Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

P.M. calls attackers “rascals, pipsqueaks”

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi says the attack on him by two men in Brisbane, Australia, last week was a “storm in a teacup” with a “political element.” He made the comment in an interview released by the Press Secretariat yesterday, where he also called the attackers “rascals” and “pipsqueaks.”

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Minister of Health, Tuitama Dr Leao Tuitama.

Govt. lifts vaccines moratorium

The moratorium imposed on the administration of the Mumps, Measles and Rubella (M.M.R.) vaccine in hospitals in Samoa has been lifted. This was confirmed by Minister of Health, Tuitama Dr Leao Tuitama in response to questions from the Samoa Observer. “We have a new rigorous approach to assure the mistakes of the past will not be repeated. 

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CARITAS REPORT LAUNCH: The celebration yesterday included the launch of a key report (see story page 10). In this picture are Tuala Puletini, Monica Sio, Karen Anaya.

Caritas Samoa celebrates 10 years

Caritas Samoa celebrated their 10th year anniversary at the Tu’utu’uileloloto Hall with speeches highlighting their triumphs, performances for entertainment and food. The National Director of Caritas Samoa, Monica Sio said the future of the organization is looking up for the next ten years. 

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World

From left, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence shake hands during the Leaders Electrification Project meeting as part of the APEC 2018

Acrimonious Pacific summit underscores China-US tensions

Pacific Rim leaders at a key Asian summit failed to reach agreement on a joint declaration on world trade for the first time in nearly three decades, highlighting the growing tensions between China and the U.S.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, listens to Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan through an interpreter, as they attend an event marking the completion of one of the phases of the Turkish Stream natural gas pipeline, in Istanbul, Monday, Nov. 1

Putin and Erdogan mark key phase in natural gas pipeline

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have marked the completion of a key phase of TurkStream, a natural gas pipeline connecting the two countries.

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Sport

The Samoa national team in action on the first day of the F.I.B.A. Polynesian Cup Basketball tournament which officially kicked off at the National University of Samoa (N.U.S.) gymnasium yesterday.

Day 1 Recap of the 2018 Polynesia Cup

Cook Islands' veteran-savvy overwhelmed a young Samoa side in the Women's Division of the 2018 Polynesian Cup to take a commanding 80-47 victory. The ladies in green kept their defensive pace high, hounding the host nation with their full-court pressure defense.

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Henderson says toppling All Blacks again "reassures" Ireland

Beating world champion New Zealand gave Ireland "reassurance," lock Iain Henderson said on Monday. Two days after toppling the All Blacks 16-9 for the first time at home, Henderson said the team's prime motivation was not to be a one-win wonder.

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Street Talk

Public condemn attempted attack on P.M. Tuilaepa

Attempts by two unidentified men, who tried to attack Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi in Brisbane, Australia on Wednesday night has shocked the nation and triggered condemnation from various fronts. Our reporter Yolanda Lavata’i speaks to the public to get their views on the issue.

Aotoa Peter, 33

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Atonio Sua, 32

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Carol Roger, 20

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Figoa Mailata, 45

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Fiumalosi Fereti, 40

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Lina Tofaino, 45

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Maliko Sagote, 40

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Ola Faanama, 21

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Think a Minute

Think a minute…The famous scientist Albert Einstein did not always follow social customs. One evening the president of a university hosted a dinner to honor Einstein and give him an award.

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Police, L.T.A. and P.M. Tuilaepa

The tussle between the Police and the Land Transport Authority (L.T.A.) over the enforcement of traffic infringements and the collection of fines is an interesting one. Purely from an outside perspective, it appears to be a show of who has the biggest muscles and how far one can flex them.

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Letters to the Editor

Re: Online transactions can be hacked U.S. system, no one can touch other’s computer because she/he has owned password to open and close it.

Re: Chequebook diplomacy Good editorial and a timely one with the Pacific Games around the corner. I will say this about the Games authority though. They have already committed to accommodate the athletes and officials in every hotel, motel in the country.

Re: Bank aware of local investors Cryptocurrency is taking over... and Onecoin is going to be the number one crypto in the world. So watch your wording carefully, Onecoin is not a scheme, it’s genuine Business with real office and real people, and has already 3.4already million members worldwide.

Entertainment

Salif Keita, center, takes a photo during a concert in Bamako, Mali, early Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018. Mali Singer and albino activist Salif Keita has dedicated a benefit concert to a 5-year-old albino girl who was kidnapped, tortured and killed in Mali in May

African singer makes persecution of fellow albinos visible

Singer-songwriter and albino activist Salif Keita assembled an international forum on protecting albino people in Africa and dedicated a benefit concert to a 5-year-old albino girl who was kidnapped, tortured and killed in Mali in May.

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Technology

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018 file photo, the Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS-10 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

Cargo ship launch clears crewed mission to space station

A Russian Soyuz rocket sent a cargo ship on its way to the International Space Station on Friday, a successful launch that cleared the way for the next crew to travel to the space outpost.

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