SHARING WHAT THEY LEARNED: Samoa Social Welfare Staff with the Funky Healthy Lifestyle Diabetes free Samoa.

Spreading the word on diabetes

More than 30 people last week completed a Samoa Social Welfare Diabetes Education programme. This project by the Samoa Social Welfare was interestingly called, “Funky, Healthy Lifestyle Free Diabetes Samoa”.

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Manager and Owner: Jackie and her son at Turtle and Shark South Seas Enterprise with Paula trying out Koko Loa for the first time.

Koko Loa launched in American Samoa

Wilex Samoa’s Koko Loa brand of Premium Chocolates (made with Samoan Cocoa) is now available in American Samoa. Since officially launching this new product line in November 2017, it has been struggling to keep up with demand from both locals in Upolu and Savaii and especially the demand from visiting tourists wanting to take something uniquely Samoan with them as a gift for their loved ones.

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NATIONAL CONSULTANT: Afamasaga Jackie Curry-Maulolo.

50% of redundant workers secure jobs

A preliminary impact assessment on a response project to support redundant Yazaki E.D.S. workers has unearthed some great results. This was highlighted at the International Labour Organisation (I.L.O.) supported national workshop on coping with disruptions in the global supply chain to reduce impact on youth employment in Apia.

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World

The snow covered streets in Bisham, England, as heavy snowfall across parts of the UK is causing widespread disruption, Sunday Dec. 10, 2017. Snowfall has caused roads to close and grounding some flights at various airports. (Steve Parsons/PA via AP)

Snow disrupts road, air travel in England and northern Wales

Snow caused travel disruptions across central England and northern Wales on Sunday, grounding flights, shutting down roads and triggering traffic accidents.

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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi salutes security forces during an Iraqi military parade in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. Al-Abadi formally announced the victory of hte military over IS forces, in an address to the nation aired on Iraqi state

World leaders congratulate Iraq on defeating IS

World leaders congratulated Iraq Sunday following the prime minister's declaration of victory over the Islamic State group. Saudi Arabia says the achievement is a big victory against terrorism in the region and the United Kingdom applauded Iraq's security forces "for their courage and sacrifice."

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Sport

Action from the recent test match between Manu Samoa and England where England walked away with millions while Manu Samoa got nothing.

While Samoan rugby struggles financially, England commits T$400m to win World Cup

While rugby in Samoa and Pacific countries struggle with finances and management issues, the big boys of the sport are facing a different challenge. England, for instance, is reported to have already committed unprecedented financial support in their efforts to win the 2019 World Cup, with the ultimate goal of stopping the All Blacks from claiming the Webb Ellis trophy for the third consecutive time.

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The Manu Samoa Sevens celebrate.

Gold after Manu Samoa Sevens overcomes Fiji in Vanuatu

The Manu Samoa Sevens team in Vanuatu is celebrating sweet success. It follows a remarkable 14-7 victory over Fiji in the Cup final at the Pacific Mini Games in Port Vila, Vanuatu. 

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Street Talk

Head of State or Governor General?

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s government has moved to amend the Constitution once more in relation to the position of the Head of State. But the change has given rise to suggestions that since anyone is now eligible to become the Head of State, is it not time to consider changing the title from Head of State to Governor General. What do you think? Ioana Tupa’i asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Aitasi Ugapō Aumua

Manunu

Asafo Keti

Salani Falealili

Ene Taliaoa

Vaitele-uta

Foutanu Maiai

Saoluafata

Lemanaia Simone

Luatuanuú

Michael Tamanikaiyoroi

Aleisa

Talimalama Tenari

Salesātele Falealili

Think a Minute

Think a minute…Did you have to compete with someone else to get the girl or guy you wanted? Whether we like it or not, competition is part of life.

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The other side of success

Not everyone travels in a straight line as they leave school and seek further education or enter the work force. One of our front page stories, “Hurdle after Hurdle …” is a wonderful story with a twist, in comparison with some of the others we have featured over the past weeks.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor Re: Govt. reacts to shameful E.U. tax haven blacklist Maybe this is why the E.U. moved their office out of Samoa in May last year?

Dear Editor Re: Nothing new in the treatment of Samoans in American Samoa Oh Gosh!!! You’re saying that American Samoa treats people from Samoa like slaves now?

Dear Editor Re: Samoa Airways a low front heading towards Samoa As I have said, Samoa Airways is paying $30,000 USD every single day in lease.

Entertainment

Cardi B performs at Power 105.1's Powerhouse at Barclays Center in New York. Cardi B performed at one of the most exclusive Art Basel parties hosted by TIDAL X: Moschino hosted by famed fashion designer Jeremy Scott.  (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP, Fil

Mark Ronson, Miguel, 50 Cent perform at Art Basel parties

Musicians, actors and fashion icons descended on Miami for a whirlwind week of glamorous parties to celebrate some of the world's best artists during Art Basel.

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Technology

Hans-Georg Maassen, head of the German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, arrives for a public hearing at the parliamentary control committee of the German federal parliament, Bundestag, in Berlin, Germany.  The head of Germany's domes

German intelligence warns of increased Chinese cyberspying

The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency warned Sunday that China allegedly is using social networks to try to cultivate lawmakers and other officials as sources.

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