2018 DUX OF SAMOA COLLEGE: Asiasiga Tualatamalelagi Naseri with proud parents, Temukisa Tuala and Tautiaga Naseri.

Asiasiga is Samoa College's top student

Do not underestimate yourself  and always aim high. With that belief, Asiasiga Tualatamalelagi Naseri worked and achieved his goal of becoming the 2018 Dux at Samoa College. He was awarded during the school’s prize giving ceremony at the Samoa College Old Pupil’s Association hall on Friday.

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CONGRATULATIONS: The graduating students of the Malua Theological College are flanked and congratulated by families and friends after the graduating ceremony yesterday.

Twenty one graduate from Malua Theological College

The Malua Theological College yesterday saw the passing out of 21 graduates with diplomas and bachelors in theology and divinity. Rev. Elder Tavita Anesone led the celebration with a service at the Jubilee Church at the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa headquarters in Malua. 

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The opera group, Shades with members Manase Latu, Ipu Laga’aia, Taka Vuni and Samson Setu.

Auckland opera quartet serenade crowd

Auckland-based group The Shades serenaded the audience with their voices in their first-ever performance in Samoa last Friday.

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Demonstrators walk away from a cloud of tear gas fired by the police during an anti-government protest, in Paris.

Paris under siege: Tear gas, fury on the Champs-Elysees

Late Friday night, the air on the Champs-Elysees was thick with perfume: heady blends of lavender, rose and other enticing scents wafting out of chic boutiques and perfumeries aglitter with Christmas tinsel.

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Environmental activists from 10 Asian countries pose with their banners ahead of a march in Katowice, Poland.

Protesters demand action against warming climate at UN talks

Thousands of people from around the world marched Saturday through the southern Polish city that's hosting this year's U.N. climate talks, demanding that their governments take tougher action to curb global warming.

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Points difference costs Samoa 7s Cup quarterfinal in Cape Town

For the second week in a row, Samoa were unlucky to finish third in their World Rugby Sevens Series pool. Once again they ended Day One on seven points, equal with the first and second teams in their pool.

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LIGHT-HEAVYWEIGHT BOXING CHAMPION: Ato Plodzicki-Faoagali.

Ato Plodzicki-Faoagali continues boxing ascent with Samoan title win

Ato Plodzicki-Faoagali remains the Light-Heavyweight boxing champion of Samoa after beating Ropati Hall by unanimous decision at the Champ of Champs tournament final at St Joseph’s College yesterday.

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Public welcome World AIDS Day

Samoa joined the international community last Saturday December 1 to mark the 2018 World AIDS Day with a parade, a float and speeches by dignitaries including Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi. Our reporter Yolanda Lavata’i met members of the public to get their views on the deadly disease and what should be done.

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Think a Minute

Think a minute… Jesse Owens was a world-class athlete in track and field in the 1930’s. He was told that because he was a black, African American, there was no way he could win against the white Nazi German athletes at the world Olympics in 1936.

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The truth about Mr. Tauili’ili’s death will be told

The death of Jeremiah Malaki Tauili’ili is tragic. Every time a precious life is lost, regardless of the circumstances, it pains very deeply. Why? We believe that one life lost is one too many. Which is the tragedy of Mr. Tauiliili’s death. At 24 years young, a promising Civil Engineer career at the Ministry of Works, Transport and Infrastructure and a child to raise; he had his whole future ahead of him.

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Letters to the Editor

Re: China demands release Interesting arrest if Trump was not aware of it. Especially interesting as it happened while he was dining with Chinese president Xi.

Re: Minister slams door on sex education call I am sick to death of these over educated people who either, did not know the warning pen by the late, or, had known and completely went against Lemalu Tate Simi encomiums:

Re: Chinese influence in Samoa We as an ethnic group carry a stigma with the outside world from NZ, Australia and in the US. To them, we ethic Samoans, are dumb people. The prime minister and PS Jeffrey here are prime examples.

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Brandi Carlile performs at One Love Malibu at King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas.

Rise up: Female voices take center stage at Grammys

After being nearly muted at this year's ceremony, the 2019 Grammys are shaping up to be the year of the woman, with powerful female voices representing the majority in two of the top categories.

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In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, the Chang'e 4 lunar probe launches from the the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province.

China launches pioneering mission to far side of moon

China launched a ground-breaking mission Saturday to land a spacecraft on the largely unexplored far side of the moon, demonstrating its growing ambitions as a space power to rival Russia, the European Union and the U.S.

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