Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang and Faumuina Wayne Fong.

Acting P.M. issues assurance

Acting Prime Minister, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang, is on a mission to investigate reports about certain party members conspiring to take over the Prime Ministership role. He has also reassured the country there is nothing to be alarmed about.

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SAVAII LAUNCH: Verity Smith, Tupa’i Saleimoa Va’ai, Sonya Peters, Keith Budd and Kala Ah Mu.

New koko nursery launched in Asau

A new koko nursery, launched in Asau yesterday under the auspices of the award-winning Whittaker’s–Va’ai Partnership, and with support from New Zealand — looks set to help further develop Samoa’s burgeoning koko industry and grow Samoa’s koko export production.

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LE MOANA'S CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Tupe Lualua leads her cast of AUMAGA.

Samoa to host Pacific artists

Samoa will once again play host to another conference in November. This event will see Pacific artists and academics from around the world descending on Apia, prepared to take on this year’s theme of “Making the invisible, visible.”

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World

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech at the opening ceremony of the 19th Party Congress held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China.

Xi says China's prospects are bright but challenges severe

Chinese President Xi Jinping trumpeted his nation's prospects as bright but made a rare acknowledgement of severe economic challenges as he opened the Communist Party's twice-a-decade national congress on Wednesday.

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U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, left, and Japan's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Shinsuke Sugiyama shake hands prior to their bilateral meeting at Iikura Guest House in Tokyo.

US, Japan agree to maximize diplomatic pressure on N. Korea

U.S. and Japanese diplomats agreed Tuesday to maximize pressure on North Korea to resolve tensions over its nuclear program, while citing the need to be prepared for the worst if diplomacy fails.

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Sport

Warren Gatland.

Gatland rules out 3rd stint as British and Irish Lions coach

Warren Gatland says he does not want to coach the British and Irish Lions for a third time.

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Lions' George North injures his shoulder during the Rugby Union match - Hurricanes v British & Irish Lions.

Wales wing North injures knee, out of November tests

Wing George North will miss Wales' four tests in November and December after hurting his left knee last weekend.

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Street Talk

Questions over sports administration

The administration of sports in Samoa has come under the microscope once more. American-based Samoan Sprinter, Jeremy Dodson, has raised serious questions about the way sports are run. “From the three years I have represented Samoa, I have seen officials do nothing but get free trips, trips spent lounging in sponsored hotels while athletes eat processed food,” he said. “I have seen officials get elected not off merits, but friendships.

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Tuana’i

Think a Minute

Think a minute…A man walked into a bar for a drink and said: “Bartender, I’m in trouble, so make it a double!” Many of us struggle with painful, real problems: no money, no job, unwanted pregnancies, family violence, unhappy marriages.

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Revolving door and the Union’s legal woes

And so the revolving door that is the Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.) continues to spin uncontrollably. The latest to have been ejected is the former Manager of the Manu Samoa Sevens, Leulua’iali’i Theresa Passi, whose fate was cemented last week when the Union announced her replacement.

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Letters to the Editor

Greetings to you dear brethren once again and to our dear Editor, Following on from my last letter (The 100th anniversary of the visitation by the Immaculate Conception –Samoa Observer (SO) issue 19 September 2017) where I posed various concerns and am fairly interested to learn of a response from Elder Meliula Fata [Area 70] in due course otherwise.

Dear Editor, Why are poor countries poor? In his book ` The Undercover Economist, published by Little, Brown in 2006 (reprinted four times in 2006) Hbk ISBN 0 316 732931; C format ISBN 0 316 731 161, Tim Harford explains why the ordinary people in poor countries are trapped in poverty.

Dear Editor, Re: “At the end of day, S.L.C. paid $490,000 for an expensive broken down elevator” A timely reminder sir. Well written piece of why so many people doubt the honesty of the P.M.

Entertainment

Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the 24th annual ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel Beverly Hills on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, in Los Angeles.

Witherspoon reveals Hollywood assault; Lawrence talks abuse

Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Lawrence used their speeches at a Hollywood event honoring women to detail experiences of assault and harassment at the hands of directors and producers and pledged to do more to stop such situations from happening.

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Technology

Twitter app on an iPhone screen in New York.

Twitter vows new crackdown on hateful, abusive tweets

Twitter is vowing to crack down further on hate speech and sexual harassment, days after CEO Jack Dorsey said in a tweetstorm that the company is not doing enough to protect its users.

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