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Four H.R.P.P. candidates revealed

The ruling Human Rights Protection Party (H.R.P.P.) has named four candidates to contest next month’s by-election for Gagaifomaiuga No. 1.

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Land C.E.O. stays silent

“To say that our kids will suffer is wrong. We are implementing the developments, reaping the fruits and we are also paying for it at the same time. What’s so difficult about that? There is no difficulty whatsoever” – P.M. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi

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Bumble Bee’s Apia plan threatens Pago canneries

“To the extent that results in higher prices for the raw fish, that will impact on the competitiveness of the product from the Samoa’s in the world markets.”

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Debt over $960million, but P.M not worried

“To say that our kids will suffer is wrong. We are implementing the developments, reaping the fruits and we are also paying for it at the same time. What’s so difficult about that? There is no difficulty whatsoever” – P.M. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi

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S.I.D.S theme song carries message of hope

Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, has officially launched the theme song for the United Nations Small Island Developing States (S.I.D.S).

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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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Seiuli talks huge physical demands of ‘Hercules’ 10

Hercules – a.k.a. Heracles – son of Zeus and the mortal Alcmene, famously endured Twelve Labours.

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Curtain falls on Methodist Church’s 50th Golden Jubilee celebrations

Every good thing comes to an end.That was the case for thousands of members of the Methodist Church who have been gathering at Faleula for the past two weeks.

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Two Samoas in fees stand-off

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“Samoa did not commit but agreed to consider waiving their entry fee. We have not received word from Samoa yet. We remain willing to proceed but will not waive our fee unless Samoa reciprocates. We made a firm offer. They wanted to think about it. We await their response” – American Samoa Attorney General, Talauega Eleasalo Ale

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Positive developments noted at overcrowded Tafa’igata Prison

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“There are currently 50 members of the staff and the management suggested that the staff number should be raised because the amount of prisoners is still increasing and the staff is having a difficult time controlling them”

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Farmers told to re-invest in the land

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Four days of training for farmers took place last week at the Hotel Millennia.

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“We are tired of the lies, we are tired of being ridiculed”

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Farmers and vendors braving the rain and the boiling sun on the streets of Fugalei are slowly losing hope.

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Kiwi passenger's last email to family

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19 July 2014 - The last words of a New Zealander who was killed on the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 were to tell his family he loved them.

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Sonny Bill Williams just the tonic for deflated Chiefs

(STUFF) - The Chiefs were heartened to receive a good luck message via video from Sonny Bill Williams before Saturday night’s unsuccessful Super Rugby qualifying final in Canberra, but they realise that was no substitute for having the cross-code superstar appearing in person next season.

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Tommy guns into Friendly fire

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Auckland (NZHerald) - Warriors coach Andrew McFadden has a nice, but uncomfortable headache to deal with after the return from injury of Thomas Leuluai.

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Joseph Parker climbs up WBO rankings

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(3news) 19 July 2104 - New Zealand heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker has climbed to No 15 on the WBO's latest rankings.

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Right time for Nonu return

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Auckland, (STUFF) July 16, 2014 - In what could be his final year in New Zealand rugby, Ma’a Nonu believes he returns to the Hurricanes a better player, and person, next season.

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Messi meek amidst German glory

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Brasillia (Reuters) July 14, 2014 - Lionel Messi walked up the steps at the Maracana. It was at the end of 120 minutes of yesterday’s gripping World Cup final and the Argentine was collecting a revered golden trophy, one befitting his status as the greatest player of his generation.

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N.Z. sports photographer to cover the Samoa swim series

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“For me Samoa is a stunning location, amazing people, challenging events and of course some winter sun,” says Taylor.

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Matai could be heading to Mt Smart

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Sydney (Herald on Sunday) Jul 13, 2014 - Steve Matai has revealed he has repeatedly sought a release from Manly and wants to join the Warriors next season.

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Human Rights reforms move slowly

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In June 2011, Leilani Tuala Warren in her role as Executive Director of the Samoa Law Reform Commission submitted a Review of the Prisons Act 1967.The Review was submitted under section 6 of the Law Reform Commission Act of 2008.

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Why the All Blacks should come to play i

New Zealand has agreed to play a pre-World Cup 2015 Test match in Apia, Samoa. It will be the first time that the All Blacks have played a Test in the Pacific Islands in the professional era.

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Old world threat to global master plan

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“If Super Rugby's proposed new format ever made sense, it suddenly stopped with the announcement the 18th team will be based in either Singapore or Japan. Sanzar will soon be cranking up the PR machinery to explain why it makes perfect sense to place an Asian team in an African conference. All sorts of heart-warming stuff will be spouted about new markets, growing audiences, playing numbers and rugby's new standing as a sport with chutzpah”

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Letters

Time to do away with office of the Head of State

Dear Editor, It’s been very interesting to read about the Constitutional amendments being made in regards to the office of Head of State.

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If injury to the brain was the cause…

Dear Editor, Re: Lima should undergo testing to confirm impact of hits. I don’t doubt that Brian Lima sustained lasting injury that could affect his temperament/mental processes etc and I do agree this is an issue our Samoa rugby players worldwide should be mindful of and investigate further for themselves.

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Twilight years of the king and his legacy

Dear Editor, As the reign of King Tuilaepa enters its twilight years, he must wonder from time to time how history will remember him.

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Tangible truths so close to home

Dear Editor, I’d like to thank Lani Wendt Young for her very enlightening and in depth talk on Saturday  5th of July, at Milani Cafe, for the Samoa Victim Support Group’s “Knickers” Brunch.

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We are still a third world country

Dear Editor, I went back to Samoa after schooling in New Zealand and worked for one year from 1982 and was getting around $40 tala a week. That would have been at an hourly rate of $1.50 tala an hour and that’s exactly why I left because I know I’d be working my butt out for peanuts.

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Don’t change the Constitution, Prime Minister!

Dear Editor, Here is a note to Prime Minister Tuilaepa.If WE the people do not want to change the Constitution regarding the Head of State, why should you change it?

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Lima should undergo testing to confirm impact of hits

Dear Editor, While I was in Samoa Brian Lima’s sentence was revealed. I, like so many saw the brutality of spousal abuse posted by the Samoa Observer. Seeing Sina’s face spread throughout your paper was hard to miss.

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