Samoa Land Transport Authority deployed a caterpillar yesterday to clear a landslide triggered by the rain at Fagaloa.

Heavy rains are expected, says Meteorological Division

The Samoa Meteorological Division says heavy rains are expected this time of the year, as another heavy downpour in Apia yesterday threatened to unleash flooding in parts of the capital. Speaking to the Samoa Observer yesterday, Samoa Meteorology Division’s Director, Tainau Mulipola Titimaea, said a convergence zone within the vicinity of Samoa and a low pressure system south of the islands—is leading to moderate to heavy rainfall and gusty winds.

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Local company Island Rock has donated a brand new washing machine to the elderly residents of the Mapufagalele nursing home.

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The Year 8 Dux of Apia Primary is Gebra Crawley of Malua.

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Macron to speak to French on protests; But is it too late?

French President Emmanuel Macron will be speaking to his nation at last Monday, after increasingly violent, radicalized protests against his leadership have shaken the country and scarred its beloved capital.

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China pressures US, Canada ahead of Huawei hearing

China raised the pressure on the United States and Canada as a bail hearing resumed Monday for a top Chinese technology executive in a case that has fueled U.S.-China trade tensions and roiled financial markets.

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TRY TIME: Tomasi Alosio scores for the Manu Samoa Sevens in Cape Town. Photo: HSBC Sevens.

Samoa 10th at Cape Town Sevens

Samoa 7s played in the Challenge final yesterday for the second World Rugby Sevens Series event in a row.

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Samoa Badminton Juniors Open Tournament 7th & 8th December 2018

Samoa Badminton Federation completed its Juniors Open Tournament for 2018 in a high note.

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Street Talk

Public welcome World AIDS Day

Samoa joined the international community last Saturday December 1 to mark the 2018 World AIDS Day with a parade, a float and speeches by dignitaries including Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi. Our reporter Yolanda Lavata’i met members of the public to get their views on the deadly disease and what should be done.

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Think a minute…Years ago many white southerners in America treated black, African Americans in horrible, evil ways. Yet there were some southern whites who were different. One of these was the Chisholm family in Laurel, Mississippi.


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Human rights and the beauty of freedom, different views, opinions

The writer was invited by UNESCO to speak as one of the panelists during the celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights last night. Other speakers included Acting Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, Ombudsman Maiava Iulai Toma and UNESCO Director and Representative to the Pacific State, Ms. Nisha. This is what Mata’afa said:

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, The other day I came across this kid near EPC.This kid has consistently been there selling popcorn and other small stuff for as long as I can recall. He always approaches vehicles in a very polite expectant way trying to sale his merchandise.

Re: About the Asau wharf editorial Absolutely agree with the article regarding deepening port in Savaii. Similar situations are in Vanuatu where the government is having difficulty with repayments to the Chinese lenders, Sri Lanka government has already defaulted in their loan and now the Chinese government controls the deep port for 99 years.

Re: The truth about Mr. Tauili’ili’s death will be told Please. Don’t act all sanctimonious about “gutless, faceless, ghosts”, when all of Samoa knows that your newspaper has benefited tremendously from those “gutless, faceless, ghosts” over the years in feeding you their stories, and from what you are not able to publish legally, the information of those “gutless, faceless, ghosts” always finds their way into the editorials hidden by “opinion” and generalisations.


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'Modern Family's' Sarah Hyland had second kidney transplant

"Modern Family" star Sarah Hyland says she had a second kidney transplant last year, replacing a kidney from her father with another from her brother.

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Google accelerates Plus closure after another privacy lapse

Google is still having trouble protecting the personal information on its Plus service, prodding the company to accelerate its plans to shut down a little-used social network created to compete against Facebook.

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