Samoa Airways signs new Boeing deal

Samoa Airways has signed a dry lease with Air Lease Corporation for a new Boeing 737-Max 9 aircraft. It will replace the current Boeing 737-800, which is owned by Iceland Air. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, Samoa Airways Chairman, Fe’esago Siaosi Fepulea’i and Steven F. Udvar-Házy C.E.O. of Air Lease Corporation were at the signing ceremony yesterday.

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WORK TO FIX: A look at the project underway at Apaula Heights that was damaged last year following a landslide as a result of Tropical Cyclone Gita.

Apaula Heights road-work completion date unclear

Work to fix the Apaula Heights road is still underway, 15 months after a $400,000 contract was awarded to a local contractor to get the job done. 

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CONGRATULATIONS: Meilan Meredith and Arnold Meredith (middle) with B.S.L. staff and family members at the store yesterday.

Business Systems Ltd. opens third branch

Business Systems Limited has opened a third branch at Lotopa in order to expand their services to the community.

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World

Unidentified women console each other at the scene of a violent attack early Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Nairobi, Kenya. Extremists stormed a luxury hotel in Kenya's capital on Tuesday, setting off thunderous explosions and gunning down people at cafe ta

Kenya says gunmen are killed in hotel attack; 14 victims die

All the gunmen who staged a deadly attack on a luxury hotel and shopping complex in Nairobi were killed, Kenya's president said Wednesday, declaring an end to the brazen overnight siege that underscored the ability of al-Shabab extremists to strike despite military setbacks.

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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May.

May wins no-confidence vote, but is still beset by Brexit

British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a no-confidence vote in Parliament on Wednesday to remain in office — but saw more of her power ebb away as she battled to keep Brexit on track after lawmakers demolished her European Union divorce deal.

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Sport

BUILDING CONSISTENCY: Samoa Rugby 7’s head coach, Sir Gordon Tietjens.

Tietjens prizing experience in picking Hamilton Sevens squad

The Samoa rugby 7s squad for the next round of the World Series in Hamilton will be selected today.

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The Samoa 7s team captain, David Afamasaga and team training for the next Rugby Sevens Series in Hamilton.

Captain Afamasaga not resting on his laurels

Samoa captain David Afamasaga said “no one’s spot is safe” including his own heading into the next round of the World Rugby Sevens Series in Hamilton on January 26th and 27th.

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Street Talk

Govt. should prioritise fixing roads

The heavy downpours of late have damaged a lot of road infrastructure in Samoa. Motorists in most parts of the country are having to navigate the multiple potholes and some of the more challenging road conditions that exist. This is not the first time this has happened in Samoa though. Bad roads at this time of the year is a common occurrence. What do you think the Government should do to improve our roads? Reporter Yumi Epati Tala’ave asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Keli Poutasi, 55

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Konelio Sheck, 34

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Saumai Seve, 66

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Think a Minute

Think a minute…Some time ago a small town in California needed a new water pipe system. Someone suggested that they ask the city of Los Angeles for advice since the large city of L.A. was more experienced.

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Something doesn’t make sense about Hilton’s resignation

Another one bites the dust. Indeed and so the revolving door for coaches and senior officials at the Samoa Rugby Union continues to spin uncontrollably. Only a few months after the most recent embarrassing public spat over the sacking of the man who helped to get the Manu Samoa to the World Cup, Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua, another senior official has called it quits.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Re: Disappointing results The long awaited results for national exams this year have again come with great disappointment. For a few years now our national examinations have been a nightmare.

Re: Gabbard’s strong support in Samoa That’s an interesting conclusion to assume because Gabbard was born in American Samoa that this would be a good thing for Samoa. Obama’s father was born in Kenya, his relatives still lived there, but what did Obama do for Kenya or any country in Africa.

Re: A.D.B. breached own policies The processes need to be followed and if they were, then fine with me. This Dam really is a huge game-changer for Apia’s annual flooding issues.

Entertainment

Singer Rihanna.

Rihanna sues father over use of their last name for business

Rihanna is suing her father over his use of their last name for a business.

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Technology

Facebook logo displayed in a start-up companies gathering at Paris' Station F in Paris.

Facebook to invest $300 million in news, focusing on local

Facebook says it is investing $300 million over the next three years in news initiatives, with a focus on local news partnerships and other programs.

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