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Samoa’s economy cannot function without remittances, says expert

The economy of Samoa cannot function without remittances or money sent by Samoans living abroad. So says economist Peniamina Muliaina, who is also a lecturer at the Faculty of Business and Entrepreneurship, at the National University of Samoa. 

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PRIME MINISTER: Tuilaepa Dr Sailele Malielegaoi.

Church reps meet with P.M. to discuss tax policy

National Council of Churches members and the Congregational Christian Church (CCCS) of Samoa chairman Reverend Elder Tautiaga Senara met with Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr Sailele Malielegaoi recently to discuss the Government’s controversial tax policy targeting church ministers. 

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Pacific A.C.P.-E.U. Conference set for Tuesday

Samoa will be hosting the Pacific ACP-European Union High-Level Political Dialogue on Post-Cotonou negotiations this week.  

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Seagulls mill around in search of food as a whale is hauled onto a fishing boat after it was killed in the Atlantic Ocean off the west coast of Iceland.

Iceland to keep hunting up to 2,130 whales over 5 years

Iceland's whaling industry will be allowed to keep hunting whales for at least another five years, killing up to 2,130 baleen whales under a new quota issued by the government.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the U.S. Conference of Mayors Annual Winter Meeting in Washington.

Biden's 2020 opening? Dem field missing foreign policy hand

In town halls, television interviews and social media posts, Democratic presidential candidates are touting their support for "Medicare-for-all," higher taxes on the wealthy and a war on climate change.

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Wales Liam Williams is tackled by England's Jack Nowell during the Six Nations rugby union international between Wales and England at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Wales overcome England 21-13 to be last unbeaten team in 6N

Wales had a hand on the Six Nations rugby trophy as the only undefeated team after overcoming England 21-13 on Saturday.

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Crusaders George Bridge is airborne as he scores a try during the Super Rugby game between the Crusaders and Hurricanes in Christchurch, New Zealand, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Baker

Crusaders 2 from 2 in Super Rugby, Brumbies smash Chiefs

The Crusaders continued their winning start to Super Rugby and ACT Brumbies produced a powerful performance in a 54-17 demolition of the two-time champion Chiefs on Saturday.

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Street Talk

Mixed reaction from public to electricity price increase

The Electric Power Corporation on Monday announced a $0.09 sene increase in the price of electricity effective from March 1. The EPC said the increase applies to all domestic and non-domestic users for cash power and induction meter users. Reporter Soli Wilson meets members of the public to get their views on the increase.

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Think a Minute

Think a minute…During a football game of Augsburg University in the U.S., Augsburg was losing. Then late in the game, defensive tackle David Stevens was put in to play and sparked a comeback in his Augsburg teammates.


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“Chinese flags” and the sole Opposition M.P. stalwart, named Olo Fonoti Vaai

This is an interesting story. Friday evening the Samoa Observer held a function to say goodbye to its good friends and next door neighbours, the Chinese Ambassador to Samoa, Wang Xuefeng, and his good lady, Madam Tong Xin.

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Letters to the Editor

Well its about being independent and industrious – no matter what you sell or the quality of it, the offer is there. Let the customer take it or leave it but the important part of it is they are doing an honest living and I admire that courage and workmanship.

Such a good read Lumepa Hald! Your writings is astonishing and I always look forward to read and appreciated it. It goes so much deeper than I originally thought. Perfect enunciation of the text, and feeling of liturgical ‘presence’.

Dear Editor, The current case between Laauli Leauatea Polataivao and his own political party (H.R.P.P.) reveals some shocking discoveries of real issues about the by-laws of the H.R.P.P.


Musician R. Kelly leaves his Chicago studio Friday night, Feb. 22, 2019, on his way to surrender to police.

R. Kelly ordered jailed on $1M bond at Chicago hearing

A judge on Saturday gave R. Kelly a chance to go free while the R&B star awaits trial on charges that he sexually abused four people, including three minors, in a case that seemed likely to produce another #MeToo reckoning for a celebrity.

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FILE - This March 20, 2018 file photo shows the YouTube app on an iPad in Baltimore.

Nestle, AT&T pull YouTube ads over pedophile concerns

Several companies, including AT&T and Nestle, are pulling advertisements from YouTube over concerns about inappropriate comments on videos of children.

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