Attorney General: Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff. (inset) Independent Prosecutor: Satiu Simativa Perese.

Charges fair, says A.G.

To date, the Independent Prosecutor Satiu Simativa Perese’s legal fees billed to the Attorney General’s office “are just under SAT$16,000,” according to Attorney General, Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff. 

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WELCOME: Tantowi Yahya, Ambassador- Designate of Indonesia (centre) with His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasesee Efi flanked by government officials.

Samoa welcomes Indonesian Ambassador

Tantowi Yahya is the newest Ambassador of Indonesia to Samoa.

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… it is highly likely that while a bilingual policy is in place, the majority of teaching and learning goes on in Samoan.

Bilingual policy not practiced

“Poor implementation of the bilingual policy has affected student literacy and numeracy in English. The current bilingual policy that prioritizes Samoan as the language of instruction in primary levels also calls for the integration of English instruction as students’ progress through school.” 

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World

File - This June 6, 2016 file photo taken in Honolulu shows a bumper sticker Hawaii officials distributed in a campaign for a Hawaii boy who disappeared 20 years ago.

Mother of Hawaii boy missing for 20 years released from jail

The mother of a Hawaii boy who disappeared 20 years ago was released from jail Thursday after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the 6-year-old's death.

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This frame grab from video provided by the Syrian anti-government activist group Ghouta Media Center, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows flames rising after an explosion near an airport west of Damascus, Syria

Israeli strikes inside Syria pick up tempo in proxy war

Syria's military said Israel struck a military installation southwest of Damascus International Airport before dawn Thursday, setting off a series of explosions and raising tensions further between the two neighbors.

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Sport

Razvan 'Big Foot' Cojanu will step into the ring against WBO Heavyweight boxing champion Lupesoliai Joseph Parker.

Hughie Fury replacement arrives in N.Z.

Razvan 'Big Foot' Cojanu has entered the rankings of the top heavyweight contenders position on various boxing radars and currently holds the WBO Asian Pacific title via KO.

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James Broadhurst of New Zealand during the 2015 Castle Rugby Championship rugby match between South Africa and New Zealand at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.

Ex-All Black loosie Broadhurst retires citing concussion

One-test All Black James Broadhurst has become the latest prominent New Zealand rugby player to retire prematurely because of problems with concussion.

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Street Talk

Is it really necessary to find ‘O LE PALEMIA’?

The name of the person known as ‘O le Palemia’ has been cause for conjecture on social media for weeks. With the police now involved in a search, Ilia L Likou asked the people on the street whether they thought it was worth the effort. Here are their thoughts:

Malia Tili, 27

Samata i Tai

Salote Ali’iva’a, 48

Apia

Tifa Howard, 37

Vaitele-Fou

Rhema Autagavaia, 45

Vailoa Palauli

Aukuso Pulemau

Vaitele-Uta

Think a Minute

Think a minute…about love. It makes the world go around, right? The problem is that there doesn’t seem to be much going around! Most of us know that to love and be loved is what life is all about.

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Give yourself a sporting chance

There is just over a month to go before the Queensland Reds and the Auckland Blues will run out onto Apia Park. Who would have thought that would be possible?

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor Re: Of God, Grace and Christianity The L.D.S. Church has an open canon (Bible, BoM, Doctrine and Covenants (D&C) and Pearl of Great Price) unlike Christian churches that believe only in - and inerrancy of - the Bible which is also closed.

Dear Editor Re: How Samoa can move forward Totally insane to think $2.30hr is a fair wage with the cost of living over the top. Samoa’s economy is sooo out of whack.

Dear Editor Re: P.M.’s memoirs coming soon If there was and is no poverty in Samoa how is poverty reduction one of Stui’s legacies?

Entertainment

Madonna at the 11th annual Billboard Women in Music honors in New York.

Madonna expresses her displeasure about planned biopic

Madonna isn't happy with a new biopic planned on her pre-fame life.

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Technology

Signage inside the YouTube Space LA offices in Los Angeles.

YouTube ad boycott could spell trouble for Alphabet's Google

YouTube's inability to keep big-brand ads off unsavory videos is threatening to transform a rising star in Google's digital family into a problem child.

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