Scott Barlow of Samoa and Fatu Vagana of American Samoa.

Men charged with possession of ‘ice’ continues

A two-day hearing against two men accused over a package intercepted by Customs Officers at the Fagali’i Airport, which contained ice, started last week. Scott Barlow and Fatu Vagana are facing one joint charge of possession of methamphetamine to which they have both pleaded not guilty. 

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The Quick Rip is scheduled to move to Savaii next week and continue on to outer villages within the next five weeks of the programme.

Quick Rip comes to Samoa

Students from nine colleges in the Apia area made history at Apia Park Stadium last Wednesday. They tried out Quick Rip, a  sport that’s being introduced to Samoa.

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MAKE YOUR PARENTS HAPPY: Tatou Hinoa from the village of Tuana’i.

The gift of obedience

Obedience is the best gift you can offer your parents. So says 16 year old Tatou Hinoa from Tuana’i.

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World

German Chancellor Angela Merkel smiles at the headquarters of the Christian Democratic Union CDU in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 after the German parliament election.

Merkel wins 4th term but nationalists surge in German vote

German Chancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term Sunday, but now faces the tricky prospect of forming a coalition with two disparate new partners after voters weakened her conservatives and a nationalist, anti-migrant party surged into parliament.

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Pope Francis talks to an infant during his visit to the Santa Lucia Foundation in Rome, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017.

Conservative theologians accuse pope of spreading heresy

Several dozen tradition-minded Roman Catholic theologians, priests and academics have formally accused Pope Francis of spreading heresy with his 2016 opening to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics.

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Sport

Storm players lined up in arms during the Anthem.

Cowboys, Storm to meet in National Rugby League grand final

After just making the National Rugby League playoffs as the eighth and last qualifying team, the North Queensland Cowboys are into the grand final against the first-place Melbourne Storm.

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Several New England Patriots players kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass.

President's criticisms incite more protests at NFL games

President Donald Trump's criticism of players who protest during the national anthem incited a mass increase in such activism Sunday, with more than 100 NFL players sitting or kneeling, others raising their fists and whole teams standing with locked arms to display unity.

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Street Talk

Line blurred between tips and bribery

The difference between tipping and bribery has been spelt out by a Cabinet Minister who said public servants should not feel bad about accepting tips for doing their work. The Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tioniso Hunt, said it is only wrong when public servants accept bribes. What do you think? Should members of the public be encouraged to tip public servants, especially people like Customs officials? Ulimasao Fata asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Mele Maulolo Iasoni, 47

Afega

Paulo Ilalio Fonoti

Afega/Nu’u Fou

Pearlynn Brown

Malie

Peleti Aso, 36

Faleasiu

Saili Talimasealii, 51

Utualii

Seufale Filipo Foaluga

Vaitele-fou

Think a Minute

Think a minute…A man named John bought a fancy new car loaded with modern technology. It included a recording of a voice that reminded him if he had forgotten to put on his seat belt, or warned him if he was running low on fuel.

Editorial

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Something’s missing

It says quite a lot when there is more passion displayed in the boxing ring after the announcement of the outcome of a 12 round bout, than during it. And that the passion didn’t come from either of the two boxers themselves.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Re: Tipping and bribery The Minister’s comments about allowing and accepting tipping clearly violates on many fronts. His understanding of bribery requirements needs investigation. A clear conflict of interest, it undermines the integrity of whatever department or programme and service, the integrity of the public servant, and the whole country.

Dear Editor, The World Cup should return to South Africa, a traditional rugby heartland and super power of the game, with the second largest player community in the world, according to World Rugby’s own statistics, and the second most successful international record behind New Zealand.

Re: Samoa Airways eyes 777 Come on Lautafi please, you need to stop talking and see how things will work out with just one plane. You are already talking about getting this big plane, and Samoa Airways has not even made a “penny.”

Entertainment

Kylie Jenner.

Reports say Kylie Jenner is pregnant with first child

Is there going to be another addition to the Jenner-Kardashian clan?

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Technology

a journalist makes a video of the Instagram logo using the new video feature at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.

Islamic State backers find ephemeral platform in Instagram

Researchers say Islamic State supporters have found an ephemeral platform to share propaganda: Using Instagram's "stories" feature, which causes posts to disappear in 24 hours.

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