The 25th Chancellor of USP, His Excellency Taneti Maamau, President of Kiribati and Top Samoan Law student of the year, Fuamata Fuatino Sialaoa. Photo: Misiona Simo.

Fuamata is top Samoan law graduate

The University of South Pacific’s Telefoni Retzlaff Memorial Prize, for the top Samoan law student of the year, has been awarded to Fuamata Fuatino Sialaoa. Fuamata, 25, works as a law clerk in the Office of the Attorney General’s commercial and international division, and graduated last Friday with a bachelor degree in law from the USP Alafua Campus.

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Sister Emanuela Betham celebrates 60 years of service within the Missionaries Sisters of the Society of Mary.

Family and friends join Sister Emanuela’s celebrations

Families and friends of Sister Emanuela Betham gathered on Saturday evening to commemorate her 60 years of service in the order of Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary (SMSM). Sister Emanuela, 88, dedicated her life to being an educator and Sister of the order of SMSM at the age of 19 and entered the convent in 1955. 

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Julie Bright and Family.

Meet a few volunteers currently in Samoa

Volunteers come from far and wide to immerse themselves in Samoa and its culture. They give their time and energy, and in return are rewarded with a lifelong experience, deep connections and new skills. 

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World

A police officer investigating the murder of British tourist Grace Millane stands at a crime scene along a section of Scenic Drive in the Waitakere Ranges outside Auckland, New Zealand, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. New Zealand police said Saturday, Dec. 8, that

New Zealand police find body they believe is British tourist

New Zealand police said Sunday they found a body they believe to be that of missing 22-year-old British tourist Grace Millane. Police said the body was in a forested area about 10 meters (33 feet) from the side of the road in the Waitakere Ranges near Auckland.

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The Israeli military says it has opened an investigation into the death of Habali after a video surfaced appearing to show him being shot in the back.

Israeli military probes shooting of Palestinian in the back

The Israeli military on Sunday said it has opened an investigation into the death of a 22-year-old Palestinian man in the West Bank after a video surfaced appearing to show him being shot in the back.

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Sport

Samoa 10th at Cape Town Sevens

Samoa 7s played in the Challenge final yesterday/this morning for the second World Rugby Sevens Series event in a row. However after last week’s 9th place finish in Dubai, Samoa finished 10th overall having lost their final 14-38 to Argentina.

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Fiji wins Cape Town Rugby Sevens as US falls in final again

Fiji capitalized on mistake after mistake by the United States to win the Cape Town World Rugby Sevens 29-15 on Sunday, sending the Americans to a second straight defeat in a final at the start of the season.

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Street Talk

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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Jennifer Ah Ching, 28

Fagalii

Mareta Arp, 28

Alafua

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Susana Talaiti, 29

Tuanai

Think a Minute

Think a minute…A father was trying to get his little boy to drink a glass of milk, but the son kept refusing, so the battle of wills was on. The father then poured himself a glass of milk and challenged his son to a race to see who could drink their milk the fastest. When the son had finished drinking his entire glass of milk, he said: “Let’s race again!”

Editorial

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Climate change is real, show empathy and leadership

Forget what the climate change skeptics are saying—it is real and already affecting millions of lives on the planet—including the Pacific Islands. In America authorities put the death toll from the devastating fires in California last month at 85.

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Letters to the Editor

It is a sad story no matter how many fiafia events there may be. One of the last remaining island habitats existing for thousands of years in conformity with mother earth, is losing its balance within 200 years of European arrival.

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:

Entertainment

FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2018, file photo, Cardi B arrives at the American Music Awards, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Cardi B, Pharrell, Kanye West were among the celebrities who fanned out across Miami for a week of glamorous parties toasting t

Cardi B, Pharrell, Kanye draw crowds during Art Basel Miami

Royalty, Real Housewives and the fathers of two Kardashian babies were among the celebs that fanned out across Miami for a week of glamorous parties toasting the world's best artists during Art Basel.

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Technology

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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