Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt.

Law to increase excise tax on sugary drinks passed

The Bill increasing the excise tax on sugary drinks including wine by 3 percent has been approved by Parliament. Introduced by Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, the passing of the bill was put through as a matter of urgency. 

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa  Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

P.M. says evening curfews must not interfere with public roads

Villages guarding evening curfews are not allowed to interfere with members of the public using public roads. 

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POLICE AT LUATUANU'U: Police officers during the reconciliation meeting with the village of Luatuanu'u and Falefa.

Matai among suspects charged over Luatuanu’u incident

Twelve people, including a matai, from Luatuanu’u, have been charged in relation to a rugby fight that broke out on Monday. 

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In this Monday, March 19, 2018, underwater video image courtesy of Paul Allen shows wreckage from the USS Juneau, a U.S. Navy ship sunk by the Japanese torpedoes 76 years ago.

Team backed by Microsoft co-founder Allen finds WWII wreck

The recent discovery of the USS Juneau in the depths of the South Pacific has provided some closure to people with connections to the ship, which was blown apart during World War II.

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Chinese Ambassador to the United Nations Ma Zhaoxu arrives for a Security Council meeting on the situation in North Korea.

UN extends work of experts monitoring North Korea sanctions

The Security Council voted unanimously Wednesday to extend the mandate for U.N. experts monitoring sanctions against North Korea.

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Vikings and Legends one of the Super 9 clash 2017

Championship opens door for all Samoans

The Samoa Rugby Union’s Super Nine Championships is taking the next step forward. Starting this year, the Super Nine franchises have agreed to allow Samoans living and playing overseas to participate in the championship.

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GRASSROOTS RUGBY: Action from the School’s rugby competition.

Growing rugby at school level

The Zone A Schools Rugby 15s competition has kicked off another week of exciting school rugby. It was held at the Leiifiifi College grounds.

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Street Talk

N.Z. govt. urged to change law

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is standing by her country’s immigration laws requiring Samoans to go through a stringent screening process to obtain a visa to visit New Zealand. This is despite the two countries sharing a Treaty of Friendship. Do you think this is fair? Reporter, Nefertiti Matatia, asked the public in today’s Street Talk and this is what they said:

Faaofonuu Iosefo Faamausili, 57


Vili Vili, 57


Katalina Tuasivi, 62


Mika Eliapo, 24


Carol Bilbo, 64


Think a Minute

Think a minute…Harlan was only 5 years old when his father died. When Harlan was just 14 he quit school and started working on farms. At 16, he lied about his age and joined the American army.


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Doping awareness needs to reach grassroots level

Doping and sports in Samoa is an odd combination. But it is not impossible. Come to think of it, it’s an issue that we should be thinking a lot more carefully about given recent developments involving some of our athletes. One case that immediately comes to mind is that of young weightlifter Iuniarra Sipaia.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor Let me start by saying that I don’t condone the actions by the Luatuanu’u youths in stoning the police. What is concerning though is the negotiation tactic of the Police Commissioner, with the threat to use firearms to root out the troublemakers.

Dear Editor I am writing to bring to the attention of the C.E.O. especially the Board of Samoa Airways the conduct of a certain pilot working for the airline between Samoa and American Samoa.

Dear Editor, For the very few of us who are still clinging on to the hopes that one day a transparent government will find us .... To the few that so far have managed to hold fast to their dignity and will not sell their souls to a very flawed government, I salute you.


members of NSync, from left, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone, Justin Timberlake,  JC Chasez and Chris Kirkpartrick perform at the 9th annual MTV Movie Awards in Culver City, Calif. The boy band will earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 30.  (AP Phot

'N Sync to reunite to receive star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

'N Sync is finally reuniting — but not for new music or a tour. The boy band will earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 30. Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpartrick will attend the event.

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Facebook app icon on a smartphone in New York. South Korea’s telecoms regulator says it is fining Facebook for illegally limiting user access to its services. The Korea Communications Commission said Wednesday that Facebook should pay 396 million won ($36

Facebook fined in South Korea for limiting user access

South Korea's telecoms regulator has fined Facebook for illegally limiting user access to its services from late 2016 to 2017. The Korea Communications Commission said Wednesday that Facebook should pay 396 million won ($369,400) as a penalty for violating a law against hurting the interests of users.

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