Election on the agenda for Commonwealth officials

An ava ceremony gave senior electoral officials from the Commonwealth Pacific Election Management Bodies (E.M.Bs) a taste of Samoa yesterday in Apia. Held at Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel, the officials are on island as part of the Commonwealth Election Professionals (C.E.P) Initiative to examine ways in which electoral democracy can be strengthened. 

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TRADE TALK: Tautaituasivi Eddie Wilson and Peseta Noumea Simi.

Exporters seek govt. help to “stop bleeding”

The Samoa Association of Manufacturers and Exporters (S.A.M.E.) have asked for government intervention to establish a bilateral free trade agreement with Japan. The request follows an alarming drop in Samoa’s exports to Japan from 6.5 percent in 2015 to 3.1percent this year. 

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This was confirmed by Police Superintendent, Sala’a Sale Sala’a, who emphasised that no one is above the law – including Police officers.

Drunk cop who drove off in govt. vehicle without permission sacked

A Police Officer who drove off in a Police vehicle under the influence of alcohol before crashing it has been sacked. This was confirmed by Police Superintendent, Sala’a Sale Sala’a, who emphasised that no one is above the law – including Police officers.

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World

This image made from a video shows Iraqi soldiers on military vehicles in the Qatash area towards Kirkuk gas plant, south of Kirkuk, Iraq, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017.

Kurds withdraw as Iraqi forces push into disputed Kirkuk

Kurdish forces were withdrawing from Kirkuk on Monday as Iraqi federal forces moved in to the disputed city and seized oil fields and other infrastructure amid soaring tensions over last month's Kurdish vote for independence.

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Volunteers use a water hose to fight a wild fire raging near houses in the outskirts of Obidos, Portugal, in the early hours of Monday, Oct. 16 2017.

Portugal wildfires kill at least 35; 4 dead in Spain

Late season wildfires that broke out over the weekend in Portugal have killed at least 35 people, including a 1-month-old infant, authorities said Monday, making 2017 by far the deadliest year on record for forest blazes in the country.

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Sport

Marist Saints celebrate win at fourth leg of Toa Samoa Matson NRL 9s in Savaii.

Marist Saints does it again

Marist Saints have done it again. They are celebrating their triumph at the fourth leg of the Toa Samoa Matson NRL 9s at Tuasivi Savaii.

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Samoa Hockey Team with their Medals.

Samoa Hockey teams win medals

The Samoa Hockey Team, both men’s and women’s teams, have won silver medals at the Oceania Intercontinental Hockey 5s tournament.

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Street Talk

Questions over sports administration

The administration of sports in Samoa has come under the microscope once more. American-based Samoan Sprinter, Jeremy Dodson, has raised serious questions about the way sports are run. “From the three years I have represented Samoa, I have seen officials do nothing but get free trips, trips spent lounging in sponsored hotels while athletes eat processed food,” he said. “I have seen officials get elected not off merits, but friendships.

Fa’afetai Timo, 29

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Maria Faitau, 54

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Nifo Simone, 37

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Suau’u Lafai, 45

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Tasi Iuli, 31

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Think a Minute

Think a minute…It’s been said: “A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work.” In fact, the root word for worry is “choke” or “strangle.” Worrying chokes the life and strength out of you! Constant worrying strangles us emotionally, gradually taking away our hope and happiness.

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“A small party made up of small-minded people,” says M.P. Faumuina Wayne Fong.

On the front page of the Sunday Samoan of 15 October 2017, the headline read: “Member hits out at dirty H.R.P.P. politics.” The “Member” in question is Parliamentarian Faumuina Wayne Fong, of the Human Rights Protection Party, who claimed that members of his party “are engaged in dirty politics.”

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Letters to the Editor

Re: Another meeting in Apia There are more and more meetings held in Samoa from these different entities that has nothing to do with our sovereignty of whatsoever. So who is dictating policies in our supposedly independent state? These are the type of questions we need to ask ourselves when we see things happening out of the ordinary.

Re: Re-writing history Don Quixote was really about the stupidity of the Catholic Church in expelling the Muslims and Jews. Under Islamic rule Spain had become the most advanced nation in Europe and the innovations the Moors introduced in terms of science, art and philosophy and so on would become the basis of the European rennaisance.

Dear Editor Re: An open letter to Members of Parliament You have absolutely nailed it on the head, Terry Dunleavy. The P.M. and Passport Chief have got it wrong.

Entertainment

Harvey Weinstein arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

Producers guild starts process to expel Harvey Weinstein

In an unprecedented move, the Producers Guild of America has voted unanimously to institute termination proceedings for Harvey Weinstein on disciplinary grounds.

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Technology

FILE - In this, Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, file photo illustration, a person types on a laptop, in Miami. Security researchers have discovered a Wi-Fi network vulnerability that could allow attackers to steal sensitive information or inject malicious code whi

Researchers discover vulnerability affecting Wi-Fi security

Security researchers have discovered a Wi-Fi network vulnerability that could allow attackers to steal sensitive information or spread malicious software while someone is logged into a computer or mobile device.

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