SIVA AFI RISE: Saipele Semo is preparing to fly to Australia for his first international performance.

From match box seller to international fire dancer

Two years ago, Saipele Semo was spotted selling boxes of matches on the streets of Apia. Fast forward to today he is preparing to fly to Brisbane for his first international fire dance performance. His rise from the backstreets of Samoa’s capital to a recognised fire dancer has been phenomenal, thanks to the owner of the Siva Afi dance crew, Leota Lene Leota. 

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THANK YOU: Village Representative Siligatusa Pa’ipa’i with Island Rock IT Manager, Seali’i Faiga’a.

Island Rock supports village curfew

A business house has stepped in to support a village council restore order amongst its youth through a daily curfew. 

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SKILL DEVELOPMENT: Motiana Siaosi makes the most of this opportunity.

Young woman sees her future in sewing

A 21-year-old is extremely grateful for the opportunity to learn a valuable life skill in sewing. It’s a skill she hopes will not only benefit her but everyone in her family and the village. 

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World

A man rolls a large joint in a Toronto park on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018.

After Canada legalizes pot, industry eyes rest of the world

Cam Battley is a top executive at one of Canada's biggest marijuana companies, but he isn't sticking around to savor the country's historic pot legalization. 

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo walks out to speak to reporters following his meeting with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.

Man linked to Saudi prince at consulate when writer vanished

A member of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's entourage during several trips abroad walked into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul just before writer Jamal Khashoggi vanished there, a surveillance photo leaked Thursday shows, drawing the kingdom's heir-apparent closer to the columnist's alleged slaying.

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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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Think a Minute

Think a minute…Today’s world, from its large companies to entire countries, runs on the speed and power of computers. But when the computer breaks down, it causes serious loss, damage, even destruction.

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Time for P.M. to introduce law to deal with Ministers’ private business interests

Two weeks ago, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi issued an impassioned plea to Members of Parliament, particularly Cabinet Ministers and Associate Ministers. In light of recent controversies involving Cabinet Ministers and their business interests, Tuilaepa’s call was quite simple. He wants them to stay far away from their family businesses, telling them to focus on their public duties instead.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, A headless body loses its life. It is the reason why foreign military invaders historically go after the leaders first of the invaded communities. Take away the leadership and the community will scatter making it easier to defeat them.

Dear Editor The sale of goods and services are largely governed by the laws of supply and demand but for the sale of land the rules are slightly different. In this instance the sale price is often determined not by what the market is prepared to offer but by what the seller is willing to accept.

Dear Editor, Re: The issue of land at Ti’avea I was trying to find the best way to respond to this letter until this old lady at the makeki whispered in my ear, tell him about stream of benefits and net present value.

Entertainment

FILE - In this June 13, 2017 file photo, Keith Cozart, known as rapper Chief Keef, appears at Minnehaha County Court in Sioux Falls, S.D. A judge has denied a motion to dismiss a drug charge against Cozart, who was arrested in June 2017 at the Sioux Falls

Rapper's motion for drug charge dismissal denied

A judge in South Dakota has denied a motion to dismiss a drug charge against rapper Chief Keef. The rapper, whose legal name is Keith Cozart, was arrested in June 2017 at the Sioux Falls airport when drugs were found in his carry-on bag after he performed at the University of Sioux Falls.

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Technology

FILE - This April 12, 2016 file photo shows the Microsoft logo in Issy-les-Moulineaux, outside Paris, France. Federal prosecutors have charged a former Microsoft sports marketing director with five counts of wire fraud, accusing him of attempting to embez

Former Microsoft director indicted on embezzlement charges

Federal prosecutors have charged a former Microsoft sports marketing director with five counts of wire fraud, accusing him of attempting to embezzle $1.5 million from the company and using his NFL connections to sell Super Bowl tickets for his own gain.

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