Samoa Police Service.

Police record drop in sex, homicide cases

The Ministry of Police has recorded a significant drop in sex offences and homicide cases, though there has been a dramatic increase in narcotics cases. This is according to the Ministry of Police 2017 financial year compared to the previous year. According to data released by the Ministry of Police’s Criminal Investigation Department, there is a reduction in crimes relating to sexual, homicide, assault, burglary/theft and public safety offences.

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Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Afamasaga Rico Tupai.

Internet speeds open local job prospects

There is potential for Samoans to “work remotely” in the country for overseas technology firms, due to the upgrading of Samoa’s submarine cable system which will provide affordable high-speed internet. Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Afamasaga Rico Tupai, said as many as five technology companies from New Zealand and Australia are in discussions with his Ministry on hiring locals to do remote work for them.

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Samoa Water Authority.

Committee rejects $2.6 million write-off plan

The Samoa Water Authority’s (S.W.A.) plan to write-off $2.6 million in outstanding water bills has been rejected by the Parliamentary Infrastructure Sector Committee. The position of the Committee was highlighted in a report that it compiled based on the Annual Report of the Samoa Water Authority for the financial years 2016-2017.

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World

Canopy Growth CEO Bruce Linton, left to right, poses with the receipt for the first legal cannabis for recreation use sold in Canada to Nikki Rose and Ian Power at the Tweed shop on Water Street in St. John's N.L. at 12:01 am NDT on Wednesday Oct. 17, 201

Canada now world's largest legal marijuana marketplace

Ian Power was among the first to buy legal recreational marijuana in Canada but he has no plans to smoke it. He plans to frame it. Canada became the largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace as sales began early Wednesday in Newfoundland. 

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A pro-EU demonstrator holds up an EU flag to oncoming traffic outside the Palace of Westminster as the British government holds a cabinet meeting on Brexit inside 10 Downing Street, London, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018.

Britain, EU decide to take some time in getting Brexit right

Leaders from the European Union and Britain shrugged off a weekend negotiating debacle and previous deadlines Wednesday, giving themselves several more weeks to clinch a friendly divorce deal ahead of their separation.

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Sport

TOUCH RUGBY REFEREES: Participants of the Touch Rugby level one ref course.

Touch rugby develops officials

The first touch rugby referee course level one is part of critical steps being taken to develop the sport in Samoa. The course makes up the Samoa Touch Rugby Incorporated’s (S.T.R.I.) strategic plan to develop officials which will help grow the sport.

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NUTRITION TALK: Crossfit Fatu Toa trainer and qualified nutritionist Brandon Sefo hosting the Nutrition presentation.

Nutrition critical part of success

Nutrition is a big part of being a successful athlete, let alone a bodybuilder. That’s what bodybuilders gearing up for Mr. Samoa 2018 were told during a nutrition presentation conducted by Crossfit Fatu Toa trainer, Brandon Sefo, at Joe’s Gym Lotopa, last week. The presentation was to broaden their knowledge and help them with their training towards this year’s Mr. Samoa Bodybuilding competition.

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Think a Minute

Think a minute…One of my favorite birds to watch is the beautiful white seagull. It looks so graceful and gentle floating on the soft sea breezes. But looks can be deceiving. I was saddened and surprised to learn that these innocent-looking creatures are not at all peaceful and kind when it comes to getting along with each other.

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Well done, Samoa A! Now why has not one of them made the Manu Samoa?

At long last there is some positive news on the rugby front. We are talking about Samoa A’s well deserved victory at the Americas Pacific Rugby Challenge at the Estadio Charrua in Montevideo. The win is great for rugby in Samoa, especially for the controversy-prone Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.) which desperately needed some positive news to break their way after what’s been unfolding publically lately.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor Re: Give Tiavea Village a fair go This letter is wrong. At the moment, the land is just bush. There is little value there at the moment. The land is yet to be built on and used. Only then will the value of the land increase. Not before.

Re: Bullying tactics, church, desperation and hypocrites The two pillars collided head on according to the article; Church and State, but if you look closely to the epic conflict, its the Protestants against the ruling Catholic P.M. Is this the revival of the old sectarian divide?

Re: Tialavea says Ministers should divest shares The House Standing Orders need to take care of this tumultuous concern it’s becoming louder and louder day by day. It is becoming far too common in this day and age in Samoa for people to suspect a conflict of interest emerges even if it’s a genuine bid especially when one holds public office.

Entertainment

Honoree Lady Gaga poses at the 25th Annual ELLE Women in Hollywood Celebration, Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Lady Gaga getting married? She thanks 'fiance' during speech

Lady Gaga apparently is getting married. The 32-year-old singer and "A Star is Born" actress thanked her "fiance" Christian Carino as she finished speaking Monday night at Elle's 25th annual Women in Hollywood event.

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Technology

FILE - In this July 17, 2001 file photo, Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen appears in a suite in the team's stadium in Seattle. Allen, billionaire owner of the Trail Blazers and the Seattle Seahawks and Microsoft co-founder, died Monday, Oct. 15, 2018 at

Microsoft co-founder, philanthropist Paul Allen dies at 65

Paul G. Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates before becoming a billionaire philanthropist who invested in conservation, space travel, arts and culture and professional sports, died Monday. He was 65.

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