Malaeliua Manesesa of Malie-uta with BBE staff.

A White Sunday to remember

White Sunday 2018 will definitely be one to remember for four special families. The families Moevani Togi of Toamua Uta, Muga Aukuso of Savaia, Lefaga, Malaeliua Manesesa of Malie Uta and Filemu Ta’uneia of Falemauga were the recipients of cash and food hampers sponsored by the Betham Brothers Enterprises in partnership with Trans Pacific Travel, Budget Rentals and Tanoa Samoa. 

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IN PARTNERSHIP: (L) N.P.I. Branch Manager Tumua Saueleele Ah Wong, (R) N.P.I.-Business Development Manager Lesa Taupati Mamea together with S.N.P.F.-C.E.O. Pauli Prince Suhren (middle)

National Pacific Insurance pays S.N.P.F’s commission

National Pacific Insurance (N.P.I.) has paid its insurance alliance partner, Samoa National Provident Fund (S.N.P.F.), insurance commission of $15,355.

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BUILDING BRIDGES: Samoa’s first bedding and mattress manufacturing company have imported its first foam mattress-making machine into Samoa.

Sleepwell hits another first for Samoa

Sleepwell International continues to build bridges across the bedding and mattress industry in Samoa. As Samoa’s first bedding and mattress manufacturing company, another important milestone was achieved this week with the first foam mattress-making machine hitting Samoa’s shores at Sleepwell International. 

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World

Gov. Rick Scott, R-Fla., right, looks on as President Donald Trump talks with reporters after arriving at Eglin Air Force Base to visit areas affected by Hurricane Michael, Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, in Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump gets bird's-eye view of devastated Florida communities

President Donald Trump got a bird's-eye view Monday of Florida communities left in ruins by Hurricane Michael, including houses without roofs, a toppled water tower and 18-wheel trucks scattered in a parking lot during a nearly hour-long helicopter tour of portions of the Panhandle.

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People try to pull a car out of a torrent after flash floods in the town of Villegailhenc, southern France, Monday, Oct.15, 2018. Flash floods tore through towns in southwest France, turning streams into raging torrents that authorities said killed severa

France: 12 die in floods unseen in more than a century

Flash floods that tore through several towns in southwest France following an overnight storm killed at least 12 people, authorities said Monday. Some residents had to be helicoptered from rooftops as the equivalent of several months of rain poured down in a few hours and turned waterways into raging torrents.

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Sport

Kiwis beat Kangaroos 26-24 in rugby league upset

New Zealand rallied then held out a late Kangaroos comeback to beat Australia 26-24 in a rugby league upset on Saturday. Joseph Manu and Brandon Smith scored tries on debut, and Esan Masters, who scored on debut in New Zealand's previous test against England, also touched down during a second half in which the Kiwis outscored the Kangaroos 18-12 after trailing 12-8 at halftime.

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A NEW EXPERIENCE: Players from Oriana Development Academy presenting Rolleston INSPIRE players with gifts before the match started.

New Zealand netball team visits Samoa

New Zealand netball team Rolleston INSPIRE locked horns with Samoa’s Oriana Development Academy at the National University of Samoa gym on Saturday. But the friendly game between the two sides was all in the name of developing further the sport of netball. 

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Think a Minute

Think a minute…I recently read about a teenage boy who was found hanging from a tree. Next to the tree was a suicide note he had written to his parents. He said: “I’ve never felt like a real person with real worth. What hurts most is that I don’t have any real relationships with my family or friends. Please don’t spend money on a casket to bury me in.”

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Bullying tactics, church, desperation and hypocrites

And so it continues. The war between Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s Government and the church, especially the biggest denomination on the land, the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) over taxes has taken another ugly turn.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor I read with interest the story titled “Govt. refuses to pay $5.58 million for Ti’avea land.” My interest antenna went up when I saw the Minister’s comments regarding the asking price for Tiavea’s land, which is being used for the airport.

Dear Editor, Re: It’s women who make things happen Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities. Most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position.

Re: Church silent on govt. move Okay. It is one thing to introduce a new law and a new procedure but it’s another to ensure it is administered fairly and with respect for all people. Wasn’t this just introduced a year ago for Church Ministers?

Entertainment

FILE - In this Oct. 26, 1965 file photo The Beatles, from left: Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison smile as they display the Member of The Order of The British Empire medals presented to them by Queen Elizabeth II in a ceremony i

Getting better: Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper' named top album in UK

The Beatles' psychedelic masterwork "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" has been named the most popular British album in history.

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Technology

Bangladeshi journalists cover proceedings outside a court in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Bangladeshi newspaper editors protest digital security law

An influential body of newspaper editors in Bangladesh on Saturday criticized the government for a new digital security law that they say will stifle constitutionally protected freedom of speech and curtail press freedom.

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