MINISTER OF WORKS, TRANSPORT AND INFRASTRUCTRE: Papalii Niko Lee Hang.

Minister confirms suspensions

Two Assistant Chief Executive Officers of the Land Transport Authority (L.T.A.) have been suspended. This is in connection to an internal investigation on allegations that information was altered on the L.T.A. system to allow vehicles belonging to them to be registered.

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Local

The Supreme Court has dismissed criminal charges of theft and obtaining by deception filed by the Police against lawyer, Pa’u Tafaogalupe Mulitalo.

Charges of theft, deception against lawyer dismissed

The Supreme Court has dismissed criminal charges of theft and obtaining by deception filed by the Police against lawyer, Pa’u Tafaogalupe Mulitalo. The decision was delivered by Justice Vaemoa Vaepule Vaai.

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WINNERS: Team Double Hooked from American Samoa with Minister Lopao'o Natanielu Mu'a.

“Double Hooked” hooks the top prize

The Samoa International Fish Gaming Association Tournament finale took place yesterday with an official closing ceremony. In the end it was the Anglers from American Samoa team ‘Double Hooked,’ captained by Skipper, Peter Crispen, who took the grand prize overall of the tournament coming in first place with 91.6 points.

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World

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II speaks during the formal opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace in London, Thursday April 19, 2018. (Yui Mok/Pool via AP)

Thousands sing 'Happy Birthday' to Queen Elizabeth II

The audience at Royal Albert Hall got a rare treat Saturday — the chance to sing "Happy Birthday" to the longest reigning monarch in British history. Queen Elizabeth II, with her eldest son Prince Charles at her side, waved to the crowd as they celebrated her 92nd birthday in song.

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 Federal prosecutors said they can give President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Cohen, copies of materials seized from him by the FBI by May 11. They notified a New York judge Wednesday. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Trump says he doesn't think personal lawyer will 'flip'

President Donald Trump said Saturday that he doesn't expect Michael Cohen, his longtime personal lawyer and fixer, to "flip" as the government investigates Cohen's business dealings.

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Sport

CHAMPIONS: Pesega Senior Girls team.

Church College wins 2018 netball tourney

Church College of Pesega dominated the 2018 B.S.L. and Bluesky Samoa Schools Netball Champ of Champs, which concluded yesterday. Held at the National University of Samoa Gymnasium on Thursday and Friday, Church College of Pesega won both the intermediate division as well as the senior girls division.

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PREPARATION UNDERWAY: Samoa Outrigger Canoeing Association 3rd regatta of 2018 paddlers.

Canoeing Association gears up for Pacific Games

Samoa Outrigger Canoeing Association has started their preparations for the 2019 Pacific Games to be held in Samoa. A perfect weather out on the Taumeasina Island Resort open ocean yesterday contributed to a much anticipated third round of the Samoa Outrigger regatta race of the year.

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Street Talk

Public oppose new chicken tax

The recent passing of the Customs and Tariff Bill in Parliament means new tariff rates will be imposed on all imported chicken. This is a grave concern given that chicken is one of the most affordable meat for families living below the poverty line and middle income earners. Taxing such goods is no doubt a burden on these families because a decent meal every day is now being robbed from them with price increase. Our reporter, Ulimasao Fata asked the public on their opinion on Government’s move to tax imported frozen chicken. This is what they said:

Eseta Faasao, 42

Falelauniu

Lui Mareko, 34

Faleula

Vaine’a Faatafe, 65

Nu’u

Waldell Brown, 58

Leauva’a-Uta

Lima Salatielu, 38

Toamua

Think a Minute

Think a minute...We’ve all heard the expressions: “Like father, like son” and “The fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree.” This is because they are so often true. Two families in America were studied for many generations.

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Maybe P.M. Tuilaepa is just tired

Prime Minster Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s week in London would have done him a world of good. It was a timely break from the pressures of home. Anyone who lives in this country would understand that now and then; you need to get away from “the rock” for some fresh air. The petty politics and the personalities can certainly be stifling at times.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor Re: Why child labour exists in Samoa? Samoa’s isolation in the heart of the Pacific has forged and maintained unique strong culture of sharing and family kinship in society for thousands of years, and this is the strength of any nation.

Dear Editor, Re: Why child labour exists in Samoa It’s easy to make statements about youth unemployment and poverty, but the reality is that many unemployed Samoans don’t want to work or want to do what employers require, like turning up each day.

Dear Editor, Re: P.M. talks up harbour development Every time Tuilaepa speaks about funding of any projects are secured, I start worrying about the future. Funds are secured?

Entertainment

No cause or place of death was given, but the statement discusses depression and suicide, and Troyer had publicly discussed struggling with alcohol addiction. He lived in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, file)

Verne Troyer, Mini-Me from 'Austin Powers' films, has died

Verne Troyer, who played Dr. Evil's small, silent sidekick "Mini-Me" in the "Austin Powers" movie franchise, has died. He was 49. A statement provided by Troyer's representatives that was also posted to his Instagram and Facebook accounts said the actor died Saturday.

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Technology

YouTube, Google and Twitter also have giant platforms awash in more videos, posts and pages than any set of human eyes could ever check. Their methods of serving ads against this sea of content may come under the microscope next. (AP Photo)

After Facebook scrutiny, is Google next?

Facebook has taken the lion's share of scrutiny from Congress and the media about data-handling practices that allow savvy marketers and political agents to target specific audiences, but it's far from alone. YouTube, Google and Twitter also have giant platforms awash in more videos, posts and pages than any set of human eyes could ever check.

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