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Key witness recalled to give evidence

A key witness in the trial of a 19-year-old girl accused over an incident that killed two young men last year has maintained that he was not the driver.

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Excavator smashes bus

A man is in critical condition at the Moto’otua hospital after a freak accident on Wednesday. The accident involved a bus, a truck and an excavator.

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Witnesses say girl accused over double death drove the vehicle

“She was drunk as well – she didn’t look normal. “How drunk? She was laughing a lot at me and was not taking me seriously and I could smell alcohol on her”

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Samoa joins global call to use “power of sport”

“This work occurs in a wide diversity of cultural and demographic contexts, and contributes to various development goals such health, education, youth empowerment, gender equity, equality and inclusion, social cohesion, economic growth, and community and peace building.”

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Report on Ie Samoa Programme

Cabinet has approved the report on the Ie Samoa (genuine fine mat) programme for the financial year 2013/2014, conducted by the Ie Samoa Committee and the Ministry of Women Community and Social Development.

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‘Youtube’ man pleads guilty to indecent assault and voyeurism

A 26-year-old man, who took a video of his 18-year-old girlfriend while he beat her, has pleaded guilty to five counts of indecent assault and voyeurism.

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Top Samoan musician at Sails' Jazz night

He was the first Samoan and Pasifika person to conduct the N.Z. Symphony Orchestra and the Manukau Symphony Orchestra.

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Samoans take up ice dare for charity

Samoans around the world are taking the plunge to take part in a new social media phenomenon where participants dunk themselves with icey water to raise money for charity.

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All smiles, Women's World Cup is here

The twelve teams participating in Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014 have arrived in France and are all set for kick-off in Paris today.

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Ministry owed $1m for almost 10 years

The Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development (M.W.S.C.D) has been owed more than $1 million since 2003.

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Lawyer disputes key witness’s evidence

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Lawyer Lei’ataualesa put it to him that a Security Guard at Treasure Garden will testify that he saw the accused jump to the passenger’s side.

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Mozzie virus suspected, Health calls urgent meeting

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“People throw rubbish in the bush and the worse part of it is that this rubbish is non-degradable so it can stay there for three to five years."

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Accused man found crying over body of man who later died

“People heard they were having a dispute,”

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Swimmers bring traffic to a standstill

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Photos by Scottie T. Photography Traffic came to a standstill in front of Tanoa Tusitala Hotel at lunchtime yesterday as a parade of swimmers was led by the Samoa Police Band along Beach Road to the Samoa Tourism Fales.

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Six men vie for ‘Father of the Year’

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Six fathers have been asked to step into the shoes of mom as the country gears up to celebrate Father’s Day this year.

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Opeloge’s Golden run turns Silver

“I’m disappointed not to have won the Gold medal today. However I'm really happy to have won the Silver medal here” – Ele Opeloge

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Departing young N.S.W. star Alofa wants to finish on high

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AAP - He is the league convert that upstaged Benji Marshall’s first rugby experience in Sydney - and now Auckland-born NSW Waratahs’ wing Alofa Alofa is aiming to finish his short Super Rugby stint in style.

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Leinster in pole position to sign Samoan rugby league star Te’o

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Sydney, (Independent News) 29 July 2014 - The Irish Independent understands that the New Zealand-born 27-year-old, who plies his trade with the South Sydney Rabbitohs and represented Samoa at international level, spent time in Dublin in recent weeks with a view to completing a move at the end of the season.

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Nanai-Williams, Toeava look to Samoa

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Sources close to World Cup-winning All Black Isaia Toeava confirm he has been in contact with Samoan rugby officials but he declined to comment when contacted by ONE News.

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Bronze is Samoa’s first Commonwealth medal

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Weightlifter, Vaipava Nevo Ioane, has done it.During the early hours of yesterday morning, he lifted Samoa to medal glory at the Commonwealth Games by securing Team Samoa’s first medal at the competition in Scotland.

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Samoa to chase former All Blacks for National Team

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Although the union had yet to ‘set out on a player hunt’, it planned to investigate some players in the near future, Sua Vaai said.

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Manly boss hits out over player rumours

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Sydney (Sydney Morning Herald) July 23, 2014 - Manly Boss David Perry has gone to the NRL over concerns rival clubs are illegally approaching his star players with inducements to break their current contracts.

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Well if it’s not one thing, it’s another, isn’t it? Barely a week after aviation was the subject of conversations all over the world with tragedies befalling the industry left, right and centre, health scares have become the new centre of attention this week.

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  The last week was a horrid week for my health. My body seemed intent on crippling me from ...

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With so much devastation afflicting the world of late, such as the downing of the Malaysia Air Fligh...

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Only in town for a few days? Or have you been here for ages and want to try a few new experiences? Follow us and make your selection from here each week as we highlight some of our must visit spots in Samoa.

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Opportunity shouldn’t be wasted

Dear Editor, I’ve been waiting for the Manu Samoa coach to say something about the IRB loophole that could see former All Blacks players play for Samoa in the future and I was happy to finally see it in your newspaper today (yesterday).


This ulu ma’afala deal is “crazy”

Dear Editor, It was about 5am on Tuesday morning last week. The Samoa Observer delivery vehicle has just dropped off the paper, for my wife’s shop. I picked up the paper and looked at the front page.


Time to re-evaluate safety

Dear Editor, I can’t stop thinking about those airplane crashes we’ve been reading and seeing on the news. For a while they kind of felt distant until the incident in American Samoa which killed that young boy.


There’s something far more sinister

Dear Editor, The suggestion by a letter writer in your newspaper for the country to do away with the Office of the Head of State is not only utterly disrespectful, it sounds like someone who wasn’t taught well by his parents about respecting the elders.