WORLD BANK: External and Corporate Relations Consultant, Mr. Benjamin W Brighouse.

Improving Tourism Industry in the Pacific

Improving the tourism industry in the Pacific was top of the consultation agenda between the World Bank and the Samoa Tourism Industry Association (S.T.A.) on Friday. 

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PROUD CHILD OF SAMOA: Saisamoa with her father at her graduation.

High achiever makes her mark

Although she is unsure if she is the first Samoan woman to hold a Juris Doctor degree from America, 27 year old Saisamoa F. Grey Price is definitely a high achiever.

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Women’s Committees lead the way

The fight against tobacco use, saw the  4 (four) women’s committees of Faleasiu, Sapulu, Lealalii, Moamoa and Tauo’o coming together to stand as leaders of their respective communities and for families to learn more about the impact of tobacco use and how they can help support their families to quit.

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US actor Richard Gere, right, and his girlfriend, Alejandra Silva, arrive at a meeting with the Scholas Occurrentes, an educational organization founded by Pope Francis, at the Vatican.

Pope rules out retiring like his predecessor

Pope Francis says he has no intention of quitting the papacy — a possibility opened up by his predecessor Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI.

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People try to jump in the water right before their boat overturns off the Libyan coast.

More than 700 feared dead in recent Mediterranean crossings

Survivor accounts have pushed to more than 700 the number of migrants feared dead in Mediterranean Sea shipwrecks over three days in the past week, even as rescue ships saved thousands of others in daring operations.

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 THIRD TIME LUCKY: After missing out on the main prize at the last three big Sevens tournaments, B.B.E. Vaiala showed they have learned what it takes to be a winner with a 19-17 victory.

B.B.E. Vaiala take out SII 7’s thriller

Surprising results, field brawls, dethroned defending champs but a well-entertained crowd. Samoa Independence International Sevens (SII 7’s) 2016 had it all. 

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Chris Robshaw is tackled by Samson Lee and Gethin Jenkins

Depleted England beats Wales 27-13 in rugby test

England shrugged off the absence of its best players to score five tries in a 27-13 win over fierce rival Wales at Twickenham on Sunday, boosting confidence among the Six Nations champions ahead of their upcoming tour to Australia.

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Think a Minute

Think a minute…28 June, 1997 was the date of the famous Bite Fight between world heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson. During the fight, Tyson completely lost control of his anger and actually bit off part of Holyfield’s ear! Tyson lost his license to box and paid a $3 million penalty for not fighting by the rules.


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Deputy Prime Minister issues Chinese girl, Lin Yuan, Samoan passport

Poor Le Mamea Ropati. He was such a loyal friend in those days he never talked; or did anything he did not think was the right thing to do anyway. All he did was listen and obey.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor Independence celebrations are a time for commemoration, triumph, joy, victory and happiness. Each individual has their own expression and perception of independence.

Dear Editor Mr Huaman’s opinion column titled “What your Pastor doesn’t tell you” (SamoaObserver 27 May 2016) was recklessly audacious in that it is labelling all pastors deceitful and liars and indirectly trying to influence a probable constitutional review on religious matters with the aim of establishing Christianity as official faith.

Dear Editor

It had always been a dream to see Robert Louis Stevenson’s grave and at 80, I probably was too ambitious. I reached the top and slipped on the way coming down.




Actress Lily-Rose Depp poses during portraits for the film La Danseuse (The Dancer) at the 69th international film festival, Cannes, southern France.

Johnny Depp's daughter defends him after abuse allegations

Johnny Depp's 17-year-old daughter has defended him after his wife raised allegations of domestic abuse.

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File photo shows a display of cell phones during a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) mobile tracking demo in Washington.

Cellphone radiation study raises concerns despite low risk

A new federal study of the potential dangers of cellphone radiation, conducted in rats, found a slight increase in brain tumors in males and raised long-dormant concerns about the safety of spending so much time with cellphones glued to our ears.

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