Former Manu Samoa Head Coach: Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua. Photo: Misiona Simo.

Sacked Coach threatens Union, demands apology

Former Manu Samoa Coach, Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua, whose services as coach were unexpectedly terminated in August this year, has threatened to sue the Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.). Fuimaono’s intentions are revealed in a letter he wrote to the Chief Executive Officer of the S.R.U., Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i, dated 28 September 2018, where he is also demanding a public apology from the Union. 

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The only female amongst the new holders of the Aiono title, Aiono Saini, during the ava ceremony.

Aiono chiefly titles bestowed

The village of Fasito’o-uta welcomed nine new holders of the Aiono chiefly title yesterday morning. The titleholders from the heirs of Aiono Aipovi and Aiono Sapeki were blessed during an elaborate and traditional ceremony attended by families and villagers. Prior to the traditional formalities, the titleholders were blessed by Reverend Uta Muaulu of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa at Fasitoo uta. 

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PEACE KEEPERS: Senior Sergeant Misipele Fiatau, Sergeant Mose Lotomau, Corporal Leone Filemu, Corporal Eliu Iakopo, Corporal Ainea Uiese with Assistant Commissioner, Papali’i Monalisa Keti and Police Commissioner, Fuiava Egon Keil.

Samoa sends five peacekeepers

Five police officers from the Samoa Police Service (S.P.S.) have been deployed to South Sudan on a one-year peacekeeping mission under the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (U.N.M.I.S.S.).

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World

A Palestinian protester hurls stones towards Israeli troops at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel.

Protesters gather on Gaza frontier, Israeli fire wounds 77

Thousands of Palestinians massed Friday along Israel's frontier, with dozens approaching and breaching the perimeter fence that separates Gaza from Israel, even as Egypt stepped up efforts reach a lasting cease-fire between the territory's Hamas rulers and Israel.

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European Union and Asian leaders look up at a drone during a group photo during an EU-ASEM summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018.

European, Asian leaders want free trade, push back at Trump

Europe and Asia presented a united front Friday in support of free trade based on international rules and cooperation, starkly underscoring their differences with U.S. President Donald Trump's "America First" policy.

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Sport

Chairmen and Chief Executives from Tonga, Fiji, PNG, Samoa, the Cook Islands, New Zealand together with senior NRL staff discussed a potential 2019/2020 calendar, incorporating what has previously been known as the Pacific Test.

New era for Pacific rugby league

The Chairman of Rugby League Samoa, Tagaloa Faafouina Su’a joined leaders of Rugby League in the Pacific in Auckland yesterday to agree the future direction of the international game in the region.

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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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Think a Minute

Think a minute…This is a true story about a talented girl named Mary. She was 14-years-old when she started taking singing lessons. Later she traveled from city to city as a performer. She married a newspaperman, but their marriage did not last.

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Manu Samoa vs Samoa A? Let’s campaign to make it happen

Let’s make it happen. Seriously. While the calls for Samoa A to play the Manu Samoa perhaps started out as a joke, it could actually be one of the best things to happen in Samoan rugby by a long stretch. And not just because of the negativity surrounding the latest selection of the country’s national team, Manu Samoa.

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Letters to the Editor

Re: Internet speeds open local job prospects This is a fantastic direction and support led by government. The potential to be unlocked using I.C.T. is not limited to these types of operations and I hope the government lets the private sector share some of the reins on where this industry could be headed for the future.

Re: Samoa A Samoa needs more time to develop local talent. Going on tour, as well as competing in tournaments is key. A schoolboy’s team should go on tour and should also have an annual competition involving Fiji, Tonga, Cook Islands, etc.

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.

Entertainment

Radio personality Delilah poses for a portrait in New York on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, to promote her memoir,

Radio host Delilah shares advice about losing a child

One year ago, syndicated radio host Delilah Renee Luke — known professionally as just Delilah — experienced the unimaginable: Her teenage son Zack killed himself at 18.

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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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