Discrepancies with passport and permit receipting uncovered in an audit report.

Audit discovers duplicate receipt numbers

The Immigration Passport System has identified duplicate receipt numbers for different applications used in the passport and permit systems. The discrepancies are outlined in the Ministry of Prime Minister and Cabinet Audit (M.P.M.C.) Report for financial year ending June 30, 2014. 

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AT TO SUA: Police vehicles at To Sua Trench where a Chinese man went missing two Sundays ago. Photo / (Misiona Simo).

Search for missing Chinese called off

The search for the body of a missing Chinese national has been called off after a week of searching by authorities. 

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Unit set up for whistle blowers.

Unit set up for whistle blowers

A special audit unit has been set up within the Audit Office for whistleblowers in the public sector who want to report fraud and other irregularities. The establishment of the unit comes on the back of laws enacted in 2014, which recommended that the Audit Office facilitate voluntary reporting of fraud and other irregularities, and ensure there is legal protection for whistleblowers.

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World

An unidentified young boy places a bouquet of flowers on a pile of tributes outside the home where a pregnant woman and her two daughters lived Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Frederick, Colo. The woman's husband has been arrested in the disappearance of the

Colorado husband arrested in deaths of wife, 2 little girls

After his pregnant wife and two daughters disappeared, Christopher Watts stood on his porch in Colorado and lamented to reporters how much he missed them.

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Pope Francis, left, talks with Papal Foundation Chairman Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washinghton, D.C., during a meeting with members of the Papal Foundation at the Vatican.

Vatican condemns reported sex abuse by Pennsylvania priests

The Vatican expressed "shame and sorrow" on Thursday about a scathing Pennsylvania grand jury report about clergy who raped and molested children in six dioceses and decried the abuse as "criminally and morally reprehensible."

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Sport

TEAM SAMOA: Yesterday morning after breakfast Team with Head Coach Assistant Coach and Head of Delegation.

Learning curve for Samoan team in N.Z.

Samoa’s Under 16 training camp in New Zealand kicked off its campaign with the first of five friendly games in New Zealand. 

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Beauden Barrett of the All Blacks during the Game of 3 Halves, All Blacks v Canterbury v Otago, AMI Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand, 10th August 2018.

Barrett at 10 in All Blacks team for 1st Bledisloe

Beauden Barrett has held off the challenge of rising star Richie Mo'unga and will wear the All Blacks No. 10 jersey in Saturday's first Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championship test against Australia in Sydney.

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Street Talk

Mixed reaction to parking meters

“Parking meters is the way of the future. That’s clearly the message from the Government after several parking meters were installed in different parts of the Apia Towship this week. What do you think about paying to park in Samoa? Our reporter, Adel Fruean, asked members of the public in today’s Street Talk and this is what they said:

Michael Neemia, 42

Vaoala

Pisinisi Seiuli, 41

Vaitele fou

Fiamatai Poe, 31

Fasitoo tai

Samuelu Fiso, 22

Taufusi

Potoae Samuelu, 23

Vaoala

Think a Minute

Think a minute…Recently the biggest-selling book in America was about the end of the world. Sometimes watching the world’s news is like watching a horror movie, isn’t it? You know that the 20th century had more people killed in wars than all the other centuries of history combined!

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A collective Pacific plea to China to forgive debts? Interesting

Last week when Pacific leaders gathered in Samoa for the Pacific Island Forum’s Foreign Ministers meeting, some interesting points were raised by a couple of leaders in relation to an issue that affects many small island countries all over the world.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, I write to comment on your recent news headline where your newspaper had referred to as “prominent lawyer Unasa Iuni Sapolu being the leader of a new party”.

Dear Editor Can the Government stop people from texting and driving? I am 100% confident that the Government can stop people from texting and driving, but it does not seem to be doing it so.

Dear Editor I write in response to a letter by Ropati V published in your newspaper. “Nothingness” is defined by Google as “the absence or cessation of life or existence” so was the lack of any recorded life form before creations in the Book of Genesis a proof that God Almighty did not exist before then?

Entertainment

Neil Diamond performs at the Clive Davis and The Recording Academy Pre-Grammy Gala in Beverly Hills, Calif. Diamond's latest

Diamond won't let Parkinson's slow him down, talks new DVD

Neil Diamond may have retired from the road due to Parkinson's disease, but he said he's working hard to get back onstage.

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Technology

Alex Jones, a right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist, arrives at the courthouse in Austin, Texas. Twitter says it is suspending the account of the far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for one week after he violated the company’s rules against i

Twitter muzzles conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for a week

Twitter is joining other prominent tech companies in muzzling Alex Jones, the right-wing conspiracy theorist who's used their services to spread false information.

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