“My wife doesn’t love me more because of my transformation or the prize money I won; she loves me because now I’m a stronger leader to my family by setting an example to her and our children” – Matemini Taulafo

Transformed father tells

Matemini Taulafo was fed up with the downward state of his health. So when he decided to enter the 1Touch Ministries* Health Transformation Bootcamp Challenge back in January, he had one simple goal – lose weight! 

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Local

A JOYOUS OCCASSION: Soi Siona Paulo and Sonier Ah Ching at the Temple yesterday where they exchanged vows.

Friday vows at Temple

Soi Siona Paulo and Sonier Ah-Ching celebrated a new chapter of their lives yesterday. After a year of courtship and having to deal with a long-distance relationship, the pair decided to tie the knot yesterday before God and their families.

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L.T.C INQUIRY: Former Vice President of the Land and Titles Court, Anae Misa Pita II Anae and Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

Former Judge clarifies

The former Vice President of the Land and Titles Court, Anae Pita II Anae, who defended the work of his colleagues yesterday, wants to clarify a point.

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World

Michelle Carter listens to defense attorney Joseph P. Cataldo argue for an involuntary manslaughter charge against her to be dismissed at Juvenile Court in New Bedford, Mass. Carter, a teenager from Plainville, Mass., is charged with involuntary manslaugh

Court OKs trial for girl who texted boyfriend urging suicide

A teenager who sent her boyfriend dozens of text messages encouraging him to take his own life and told him to "get back in" a truck filled with carbon monoxide fumes must stand trial for involuntary manslaughter, the state's highest court ruled Friday.

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4 children fatally stabbed in Memphis; mother in custody

Four young children were stabbed to death in a gated apartment complex in suburban Memphis on Friday, and police took their mother into custody for questioning. 

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Sport

Chiefs beat Crusaders in 1st Super Rugby match in Pacific

Fullback Damien McKenzie starred as the Chiefs beat the Crusaders 23-13 to reclaim the lead in Super Rugby's New Zealand conference on Friday as the tournament resumed after a four-week break for June test matches.

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Wales' Hal Robson Kanu, center, celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the Euro 2016 quarterfinal soccer match between Wales and Belgium, at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve d’Ascq, near Lille, France.

Wales stuns Belgium 3-1 at European Championship

Wales stormed back from a goal down to beat Belgium 3-1 in a pulsating quarterfinal on Friday at the European Championship.

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Street Talk

“He,” “she” or “shim”?

It’s the most asked question following the outrage over the death of Jeanine Tuvaiki. Should faafafine be called “he” or “she”? Some people have coined a new term called “shim.” What do you think? Is it appropriate to refer to faafafine as “she.” If yes, why? If no, why? Mathias Huckert asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Toni Amoa, 70

Samusu

Tua’au Pati, 67

Letogo

Fa’aa’oa’o Iakopo, 45

Saleimoa

Junior, 22

Vaiusu-uta

Pati Tauda, 35

Apia

Eme Letasi, 19

Laulii

Think a Minute

Think a minute…You’ve probably heard the expression “A leopard can’t change its spots.” This, of course, is true of leopards. But is it true of people? Can people change? Are we humans just creatures of habit? Do we not have any control over our actions and habits?

Editorial

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The vibrancy, the lure of Samoa

One of the most wonderful things about Samoa is that we might be a small country but there is diversity in interests and hobbies. Whatever you’re looking for whether it is spiritual sustenance, recreational activities or simply something for relaxation and pleasure.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Ia soloa i le vailalo ma ia soloa i le aufuefue (Let the betrayer be doomed underneath the ground for eternity and never seen or heard of again.) I have a nightmare. I see the leaders of this country looking down into an enormous steel bowl. Inside the bowl are the citizens of Samoa not connected to the government.

Dear Editor, The photo of Jeanine Tuivaiki, deceased is a sad story but it invites us to think about human frailty. Think of Human health and all things, human. Mind body and soul. It is not a fa’afafine driven issue. I thought of what must have went through Jeanine’s mind, body and soul in the dying minutes of her life.

Dear Editor, Re: New Airport takes shape Thank you Prime Minister for developing and keeping Samoa relevant with the times. To everyone else, the perspective of hiring Samoans to build the new terminal - so that Samoans can benefit from the venture is a flawed perspective.

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VIDEOS

Entertainment

While the city has moved on from the pain of Freddie Gray's death and the stunning homicide spike that followed, it continues to feel frustration and anger over the steady stream of murders that continue to plague the city.

#RIP Lor Scoota, Baltimore rapper who tried to stop violence

The news tore across Twitter: A beloved Baltimore rapper was gunned down in broad daylight, moments after promoting peace on the streets at a charity fundraiser.

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Technology

Joshua Brown of Canton, Ohio, in the driver's seat of his Tesla Model S with no hands on the steering wheel while he demonstrates the car's self-driving mode. Brown was killed on May 7, 2016, in Williston, Fla.

Tesla driver killed while using Autopilot loved fast cars

Joshua Brown, the first U.S. fatality in a wreck involving a car in self-driving mode, had an adventurous streak with a "need for speed" but also was a brilliant innovator and beloved neighbor, say those who knew the Navy veteran.

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