The Samoa national team in action on the first day of the F.I.B.A. Polynesian Cup Basketball tournament which officially kicked off at the National University of Samoa (N.U.S.) gymnasium yesterday.

Polynesian Cup gets underway

The FIBA Polynesian Cup basketball tournament officially kicked off yesterday at the National University of Samoa gym. The host Samoa, Cooks Islands, Tahiti, American Samoa and Tonga will go head-to-head in the six-day tournament. The tournament will feature both men’s and women’s teams and will use a round robin format in the group stage, with the top four teams qualifying for the finals.

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Jessica Ah Tong modeling one of the outfits donated by Rupi Taituuga for Sonia Piva.

Fashion designers step up

Rupi Taituuga is among the local designers getting behind Miss Samoa, Sonia Piva, as she begins her mission to bring the Miss Pacific crown to Samoa. Speaking to the Samoa Observer, Rupi said he is delighted to have been able to help Ms. Piva, who is leaving for Tonga this week. 

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Supreme Court Justice Vui Clarence Nelson with finalist for the International Children’s Peace Prize 2018, Leilua Lino.

Justice Vui Nelson congratulates Leilua

Supreme Court Justice and representative of the Pacific region on the Committee on the Rights of the Child (C.R.C), Justice Vui Clarence Nelson, has congratulated Leilua Lino. Leilua is one of the three finalists for the International Children’s Peace Prize 2018. 

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World

From left, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence shake hands during the Leaders Electrification Project meeting as part of the APEC 2018

Acrimonious Pacific summit underscores China-US tensions

Pacific Rim leaders at a key Asian summit failed to reach agreement on a joint declaration on world trade for the first time in nearly three decades, highlighting the growing tensions between China and the U.S.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, listens to Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan through an interpreter, as they attend an event marking the completion of one of the phases of the Turkish Stream natural gas pipeline, in Istanbul, Monday, Nov. 1

Putin and Erdogan mark key phase in natural gas pipeline

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have marked the completion of a key phase of TurkStream, a natural gas pipeline connecting the two countries.

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Sport

The Samoa national team in action on the first day of the F.I.B.A. Polynesian Cup Basketball tournament which officially kicked off at the National University of Samoa (N.U.S.) gymnasium yesterday.

Day 1 Recap of the 2018 Polynesia Cup

Cook Islands' veteran-savvy overwhelmed a young Samoa side in the Women's Division of the 2018 Polynesian Cup to take a commanding 80-47 victory. The ladies in green kept their defensive pace high, hounding the host nation with their full-court pressure defense.

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Henderson says toppling All Blacks again "reassures" Ireland

Beating world champion New Zealand gave Ireland "reassurance," lock Iain Henderson said on Monday. Two days after toppling the All Blacks 16-9 for the first time at home, Henderson said the team's prime motivation was not to be a one-win wonder.

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Street Talk

Public condemn attempted attack on P.M. Tuilaepa

Attempts by two unidentified men, who tried to attack Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi in Brisbane, Australia on Wednesday night has shocked the nation and triggered condemnation from various fronts. Our reporter Yolanda Lavata’i speaks to the public to get their views on the issue.

Aotoa Peter, 33

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Atonio Sua, 32

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Carol Roger, 20

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Figoa Mailata, 45

Vaitele Fou

Fiumalosi Fereti, 40

Vaitele Uta

Lina Tofaino, 45

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Maliko Sagote, 40

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Ola Faanama, 21

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Pita Ah Leong, 43

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Posina Palemia, 20

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Think a Minute

Think a minute…In 1946, the United States Army showed to the public its brand new 30-ton computer called the ENIAC. All the credit for this invention was given to two men, John Mauchly and J. Eckert.

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P.M. and leaders should note that times have changed… and so have our people

Times have changed and so have people. There is absolutely no doubt about that regardless of whether we are talking about Samoans or any other ethnic group. Here on these shores, while we’d like to think that Samoans are civilised people and that our actions will always be dictated by fa’aaloalo, ava fatafata and alofa, we must accept it’s not all that way anymore. For some people.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Just for the record, I didn’t dish out this information just to insult the “believers”. I did it to enlighten those that want to know the other side of the coin if you will.

Re: Two new cases of H.I.V. People don’t appreciate the importance of sex education, some people find it hard to talk about given the sometimes stereotype that comes with contracting HIV/AIDS.

Samoa needs to hold free sex education programmes on safe sex and make condoms available for free so people can protect themselves. We can’t stop people from doing what they are doing but we can educate people on making the right choices so they can protect themselves.

Entertainment

Salif Keita, center, takes a photo during a concert in Bamako, Mali, early Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018. Mali Singer and albino activist Salif Keita has dedicated a benefit concert to a 5-year-old albino girl who was kidnapped, tortured and killed in Mali in May

African singer makes persecution of fellow albinos visible

Singer-songwriter and albino activist Salif Keita assembled an international forum on protecting albino people in Africa and dedicated a benefit concert to a 5-year-old albino girl who was kidnapped, tortured and killed in Mali in May.

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Technology

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018 file photo, the Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS-10 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

Cargo ship launch clears crewed mission to space station

A Russian Soyuz rocket sent a cargo ship on its way to the International Space Station on Friday, a successful launch that cleared the way for the next crew to travel to the space outpost.

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