READY TO ACT: The mayor of Vaimoso, Faleafa Matai'a (centre) with other leaders from the village.

Vaimoso leaders offer youth a solution

The matais and church leaders of Vaimoso have taken the criticism of their lack of assistance to their young people seriously and have come up with a plan. 

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HARD WORK PAYS OFF: Salome Ualolo with her children in front of their roadside vegetable stall where she sells what she grows.

Work harder and complain less

Salome Ualolo is not one to just sit back and watch life go by. 

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MIXED VIEWS: S.V.S.G. Village Reps for Falelatai ma Aiga i le tai.

Gender equality discussed at Aiga i le Tai

The wives of matai or high chiefs are nofotane who are accorded the respect to coordinate women’s committee affairs, different from the village council.

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In wake of cousin's fatal shooting, Dwyane Wade speaks out

NBA star Dwyane Wade's cousin was an innocent bystander, police said, pushing her baby in a stroller near a Chicago school where she intended to register her children when she was fatally shot Friday.

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Rebels of the 48th Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia walk on a makeshift footbridge in the southern jungles of Putumayo, Colombia.

Colombian rebels announce final conference of peace talks

Top commanders from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia are preparing to gather one final time in mid-September to ratify a peace accord reached this week with government negotiators and map out the group's political strategy without weapons.

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Wallabies coach bags ref after loss to New Zealand

Australia coach Michael Cheika launched a blistering attack on referee Romain Poite after his team lost to New Zealand 29-9 on Saturday, saying he was "bitterly disappointed" at the Frenchman's treatment of Wallabies captain Stephen Moore.

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Argentina's Los Pumas flanker Pablo Matera, right, is tackled by South Africa's wing Ruan Combrinck during a rugby championship match in Salta, Argentina, Saturday.

Argentina beats Springboks 26-24 in Rugby Championship

A week after letting a winning chance slip through its fingers, Argentina beat South Africa 26-24 in the Rugby Championship on Saturday to claim only its second-ever victory over the Springboks.

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Does Samoa really need another airline?

With this week’s launch of Talofa Airways, Samoa has established another way to connect to other countries. The company joins the ranks of competing airlines which leads to the question, do Samoans really need another airline?

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Vaimoso comes up with a plan

Congratulations to the cultural and church leaders from Vaimoso for coming up with a plan to try to address the problems caused by youth. The formation of gangs and lawless behaviour has been well documented in the media over the past months and at one stage it looked as though there had been a total loss of control.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor Re: A family’s daily struggle at Sa’aga There is no doubt that poverty is in Samoa. I can only hope for the best for these families facing living difficulties. The Samoan government like any other government, does not care about these conditions.

Dear Editor Re: Democracy or the truth One thing is correct. A lot of people who whinge and moan and cry during the 5 years of a parliamentary term, are the very same people who voted for a H.R.P.P. candidate at the last election.

Dear Editor RE: One-party system fallout When the people of Samoa are exploited, foreigners are able to become citizens and enjoy advantages that place them above aiga.




Max Ritvo, a poet who chronicled his long battle with cancer in works that were both humorous and searing, has died.

Max Ritvo, poet who chronicled cancer battle, dies at 25

Max Ritvo, a poet who chronicled his long battle with cancer in works that were both humorous and searing, has died. He was 25.

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Pecha Berry Pokeseed doughnuts, top left and center, are displayed in a box of doughnuts from Doughnut Plant, in New York. From doughnut shops to zoos, businesses and organizations are finding creative ways to capitalize on “Pokemon Go.”

Pokemon doughnuts, exercise classes tap game's popularity.

Weeks into the "Pokemon Go" craze, demand remains strong for "Poke Ball"-shaped treats made by a high-end doughnut company, one of many businesses and organizations coming up with creative ways to lure players in their search for the elusive "pocket monsters."

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