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Poly Air granted 30-day waiver

The United States Transportation Department has granted a 30-day cabotage waiver for the Samoa government owned Polynesian Airlines to operate American Samoa's domestic ...

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Drunken beast threatens to kill pregnant wife

A man described as a “drunken beast” beat his six-months pregnant wife until she blacked out and told people to ...

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Manu Samoa touches down in England

Manu Samoa was greeted by wind and rain when they landed in England for the Rugby World Cup, but that ...

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Trade barriers hinder growth

The existing trade agreements involving Samoa do not favour local exporters in terms of funding increases to supply chain as ...

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Security guard jailed for stealing

What was meant to be the trip of a lifetime for an Australian couple, who came to Samoa for the ...

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Second chance for student

An N.U.S. student Fuifui Suitauva appeared before Justice Vui Clarence Nelson last Friday for ...

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Between the Lines

Proposal: Free eye checks / Spectacles for customs officers

Proposal: Free eye checks / Spectacles for customs officers Are our Customs Officers sight impaired...

Think a Minute!

Don’t defeat yourself

Think a minute… Recent studies show that only 1 out of 3 people have healthy self-confidence. Th...

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Vaivase residents question water project

An estimated 80% of Vaivase- Uta re s idents say they have not been clearly informed about the multimillion project for clean water now underwent to their area.

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The winners of the Samoa Observer Tusitala Short Story competition

Logotaeao Vaeoso, of American Samoa, and Suisala Mele Maualaivao of Samoa have been named overall winners of the Samoa Observer Tusitala Short Story competition.

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Poverty in Samoa? That's so "foolish"

There’s no poverty in Samoa. So says Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, who has rejected a segment of the first State of Human Rights Report for Samoa about poverty reduction. He said the report is foolish.

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Samoa’s newest Supreme Court Judge

The Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, has congratulated Justice Mata Keli Tuatagaloa for achieving another first for Samoa.

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Violence against women epidemic

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The rate of violence against women in Samoa has reached epidemic proportion, casting doubt on the widely held notion that sisters are protected in this country.

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Senese celebrates Special Olympics athletes

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The SENESE family came together on Friday afternoon, to hail the achievements of three of its student athletes, who participated in the latest Special Olympics Games in Los Angeles, and came away with five medals.

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Yvonne is Samoa’s Idol

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Learning to let go and not play it safe paid off for singer Yvonne Nikolao who walked away with the title of Samoan Idol for 2015.

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Mother survives gun shot

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Moli Levi is extremely grateful to be alive. The 59-year-old mother from Nofoali’i is recovering from a gunshot wound that could have easily ended her life.

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Samoa ready to welcome Commonwealth Games

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Two weeks away from the Commonwealth Youth Games, the man responsible for getting Samoa ready to welcome the Commonwealth is confident.

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Promise hasn’t been forgotten

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A promise to erect a monument on the location of Samoa’s original Maota Fono at Mulinu’u has not been forgotten.

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$4.2m complex fails to attract interest

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Not one company has expressed interest in turning the Samoa Land Corporation’s (S.L.C) $4.2million headquarters at Tuana’imato into a hotel.

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Samoa’s Special Olympic joy

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The Minister of Women, Community and Social Development, Tolofuaivalelei Falemoe Leiataua, has hailed the performance by the Samoa Special Olympics team in the United States.

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Sports

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Paul Williams named to face Manu Samoa

Former Manu Samoa captain, Paul Williams, has been named in a very strong Barbarians team to take on Manu Samoa at London’s Olympic Stadium this weekend.

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Manu Samoa ready for the World

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Acting Prime Minister, Fonotoe Pierre Lauofo, has encouraged the Manu Samoa to play for their families, country and God.

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Parker rises to No 6 with WBO

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New Zealand heavyweight Joseph Parker's latest win has seen him lift to a career-high No 6 ranking with the World Boxing Organisation.

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Paulo proud of US teammate Faraimo's development

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Eels utility Joseph Paulo says his club and national teammate Bureta Faraimo is reaching his full potential now that he's realised what sort of sacrifices are necessary to make it in the NRL, comparing him to former Bulldogs flanker Matt Utai.

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McGrath gets the nod for Sevens

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Englishman Damian McGrath has been appointed the new Head Coach of the Manu Samoa Sevens.

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Samoana

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Pa’u Samoa i le fa’ai’uga o le Ipu a le Pasefika

Na le manuia le Manu Samoa i lana ta’aloga mulimuli mo le Ipu a le Pasefika, ma ua tu’u aloa’ia atu ai i a’a’o o Va’alele mai Fiti lea siamupini, ina ua faia’ina e 39 – 29 i Vancouver, Kanata ananafi.

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Editorial

Talofa. Welcome to you all!

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At the Samoa Observer Tusitala Short Story Competition prize-giving ceremony held at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel yesterday evening, the Observer’s editor in chief, Savea Sano Malifa, gave a brief presentation.

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Opinions

Underlying shades of racism need to be ta

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How many coconuts does it take to change a light bulb?

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A better way to grow vegetables

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From time immemorial we have been cultivating our vegetables the traditional way. And what is the t...

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Letters to Editor

Alcohol should be hit with ‘sin tax’

Dear Editor, Thank you for your editorial titled “Ignoring it at your own peril”. Alcohol whether with high alcohol content or low needs to be taxed ...

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Manu Samoa Team to the World Cup

Dear Editor, Now that our team has left for the World Cup, as a Manu Samoa supporter, I wish them all the best. I do however have some reservations concerning the composition of the ...

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‘Absolute power corrupts absolutely’

Dear Editor, I write to say good on the former Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour C.E.O. for speaking out on known abuses of power which are essentially a type of corruption by the Public Service Commission (P.S.C.) on how they have been conducting senior executive ...

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