Faasaleleaga No. II Member of Parliament, Pa’u Sefo Pa’u.

Parliament pays tribute to Pa’u Sefo as first session of 2019 begins

Parliament observed a moment of silence today in honour of Faasaleleaga No. II Member of Parliament, Pa’u Sefo Pa’u. Speaker of Parliament, Tole’afoa Leaupepe Fa’afisi, called for the moment of silence in the opening of Parliament’s first session for 2019 at their makeshift headquarters at Tuanaimato. 

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TEACHERS AND PRINCIPALS GO BACK TO SCHOOL: Teachers from all over the country during yesterday's session.

Ministry confronts issues, challenges

Educationists in Samoa are gearing up for the new academic year. As part of their preparations, they gathered at the Pesega Hall for a three-day Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture (M.E.S.C.) annual conference, starting yesterday. The conference followed a prayer service on Sunday evening during which the Ministry committed its work to God in prayer.

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The public is advised to take safety precautions while Samoa is in the cyclone season.

“Best to still take precaution”

There is no immediate threat of a cyclone but the advisory will remain in place due to Samoa being in the cyclone season. That is the position of the Samoa Meteorology Division assistant chief executive officer, Tainau Mulipola Titimaea, when he was contacted by the Samoa Observer yesterday for an update on the weather.

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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May.

UK leader unveils Brexit Plan B, looks a lot like Plan A

British Prime Minister Theresa May unveiled her Brexit Plan B on Monday — and it looks a lot like Plan A.

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President Donald Trump speaks about the partial government shutdown, immigration and border security in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, in Washington.

Shutdown goes on as Trump offer doesn't budge Democrats

Thirty-one days into the partial government shutdown, Democrats and Republicans appeared no closer to ending the impasse than when it began, with President Donald Trump lashing out at his opponents after they dismissed a plan he'd billed as a compromise.

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Iosefatu Mareko (second from left) in front of his family home in Puipaa with (L-R) father Pagamalie Tesimale Pagamalie, mother Seleue Pagamalie and sister Yaitai Tesimale. Photo: Thomas Airey.

Rugby talent heading to Japan on uni scholarship to help family

Loose forward Iosefatu Mareko of Rugby Academy Samoa is leaving for Japan on Wednesday to take up a four year rugby scholarship at Nihon University in Tokyo.

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Mahonri Schwalger (green hat) at Rugby Academy Samoa training.

Schwalger: overseas opportunities best pathway to Manu Samoa

Former Manu Samoa captain and hooker Mahonri Schwalger is working to develop the best young rugby talents in the country and get them opportunities overseas, as executive director of Rugby Academy Samoa.

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Street Talk

Why minimum wage should increase

The issue of the minimum wage is back on the agenda. While most people agree that $2.30 an hour is not enough, the Government says the decision to increase is totally dependent on the private sector and whether they can afford it. What do you think? And if there were an increase, why? Soli Wilson asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Fa’apaia Motu, 61


Grace Pauga, 26


Larry Kalolo Aokusotino, 39


Nu’u Milo, 22


Pastor Taeauga R. Frost & Saeseese R. Frost

Iva and Tanugamanono

Rev. Falevi Petana, 55


Think a Minute

Think a minute...This is the true story of a man named Sam who joined the American army in 1812. He was such a great military leader that he became a major general.


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The inspirational, menial and downright bizarre

This is the undeniable truth. The Prime Minister’s public address to Government representatives in the villages at the To’oa Salamasina Hall last week sounded more like a parent scolding his children.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Re: Don’t be easily fooled You know very well these changes to land ownership does not happen overnight. The negative impact of L.T.R.A. will only be fully understood many years from now, but you probably won’t be around to see it hence why you don’t care. It’s a slow trickling effect and more customary land issues will surface.

Re: Pastor says minimum wage is abuse of youth Your views on church ministers having to pay tax are on point. However, the criticism of Samoa’s minimum wage is misguided. Your comparison parameters are so off the mark it gives the minimum wage earners in Samoa false hope that they too can earn around $10 an hour.

Re: Missing the point Hey Mr. PS Jeffery, how did you know they were told by the Tower to divert unless you’re one of the Tech crew on the day or you were the Controller working in the Tower? Hit a little nerve there I see “BS “Jeffery? Are you part of the unqualified ones in the airline?.


In this Dec. 13, 2018, photo provided by Carnegie Hall, J'nai Bridges, a mezzo-soprano, performs in her recital at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall in New York. (Carnegie Hall via AP)

Mezzo J'Nai Bridges rising fast in opera world

J'Nai Bridges was just 24 and still in school when she sang her first "Carmen" as a young artist at the Glimmerglass Festival in 2011.

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FILE - This Tuesday, July 19, 2016, file photo shows the Google logo at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.

French watchdog slaps Google with $57M fine under new EU law

France's data privacy watchdog fined Google 50 million euros ($57 million) on Monday, the first penalty for a U.S. tech giant under new European data privacy rules that took effect last year.

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