Joyce Wilson- won one of the special prizes for most improved in T.A.S programme.

Changing prisoners for the better

A programme to rehabilitate prisoners celebrated its sweet achievements when 199 prisoners graduated on Thursday. The Assistant Commissioner of Prison, Ulugia Niuia Aumua, said the programme is part of their efforts to make Samoa a safer place.

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BUILDING UNDERSTANDING: Pakistan’s High Commissioner to Samoa and New Zealand, Afrasiab Mehdi Hashmi (Centre) and his wife Asia Afrasiab (Left) present one of the books to the C.E.O. of M.E.S.C. Dr.Karoline Afamasaga-Fuata’i

Building understanding through books

Learning and understanding other cultures can be achieved through reading.

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TALOFA LAVA: The M/S Amsterdam Cruise Ship is welcomed at the Apia Wharf.

Warm Samoan welcome for a frequent visitor

Tourists who visited Samoa on M/S Amsterdam Cruise Ship, operated by Holland America, are on their way home with plenty of wonderful memories from Samoa.

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This aerial photo shows fallen tomb stones scattered at a cemetery following an earthquake in Kurayoshi, Tottori prefecture, western Japan, Friday, Oct. 21, 2016.

Strong quake in western Japan knocks out power, injures 7

A powerful earthquake in western Japan knocked loose roof tiles, toppled store shelves and caused power outages Friday afternoon, but apparently caused no widespread damage.

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A Minnie Mouse doll lays inside the frame of a warped iron bed among the debris of a home destroyed by Hurricane Matthew, in Port-a-Piment, a district of Les Cayes, Haiti.

In Haiti, hopes dim for missing victims of Hurricane Matthew

Nobody has seen or heard from Edma Desravine, a 71-year-old grandfather known for his sly sense of humor and bad luck at cock fights, in the roughly 2 ½ weeks since Hurricane Matthew sent floodwaters and debris crashing into his riverside shantytown.

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Marist Pride: The Marist team took third place in the East Coast U15’s  Boys  Competition.

Marist family gives back to support the future of cricket

The boys sported their new gear  with pride as they took part in their  first ever cricket competition and secured third place overall.  

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Football Federation Samoa:  The C.E.O Faumuina Michael Kapisi (middle, red shirt)  President Laupama Tokan Solomona (middle, white shirt) Technical Director Martin Tamasese (grey shirt) , All White James Bannatyne and the participants.

Goal keepers back to drawing board

If you think being a goal keeper is easy, say that to six foot three, All White Goal Keeper, James Bannatyne.  

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Street Talk

Your thoughts on closure of Yazaki

It’s official. More than 700 employees of the country’s biggest employer in the private sector will soon find themselves without jobs following the announcement that Yazaki Eds Samoa is set to be officially shut by the end of 2017.

Amosa Polima, 33


Folasaitu Leussogi, 53


Mao Lesao, 42


Peteru Saumaseava, 52


Taisi Ioane, 30


Think a Minute

Think a minute…One night in June, 1997, a 55-year-old mother named Karen Minahan was hit by a car driven by a drunk driver. The driver then backed up and ran over her two more times! Karen’s lungs were punctured and all of her ribs were broken. She even had to have her right leg cut off.


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The mercurial return of football in Samoa

Once upon a time, football or soccer as we commonly refer to on these shores, went through a pretty rough patch. Those in the know will tell you that claims of corruption, lack of accountability and poor administration on the part of the former administration team in terms of finances and other areas saw the sport and Samoa’s name dragged through the mud.

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Letters to the Editor

Re: Who nurtured this might mess? N.P.O has nobody to blame but themselves.

Re: Billions possible in trade, investment Very predictable and expected from Stui’s mouthpiece. It’s always a good time to be alive because of many foreign aid and donations from overseas arriving everyday.

Dear Editor, Re: Mystery over dead body found It has become a normal practice for our police department that when a person is found dead, the default response from police is suicide, or suspected suicide.


Singer Akon

Singer Akon backs Liberia schools' partnership with firm

Senegalese-American hip-hop star Akon is endorsing Liberia's plan to outsource oversight of its primary education system to a Kenya-based for-profit company, a decision that some local educators have denounced.

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Logo of Takata Corp. at an auto supply shop in Tokyo. The U.S. government is confirming another death due to the rupture of an air bag made by Takata Corp.

US confirms 11th death due to Takata air bags

A 50-year-old woman who died after a car wreck last month in California is the 11th U.S. victim of Takata Corp.'s defective air bag inflators.

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