GETTING IT FIXED AGAIN: The John Williams building in Apia.

Building “recklessness” cost Church $6 million

The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) has so far spent $6 million on the renovation of the John Williams building in Apia. This was confirmed by the C.C.C.S. Finance Committee Chairman, Le Mamea Ropati Mualia, who went on to express disappointment with the “recklessness” which led to the project going over budget.

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The weather office is warning the public to heed all weather bulletins issued by the office so that they can take every necessary precaution, in order to keep their families and properties safe.

Samoa can expect more heavy rainfall

Samoa can expect more heavy rainfall, more often causing flash floods during its wet season in the future, says the Acting Assistant C.E.O., Tile Tofaeno. 

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CHRISTMAS SOUNDS: 13 Days of Christmas kicked off with the Ministry of Police's choir performance last night.

Police open 13 Days of Christmas

It was all about Christmas lights and music at the opening of the 21st annual 13 Days of Christmas programme at Vaitele-uta Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (CCCS) at Vaitele last night.

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World

Commuters backed up in traffic during the morning rush hour Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, in Brussels.

UN chief calls for compromise and sacrifice at climate talks

The United Nations secretary-general called on countries to make compromises and sacrifices in talks over tackling global warming, as some observers warned the meeting in Poland could collapse without an agreement on key issues.

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stands and Nita Ambani, right, visit a curated showcase of traditional Indian crafts and art forms on display ahead of the wedding of Isha Ambani, left, in Udaipur, India.

Beyonce! Hillary! India revels in a very big wedding

 In a season of big Indian weddings, the Wednesday marriage of the scions of two billionaire families might be the biggest of them all.

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Sport

Lupesoliai Joseph Parker (R) faces off against Alexander Flores at a press conference ahead of their fight in Christchurch.

Inga the Winger – Parker will respond on Saturday

Samoan boxing influencer and former rugby star Fesola’i Va’aiga Tuigamala is predicting a great fight for Lupesoliai Joseph Parker this weekend.

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Rugby league star Martin Taupau is in Samoa for the first time in 13 years.

‘Marty Kapow’ loving being back in Samoa

Manly Sea Eagles and New Zealand Kiwis rugby league star Martin Taupau is in Samoa for the first time in 13 years.

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Street Talk

Public welcome World AIDS Day

Samoa joined the international community last Saturday December 1 to mark the 2018 World AIDS Day with a parade, a float and speeches by dignitaries including Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi. Our reporter Yolanda Lavata’i met members of the public to get their views on the deadly disease and what should be done.

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Think a Minute

Think a minute…Years ago many white southerners in America treated black, African Americans in horrible, evil ways. Yet there were some southern whites who were different. One of these was the Chisholm family in Laurel, Mississippi.

Editorial

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Tuesday 12th December 2018, a day many of us thought we would never see

Tuesday 12 December 2018 is a day to remember. It was a day many of us who grew up in Samoa thought we would never see. A day when two of the biggest pillars in Samoa, the Church and Government, collided in the corridors of justice sending out a shockwave to the rest of the country with the burning question of what has happened to Samoa?

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Letters to the Editor

Re: Land and Court ruling Ahem I’m a little confused here! So how does a lease granted under the Alienation of Customary Land Act 1965 end up as public land? According to Justice Tafaoimalo “Leases granted over customary land fall within the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court as they operate as leases of public land”.

Re: Sex education Minister Loau Sio, do you really think Samoan parents will have the fortitude to educate their children about sex awareness. It’s not all about just the act of sex but everything that has to do with the subject.

Re: Remember who you are There needs to be responsibilism if not accountabilism, if there were such terms, to describe the accountability a nation and its culture has in the forming and raising of its children, let alone the creation of them by way of sexual intimacy. How was the Minister conceived?

Entertainment

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'A Star Is Born' tops SAG Awards nominations, snubs abound

"A Star Is Born" led nominations for the 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards with four nods including best ensemble on Wednesday, firmly establishing Bradley Cooper's romantic revival as this year's Academy Awards front runner.

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Technology

Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, right, waves goodbye to visitors at her home in Vancouver.

Trump comments upend US approach to Huawei, trade talks

The United States and China have taken pains this week to emphasize that their trade talks are entirely separate from the U.S. case against a top Chinese technology executive. But in the space of a few words, President Donald Trump obliterated the distinction.

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