Manu Samoa Sevens.

Manu Samoa Sevens for Vegas and Vancouver

Manu Samoa Sevens Head Coach, Sir Gordon Tietjens, has named his final squad for the Las Vegas and Vancouver legs of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. The announcement was made during the official launching of the sponsorship and supply agreement of the BLK Sports Ltd and Samoa Rugby Union deal today at Tanoa Tusitala.

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CYCLONE RECOVERY WORK: E.P.C. workers working hard to restore electricity after Cyclone Gita.

Gita slaps E.P.C. with $10m bill

The damage done by Tropical Cyclone Gita to Samoa’s electricity infrastructure is estimated to have cost up to $10million. 

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi at the conference.

P.M. Tuilaepa says ‘below 1.5 degrees target not a choice, an absolute necessity’

The stark realities of climate change were laid bare at the opening of the Pacific Ocean, Pacific Climate Conference in Wellington. Calls from Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi for urgent action were made as climate change is put under the microscope during the conference.

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World

Syrian paramedics treat a kids who was wounded during airstrikes and shelling by Syrian government forces.

Hospitals overwhelmed by bombing blitz of Damascus suburbs

Doctors in Syria's rebel-controlled suburbs of Damascus said Wednesday they were unable to keep up with the staggering number of casualties, amid a ferocious bombing campaign by government forces that has targeted hospitals, apartment blocks and other civilian sites, killing and wounding hundreds of people in recent days.

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A crashed bus lays on the bottom of a cliff in Arequipa, Peru.

At least 44 dead as bus veers off cliff in Peru

A double-deck bus ran off the Panamerican Highway and tumbled 200 meters (about 650 feet) down a cliff in southern Peru on Wednesday, and police said at least 44 people died.

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Sport

Scott Barrett during the Highlands V Crusaders, Super Rugby Preseason match in Waimumu, Gore, Southland, New Zealand.

Crusaders kick of Super Rugby title defense against Chiefs

The Christchurch-based Crusaders open the defense of their Super Rugby title on Saturday in a tough New Zealand derby against the Chiefs as the first full round of the season tests the effectiveness of reforms forced on the tournament in the past six months.

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Police Commissioner Fuiava’ili’ili Egon Keil with Constable Lome Lome.

A Cop and Bodybuilder

Sometimes we’ve got to be thankful for the hard times. This is the belief of a Police Officer and bodybuilder, Lome Lome. Constable Lome recently competed in the Mr. American Samoa Sau Ia Bodybuilding competition last weekend where he claimed second place and teammate, Peniamina Matale-Fili, snatching the first prize.

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Street Talk

Devastated by Cyclone Gita

Tropical Cyclone Gita devastated a number of Pacific island countries last week. In Samoa, it left many families at Lelata, Ma’agao and Vini devastated. What was going through your mind during the cyclone? And what would you do differently if another cyclone comes? Nefertiti Matatia asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Aulalo Mulitalo, 44

Lefaga

Lesolo Asolua Fatu Fauoo, 67

Lauano Fagaloa

Rosalia Iona, 64

Falealili

Sivanila Lolopo, 60

Vaoala

Tofi Eti, 38

Se’ese’e

Think a Minute

Think a minute…Remember the first people to ever fly an airplane? There were the Wright brothers, just a week before Christmas, 1903. They were so excited they sent an urgent telegram message to their sister which said: “First flight in history today!

Editorial

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Colonialist attitudes and the need to raise our voices to set record straight

Colonialist attitudes towards products from small island states, which threaten the margins of major global corporate companies, are not new. They have been around since ancient times and will continue to exist for as long as our people try their very best to fulfill their God-given potential in all areas of life.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor Re: Ghostwriters and the priorities for P.M. Tuilaepa’s administration I concur and agree wholeheartedly on this article! Why waste time on a ‘ghost?’ Do your job you have been voted in to do!

Dear Editor, I commend the Government on the Tui Samoa Cable and for pushing through the increased internet capacity for Samoa, it is much needed and has the potential to open up Samoan internet facilities to first world class.

Dear Editor, Re: When Cyclone Gita exposes more than it should Interesting editorial I thought. Smart people learn from their mistakes, like after Evan the T.A.T.T.E. building was damaged and engineers were called in to assess.

Entertainment

Singer Ed Sheeran poses for photographers upon arrival at the Brit Awards 2018 in London, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Brit Awards adopt white rose symbol to signal 'Time's Up'

Music stars wore white roses on the Brit Awards red carpet Wednesday to support campaigns against sexual harassment and assault. Guests at Britain's biggest music awards show were given white rose pins to wear in solidarity with the "Time's Up" movement.

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Technology

Nest Cam IQ camera. Google’s voice-activated assistant is branching out to Nest’s deluxe security camera. The virtual assistant is being offered to owners of the Nest Cam IQ in a free update rolling out Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Ryan Nakashima,

Google's digital assistant branches out to Nest camera

Google's voice-activated assistant is branching out to Nest's deluxe security camera in an expansion that may amplify the privacy concerns surrounding internet-connected microphones.

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