ELECTION LINE UP: Voters line up to have their say in Samoa's 2016 general election.

“We’re trying to avoid a corrupt election” – P.M.

Corruption and illegal practices during the election is the main reason the Government moved to amend the electoral laws. This is according to the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi during his weekly media programme. “We are trying to avoid having a corrupt election,” he said, adding that the laws had to be amended in order for the voters to vote in their constituencies. 

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Dr. Osborne Embiruka Nyandiva.

Declare your health condition, says doctor

The dramatic changes in the atmosphere affect the way blood circulates to the brain when we fly, says Dr. Osborne Embiruka Nyandiva.

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The MS Queen Victoria docked at the Matautu wharf yesterday. Photo: Adel Fruean.

Queen Victoria pays Sunday visit

The sleepy streets of Apia on a Sunday afternoon came alive with passengers from the MS Queen Victoria Vista-class cruise ship that docked at the Matautu Wharf yesterday.

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A nurse feeds a newborn baby at a hospital in Fuyang in central China's Anhui province.

China's leaders want more babies, but local officials resist

Facing a future demographic crisis and aging society, China's leaders are desperately seeking to persuade couples to have more children.

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Former Congressman Anthony Weiner leaves federal court following his sentencing in New York.

Disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner released from prison

Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner has been released from federal prison in Massachusetts.

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FROM SAVAI’I TO THE TOP OF SEVENS RUGBY: The Tama Uli team from Salelologa was unlucky to lose the final to Fiji’s Tabadamu but they have shown they have potential to go all the way. Photo: Supplied.

Marist growing rugby throughout Samoa

The Marist International Sevens tournament gives local players a chance to showcase their talents and skills.

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Tabadamu triumph at Marist Sevens

Fijian club Tabadamu won the Marist International Sevens Tournament today, taking the Tupua Fred Wetzell Trophy after a 22 - 10 win over Tama Uli Salelologa in the final. 

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Street Talk

Public share views on remittances

“Remittances is Samoa’s largest form of foreign exchange earner with the 2017/18 financial year recording about $503.73 million tala in earnings. This shows the extent of the contribution by Samoans living abroad to the development of the nation. What do you think? Talaia Mika discussed the issue with members of the public and these are some of their views:

Afaatia Ataga, 21


Ioapo Samuelu, 25


Karanina Manuo, 38


Daniel Meki, 24


Renei Atonio, 20


Vaea Nakiso, 51


Think a Minute

28 June, 1997 was the date of the famous Bite Fight between world heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson. During the fight, Tyson completely lost control of his anger and actually bit off part of Holyfield’s ear! Tyson lost his license to box and paid a $3 million penalty for not fighting by the rules.


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Are we looking at a new political party in the making?

The truth should be told one way or another. When it comes to the ongoing saga involving former Speaker and Cabinet Minister, La’auli Leuatea Polata’ivao, the million tala question is this; now that the H.R.P.P. has publically declared he is no longer a member of the party, is he still then a Member of Parliament?

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Oh! How so comforting is it to know that while one Christian denomination is still head butting the pulpit over that simple thing called tax, along comes another Christian body with vision to go well out of their way to accommodate a request from the government of the day.

Dear Editor, Re: Issue of remittances I notice the initial report about the remittances by the Samoa Observer: 1) failed to identify the exact report from the Central Bank that “the figures” came from.

Re: Saute Sapolu a “terrorist,” says P.M. I don’t agree with the language on the video but it was clear that he was really frustrated with the government in Samoa. Now, making a video like this does not send his message in a positive way.


Designer Ruth E. Carter, nominated for an Oscar for best costume designs for

'Black Panther' costume designer blazes trail to inspire

Ruth E. Carter is a black woman blazing a trail as a costume designer in a film industry with not many who look like her. 

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FILE - In this May 18, 2012, file photo a television photographer shoots the sign outside of Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.

UK lawmakers slam Facebook, recommend stiffer regulation

British lawmakers issued a scathing report Monday that accused Facebook of intentionally violating privacy and anti-competition laws in the U.K., and called for greater oversight of social media companies.

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