Development Bank of Samoa.

Development Bank records $1.3 million surplus – report

The Development Bank of Samoa’s (D.B.S.) earnings after tax for the financial year 2017 was $71,000. The bank also recorded a surplus of $1.3 million. The figures are revealed in the D.B.S. 2017 Annual Report obtained by the Samoa Observer.

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With family and her namesake and mother Lalotoa Asaua Mulitalo at her swearing in ceremonies to her new post earlier this year.

Teleiai: The Law Reformer

Telei’ai Dr Lalotoa Mulitalo is a walking encyclopaedia when it comes to the law.

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Father fined $250 for marijuana

A 46-year-old father has been convicted and ordered to pay $250 to Court before 12:30pm today. Tanielu Tui was charged with one count of possession of a glass pipe used to smoke marijuana, one count of bringing in a glass pipe into the country and one count of making a false statement at the Faleolo International Airport.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Putin overwhelmingly wins another 6 years as Russian leader

Vladimir Putin rolled to a crushing re-election victory Sunday for six more years as Russia's president, and he told cheering supporters in a triumphant but brief speech that "we are bound for success."

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British school teacher Andria Zafirakou reacts after winning the Global Teacher Prize at a ceremony in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

UK art teacher wins $1M teaching prize for inner city work

A British art teacher won a highly-competitive $1 million teaching prize on Sunday for her work with inner-city children in London, helping students feel welcome and safe in a borough with one of the highest murder rates in the country.

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Touch Family commermorating International Women’s Day at the Business House Tournament.

Business House touch underway

The Business House Touch Rugby Championships kicked off last week. The tournament is held at St. Joseph’s College Alafua. Twenty-four teams are competing for the title this year. There are 35 government agencies and local businesses participating.

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Social Mix Winners Tau Warriors.

Tag’s popularity growing in Samoa

The Samoa Tag (Rugby) Incorporated kicked off their second tournament last weekend Saturday at the Marist Brother’s grounds at Mulivai, in a bid to grow the sport. The one-day tournament was the second Tag tournament for Samoa.

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Street Talk

N.Z. govt. urged to change law

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is standing by her country’s immigration laws requiring Samoans to go through a stringent screening process to obtain a visa to visit New Zealand. This is despite the two countries sharing a Treaty of Friendship. Do you think this is fair? Reporter, Nefertiti Matatia, asked the public in today’s Street Talk and this is what they said:

Faaofonuu Iosefo Faamausili, 57


Vili Vili, 57


Katalina Tuasivi, 62


Mika Eliapo, 24


Carol Bilbo, 64


Think a Minute

Think a minute…Ann Scheiber lived alone in her small apartment in New York City having never married. She did not own a car, so she walked everywhere wearing the same old black coat.


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Preying on love and generosity of others

It’s a tragedy when people prey on the generosity and the good-hearted nature of others. While it’s something we’d like not to happen, the reality is that it happens all the time. In some cases, it is very blunt too

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Re: Section 32 of L.T.R.A. incapable of alienating customary land This is why not a single one of those bush lawyers from S.S.I.G. or academics have the guts to take their land whinge to Court. In the 10 years that this L.T.R.A. 2008 has been law in Samoa, not a single case has gone before the courts.

Dear Editor, Re: Section 32 of L.T.R.A. incapable of alienating customary land More untruths from a desperate government Section 32 is the only Registration Section in the L.T.R.A. 2008

Dear Editor, Allow me to congratulate Vailima Breweries for their break through into the American market. But I also want to caution them. Remember the U.S.A. has one of the most stringent Foods and Drug Control in the world and quality must be consistent at all times, even under Coke Cola ownership.


Demi Lovato arrives at Jingle Ball at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif.  Lovato celebrated six years sober at a concert in New York with tour mate and DJ Khaled, whose powerful brought the pop star to tears. Lovato performed Friday, March 16, 2018  at the Ba

Demi Lovato celebrates 6 years sober at show with DJ Khaled

Demi Lovato celebrated six years of sobriety at a concert in New York with tour mate DJ Khaled, whose powerful words brought the pop star to tears. Lovato performed Friday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, telling the audience that March 15 was a proud day for her.

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a user signing in to Facebook on an iPad, in North Andover, Mass. Facebook has a problem it just can’t kick: People keep exploiting it in ways that could sway elections and even undermine democracy. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Facebook's recurring nightmare: Helping muddy up elections

Facebook has a problem it just can't kick: People keep exploiting it in ways that could sway elections, and in the worst cases even undermine democracy.

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