From farm boy to Avele’s Dux

Don’t try to just to make a living. aspire instead to make a difference. That’s the mantra which led Tuanofoaga Fa’avae to become the 2017 Dux of Avele College yesterday. The young boy saw the struggles that his family was going through which gave him the strength to keep on going even when times got tough.

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OUT ON BAIL: David Uaine.

Hearing for passport accused set for January

The hearing of a former Immigration Officer, David Uaine, accused over the alleged sale of Samoan passports overseas has been scheduled for 22 January 2018.  

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CONGRATULATIONS: Front row - Office Manager, Ratu Suliano Vakazoko, Operations Manager Edith Meredith, Managing Director Va’atu’itu’i Apete Meredith.

Global Award for Aga Reef Resort

Aga Reef Resort in Lalomanu, Aleipata, was recognised during the World Boutique Hotel Awards held in London, England, last month. 

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World

In this Monday Dec. 11, 2017, photo released by Rocket Lab, Shaun D'Mello, vice president of launch operations, waits on the launch pad as the

New Zealand space launch scrubbed from remote launch site

A space launch was scrubbed Tuesday from a remote launch site in New Zealand after an engine glitch caused engineers to abort the flight.

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In this early morning Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017 photo released by Santa Barbara County Fire Department, firefighters working on structure protection, keep a close eye on nearby flames atop Shepard Mesa Road in Carpinteria, Calif.

Crews protect hillside homes as California fire grows

The fifth largest wildfire in California history expanded, ripping through dry brush atop a coastal ridge while crews struggled to keep flames from roaring down into neighborhoods amid fears of renewed winds.

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Sport

Ukraine's Wladimir Klitschko and Britain's Tyson Fury, right, exchange blows in a world heavyweight title fight as Fury wins Klitschko's WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts in the Esprit Arena in Duesseldorf, western Germany.

Fury receives backdated 2-year doping ban, free to box again

Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury accepted a backdated two-year doping ban on Tuesday, freeing him to fight again if he regains his boxing license.

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Raelene Castle.

Raelene Castle appointed as Rugby Australia CEO

Raelene Castle will take over as chief executive officer at Rugby Australia next month, becoming the first woman to lead one of the major national unions in world rugby.

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Think a Minute

Think a minute…This is the true story of a young lady who told all of her friends she was going to be an actress. At the young age of 16 she went off to drama school in New York City. Unfortunately after only a short time the school sent a letter to her mother saying, “Please take your daughter home.

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A sad reminder that not all is well in some corners of Samoa

As we move closer and closer towards Christmas and the New Year, it’s easy to get caught in the joyful mood of the moment that we forget not everyone is fortunate enough to enjoy the luxuries the season brings. Sometimes we take it for granted that everyone just revels in the mood of the season.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, I write in reference to your story A.G. rejects land threat on the Sunday Samoan. Do any of you notice that he confirms that customary Land leases are registered under the L.T.R.A. 2008?

Dear Editor Re: The solution to Samoan rugby’s woes If an addicted gambler shows no sign of stopping or at the very least finally admits to their affliction, whereby they admit they are no longer in control of their ability to manage their finances, are we to suddenly curry favour for them and gather together to re-finance their habit?

Dear Editor Re: P.M. quiet on budget for Samoa Airways The P.M. says Polynesian Airlines have secured a lease for a 737 from Icelandair and also says Samoa Airways intends to expand its fleet to a bigger and faster jet in the future.

Entertainment

Miguel, voiced by Anthony Gonzalez in a scene from the animated film,

Box office top 20: 'Coco' tops charts for third weekend

With "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" set to open this weekend, Disney and Pixar's "Coco" topped the quiet box office charts for the third time in a row.

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Technology

Apple logo above a store location entrance in Dallas. Apple has bought Shazam, the maker of a song-recognition app that Apple's digital assistant Siri has already been using to help people identify the music playing on their iPhones. (AP Photo/Tony Gutier

Apple orchestrates deal for song-recognition app Shazam

Apple has bought Shazam, the maker of a song-recognition app that Apple's digital assistant Siri has already been using to help people identify the music playing on their iPhones.

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