SPORTS DISPUTE TRIBUNAL MATTER: President of Samoa Amateur Boxing Association, Fesola'i Vaaiga Tuigamala and the Chair of the Sports Dispute Tribunal, Justice Mata Tuatagaloa.

Dispute Tribunal ruling favours rugby legend

The Samoa Sports Dispute Tribunal has recommended dissolving the current Samoa Amateur Boxing Association (S.A.B.A.) Executive. The Tribunal was chaired by Justice Mata Keli Tuatagaloa with members including Tuisugaletaua Aveau Sofara and Rev. Dr. Siaosi Salesulu.

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CONSIDER A 'GIFT OF LIFE': Dr D. Vijaya Rajakumari from Apollo Hospital Group speaks passionately about encouraging Samoans to seriously consider organ donation.

Specialist encourages donating organs

A kidney specialist from India has emphasised that more education is needed around encouraging Samoans to be more open towards donating their kidneys.

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MAINTAINING AVA QUALITY IN SAMOA: The official launch of the Samoa Ava standard at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel last friday evening.

Setting the standards for ava in Samoa

Samoa Ava standard was launched in a ceremony at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel on Friday evening.

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World

People wait on a the other side of a road which has been cut by the flood water after Cyclone Merkunu in Salalah, Oman, Saturday, May 26, 2018. Cyclone Merkunu blew into the Arabian Peninsula on Saturday, drenching arid Oman and Yemen with rain, cutting o

Powerful cyclone strikes Oman, Yemen; 5 dead, 30 missing

A cyclone more powerful than any previously recorded in southern Oman slammed into the Gulf country and neighboring Yemen on Saturday, deluging a major city with nearly three years' worth of rainfall in single day. The storm killed at least five people while more than 30 remain missing, officials said.

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In this photo provided by South Korea Presidential Blue House via Yonhap News Agency, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in embrace each other after their meeting at the northern side of the Panmunjom in North Korea

With US talks in limbo, Korean leaders hold surprise summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met for the second time in a month on Saturday, holding a surprise summit at a border truce village to discuss Kim's potential meeting with President Donald Trump, Moon's office said.

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Sport

GAME TIME: The Vailima Navigators (green uniform) defeated the B.S.P. Tornadoes at Apia Park yesterday at a close margin game by 33-25. Photos / Misiona Simo

Eels hammer Knights, 59-21

The fifth round for the 2018 Bluesky Super Nine Rugby Championship kicked off yesterday at four different venues.

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Lions snatch late victory, 14-man Brumbies surprise Bulls

The Lions snatched a late 26-23 victory with a 76th-minute try against the 14-man Stormers in Super Rugby on Saturday, putting the South African conference leaders in positive mood heading into a monthlong break for internationals.

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Street Talk

Church gets backing on tax position

The biggest denomination in Samoa, the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) has reportedly rejected the Government’s new law to tax the Head of State and Church Ministers. Although the church has yet to confirm its official position, reports from the Malua annual conference indicate that the church will continue to reject the law. Despite this, the Government has put out a notice that after 30 June 2018, they will start enforcing the law on people who continue to disobey. What do you think? Reporter, Adel Fruean asked members of the public today and this is what they said:

Niko Temo

Saleufi

Atu Ioane

Letogo

Alefosio Feagaiga

Vailoa

Seufale Filipo Tauialo

Vaitele Fou

Alo Maleko

Vailoa

Think a Minute

Think a minute…Imagine this rich, successful young man. He’s well educated and owns a big, beautiful house. He lives and travels first class! Yet even with all his success he still goes to church and is a humble, good person. Of course, he’s not perfect.

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Church vs. State, what to do?

What we feared would happen one day in this country is unfolding before our very eyes. With Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s administration acquiring such political power over the years turning Parliament into a one-party state, they perhaps thought they are so powerful no one would ever dare to question their decision-making, let alone stand up to them.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, If there is one good thing about a one party state, it is that it has the political muscle to deal with institutions and individuals who are so used to privilege and special treatment that they think they are above the law.

Dear Editor, Re: Church defiant Well, if Rev. Vavatau feels so strongly about it, take the matter to Court and argue that the constitutional guarantee of freedom of religion is being breached by the government. I would love to see how he gets on when all the other churches in the country have no objection to this law.

Dear Editor, Re: P.M. on church tax The logic behind taxation of pastors would have been funny if it wasn’t stupidly outrageous. The govt’s arrogance may eventually spread out to include the matai’s lafo in the norm of Samoan culture.

Entertainment

Harvey Weinstein listens during a court proceeding in New York on Friday, May 25, 2018. Weinstein was arraigned Friday on rape and other charges in the first criminal prosecution to result from the wave of allegations against him that sparked a national r

Handcuffed Weinstein faces rape charge in #MeToo reckoning

It was the moment the #MeToo movement had been waiting for: Harvey Weinstein in handcuffs.

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Technology

An Amazon Echo device sits on a balcony outside an Amazon office as the Space Needle is reflected in windows behind it following a program announcing several new Amazon products by the company, in Seattle.

After Amazon Echo misfire, ways to protect your own privacy

Revelations that an Amazon Echo smart speaker inadvertently sent a family's private conversation to an acquaintance highlights some unexpected risks of new voice-enabled technologies.

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