Members of the liquor board present at the public consultation.

Cabinet approves alcohol bill without consultation

A meeting between the Ministry of Revenue (M.O.R.) and the private sector over the Alcohol Control Bill has been cancelled after Cabinet approved the legislation behind closed doors a week ago. The consultation was scheduled for September 21 (yesterday) after business representatives told M.O.R. officials in a public consultation early this month that their feedback and concerns should be considered before the bill went to the Parliament. 

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GOING GREEN: Peace Chapel Primary School students above their bottle camp mural.

What kids have to say about going green

Six schools across Samoa beautified their schools this term, competing in BSP’s Go Green campaign competition. For the children, making the school attractive was only the beginning. They also spent the term learning about gardening, taking care of plants, recycling and pollution.

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ENERGY ON THE AGENDA: Dr. Adam Warren addresses a group in Apia.

Policy models not enough to reach 2025 goal

Technology, policy and business models are not enough to get Samoa to its goal of being 100 percent renewable by 2025. Dr. Adam Warren, a director at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (N.R.E.L) in the United States, is in the country to hold discussions with stakeholders in the energy sector when he made this statement. 

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World

Rescuers retrieve a  body from the water near Ukara Island in Lake Victoria, Tanzania Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. The death toll rose above 100 after the passenger ferry MV Nyerere capsized on Lake Victoria, Tanzania state radio reported Friday, while a secon

Tanzania leader orders arrests as ferry death toll over 130

Hundreds of solemn people watched Friday as body after body was pulled from a capsized ferry that Tanzanian authorities said was badly overcrowded and upended in the final stretch before reaching shore.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May.

UK leader May hits back on Brexit plan; pound falls

British Prime Minister Theresa May accused the European Union on Friday of creating an "impasse" in divorce negotiations by bluntly rejecting her blueprint for Brexit, sending the value of the pound falling as worries about a chaotic U.K. exit from the EU soared.

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Sport

Esmeralda Lo Tam during netball trials.

Playing for Samoa “highest honour”

Trials are underway for netballers vying to represent Samoa in the 2019 South Pacific Games and the Netball World Cup. A few dozen women from Samoa, New Zealand and Australia gathered at the National University of Samoa gymnasium to prove to the national coach they have what it takes.

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Boxers, Britain's Anthony Joshua, left, and Russia's Alexander Povetkin pose for photographers with boxing promoter Eddie Hearn, centre, after a press conference at Wembley stadium in London, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. Joshua and Povetkin are due to fight

Joshua back 'home' to face Povetkin for heavyweight titles

This was supposed to be the week Anthony Joshua completed his whirlwind boxing journey from Olympic gold medalist to undisputed world heavyweight champion. Deontay Wilder should have been the opponent, Las Vegas potentially the venue.

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Think a Minute

Think a minute…This is a true story about two teenage boys named Kyle and David. Kyle had no friends at school. One Friday afternoon David saw Kyle walking home carrying all his books when some bullies pushed Kyle down in the dirt and his books fell all over the ground.

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Nothing but the truth

It was only yesterday when the Samoa Observer ran a front page story, which quoted a politician and a cabinet minister admitting that he was wrong, in assuming that a Chief Executive Officer had been terminated.

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Letters to the Editor

Oh, its becoming a common excuse now for Govt. Ministries to say they're short staff if ever they were asked a question and didn't have an answer for it. Why? Are they freezing hiring staff members these days now? Or are they cutting cost on the labour force?

Re: Why I think you’re talking rubbish again Anyway, the church communities in both N.Z. and Australia are traditionally known supporters of our airline. Any publicity campaigns to promote the airline overseas are best sell through the church communities and thence the traveling public.

Re: The Church and its responsibility Ah, you are barking up the wrong tree if you expect the likes of the E.F.K.S., the Methodists, AOGs and other protestant churches to care about “works”. “Faith through works” is a Catholic thing.

Entertainment

FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2018 file photo, Black Eyed Peas, from left, Taboo, will.i.am and apl.de.ap, appear at the premiere of the film

Black Eyed Peas tackle gun violence, immigration in videos

The Black Eyed Peas tackle gun violence at schools and immigration in two new music videos for their song, "Big Love."

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Technology

Twitter app on a smartphone in Philadelphia.

Twitter finds software privacy bug affecting direct messages

Twitter says it found a software bug that may have sent some private messages to the wrong people.

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