WANTED: Pati Chong Nee and Aniseko Vaelei.

Prisoners on the run from Tafaigata

Two prisoners escaped from the Tafaigata Prisons yesterday morning. Aniseko Vaelei and Pati Chong Nee – who were jailed for burglary and robbery charges – dashed for freedom after a church service. The Samoa Observer could not reach the Prisons and Correctional Service Commissioner, Taitosaua Edward Winterstein, for comment yesterday. 

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JUST MARRIED: Mr and Mrs Apineru.

Wedding smiles at Faleula

Apineru Junior Apineru and Serafina Apineru celebrated being married at the Faleula Methodist Church yesterday. Mr. Apineru, 27, is a fourth year student at Piula Theological College. His wife, 24, is a Florist from Manurewa, New Zealand.

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The CEO for the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture (MESC), Dr. Karoline Afamasaga-Fuata’i.

More than 1,000 students qualify

A total of 1015 students out of 1752 students that sat the Samoa Secondary Leaving Certificate (SSLC) last year made it into the National University of Samoa’s (NUS) Foundation programme.  

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World

File-This jan. 10, 2019, file photo shows opposition candidate Martin Fayulu speaking to the press at his headquarters in Kinshasa, Congo.

Congo on brink of 1st peaceful transfer with Tshisekeid win

Congo is on the brink of its first peaceful, democratic transfer of power since independence in 1960 after the Constitutional Court on Sunday confirmed the presidential election victory of Felix Tshisekedi, although questions remain about the result.

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FILE - This Friday, July 27, 2018 file photo shows a blood moon lunar eclipse from the Arpoador beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Curtain rising Sunday night on total lunar eclipse

The celestial curtain will be rising soon on a lunar extravaganza. Sunday night, the Earth will slide directly between the moon and the sun, creating a total lunar eclipse. There won't be another until 2021.

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Sport

GAME TIME: The BBE Vaiala Ulalei senior A’s and Apia Maroons during their match yesterday.

Vaiala barely overcome spirited Maroons challenge to retain Shield

BBE Vaiala Ulalei senior A’s triumphed 16-15 over Apia Maroons in a classic Apia Rugby Union Shield match yesterday at Tuanaimato.

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FRANKIE SEVENS LEG 1 CHAMPIONS: Frankie Tama Uli Salelologa.

National champs open Savaii 7s series with win

Defending national 7s champions Tama Uli Salelologa have got their 2019 season off to the perfect start by winning the first leg of the Frankie 7s at Don Bosco Field in Savaii yesterday.

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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

Auala

Grace Pauga, 26

Vaimoso

Larry Kalolo Aokusotino, 39

Lalovaea

Nu’u Milo, 22

Vailele

Pastor Taeauga R. Frost & Saeseese R. Frost

Iva and Tanugamanono

Rev. Falevi Petana, 55

Maota

Think a Minute

Think a minute…One of man’s greatest challenges is to understand women. The problem: “By the time a man can read a woman like a book, he needs eyeglasses.” Or as one husband said, “There are two ways to handle a woman—and nobody knows either of them.” So what do women want?

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What’s P.M. Tuilaepa worried about?

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi appears to be a worried man. How else do you explain the way he’s been behaving lately, especially in relation to the opposition his administration is beginning to get? From “small lawyers” to online critics to village chiefs, the Government is definitely feeling the heat so it’s impossible to deny that perhaps we are beginning to see a small shift in the political climate.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Re: Don’t be easily fooled P.M. says “About claims that customary lands are under threat, Tuilaepa said it was foolish to compare Samoa to New Zealand and Australia.

Dear Editor, The Prime Minister needs to stop his sarcastic and arrogant comments towards people as he is putting the whole country in jeopardy in the eyes of the foreigners and potential investors and donors.

Dear Editor, Re: Chamber behind Govt. on minimum wage What an absolutely stupid approach to moving the economy forward fairly, by asking business if they think the minimum wage should go up.

Entertainment

FILE - In this Aug. 1, 1971 file photo, Jesse Ed Davis, center right, a guitarist of Kiowa and Comanche ancestry, performs with George Harrison, left, formerly of the Beatles, at the Concert For Bangladesh at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Klaus

Film airing on PBS highlights Native American links to rock

As a child, Fred Lincoln "Link" Wray Jr. hid under a bed when the Ku Klux Klan came to his parents' home in rural North Carolina. Racist groups often targeted the poor family of Shawnee Native American ancestry as the Wrays endured segregation in the American South just like African-Americans.

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Technology

Tesla Motors unveils the new lower-priced Model 3 sedan at the Tesla Motors design studio in Hawthorne.

On the road to make an affordable car, Tesla cuts jobs

Tesla will cut 7 percent of its workforce as it tries to lower prices and break out of the niche-car market to produce an electric vehicle that more people can afford.

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