FASHION WEEK PLANS: Jackie Loheni, MENA, Vanya Taulealo, Tuilagi Allan Alo and Cecilia Keil, Cecilia’s Fashion and Cindy of Samoa.

Fashion Week plan revealed

Fashion in Samoa is making great strides. And in an effort to celebrate Fashion-Made in Samoa, the country will soon host its inaugural Fashion Week.

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NOT A BAR ANYMORE: The location of Thirsty Gecko’s Bar & Grill will no longer used as a bar.

Changing phase for Apia’s watering holes

The nightlife in Apia and surrounding areas is slowly but surely changing. Just in the past few weeks, two of Apia’s well-known water holes have closed. First there was Thirsty Gecko’s at Vailoa and then last weekend, Sheesha’s Cocktail Bar at the Marina closed.

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KEY OFFICIALS: The key officials at the meeting.

History in the making

The first Clean Pacific Roundtable opened yesterday marked a historical occasion for the Pacific region.

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World

First Lady Michelle Obama takes the stage during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Monday, July 25, 2016.

Michelle Obama wears American designer Christian Siriano

Michelle Obama, who ditched the boxy jackets and dowdy style of so many first ladies before her, addressed the Democratic National Convention in a flouncy, bright blue dress by designer Christian Siriano.

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Ambulance crew and police officers are seen outside a facility for the handicapped where a number of people were killed and dozens injured in a knife attack Tuesday, July 26, 2016, in Sagamihara, outside Tokyo.

At least 15 killed, dozens injured in knifing near Tokyo

At least 15 people were killed and about 20 wounded in a knife attack Tuesday at a facility for the handicapped in a city just outside Tokyo in a rare case of mass violence in Japan, according to Japanese media reports.

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Sport

Queensland Reds hire Stiles as head coach on 2-year contract

Nick Stiles has been appointed as head coach of the Queensland Reds on a two-year contract, given outright control of the job he has shared with Matt O'Connor since Richard Graham was released early in the season.

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Australia's delegation head Kitty Chiller, right, and boxer Daniel Lewis listen to questions during a press conference in the Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, July 25, 2016. The head of the Australian delegation says that despite a delay of

Despite delays, Australians ready to move to Rio village

Despite a delay of several days, the head of the Australian delegation says she expects her 700 athletes and officials to move into housing at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Wednesday.

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Street Talk

Mixed opinions on Lupesoliai’s preparedness

Lupesoliai Joseph Parker scored a 4th round knock out against Solomon Haumono on Thursday night. The victory means he is a step closer to his much-anticipated world heavyweight title fight against Anthony Joshua. Is Lupesoliai Joseph Parker ready for Joshua? Sarafina Sanerivi asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Think a Minute

Think a minute…A husband and wife had not spoken to each other for days. They were still angry at one another since their last fight. By the 5th day, the husband realized he had a problem. He needed his wife to wake him up early the next day to catch a plane for an important business trip

Editorial

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Let’s not desert the Treesort

The plight of businessman Jack Batchelor is a sad one. And having read about the impact of the recent unfavourable publicity on his business, it’s hard not to empathise with him. Indeed, he is as much a victim of Taulima Lauititi’s thug-like behavior as the Australian couple affected – and every one else including this country which has somewhat become embroiled in the mess we have found ourselves in today.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Re: Cancer Society shares concerns Perhaps it may be prudent if the alternate treatment centre did not carry the name “Hope for Cancer” but rather chose a name that emphasises healing per se. The cancer industry is big business.

Dear Editor, I want to say well done and congratulations to you Mr. Angus Malietoa, who was featured in your newspaper on Sunday. Your story is an inspiration to the young people out there.

Dear Editor, I love it. Everyone is outraged because of what this “knucklehead” Tualima Lauititi did. Rightfully so. But your outrage should also be directed at the government itself.

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VIDEOS

Entertainment

Singer Demi Lovato speaks performs during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Monday, July 25, 2016.

Demi Lovato gets personal at the Democratic convention

Singer Demi Lovato got personal Monday at the raucous opening of the Democratic National Convention, touching on her struggle with mental illness and performing her hit "Confident."

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Technology

Police tape hangs at Gary Reese Freedom Park, where police say a shooting erupted when a man in a vehicle attempted to rob a group of people playing

Gunman gets shot by Pokemon Go player he tried to rob

Authorities say a gunman tried to rob a group of people playing the Pokemon Go game at a Las Vegas park, so a player pulled a firearm and the two sides exchanged fire.

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