N.H.S. Palanitina Toelupe, Minister of Health Tuitama Dr. Leao Tuitama and M.O.H Leausa Dr. Take Naseri.

Govt. Health vision

The Minister of Health, Tuitama Dr. Leao Tuitama, says the merger between the National Health Services (N.H.S.) and Ministry of Health (M.O.H.), will lead to better primary health care services. It will also sharpen the focus and finances on services as opposed to the current situation where the “total expenditure for health is about 80 percent personnel and 20 percent on services.”

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Aquatic Centre in good shape for 2019 Games

Samoa’s Aquatic Center is ready to cater for swimming participants and spectators in the 2019 Pacific Games. Since the 2007 Pacific Games, the Chinese government has been financing the maintenance of the facilities at a cost of about $2 million per year.

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Minister of Health, Tuitama Dr. Leao Tuitama

Health moves on system to address complaints

Complaints against the delivery of health services in Samoa are not new. The Minister of Health, Tuitama Dr. Leao Tuitama, says they receive complaints on a daily basis. “My office is full of complaints,” he said. “People are not satisfied with the service. They come to me, they go their M.P, and they go to the Prime Minister. 

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World

North Korean Hyon Song Wol, center, head of North Korea's art troupe, arrives at the Seoul Train Station in Seoul.

North Korean girl band leader heads delegation to South

The head of a hugely popular North Korean girl band crossed the heavily fortified border into South Korea on Sunday as part of an official delegation, triggering a media frenzy as she checked potential venues for performances during next month's Winter Olympics.

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People gather for a Women's March, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles.

Global female empowerment marches enter second day

Demonstrations in support of female empowerment are scheduled in cities across the country Sunday, a day after hundreds of thousands of people across the globe marched, chanted and protested.

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Sport

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady holds the AFC championship trophy after an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass.

Brady leads Patriots back to Super Bowl, top Jaguars 24-20

Give 'em a hand: Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are heading back to the Super Bowl.

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Banned substance alertness heightened after Sipaia’s case

The recent suspension of Weightlifter, Iuniarra Sipaia, who tested positive for a banned substance, has prompted the Samoa Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (S.A.S.N.O.C.) to work towards preventing this issue from happening again.

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Street Talk

Lupesoliai Parker gets the support

It’s signed and sealed. Samoa’s Lupesoliai La’auliolemalietoa Joseph Parker will take on Anthony Joshua in what will be the biggest fight of his life. The fight will take place in Cardiff Wales on 31 March 2018. Do you think Lupesoliai is ready for the fight? We asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Think a Minute

Think a minute…Since we spend so much of our life at our workplace, it is important to see what unhealthy conditions we can start changing to improve our daily lives on the job. Let’s complete our checkup we started yesterday.

Editorial

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First the E.U. blacklist and now the U.S. ban? What’s going on?

The United States Department of Homeland Security’s (D.H.S.) decision to remove Samoa from the list of countries whose citizens are eligible for temporary work visas is an unexpected surprise. Not just because we’ve hardly heard about anyone from these shores taking up the visa class but the reason behind the decision is rather poor and disappointing.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Re: ‘Nepotism’ claims rejected The Hon. Prime of Samoa should never, ever, ever, ever wasted his worthwhile time on those who are spitting from behind the comfort of the velvet laced window of the casket. They are gutless, the mere sporadic faceless homo ghosts; dead as. They are cowards as and they only have allegations but not hard core evidence.

Dear Editor, Re: Hoax calls All parents: Tell your children that a false emergency call may delay a genuine emergency call - which could result in a death of an injured person if the ambulance is delayed. Police should react to every false call with a fine or severe warning.

Dear Editor, Re: P.M. wants fitter prison guards You surprise me P.M., how about fixing up the prison to make it harder for these criminals to escape! Processes should be put in place for staff to manage the whereabouts of each and every single prisoner at all times, isn’t this just basic protocol that staff should already know and do?

Entertainment

Kevin Hart, from left, Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan and Jack Black in

'Jumanji' tops box office for third straight weekend

"Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" outdid another weekend's worth of newcomers to top the North American box office for the third straight weekend, making the surprise hit the fifth-highest grossing film of all time for Sony Pictures.

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Technology

Electron rocket carrying only a small payload of about 150 kilograms (331 pounds), lifts off from the Mahia Peninsula on New Zealand's North Island's east coast.

Commercial rocket from New Zealand deploys small satellites

A rocket launched from New Zealand on Sunday successfully reached orbit carrying small commercial satellites.

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