Andrew Wheatley shows off his surf ski two days after the encounter that left his boat slightly short.

Australian paddler ecapes shark attack

The Australian paddler who lost the back end of his surf ski to a curious shark says he doesn’t want anyone to stop enjoying the ocean because of it. Andrew Wheatley was out paddling about 1.5 kilometres off of the south coast of Upolu when he was lifted into the air by a sudden impact on the back of his vessel.

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Nioia Sekone from Magiagi. Photos / (Misiona Simo).

Let the sewing lessons begin

The first day of sewing training for over 100 Samoan women started yesterday with an opening ceremony at the Moanalisa Hotel. Government representatives were joined by officials from the Embassy of China, including Chinese Ambassador to Samoa, Wang Xuefeng, for the opening.

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ENCOURAGING BETTER A LIFESTYLE: Australian High Commissioner HE, Sara Moriarty playing international cricket.

Healthy Nanas promote better living

A project being run by the Samoa International Cricket Association (S.I.C.A.) has loft goals. The Healthy Nana Project hopes to encourage the communities, especially the Nanas to teach themselves and their children ways to live healthy and longer. 

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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

DEVELOPING OUR OFFICIALS: Local touch rugby referees graduate with Level 1 Badges. Photos / (Samoa Touch Rugby Incorporated).

Hard work pays off for local referees

Fourteen local touch rugby referees have graduated with a Level 1 Badge after a three-day assessment. They are Gerard Anapu, Filoi Eneliko, Atitoa Tau, Risty Fong, Frank Ah Kuoi, Arron Rogers, Alex Mikaele, David Solomona, Tua Toomata, Deejay Fong, Michael Wulf, Mathew Stanley, Ete Tanuvasa, and Malaeloa Filipo Soe.

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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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Street Talk

Calls for Samoa A players to be included in the Manu Samoa

“The Samoa A has been crowned winners of the World Rugby Americas Pacific Challenge in Uruguay. But none of the players are in the Manu Samoa team for the Northern Hemisphere tour end of this year. Talaia Mika* asked members of the public if Samoa A players should be included in the Manu Samoa squad. This is what they said:

Epi Fania 35

Siumu

John Ale 45

Toamua

Ofisa Faalogo 54

Malie

Talalelei Laga 25

Vaitele Fou

Mose Mose 55

Afega

Seina Satala 42

Vaiusu

Think a Minute

Think a minute…If you are not having a good day, people sometimes humorously say that you “got up on the wrong side of the bed.” Amazingly, brain surgeons discovered that the brain actually has two sides and that each side thinks differently.

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“We have to apply common sense. This was my decision although it is not in line with the law” – Minister Tialavea

On the front page of the Sunday Samoan of 14 October 2018, the headline read: “Govt. can assist cash-strapped firms.” The story referred to a Government policy that allows certain companies to pay their import duty after 30 days – but only if they pay 50 per cent of the tax upfront.

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Letters to the Editor

Re: Apia’s growing litter problem an eyesore It’s great to see this initiative in Samoa and good on Shaanarlei for doing this. It is apparent for anyone travelling to Samoa that there is an issue with the rubbish and is something the government needs to sort out (it’s right outside the government’s doorstep to see).

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?

Entertainment

FILE- In this April 10, 2008, file photo Lynn Finkel, stage manager for

Puppeteer who played Big Bird on 'Sesame Street' retiring

The puppeteer who has played Big Bird on "Sesame Street" is retiring after nearly 50 years on the show.

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Technology

Urban Airship product and engineering executive Mike Herrick works at his desk with photos of his daughter, Lauren, and wife Erin at his side in Portland, Ore.

Even tech execs fret about their kids' smartphone addictions

Like a lot of parents, Mike Herrick occasionally sees his 13-year-old daughter getting lost in her smartphone and wonders: Is technology messing with children's brains, even as it enlightens and empowers them in ways that weren't possible when his generation grew up?

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