Samoa Airport Authority.

S.A.A. Christmas parties illegal

Samoa Airport Authority illegally used public funds to host end-of-the-year Christmas and farewell parties and paid $1000 to a staff member whose house was damaged by fire. Controller and Chief Auditor, Fuimaono Camillo Afele, made these findings in his report on the financial affairs of the Samoa Airport Authority (S.A.A.) to Parliament for the financial year ending June 30, 2013.

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Sefuiva Charlene Malele.

Inquiry into Clerk about to be completed

The inquiry into the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly, Sefuiva Charlene Malele, is about to be completed. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr Sailele Malielegaoi, who is also Minister for the Office of the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly (O.C.L.A.), said the report will be handed to him upon its completion and they will accept its findings.

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Julie Bishop  and Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr Sailele Malielegaoi.

Prime Minister to address Lowy Institute

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr Sailele Malielegaoi will give an address at the Lowy Institute in Sydney, Australia on August 30.

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FILE - In this July 30, 2018, file photo, Indonesian soldiers and rescue team gather to prepare for evacuating tourists from Mount Rinjani, seen in the background, at Sembalun in East Lombok, Indonesia. A strong earthquake jolted the Indonesian island of

Quakes cut power, topple buildings on Indonesian island

A strong earthquake has cut power across the Indonesian island of Lombok and destroyed buildings as the tourist hotspot tries to recover from a temblor earlier this month that killed hundreds of people.

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A stranded woman gestures towards her house as she asks for more essential supplies from a volunteer in a flooded area in Chengannur in the southern state of Kerala, India, Sunday, Aug.19, 2018. Some 800,000 people have been displaced and over 350 have di

800,000 displaced in flooding in southern Indian state

Some 800,000 people have been displaced and over 350 have died in the worst flooding in a century in southern India's Kerala state, officials said Sunday, as rescuers searched for people stranded in the worst-affected areas.

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Sport

Keen players giving their all to claim that number one title.

Schools play their hearts out

Heavy rain last Friday failed to dampen the spirits of six private schools that competed in their annual netball tournament.

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Apia Maroons reigned victorious in the Bluesky National Women’s Sevens.

Apia Maroons get sevens title

Apia Maroons have won the Bluesky National Women’s Sevens title. 

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Street Talk

Public against Government’s banana distribution decision

The decision made by Government to prioritise commercial farmers regarding the distribution of banana has received a backlash from members of the public. Our reporter, Adel Fruean asked the public about their opinion on the decision made by the Government and they responded:

Faasisili Isaako, 58

Papaloloa

Lusia Sagato, 50

Leauvaa

Malota Alosina, 34

Falelima

Maria Faailoga, 45

Manono

Romeo Silva, 46

Faleula

Tupai Iulai, 66

Solosolo

Think a Minute

Think a minute…There is a story about a man who walked along the beach every day. Along the way he picked up starfish and threw them back into the sea one-by-one.

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What an incredible waste of taxpayers money

The Controller and Chief Auditor, Fuimaono Camillo Afele, uncovered a couple of rather interesting developments in his report to Parliament for the financial years 2013 and 2014. We accept the incidents highlighted took place six years ago and that things might well be different now which we hope is the case.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Re: Daniel Leo’s fight for justice He is exactly right. I was shocked when I saw the World Rugby Council’s last group photo, and practically every face was white (SA and Japan notwithstanding).

Re: The question of debt Loans are how developing countries develop. Without them, Samoa would be back in the 19th century with no roads, no airport, no wharf, no hospital, no nothing.

Re: When inquiries are held for the sake of inquiries This is more a circus than a law-abiding country. It is because it is lead by people who knew people of the same rankings; who would scratch other people’s back and maybe later on; they scratched his/hers;. and the merry-go-round continues.

Entertainment

This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Constance Wu in a scene from the film

'Crazy Rich Asians' shines bright at the box office

Glitz won over guns as the gilded romance "Crazy Rich Asians" debuted at No. 1 in North American theaters this weekend, surpassing industry expectations and beating out action-packed fare like "Mile 22."

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The logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York's Times Square.

US regulators target Facebook on discriminatory housing ads

Federal regulators are alleging that Facebook's advertising tools allow landlords and real estate brokers to engage in housing discrimination.

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