M.P. Olo Fiti Va'ai: Olo is dismayed at unbridled  losses of miillions of tala were incurred during the 2007 Pacific Games held in Samoa and that there are still no complete financial records available of the event.

M.P. explains anti Pacific Games bid stance

“The previous [2007] Pacific Games we hosted was a huge loss of government money, taxpayers money for that matter, and it was in fact in millions of dollars...... what’s going to change now?” This was the question posed by Member of Parliament, Olo Fiti Vaai regarding the Government’s bid to host the 2019 Pacific Games. 

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Seated second from left, Faimafili Leleisiuao Faimafili Leleisiuao is surrounded by family and friends.

Happy 90th birthday, Faimafili Leleisiuao!

Faimafili Leleisiuao celebrated her 90th birthday at Taumeasina Island Resort on Sunday afternoon.

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EVERY DAY IS MOTHERS DAY: Mothers and their families of the first Assembly Of God church from Puipaa at Paddles Restaurant, Matautu.

Puipa’a A.O.G. pays tribute to mothers

A late Mothers’ Day celebration for members of the first Assembly Of God Church at Puipaa was held at Paddles Restaurant on Friday night.

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World

U.S. President George H.W. Bush, right, gestures with clenched fists during a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Constantine Mitsotakis in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.

Former Greek Prime Minister Constantine Mitsotakis dies

Constantine Mitsotakis, a former conservative prime minister remembered for fierce confrontations with Greece's liberal and socialist parties as well as early free-market reforms during a 60-year political career, died early Monday. He was 98.

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FILE - In this Wednesday, May 27, 2009, file photo, a giant North Korean flag flutters on the top of a 160-meter (533-foot) tower in North Korea as it is pictured from the demilitarized zone (DMZ) near the border village of Panmunjom that separates the tw

S.Korea military: North Korea fires unidentified projectile

North Korea on Monday fired an apparent ballistic missile off its east coast that landed in the waters of Japan's economic zone, South Korean and Japanese officials said, the latest in a string of recent test launches as the North seeks to build nuclear-tipped ICBMs that can reach the U.S. mainland.

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Sport

England's Danny Care celebrates scoring his second try.

England beats Barbarians 28-14 in warmup for Argentina tour

England scored three tries as a weakened team containing eight uncapped players beat the Barbarians 28-14 on Sunday in a final workout before a rugby tour to Argentina next month.

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South Africa's Super Rugby teams now have a monthlong break for June internationals.

Even with 14 men, Lions beat Kings 54-10 in Super Rugby

The Lions responded to a first-half red card for their hooker by playing some of their best rugby of the season to beat the Southern Kings 54-10 on Sunday and close the gap on the Crusaders at the top of Super Rugby.

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Street Talk

How do we address number of alcohol-related deaths?

The growing number of alcohol-related deaths is alarming. Hardly a month goes by without several incidents where precious lives are wasted due to alcohol abuse and drinking sessions gone wrong. What can we as a country do to stop these unnecessary deaths? What is your solution? Ilia L. Likou asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Ali Fa’afetai, 37

Toamua

Iese Faleafa, 16

Samauga

James Tavana, 47

Vailoa

Joe Kaleopa, 17

Tulaele

Kini Kini, 26

Vaimea

Think a Minute

Think a minute…A pilot was flying his small airplane, a Cessna 150, when suddenly he lost control. His plane began spinning and falling to the ground! He panicked and began doing everything he could think of with the controls.

Editorial

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Something for everyone at Independence

As we head towards the first day of June on Thursday of this week to celebrate 55 years of Independence, let’s not forget that that is the underlying reason behind the many celebrations that will take place.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor Re: The rise of Tuilaepa as P.M. On 7 December 2011 Terry Bourke considered that without an independent public sector, an anti-corruption body capable of investigating corruption and prosecuting those found responsible for the corruption and an independent Electoral Commission and electoral act which

Dear Editor, Re: Talanoa Lakapi on TV1 This program has not done anything good to the development of rugby but only diminishing the image of our team who won the Sevens series in 2010. Sioeli, you need to respect these boys and you’ll need NOT to include these type of talks in the program.

Dear Editor, Re: Of low hanging fruits and Samoa Mr. Vai Autu, prepare for further annoyance and maybe read and re-read before making assumptions. I am not an American, but am a well educated Australian with more than 30 years experience in the IT and Communications industry.

Entertainment

This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Dwayne Johnson as Mitch Buchannon, left, and Zac Efron as Matt Brody in

'Pirates of the Caribbean' tops box office, 'Baywatch' sinks

It was smooth sailing to the top spot at the box office for "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," but the waters were choppier for the Dwayne Johnson comedy "Baywatch."

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Technology

FILE - In this May 21, 2107 file photo people watch a TV news program showing a file image of a missile launch conducted by North Korea, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea.

Leery of North Korea, US plans first test of ICBM intercept

Preparing for North Korea's growing threat, the Pentagon will try to shoot down an intercontinental-range missile for the first time in a test next week.

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