Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

Cabinet to respond to inquiry findings

The Cabinet will issue a response to the findings of a Commission of Inquiry that reviewed the proposed merger between the Ministry of Health (M.O.H.) and the National Health Services (N.H.S.). Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi said the findings of the inquiry were discussed by the Cabinet recently and it agreed on a new structure for the merger.

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FORMER MANU SAMOA PLAYER: Daniel Leo celebrate a try during a Pool D match, South Africa v Samoa, 2011 IRB Rugby World Cup. North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. Friday 30 September 2011.

Gender diversity won’t help Pacific players

The membership increase of the World Rugby Council to include women will not help Pacific rugby player’s welfare, says a Pacific rugby players organisation. The World Rugby Council (W.R.C) last year increased its seats from 32 to 49, and all the new positions went to women.

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LOOMING BAN ON PLASTICS:  New steel cutlery at Krush Smoothie and Juice bar is better for your wallet and for the environment.

Local cafes to go plastic free

Local cafes are taking steps to become plastic-free and use alternative products in line with the looming ban on plastics by the Government. 

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World

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, congratulates Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl as he attends the wedding of Kneissl with with Austrian businessman Wolfgang Meilinger in Gamlitz, southern Austria, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (Roland Schlager/p

Putin dances at Austrian wedding; talks with Merkel on Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin made a flying visit to Austria to attend the wedding of the country's foreign minister Saturday before heading to Berlin for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, leaves the Federal District Court after a hearing, in Washington.

Another trial looms for ex-Trump campaign chairman Manafort

As jurors weigh Paul Manafort's fate in a sprawling financial fraud case, the former Trump campaign chairman still has another trial looming in the nation's capital — and prosecutors there have a whole new set of charges and a huge volume of evidence.

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Sport

New Zealand's Waisake Naholo, right, is brought down by Australia's Bernard Foley during their rugby union test match in Sydney, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Late Naholo double helps All Blacks beat Australia 38-13

A length of the field try by center Jack Goodhue and a late double from Waisake Naholo spurred New Zealand to a 38-13 win against Australia in the first Bledisloe Cup test, and opening match of the Rugby Championship, on Saturday.

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Argentina tight-head prop Juan Figallo, left, tackles South Africa flanker Francois Louw during their Castle Lager Rugby Championship test between South Africa and Argentina in Durban, South Africa, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (AP Photo)

Springboks rely on 2nd-half surge to see off Argentina 34-21

South Africa scored four tries in the second half to come from behind and beat Argentina 34-21 in the Rugby Championship on Saturday, avoiding a second straight surprise defeat to the Pumas in Durban.

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Street Talk

Mixed reaction to parking meters

“Parking meters is the way of the future. That’s clearly the message from the Government after several parking meters were installed in different parts of the Apia Towship this week. What do you think about paying to park in Samoa? Our reporter, Adel Fruean, asked members of the public in today’s Street Talk and this is what they said:

Michael Neemia, 42

Vaoala

Pisinisi Seiuli, 41

Vaitele fou

Fiamatai Poe, 31

Fasitoo tai

Samuelu Fiso, 22

Taufusi

Potoae Samuelu, 23

Vaoala

Think a Minute

Think a minute…A young man bought a plane ticket to Auckland, New Zealand. Later when he got home and looked closely at his ticket, he saw the travel agent had sold him a ticket to Oakland, California.

Editorial

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Attack on David Main, organised crime and criminals of Samoa

An innocent and hard working member of the community was brutally beaten in Apia last week. David Main was going about his business, as any ordinary member of the community would do, when two men dragged him out of his vehicle, beat him and left him for dead in front of the old Chan Mow supermarket before they took off in his vehicle.

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Letters to the Editor

Re: The question of debt Loans are how developing countries develop. Without them, Samoa would be back in the 19th century with no roads, no airport, no wharf, no hospital, no nothing.

Re: When inquiries are held for the sake of inquiries This is more a circus than a law-abiding country. It is because it is lead by people who knew people of the same rankings; who would scratch other people’s back and maybe later on; they scratched his/hers;. and the merry-go-round continues.

Dear Editor Allow me to correct your ignorance, Wendy about God, Church and the issue of creation. The church is not a business, but it does own businesses. That has never been a secret, and the church has always owned businesses since the early 1800s.

Entertainment

FILE - In this July 8, 2012 file photo, Aretha Franklin performs at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. Franklin died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 at her home in Detroit.  She was 76. (Photo by Cheryl Gerber/Invision/AP, File)

MTV VMAs working to craft tribute for Aretha Franklin

The MTV Video Music Awards plans on honoring the legacy of Aretha Franklin — they're just not sure how they will do it.

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Technology

A women demonstrates using the Natural Cycles smartphone app, in London, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Nishat Ahmed)

Birth control app highlights emerging health tech market

The condom, the pill and now, the smartphone? Natural Cycles, a mobile fertility app, this month became the first ever digital contraceptive device to win FDA marketing approval.

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