the “people, communities, and organisations of the region to come forward and share their insights and ideas”.

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Meafou Mariota.

Children model their parents’ actions

Meet Meafou Mariota from Pata, Falelatai. Meafou is a mother of four and she believes hard work is the real essence of great things. And to spread that belief to ensure that when her children grow up, they will not take the wrong path in life, she is setting a good example for them.

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FUN DAY: S.V.S.G. children celebrating World Children’s Day.

A day for the world’s children

Children are gifts from God. Parents are seen as the protectors of children in this world. Yet some children are no longer safe with their own parents and within their own homes. 

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World

This combination of images made from Nov. 13, 2017, surveillance video released by the United Nations Command shows a North Korean soldier running from a jeep and then shot by North Korean soldiers in Panmunjom, North Korea, before collapsing across the b

Cold War drama caught on video as N. Korean soldier escapes

 It's 3:11 p.m. on a cold, gray day on the North Korean side of the most heavily armed border in the world, and a lone soldier is racing toward freedom.

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Zimbabwe's President in waiting Emmerson Mnangagwa, greets supporters gathered outside the Zanu-PF party headquarters in Harare.

Zimbabwe's incoming leader Mnangagwa returns home to cheers

Zimbabwe's incoming leader Emmerson Mnangagwa made a triumphant return Wednesday, telling cheering supporters that the country is witnessing "a new and unfolding democracy."

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Sport

Manu Samoa Head Coach: Sir Gordon Tietjens.

Manu Samoa contracts 22 Sevens players

Twenty-two players have secured contracts to be part of the Manu Samoa 7s team at the 2017 and 2018 I.R.B. World Sevens Series.

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Adam Coleman of Australia scores a try.

Wallabies lock Adam Coleman joins Melbourne Rebels

Wallabies lock Adam Coleman has signed to play Super Rugby for the Melbourne Rebels from 2018 on a two-year contract.

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Street Talk

Head of State or Governor General?

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s government has moved to amend the Constitution once more in relation to the position of the Head of State. But the change has given rise to suggestions that since anyone is now eligible to become the Head of State, is it not time to consider changing the title from Head of State to Governor General. What do you think? Ioana Tupa’i asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Manunu

Asafo Keti

Salani Falealili

Ene Taliaoa

Vaitele-uta

Foutanu Maiai

Saoluafata

Lemanaia Simone

Luatuanuú

Michael Tamanikaiyoroi

Aleisa

Talimalama Tenari

Salesātele Falealili

Think a Minute

Think a minute…In 1972 Life magazine published a story about the true adventures of John Goddard. When he was 15-years-old John heard his grandmother sadly say: “If only I had done that when I was young…” At that moment, John determined not to have regrets at the end of his life, so he wrote down 127 goals for his life.

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P.M. Tuilaepa attacks media for reporting on incest and rape! Why? Is he worried that without tourists, his baby Samoa Airways would repeat the horror that’s still haunting him today?

Around three months ago during a press conference, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi apparently vented his rage against the media and the Police, accusing them of giving Samoa a bad name around the world with what he claimed, were repeated media reports on incest and rape right here in Samoa.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor Re: Govt’s criminal libel move ‘serious concern’ Just because the Prime Minister does not want the whole country and the whole world to know and bring to light all the corruption under his leadership, that is why all of a sudden he gives credit to the previous administrations:

Dear Editor Re: World Rugby hits back at P.M. Tuilaepa, disputes bankruptcy claim World Rugby has to dispute any statement by SRU because of the worldwide media and so they did just that. It makes broad statements without details.

Dear Editor Re: From Mugabe to Tuilaepa, what is really hurting Samoa People living in Samoa must stand up to this lack of transparency by the Chief Auditor and the PM. Hold all the HRPP party members accountable and organise a democratic election to put qualified and trustworthy people into Government, who declare their assets when they arrive into Parliament and when they leave!

Entertainment

Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys arrive at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas.

Nick Carter 'shocked,' 'saddened' by singer's assault claim

Nick Carter says he's "shocked and saddened" by accusations made by a singer who said he raped her about 15 years ago.

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Technology

Facebook says it will show users if they followed or

Did you 'like' Russian propaganda? Facebook will clue you in

Facebook says it will show users if they followed or 'liked' Russia propaganda accounts on its service or on Instagram.

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