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Politics a ‘guessing game’ - P.M. says

Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, is confident his party will be victorious in the upcoming by-election for Gagaifomauga No. 1. So much so he tells the Samoa Observer that the Savai’i-based constituency has always backed the H.R.P.P and he doesn't see that changing any time soon.

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Four H.R.P.P. candidates revealed

The ruling Human Rights Protection Party (H.R.P.P.) has named four candidates to contest next month’s by-election for Gagaifomaiuga No. 1.

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Land C.E.O. stays silent

“To say that our kids will suffer is wrong. We are implementing the developments, reaping the fruits and we are also paying for it at the same time. What’s so difficult about that? There is no difficulty whatsoever” – P.M. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi

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Bumble Bee’s Apia plan threatens Pago canneries

“To the extent that results in higher prices for the raw fish, that will impact on the competitiveness of the product from the Samoa’s in the world markets.”

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Debt over $960million, but P.M not worried

“To say that our kids will suffer is wrong. We are implementing the developments, reaping the fruits and we are also paying for it at the same time. What’s so difficult about that? There is no difficulty whatsoever” – P.M. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi

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‘Youtube’ man pleads guilty to indecent assault and voyeurism

A 26-year-old man, who took a video of his 18-year-old girlfriend while he beat her, has pleaded guilty to five counts of indecent assault and voyeurism.

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Top Samoan musician at Sails' Jazz night

He was the first Samoan and Pasifika person to conduct the N.Z. Symphony Orchestra and the Manukau Symphony Orchestra.

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Samoans take up ice dare for charity

Samoans around the world are taking the plunge to take part in a new social media phenomenon where participants dunk themselves with icey water to raise money for charity.

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New Methodist Church comes under fire, branded ‘rebels’

A newly-formed church called the Ekalesia Metotisi Fou (New Methodist Church) has come under fire from the President of the original Methodist Church, Reverend Aisoli T Iuli.

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Taulasea Samoa warns about ‘sick individuals’

The Taulasea Samoa Association (traditional healers) yesterday issued a warning to members of the public.

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Massive trade boost for Samoa

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“Already we have had increased exports in our various products such as Valima Pure, Taula and Sama, our Savai’i coconut cream, our own koko Samoa, nonu juice, honey and coffee, coconut base body care products, Samoan jandals, snack products, fresh taro, garments and other new products being developed - such as avocado oil and gluten free breadfruit” – Deputy P.M. Fonotoe Pierre Lauofo

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Eight plead guilty over crime against dead man

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Eight people yesterday pleaded guilty to several charges in relation to an incident involving the body of a dead man.

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Reconciliation before protection

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A Parliamentary Select Committee believes reconciliation over Protection Orders will provide security for victims of family violence.

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Alleged woman stabber in Court

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The man accused of stabbing a woman at Togafu’afu’a recently, in an incident that shocked the country, appeared in Court yesterday.

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Revealed: Kiwi designer’s plan to help Samoa

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The 3-D animator, website designer and documentary maker, would utilise his experience to introduce the youngsters to the world of film so they could showcase Samoa as an eco-tourism destination

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Isaia Toeava for the Manu?

If he chose to switch allegiance to Samoa, of which he holds a passport, he could debut for Samoa when the IRB Sevens World Series starts later this year. He could then play for Samoa at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, and represent Samoa at the Rio Olympics.

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Tomahawks overcome Toa Residents in Hawaii

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Samoa levelled the scores after the break but the US scored twice to lead 18-6 with nine minutes remaining, before the Toa grabbed a consolation try in the final minute to cut the deficit to six points.

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Umaga keen to coach Singapore franchise

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Tana Umaga is keen to coach a Singapore Super Rugby franchise if the country wins its bid to host one of the competition’s new teams in 2016.

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Tommy guns into Friendly fire

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Auckland (NZHerald) - Warriors coach Andrew McFadden has a nice, but uncomfortable headache to deal with after the return from injury of Thomas Leuluai.

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Joseph Parker climbs up WBO rankings

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(3news) 19 July 2104 - New Zealand heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker has climbed to No 15 on the WBO's latest rankings.

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Right time for Nonu return

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Auckland, (STUFF) July 16, 2014 - In what could be his final year in New Zealand rugby, Ma’a Nonu believes he returns to the Hurricanes a better player, and person, next season.

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Messi meek amidst German glory

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Brasillia (Reuters) July 14, 2014 - Lionel Messi walked up the steps at the Maracana. It was at the end of 120 minutes of yesterday’s gripping World Cup final and the Argentine was collecting a revered golden trophy, one befitting his status as the greatest player of his generation.

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A mother’s plea for help

Va’alele Fa’amatai, of Vaisigano and Lauli’i, needs your help. The mother is seeking financial help from the community to support her 12-year-old-daughter, Fa’ama’au’s heart operation in New Zealand later this month.

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Editorial

All Blacks visit a great opportunity

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And so it has finally been made official. On Wednesday 8 July 2015, the World Rugby champions, the mighty All Blacks, will run on to Apia Park for the first time in history.

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The pearls we get in this life

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“But a mother is not born to mourn her child’s death on the side of a road. A father is not meant to fall into oblivion from the sudden loss of his only son. A child is not meant to be without a loving parent. But these are few of the shades of our corrupted lives”

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Why the All Blacks should come to play i

New Zealand has agreed to play a pre-World Cup 2015 Test match in Apia, Samoa. It will be the first time that the All Blacks have played a Test in the Pacific Islands in the professional era.

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Letters

You are worth so much more

Dear Editor, Thank you for your editorial about Alisi and the curse of domestic violence in Samoa. This indeed is very sad. I never like to hear about women being abused by their loved ones. I have been in an abusive relationship and I put up with it for 6 years and the reason why I did was because I loved my husband and we had children.

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Learning more about China

Dear Editor, Re: Samoa Observer signs deal with Xinhua News Agency Congratulations to the Samoa Observer and it’s management for another milestone.

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A story way too common within families

Dear Editor, Re: A mother’s living hell Thank you for sharing your story, a story that is all too common for our families.

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Time to do away with office of the Head of State

Dear Editor, It’s been very interesting to read about the Constitutional amendments being made in regards to the office of Head of State.

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If injury to the brain was the cause…

Dear Editor, Re: Lima should undergo testing to confirm impact of hits. I don’t doubt that Brian Lima sustained lasting injury that could affect his temperament/mental processes etc and I do agree this is an issue our Samoa rugby players worldwide should be mindful of and investigate further for themselves.

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Twilight years of the king and his legacy

Dear Editor, As the reign of King Tuilaepa enters its twilight years, he must wonder from time to time how history will remember him.

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Tangible truths so close to home

Dear Editor, I’d like to thank Lani Wendt Young for her very enlightening and in depth talk on Saturday  5th of July, at Milani Cafe, for the Samoa Victim Support Group’s “Knickers” Brunch.

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