SAMOA'S CON ARTIST: Fata Fereti Fiti.

‘Professional’ con artist

Samoa has a “professional” con artist. Fata Fereti Fiti, of Mulifanua, has been given the title by District Court Judge, Alalatoa Rosella Viane Papalii, following a string of incidents where he conned different members of the community.

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NO NEED TO PANIC:  Acting Prime Minister Tialavea Tionisio Hunt.

Acting P.M. invokes divine weapons

The Acting Prime Minister, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, has appealed for calm and called on the nation to pray in light of a threat from North Korea to detonate a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific region.

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Leulua’iali’i Olinda Woodroffe, Justice Fisher and Justice Mata Tuatagaloa.

Court dismisses lawyer’s appeal

The Court of Appeal has upheld a Supreme Court decision in a lawsuit brought by prominent lawyer, Leuluaiali’i Olinda Woodroffe, against Justice Robert Lloyd Fisher.

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World

In this image provided by the U.S. Air Force, a U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer, assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., prepares to take off from Andersen AFB, Guam, on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017.

US flies bomber, fighter mission off North Korean coast

In a show of American military might to North Korea, the United States on Saturday flew bombers and fighter escorts to the farthest point north of the Demilitarized Zone by any such American aircraft this century.

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A rescue dog works on the site of a felled office building in the Roma Norte neighborhood in Mexico City, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017.

New earthquake, magnitude 6.1, shakes jittery Mexico

A strong new earthquake shook Mexico on Saturday, toppling already damaged homes and a highway bridge and causing new alarm in a country reeling from two even more powerful quakes this month that together have killed more than 400 people.

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England coach Eddie Jones.

4 Lions players omitted from England rugby training camp

Four players who toured New Zealand with the British and Irish Lions have been omitted from the latest England squad selected for an early-season training camp.

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Taula fires up Eels ahead of Super rugby play offs

The Eels rugby team yesterday received a much-needed boost ahead of the all-important semifinal of the Super Nine competition at Apia Park today.

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Street Talk

Line blurred between tips and bribery

The difference between tipping and bribery has been spelt out by a Cabinet Minister who said public servants should not feel bad about accepting tips for doing their work. The Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tioniso Hunt, said it is only wrong when public servants accept bribes. What do you think? Should members of the public be encouraged to tip public servants, especially people like Customs officials? Ulimasao Fata asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Mele Maulolo Iasoni, 47

Afega

Paulo Ilalio Fonoti

Afega/Nu’u Fou

Pearlynn Brown

Malie

Peleti Aso, 36

Faleasiu

Saili Talimasealii, 51

Utualii

Seufale Filipo Foaluga

Vaitele-fou

Think a Minute

Think a minute…James Macie was a child born outside of marriage. Tragically this marked him for the rest of his life as a second-class citizen in England’s 18th century society.

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Bomb threat, world crisis and the power of prayers

We know technology has reduced the world to the size of a global village. But not many of us really believe how small that village has become and how this could actually have such a real and profound impact on everyone – including the isolated populations in the middle of the vast Pacific ocean.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Re: Tipping and bribery The Minister’s comments about allowing and accepting tipping clearly violates on many fronts. His understanding of bribery requirements needs investigation. A clear conflict of interest, it undermines the integrity of whatever department or programme and service, the integrity of the public servant, and the whole country.

Dear Editor, The World Cup should return to South Africa, a traditional rugby heartland and super power of the game, with the second largest player community in the world, according to World Rugby’s own statistics, and the second most successful international record behind New Zealand.

Re: Samoa Airways eyes 777 Come on Lautafi please, you need to stop talking and see how things will work out with just one plane. You are already talking about getting this big plane, and Samoa Airways has not even made a “penny.”

Entertainment

In this photo taken on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, Itir Esen, 18, smiles after being crowned as Miss Turkey 2017 in Istanbul.

Miss Turkey dethroned over 'unacceptable' tweet on coup

Organizers have stripped Miss Turkey 2017 of her crown over a social media posting that was deemed insulting to the memory of the 250 people killed while opposing last year's failed military coup.

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Technology

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Facebook to release Russia ads, beef up election 'integrity'

Facebook is slowly acknowledging the outsized — if unintended — role it played in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.

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