FORMER MINISTER: Faumuina Tiatia Liuga.

Screw computers to the table, Govt. told

Former Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure, Faumuina Tiatia Liuga, has rejected claims the Government lost millions during the last South Pacific Games hosted by Samoa. Faumuina issued the denial yesterday when Member of Parliament, Olo Fiti Va’ai, called on the Government to screw the computers to the tables so that critical financial information about the Pacific Games next year, do not disappear. 

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Business is about relationships

The Chairman of the Bank South Pacific (B.S.P.), Sir Kostas Constantinou and Chief Executive Officer, Robin Fleming, were in Samoa for two days.

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NO COURT OFFICERS: Justice Leiataualesa asked where are the Court officers?. They were tied up at Luatuanu’u is the answer.

Village drama affects Court proceedings

Supreme Court Justice, Leiataualesa Daryl Clarke has questioned why the Police did not show up on time to escort the accused to Court.

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy, left, greets Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi upon his arrival at the Elysee Palace, in Paris.

Ex-French president Sarkozy held on Gadhafi claims

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was taken into custody Tuesday in connection with allegations that he received millions of euros in illegal campaign financing from the regime of the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

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U.S. President Donald Trump, right, meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany.

Trump congratulates Putin, gets backtalk from Republicans

President Donald Trump called Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to congratulate him on his re-election, drawing bruising criticism from members of his own party, including a leading senator who scorned the election as a "sham."

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SAMOA JUNIOR GOLFERS: (Back row) Ipu Apitaelei, Faith Vui, Sani Tavita, Lio Vui (Front row) Kilo Brown, Aaron Evalu, Greg Atapana.

Samoan Junior Golfers gear up for International Championship

Five young Samoan golfers will be representing our small Island Nation at the 2018 International Management Group (I.M.G.) Junior World Golf Championships from July 9-13th in San Diego.

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Laurel Hubbard of New Zealand warms up during the IWF Weightlifting World Championships in Anaheim, California, USA on 5 December 2017.

Samoa objects to transgender lifter

The President of the Samoa Weightlifting Federation, Tuaopepe Asiata Wallwork, has again raised the issue of a transgender athlete who has been given the thumbs up to compete at the Commonwealth Games.

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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:

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Think a Minute

Think a minute…A boy does not become a man automatically or alone. It takes a man to make a man. Boys always have heroes they look up to as the kind of man they want to be—and boys whose fathers live with them usually say their hero is their dad.


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Let this be a warning Samoa

It takes the smallest of sparks to start a fire. If that small fire finds fuel and if it is not contained properly, it has the potential to develop into an inferno destroying everything in its wake. Such is the picture of what has been unfolding at the village of Luatuanu’u during the past couple of days. It started from a very small spark.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, A small comment on your Samoa Observer issue, editorial 13/3/2018 and 14/03/2018 titled “What is stupid” and ‘Now here is the truth” to clarify a very important point that needs to be explained and understood from my personal point of view.

Dear Editor, Re: Baseless argument I tend to agree, the L.T.R.A. Act cannot alienate ownership of customary lands, however this and the CUSTOMARY LAND ADVISORY COMMISSION ACT 2013 which amends the ALIENATION OF CUSTOMARY LAND ACT 1965 potentially opens up the alienation of use of customary lands through leases and Mortgages entered into by individuals rather than the whole aiga with interests in the land.

Re: Baseless argument You are too impatient. Land leases are usually, but not always, over long periods of time. Trouble and issues arise at the expiry of these leases. That is when parties to lease agreements need decisions from the court over interpretations and meaning of words in the Act.


Harvey Weinstein arrives at The Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes afterparty in Beverly Hills.

Judge grants initial motions in Weinstein Co. bankruptcy

A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Tuesday issued initial orders allowing the Weinstein Co. to continue paying its bills and working toward a sale of substantially all of its assets.

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First lady Melania Trump speaks with Snap Director of Public Policy Jennifer Park Stout, left, and Twitter Director of Public Policy Carlos Monje, right, as she arrives for roundtable discussion on cyber bullying.

First lady vows to fight cyberbullying despite critics

Melania Trump pushed back against critics Tuesday, declaring her commitment to combating cyberbullying despite the hits she has endured for taking on the issue while her husband routinely goes on Twitter to berate foes and call them names.

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