Former Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi.

Former Head of State to break his silence

The former Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, will break his long held silence over fears about the alienation of customary lands today. He will do this during a press conference at his Tuaefu residence where he will deliver a paper on the issue. The press conference was confirmed in a letter from his Office earlier this week.

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A DREAM COME TRUE: Charles Leicester Dean ready to explore the world of law and giving back to the Samoan community.

A dream come true

Charles Leicester Dean is one of the newest lawyers to be admitted to the Bar in Samoa. He was admitted before Chief Justice Patu Tiava'asu'e Falefatu Sapolu last week.

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THANK YOU: Tupuola and wife, Fa’alogo Sissy Vuki presenting their donation for F.E.S.A. and supporting services, and looking to make available scholarships for children of emergency services workers.

Good Samaritans donate to Fire Service

Tupuola Sione and wife, Fa’alogo Sissy Vuki, from St. George, Utah in America, presented $15,000 to the Fire and Emergency Service (F.E.S.A.) yesterday. “On behalf of the Prime Minister, who is also the Minister for F.E.S.A. and the National Emergency Call Centre, the S.F.E.A.

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World

A South Korean army soldier passes by a TV screen showing file footage of CIA Director Mike Pompeo, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul.

Trump says 'good relationship' formed with North Korea

President Donald Trump on Wednesday confirmed that his CIA chief secretly met with Kim Jong Un in North Korea and said "a good relationship was formed" heading into the adversaries' anticipated summit.

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First lady Barbara Bush poses with her dog Millie in Washington.

George W. Bush says his mother didn't fear death

Former President George W. Bush said Wednesday that his mother, Barbara Bush, didn't fear death because she believed in an afterlife and that she would be "wonderfully received in the arms of a loving God."

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Sport

‘PLAYERS WELFARE IS TOP PRIORITY’: St Joseph’s College against Leiifiifi College.

Safety first, for National Schools Rugby Championships

The bad weather yesterday led to the postponement of the remaining Samoa National Schools Championships.

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Kids learning the basics of Rugby during the S.R.U. holiday Programme.

S.R.U. Holiday Development Programme

The Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.) grassroots development programme concluded on Tuesday last week. 

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Street Talk

Public oppose new chicken tax

The recent passing of the Customs and Tariff Bill in Parliament means new tariff rates will be imposed on all imported chicken. This is a grave concern given that chicken is one of the most affordable meat for families living below the poverty line and middle income earners. Taxing such goods is no doubt a burden on these families because a decent meal every day is now being robbed from them with price increase. Our reporter, Ulimasao Fata asked the public on their opinion on Government’s move to tax imported frozen chicken. This is what they said:

Eseta Faasao, 42

Falelauniu

Lui Mareko, 34

Faleula

Vaine’a Faatafe, 65

Nu’u

Waldell Brown, 58

Leauva’a-Uta

Lima Salatielu, 38

Toamua

Think a Minute

Think a minute…“A tea bag isn’t worth much until it’s been through some hot water.” There’s a similar saying in boxing: “Everyone’s got a plan till they’ve been hit!” Sooner or later life is going to hit you and knock you down. Whether you get back up or not is your choice.

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Think safety first please everyone

It has been one of them weeks for Samoa. A rare one where we’ve hardly seen rays of the sunlight, which are synonymous with our tropical environment. Instead, it has been a week of heavy rain and downpours so that all we see in Samoa today are floods, potholes, mud and more mud.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor Re: P.M. snubs Samoa Observer The Prime Minister’s approach against the Samoa Observer is one that is well planned, to gain favor and support from someone in the office which has the authority to control media outlet.

Dear Editor, Re: Does sacking a village mayor justify being called a dictatorship He has been taking over more and more areas of Samoa putting the power in his hands and lessening the power the people have.

Re: Cyber security on the agenda When this exercise is finished, ‘someone’ will have a good idea of habits of the local IT people who have an idea of IPs, DNSs, ip4/6, ports , encapsulation, backdoors etc. etc. Network latency has doubled before one gets ‘outside the reef’ with the insertion of several devices in the route since O.L.P.

Entertainment

Samoan dancer Savali stars with Beyonce

A Samoan dancer has experienced "one of the biggest shows of my life" during a performance with Beyonce at Coachella. The show at Palm Springs, U.S., has been dubbed “one of the best of all time.“

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Technology

The two governments said the operations, which allegedly involve planting malware on internet routers and other equipment, could also lay the foundation for future offensive cyberattacks. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Russia denies 'feeble' US, UK charges of internet tampering

Russia denied accusations from the United States and Britain that its agents have planted malware on key components of the internet to spy on rivals, steal trade and potentially launch cyberattacks. A Kremlin spokesman on Tuesday called the claim unfounded and "feeble."

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