Prof. Umar was responding to claims raised by an alumnus on the declining passing rate of students undertaking agriculture courses AG213 and AG373, resulting in students having to settle for diplomas.

Don’t blame low pass rate on teaching experience

A student’s low pass rate should not be blamed on a teacher’s several years of experience, says University of the South Pacific (U.S.P.) Alafua Campus Director, Professor Mohammed Umar. Prof. Umar was responding to claims raised by an alumnus on the declining passing rate of students undertaking agriculture courses AG213 and AG373, resulting in students having to settle for diplomas. 

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Professor Mohammaed Umar.

University responds to allegations

There is a clear demarcation of duties and responsibilities of the Head of School and Campus Director at the University of the South Pacific Alafua Campus. This is according to Campus Director and Head of School Professor Mohammaed Umar, who took over as Head of School in 2012 and the role of Campus Director in 2018. 

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SPONSORSHIP: S.C.B. Managing Director Lemalu Ray Ah Liki, Minister of Sports, Loau Keneti Sio and Pacific Games C.E.O. Falefata Hele Matatia.

Pacific Games lands $2 million sponsorship

In “going local,” the Pacific Games has signed a $2 million sponsorship deal with Samoa Commercial Bank. Managing director, Lemalu Ray Ah Liki, and senior manager Tauiliili Ruth Penaia signed the memorandum of understanding with games chairperson, Loau Keneti Sio and chief executive Falefata Hele Matatia.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping.

China will 'never seek hegemony,' Xi says in reform speech

China will never pursue hegemony, President Xi Jinping said Tuesday as global concerns persist over the country's growing economic influence.

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In this Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, photo, residents line up inside the Artux City Vocational Skills Education Training Service Center at the Kunshan Industrial Park in Artux in western China's Xinjiang region.

Chinese internment camp factory sends sportswear to US

Barbed wire and hundreds of cameras ring a massive compound of more than 30 dormitories, schools, warehouses and workshops in China's far west. Dozens of armed officers and a growling Doberman stand guard outside.

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FLE - In this Nov. 24, 2018, file photo, Australia's head coach Michael Cheika watches his players warm-up before the rugby union international between England and Australia at Twickenham in London. Rugby Australia has confirmed Cheika will lead Australia

Michael Cheika to stay as Wallabies coach through World Cup

Rugby Australia has confirmed Michael Cheika will lead Australia to next year's World Cup but from now on will work under the supervision of Scott Johnson, who takes a new role as Australia's director of rugby.

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FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 file photo, New Zealand rugby coach Steve Hansen walks on the field before the rugby union international match between England and New Zealand at Twickenham stadium in London. All Blacks coach Steve Hansen will step

Search begins for next All Blacks coach

The most sought-after coaching position in world rugby became available Friday when All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen announced he will step down after the 2019 World Cup.

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Lupesoliai Parker is back

Lupesoliai Joseph Parker’s third round knockout of American-Mexican heavyweight boxer Alexander Flores last Saturday night in Christchurch, New Zealand got him back into the winner’s circle. Our reporter Soli Wilson talks to members of the public on what they thought of the victory.

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Think a Minute

Think a minute… you are not one person but three: the person you think you are, the person others think you are, and the person you truly are.


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How many more millions will this country continue to waste?

This much is true. You know Christmas is near when the wet season arrives and everything else it brings – including those potholes. Everywhere. Indeed, it’s that time of the year once more when thousands of Samoans return for the holidays only to be greeted by those gaping potholes as soon as they exit the wonderful Chinese-funded airport at Faleolo.

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Letters to the Editor

Re: LTRA protest A worthy protest against the Feudalisation Torrens system but the Torrens system was meant to simplify the myriad of land tenure claims by Proprietary claimants.

Re: Christian principles and Samoan culture That is an opinion by someone who is uninformed and/or just plain paranoid, or “not all there”. Here’s a fact though: The LDS Church is an American-born church/religion that is helpful to all people and countries including Samoa.

As the year draws to an end perhaps it would be remiss not to extend a token of appreciation to all the local businesses in the Private-sector that have endeavored against all odds throughout the year.


FILE - In this April 9, 1984 file photo, actress Penny Marshall arrives for the 56th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles.

Actress and director Penny Marshall dies at age 75

Penny Marshall, who starred in "Laverne & Shirley" before becoming one of the top-grossing female directors in Hollywood, has died. She was 75.

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Elon Musk, founder, CEO, and lead designer of SpaceX, speaks at a news conference from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Elon Musk to unveil underground tunnel, transport cars

Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk is set to unveil an underground transportation tunnel on Tuesday that could move people faster than subways.

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