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S . I .D. S CARBON OFFSET CAMPAIGN

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S.I.D.S aims for carbon neutral status

Public transport, re-filling water bottles and planting trees are all initiatives participants at the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (S.I.D.S) can choose to help make the meeting carbon neutral.

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Associate Minister charged

The Associate Minister of the Ministry of the Prime Minister, Peseta Vaifou Tevaga, has been charged with a trafficrelated offense.

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Ten to vie for Miss Samoa title

Latafale Auva’a, will be among 10 contestants vying for the Miss Samoa title this year. To be held on 6th September in front of the government building, the Samoa Tourism Authority yesterday confirmed the contestants.

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Triple suicide alarms

Three people died after committing suicide during the Father’s Day weekend. The grim news was confirmed by the Assistant Police Commissioner, Fauono Talalelei Tapu yesterday. “I don't accept the verdict. Let God be the judge of this matter”

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Organics in the spotlight at S.I.D.S

Organic agriculture is being highlighted during the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (S.I.D.S). “I don't accept the verdict. Let God be the judge of this matter”

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Sonny Bill keen to help Samoan kids

“If we can educate Samoan school children about nutrition and healthy lifestyles - and throw in some football skills as well - it will be a great outcome” – Sonny Bill Williams

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Ata Johnson out of hospital

Seiuli Dwayne Johnson’s mother, Ata, has been released from the hospital following a massive head-on collision with a drunk driver, People.com reports. Ata Johnson was all smiles leaving a Florida hospital in a wheelchair pushed by her famous son.

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I’ve got the shoes – but I didn’t steal it

The man who has the most sought after pair of shoes in Samoa today is all smiles.

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Thousands found 'misappropriated'

“Those responsible were charged accordingly and some had already been convicted for their part in in this misappropriation”

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Parliament reconvenes, M.P’s get bills briefing

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“Providing an additional medium outside of the Chamber for MPs to discuss bills will enhance the effectiveness of parliamentary sittings as MPs become more equipped to positively contribute to parliamentary debates on bills. Furthermore, it will enhance effective leadership and member accountability”

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Lawyer pushes for Judicial settlement

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The lawyer representing the family of Hans Dalton, Leulua’iali’i Olinda Woodroffe, is not giving up on her attempts to find justice for the mental health patient who was found dead at the Tafa’igata Prison.

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Humbled by new calling

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“The way I see myself is that I am just a servant to my district and my country and therefore I look forward to serve them to the best of my ability”

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Samoa hosts Audit Institutions congress

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The Samoa Audit Office is hosting the 17th Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions (P.A.S.A.I) Congress at the Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi Building this week.

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Sonny Bill Williams drives N.R.L.’s Pacific Strategy

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“I have been here a couple of times before, but the welcome was second to none. Thanks for showing my friends that Samoan hospitality. The drive around town on the back of a truck is something that we will probably remember for a long time”

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Sport

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A race for warriors

On Saturday just gone, Samoa hosted our second International Half Ironman event. There were road closures around Apia in abundance. Traffic was at slow-motion throughout the day as triathletes and vehicles vied for limited space on Beach Road space.

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Shooters vie for ranking and Games selection

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Last Saturday was an exciting time for the members of the Samoa Shooting Federation (SSF) as they gathered at the Tafaigata Shooting range to compete in the Apia Clay Target Club’s (ACTC) TOP 100 Shooting Competition. A total of nineteen shooters took part to compete for the Poloa Finance Grade A Trophy and Poloa Builders Grade B Trophy.

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Joseph Parker beats Keith Thompson

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Kiwi heavyweight Joseph Parker racked up his 10th consecutive win as a professional with a third-round knockout of American Keith Thompson in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

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Medals, records and more to come

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PR - Four Gold, three Silver and five Bronze medals was the haul from the Oceania Athletics Area Championships held in Rarotonga, Cook Islands recently according to Athletics Samoa Coach, Faleomavaega Vaovai Tupu.

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Under 15’s netball make an entrance

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PR - Having completed their first round, the “A” division of the Polynesian Shipping Line National League took a break on Saturday to allow for the new comers of the League - the Under 15’s – to kick off their tournament with two rounds on the first day.

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Leota targets world champs after defeat

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Wellington, (3news) 05 August 2014 - After returning from three years out of international netball, Silver Fern Liana Leota is targeting next year’s World Cup.

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Samoa gets first red card

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Manusina player Soteria Pulumu picked up the first red card of the Women’s World Cup in France after a spectacular and dangerous spear tackle during her side’s clash with England in Pool A.

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Editorial

Justice must be done

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Parliament is reconvening today. And as the lawmakers of this country return to Tiafau for this month’s session, there is reason to be optimistic.

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Is it the end of the W.T.O?

By refusing to ratify the Protocol of Amendment to Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) by July 31 the...

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Truth and propaganda: the other two foes

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Social media connects people in the warzone to the outside world. But we will always need truly in...

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Observer Poems

IS THIS LIFE?

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PoliticsEconomicsScienceThe riches of the worldThe wonders of this planetThe creations of man kind...

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LOST IN LOVE

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When you were gone, All my memories were hauntedSuddenly I felt about you all along.Tried to find ...

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EDUCATION

AN IMPROMPTU CRISIS

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Last week I was treated to a both wonderful and frightful surprise at school. On Thursday, there w...

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Choose - think - plan - write

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Dear Students, Teachers and Parents Who do you admire? Is it someone who is strong? Or is it some...

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Street Talk

What do you think of the Vailoa tragedy v

Leslie Kohlhase has been found not guilty of two charges of manslaughter and two alternative charges...

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Street vendors see no issue

With the issue of child labour in the news of late, Kerstin Ofisa took to the streets of Apia to fin...

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Observer Arts

THE ARTS ARE VITAL

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“We’re talking about a way of educating that involves artistic sensibilities—artistic habits of mi...

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ERNESTO COTER’S CONTRIBUTION TO THE ARTS

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“Nature has been the essence of my work all my life and it is through my art that I express this v...

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Observer Events

Talofa lava!

After watching several episodes of the “Worlds’ coolest Destinations” recently, I pondered the question as a visitor, “Why would I want to go to Samoa?  It really is just another island and by golly there are thousands scattered around the globe all offering pristine water, white sandy beaches and tropical weather. What is the big deal anyway?”

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Savaia Marine Reserve “Building a better

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Nestled in the peaceful and serene Lefaga Bay is the picturesque village of Savaia, home of the Savaia Marine Reserve, a successful community project, skilfully managed and overseen by its village council appointed Project Steering Committee.

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Letters

The P.M.’s delusive comments

Dear Editor, I fully support the claims by the Tautua Party’s Shadow Minister of Finance, Afualo Dr Wood Salele [Samoa Observer 14th August, 14th 2014] in regards to the P.M’s comments on the state of the Country’s Foreign Debt.

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An open letter to the hospital

Think a minute... I am writing this article concerning the case of Ms Wulf, whose baby died after being delivered unsuccessfully under the negligent supervision of doctors and midwifes at the National Hospital, in April last year.

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My goodness, Stui!

Dear Editor, Oh come on Stui, don’t be too harsh on our athletes. While we are all disappointed with the outcome of the Commonwealth Games, you shouldn’t be too quick to point the finger.

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Watch your back, Parker!

Dear Editor, I want to congratulate Joseph Parker and wish him all he best for the future.

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