BATTLE OF POLYNESIA: Manu Samoa captain, David Lemi and Ikale Tonga’s skipper, Nili Latu are ready for a royal battle at Apia Park this afternoon.

Battle ready

Manu Samoa coach, Namulauulu Alama Ieremia, does not like making excuses. And with today’s must-win Pacific Nations Cup match only a few hours away, Namualuulu readily admits that the results so far – a draw and a loss – have been disappointing.

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SPEAKING OUT AGAINST DOPING: Leituala Dr Ben Matalavea of the Oceania Regional Anti-Doping Organization stressed out how important the right measures are to prevent doping in Samoa.

Dealing with sports cheats

There might be no more important competition in sports than the Olympic Games, which will take place this August in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

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Maanaima and Emma in the duets category

2016 Talavou Festival promotes positive fulfillment

Samoa’s Talavou Festival guided by the theme “Talavou Talenia, Talavou Manuia” (Talented youth are a successful Youth) officially opened on Thursday night at Peseta.

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World

President Barack Obama pauses as he begins to speak at the Global Entrepreneur Summit at Stanford University, Friday, June 24, 2016, in Stanford, Calif. Obama gave opening remarks on Britain voting to leave the 28-nation European Union.

Obama says UK committed to 'orderly transition' out of EU

President Barack Obama tried to reassure Britons Friday that the special relationship between Washington and London would withstand an impending and likely messy divorce from Europe, as his administration scrambled to assess the fallout.

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After months of debate, the White House has approved plans to expand the military's authority to conduct airstrikes against the Taliban when necessary as the violence in Afghanistan escalates, senior U.S. and defense officials said.

After Obama decision, first US airstrikes hit Afghan Taliban

The U.S. military has launched its first airstrikes against the Taliban in Afghanistan since President Barack Obama's decision earlier this month to expand America's involvement against the insurgents, U.S. officials said Friday.

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Sport

Georgia

Georgia beats Fiji 14-3 in June international

Georgia flyhalf Lasha Khmaladze scored the only try in a 14-3 win over Fiji on Friday, ending its three-test tour of the Pacific Islands unbeaten.

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THANK YOU: Rugby League Samoa presenting a TOA Samoa playing jersey and shorts as a token of thanks and appreciation to Matson Foundation for their support.

League development boosted

Rugby league’s grassroots development has received a massive injection in the arm thanks to one of the Pacific’s leading shipping companies.

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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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Vaitele Fou

Viena Upu, 60

Sinamoga

Fa’aaliga Auvele

Lupepe Simati, 52

Foailalo

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Ululoloa

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Malie

Think a Minute

Think a minute…You know that overnight success usually takes at least 10 years? One man said, “My overnight success was the longest night of my life. I spent many days and nights just getting there!” Remember, “Rome was not built in a day.” Many people are waiting for their ship to come in…when they’ve not even sent it out of the harbor.

Editorial

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A bit more patience

Poor results mean less interest. It’s that simple. And if you’re wondering why there is hardly any hype and excitement about the Manu Samoa’s test match against Tonga today in this rugby mad country, look no further.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, I wish to congratulate le susuga Mata’afa (Keni Lesa), - le mamalu ia te oe le Pule –Saleaula, ma lau Faatufugaga; le Tufuga Alofa fa’apea le Tufuga Toatamai.

Dear Editor, Re: Monday’s Apology I accept your apology in Monday’s paper. However I do not accept the reasoning for your so-called “inspiration” in printing the photo in the first place. The deceased family need at this time is for comfort, support and counseling not only over the next few days but the weeks and every year ahead.

Dear Editor, One of the most amazing and distinctive elements in the faa-Samoa is the grand belief in the redeemability of people. In fact, redemption is a constitutive feature of the ifoga.

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VIDEOS

Entertainment

Pat Kiernan attends The Hollywood Reporter's

When aliens attack, real news anchors are on the scene

Godzilla is rampaging. Aliens are invading. Batman and Superman are having a tiff. Quick, turn on CNN.

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Technology

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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