YOU HAVE TO BE ALERT: Minister of Samoa Airways, Lautafi Fio Purcell, has been warned about the competition from Air NZ.

Samoa Airways Minister warned

A former Cabinet Minster and Speaker of Parliament has cautioned the Minister responsible for Samoa Airways, Lautafi Fio Purcell, to stay alert. Gagaifomauga No. 3 Member of Parliament, La’auliolemalietoa Leuatea Schmidt, used Parliament privileges yesterday to attack Air New Zealand, claiming they are out to extinguish the national carrier.

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A MOUNTAIN OF PLASTICS: All this plastic will have to go somewhere. It's a problem Samoa will have to address.

Samoa battles plastic pollution

"We are already eating plastic." This is a reality about our natural food and water supply in Samoa confirmed by a Consultant for U.N. Environment project, Tiffany Straza and supported by S.P.R.E.P’s pollution advisor, Anthony Talouli.

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A HAPPY PRINCIPAL: Fetuao Elu.

Joy in Year 13 results

The results of Year 13 students at Asau College brought joy to many, especially teachers and families. According to the School’s Principal, Fetuao Elu, 21 students out of 26 who sat the Samoa School Leaving Certificate passed the exam and have qualified for the National University of Samoa this year.

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Uganda's long-time President Yoweri Museveni waves to supporters from the sunroof of his vehicle as he arrives for an election rally at Kololo Airstrip in Kampala, Uganda. Addressing members of the regional East African Legislative Assembly Tuesday, Jan.

'I love Trump,' Uganda's leader says, despite vulgar remark

Uganda's president says he loves President Donald Trump and that he should be praised for not mincing words. "I love Trump because he tells Africans frankly," President Yoweri Museveni said Tuesday, shortly after the U.S. ambassador apologized for Trump's recent reference to African nations as "shithole countries."

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Mohammed Amin shows a picture of his seven year-old daughter, Zainab Ansari in Kasur, Pakistan. The brutal rape of Zainab, whose body was left in a garbage dump earlier this month, has roiled Conservative Pakistan and revealed a sexual predator who has ra

After girl's killing, Pakistani women speak out on abuse

The brutal rape and killing of Zainab Ansari, a 7-year-old girl whose body was left in a garbage dump, has unleashed a wave of revulsion around Pakistan, revealing a string of child abductions and killings by a suspected serial predator and generating outrage at a culture of silence surrounding sexual abuse.

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Sport

French Rugby Federation President Bernard Laporte arrives for a group photo at the National Rugby Center in Marcoussis, south of Paris, France.

Police raid French rugby federation headquarters

Police conducted raids at the French rugby federation headquarters on Tuesday amid an investigation into an alleged conflict of interest involving federation president Bernard Laporte.

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Faalemiga Selesele.

Manu 7s for Sydney Named

The Samoa Rugby Union has named its final squad for the H.S.B.C. sevens leg in Sydney this weekend. A statement from the rugby house states the final squad for the Manu Samoa 7s team has seen the return of Falemiga Selesele, Elisapeta Alofipo and Gordon Langkilde.

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Street Talk

Your thoughts on China’s aid

According to the Lowy Institute, China has provided A$1.8 billion in aid and loans for the South Pacific nations between 2006 and 2016.The main recipients were Papua New Guinea, which received A$632 million, Fiji (A$360 million), Vanuatu (A$244 million) and Samoa (A$230 million). Last week, Ms. Fierravanti-Wells launched an unprovoked scathing attack on China’s aid to the Pacific countries – including Samoa. She accused the Chinese of building “roads to nowhere” and constructing “useless buildings” which will only leave Pacific countries with debts they cannot pay. What do you think of China’s aid to Samoa? We asked members of the public in today’s Street Talk and this is what they said:

Ioane Isa’ako, 72

Samatau

Manuia Savili, 45

Fasitoo’o Tai

Moana Fidow, 21

Falelauniu

Sam Samuelu, 23

Fasito’o Tai

Tu’ugamusu Ete Fuimaono, 54

Vaitele fou/Nu’usuatia

Think a Minute

Think a minute…”If you win all your arguments, you’ll probably lose all your friends.” Just imagine if we cut off our relationship with every person who disagreed with us, we would have almost no friends or family left! If we are around someone long enough, we will eventually disagree with them about something.

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Health merger: A brave move or an epic fail?

There are two ways one can interpret the latest developments at the public Health sector detailed in a story titled “Govt. Health vision” on the front page of the Samoa Observer on Monday. The first pair of lens can see that the government is learning as they go along and that the merger between the National Health Services (N.H.S.) and Ministry of Health (M.O.H.) reflects a government that is not afraid to make tough decisions when it has to. That’s the good news.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Re: First the E.U. blacklist and now the U.S. ban? What’s going on? U.S. noticed that Samoan P.M. and his government does a lot of meddling with China more than U.S. The move is an indirect way for Trump to say “send your people to China, not to the U.S.”

Dear Editor, Re: Govt. responds to U.S. ban C.E.O Agafili Shem Leo seems to be confused on this issue. The Visa status here is “temporary work visa.” This is for seasonal work. If these seasonal employees complete their work, they should return immediately, or face deportation.

Talofa Observer An opinion in regards to E.P.C’s attitude. The power was disconnected at Le Vai on Monday 23rd January 2018. The power bill was due Saturday 20th January 2018. Sunday was the following day and then the power was disconnected at 2-2.30pm.

Entertainment

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'Wonder Woman' is left hanging and 8 other Oscar surprises

It is a mathematical impossibility for a group of Oscar nominations to please everyone, but this year came pretty close with meaningful love for "Get Out," ''Lady Bird" and "Phantom Thread," and the history-making nomination of "Mudbound" director of photography Rachel Morrison, who became the first woman to ever be nominated for cinematography.

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Technology

FILE - In this Monday, June 5, 2017, file photo, the HomePod speaker is photographed in a a showroom during an announcement of new products at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif. Pre-orders for the HomePod will begin Friday, Jan.

Apple poised to expand into speaker market with HomePod

Apple is finally ready to launch its attempt to compete with the internet-connected speakers made by Amazon and Google with the release of its long-awaited HomePod.

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