INQUIRY CHAIRMAN: Lopao'o Natanielu Mua.

Chair mum on inquiry

The Chairman of the Special Parliamentary Committee investigating the work of Judges of the Land and Titles Court is remaining tightlipped about the progress of the Inquiry. When the Samoa Observer asked Member of Parliament for Vaisigano No. 1, Lopao’o Natanielu Mua, for an update yesterday, he said he could not comment.

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HELPING THOSE OUT, WHO ARE SPECIAL: Faaofo Junior Leota started the Clarence Sebastian Foundation four years ago with his close friend Reverend Siaosi Salesulu to promote people with albinism in Samoa.

A voice for albinism

Albinism is a congenital disorder, which is characterized by the complete or partial absence of the pigment melanin in the skin, hair and eyes of the affected person. 

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OUR BOYS IN BLUE: Manu Samoa Team saying enough to violence against women.

Fight against gender based violence

Momentum is slowly but surely being gained in the fight against gender-based violence in Samoa. With the 25th of every month celebrated as ‘Orange Day’ more and more Samoans are getting behind the campaign. 

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World

Vice President Joe Biden listens as President Barack Obama, speaks to members of the media in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.

Obama boosts Clinton; Trump talks emails and Russia

Their political fates now entwined, President Barack Obama will implore voters Wednesday to elect Hillary Clinton to the White House, appealing to the women, minorities and young people who powered his rise and are now crucial to hers.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Trump dings both Clintons in rollicking press conference

Donald Trump made an extraordinary plea for Russia to help find Hillary Clinton's missing emails — but he hardly stopped there in a scattershot news conference Wednesday that doubled as counter-programming to the ongoing Democratic National Convention.

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Sport

Sonny Bill Williams runs with the ball during the Rugby World Cup semifinal match between New Zealand and South Africa at Twickenham Stadium in London.

Sonny Bill Williams targets an Olympic gold for New Zealand

Sonny Bill Williams passes for a superstar in this part of the world where rugby holds a rare pre-eminence over all other sports.

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TEAM SAMOA: Jeremy Dodson and Alex Melei Rose are both qualified.

Olympic hopes dashed

The President of Samoa Athletics Incorporated, Tuala Tommy Stancil, has put an end to questions over whether a promising New Zealand-based Samoan athlete, Kasandra Salamasina Le Tafa’ifa Vegas, could make the Olympics.

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Street Talk

A question of safety on buses

The bus crash at Tiavi last week, which has claimed one man’s life, has again raised questions about the safety of public transportation in Samoa. In particular, the issue of wooden versus ready-made buses has resurfaced. Is it not time to get rid of the wooden buses now? Why? Why not? Ilia Likou asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Siumu

Aso Matemate, 45

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Eli Taualai, 36

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Fereti Tupuola, 46

Siumu

Pofito Semasi, 35

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Toni Penisula, 37

Nu’usuatia

Think a Minute

Think a minute…Do you ever feel like you’re “living in the rat race” and the rats are winning? We feel like we do not have enough time each day to get everything done, so every hour is rush hour. Sadly, we suffer damaging consequences from our overly busy and rushed way of living.

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With baited breath we are still waiting Prime Minister Tuilaepa

Now that the government is in near-complete control of Parliament so that it seems it is virtually ignoring the Opposition as if it no longer exists, the chance from now on of any constructive debate in the House on those pertinent matters that are crucially of public interest, is practically nil.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Thank you Mata’afa K. Lesa for standing up for Jack Batchelor and the Lupesina Treesort in your editorial titled “Let’s not desert the Treesort”.

Dear Editor, Re: Moe Lei Sam’s concerns What Ms. Lei Sam is talking about and her concerns mentioned in the article about the state of Samoa, have been discussed many times. And it’s true what she said, that nothing has been done about the concerns till this day.

Dear Editor, Re: Concerned about Samoa’s State When I read the article “Concerned about Samoa’s State”, I feel very sad. In fact, most Chinese doing business in Samoa can’t speak English. Facing the blame, they can’t defend themselves though they feel a sense of grievance. They even don’t know there is so much blame on them in the newspaper.

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Entertainment

Lin-Manuel Miranda speaks with reporters in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico.

Creator of Broadway hit 'Hamilton' visits Puerto Rico

Lin-Manuel Miranda jokingly compared himself to a hard-to-catch Pokemon as fans pursued him with cellphones on Wednesday during a visit to his parents' native Puerto Rico shortly after the end of his run on the Broadway hit "Hamilton."

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Technology

Twitter bird logo on an updated phone post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

Twitter still struggling to grow as rivals race ahead

Twitter is in danger of becoming the next internet company forced into a desperation sale if it cannot find a way to start luring people and advertisers back to its sometimes-befuddling messaging service.

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