Village leaders.

P.M. challenges village leaders on responsibilities

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi has challenged Village Mayors not to be afraid of making hard decision – even if it is against paramount chiefs.  Speaking to village leaders recently at the Tooa Salamasina Hall, the P.M. said there were reports of village mayors instigating trouble in villages, and chiefs have been tasked to report non-performing village mayors. 

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COMPETING AGENCIES: The tussle over traffic enforcement laws between the Police and L.T.A. yet to be resolved.

Clash over traffic law enforcement unresolved

The tussle between the Land Transport Authority and the Samoa Police Service over traffic enforcement powers remains unresolved. The Cabinet is yet to make a decision on the issue after the Commissioner of Police, Fuiavailiili Egon Keil, wrote to the Prime Minister and Police Minister in October last year requesting that the Road Traffic Act 2009 is amended. 

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The Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Ulu Bismarck Crawley, and Waste Management Principal Officer.

Ministry will enforce nationwide plastic ban

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) will carry out inspections on January 30 to ensure the ban on single use plastic is enforced nationwide.

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World

The ground is scorched where an oil pipeline exploded in Tlahuelilpan, Hidalgo state, Mexico.

Death toll reaches 79 in Mexico fuel pipeline fire horror

People in the town where a gasoline explosion killed at least 79 people say the section of pipeline that gushed fuel has been a habitual gathering site for thieves, repeatedly damaged and patched like a trusty pair of jeans.

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File-This jan. 10, 2019, file photo shows opposition candidate Martin Fayulu speaking to the press at his headquarters in Kinshasa, Congo.

Congo on brink of 1st peaceful transfer with Tshisekeid win

Congo is on the brink of its first peaceful, democratic transfer of power since independence in 1960 after the Constitutional Court on Sunday confirmed the presidential election victory of Felix Tshisekedi, although questions remain about the result.

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Sport

Emele Elizabeth Paletasala in national team training.

Family helps touch player’s dream come true

The youngest member of the national women’s open touch team, Emele Elizabeth Paletasala (19), gave her family all the credit for her sporting success. Paletasala, of Vaitele-uta, was named by coach Geoff Hooper in his squad for the World Cup in Malaysia in May.

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Manny Pacquiao, right, hits Adrien Broner during their WBA welterweight title boxing match Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Pacquiao dominates in retaining title against Broner

Manny Pacquiao showed Saturday night he's still got plenty of fight for a fighter on the wrong side of 40.

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Street Talk

Why minimum wage should increase

The issue of the minimum wage is back on the agenda. While most people agree that $2.30 an hour is not enough, the Government says the decision to increase is totally dependent on the private sector and whether they can afford it. What do you think? And if there were an increase, why? Soli Wilson asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Fa’apaia Motu, 61

Auala

Grace Pauga, 26

Vaimoso

Larry Kalolo Aokusotino, 39

Lalovaea

Nu’u Milo, 22

Vailele

Pastor Taeauga R. Frost & Saeseese R. Frost

Iva and Tanugamanono

Rev. Falevi Petana, 55

Maota

Think a Minute

Think a minute...Do you know the secret to a successful business? Even if you do not own your own business, these principles work in both your professional and personal life. Following these priorities will guide you to success in this business called life.

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A rural electrification program and sharing in Samoa’s wealth

Just four weeks into the new year and 2019 already has the hallmarks of another busy 12 months ahead – if events in recent weeks are any indication. The Government set the agenda in renewable energy in the last fortnight – in Samoa’s strive to become 100 per cent reliant on clean energy 2025 – by commissioning multimillion tala hydro plants on Upolu and Savai’i.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Re: Don’t be easily fooled P.M. says “About claims that customary lands are under threat, Tuilaepa said it was foolish to compare Samoa to New Zealand and Australia.

Dear Editor, The Prime Minister needs to stop his sarcastic and arrogant comments towards people as he is putting the whole country in jeopardy in the eyes of the foreigners and potential investors and donors.

Dear Editor, Re: Chamber behind Govt. on minimum wage What an absolutely stupid approach to moving the economy forward fairly, by asking business if they think the minimum wage should go up.

Entertainment

FILE -- In this Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 photo government commissioner in charge of the development of Hungary's film industry, Andy Vajna, participates in a discussion in the headquarters of the Hungarian National Film Fund in Budapest.

'Rambo,' 'Total Recall' producer Andy Vajna dies at 74

Andy Vajna, a Hungarian-American film producer who worked on several "Rambo" movies with Sylvester Stallone, "Total Recall" with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Madonna's "Evita," has died. He was 74.

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Technology

FILE - This Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, file photo shows the Snapchat app.

Report: Snap fires 2 execs after alleged sexual misconduct

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Snap recently fired two executives after one allegedly had an inappropriate relationship with a contract worker.

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