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Key defense witness tells of fear, tragedy

Just before they embarked on the fatal trip during the early hours of that morning, Mr. Tupu told the Court that Kohlhase “looked drunk.” He said she was extremely “chatty,” “loud” which indicated to him that she “she was drunk.”

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Witnesses say girl accused over double death drove the vehicle

“She was drunk as well – she didn’t look normal. “How drunk? She was laughing a lot at me and was not taking me seriously and I could smell alcohol on her”

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Samoa joins global call to use “power of sport”

“This work occurs in a wide diversity of cultural and demographic contexts, and contributes to various development goals such health, education, youth empowerment, gender equity, equality and inclusion, social cohesion, economic growth, and community and peace building.”

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Report on Ie Samoa Programme

Cabinet has approved the report on the Ie Samoa (genuine fine mat) programme for the financial year 2013/2014, conducted by the Ie Samoa Committee and the Ministry of Women Community and Social Development.

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Politics a ‘guessing game’ - P.M. says

Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, is confident his party will be victorious in the upcoming by-election for Gagaifomauga No. 1. So much so he tells the Samoa Observer that the Savai’i-based constituency has always backed the H.R.P.P and he doesn't see that changing any time soon.

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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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Villagers call on govt. for help

Members of more than twenty families living on the road that connects Palisi to Sinamoga are calling on the government for help.

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Auditor hammers E.P.C.

As the country awaits the Government’s response to the Officers of Parliament Committee’s report on the Controller and Chief Auditor’s Reports expected when Parliament reconvenes on 19 August 2014, the Samoa Observer is looking at the two other reports considered by the Committee. Today we start with the 2011 report on the Electric Power Corporation’s Audit for the year ending 2010.

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There’s your market – nearly finished

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“Yes the original date was said to be September but the Chinese guys here have ensured that we speed up everything so that we’ll be able to finish the work the month before”

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Samasoni creates history

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On Friday last week, Samasoni Nimarota (pictured) was told by his coach he was swimming the 10km race on Monday at Aggie’s Resort.

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Business Systems open in Savai’i

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“For over 37 years since 1977, it is the support and loyalty of the customers that have helped us throughout the journey B.S.L has taken” – Meilan Meredith

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The bus was still moving when passenger fell – Police

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“It’s very dangerous and it doesn’t matter who is at fault, the driver will always get charged so I just want to use this opportunity to warn all the drivers to be really careful”

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Grant Scheme targets quality education

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PR - The Laumua o Punaoa Technical and Creative Centre and the Don Bosco Technical Centre hosted an official delegation in two separate ceremonies to receive the official handover of assistance provided under the Small Grant Scheme.

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Leinster in pole position to sign Samoan rugby league star Te’o

Sources close to World Cup-winning All Black Isaia Toeava confirm he has been in contact with Samoan rugby officials but he declined to comment when contacted by ONE News.

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Departing young N.S.W. star Alofa wants to finish on high

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AAP - He is the league convert that upstaged Benji Marshall’s first rugby experience in Sydney - and now Auckland-born NSW Waratahs’ wing Alofa Alofa is aiming to finish his short Super Rugby stint in style.

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Nanai-Williams, Toeava look to Samoa

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Sources close to World Cup-winning All Black Isaia Toeava confirm he has been in contact with Samoan rugby officials but he declined to comment when contacted by ONE News.

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Bronze is Samoa’s first Commonwealth medal

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Weightlifter, Vaipava Nevo Ioane, has done it.During the early hours of yesterday morning, he lifted Samoa to medal glory at the Commonwealth Games by securing Team Samoa’s first medal at the competition in Scotland.

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Samoa to chase former All Blacks for National Team

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Although the union had yet to ‘set out on a player hunt’, it planned to investigate some players in the near future, Sua Vaai said.

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Manly boss hits out over player rumours

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Sydney (Sydney Morning Herald) July 23, 2014 - Manly Boss David Perry has gone to the NRL over concerns rival clubs are illegally approaching his star players with inducements to break their current contracts.

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Warriors drop David Fusitu'a after poor display

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“We’re optimistic he’ll be fine because he’s not showing any symptoms at the moment.”

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A mother’s plea for help

Va’alele Fa’amatai, of Vaisigano and Lauli’i, needs your help. The mother is seeking financial help from the community to support her 12-year-old-daughter, Fa’ama’au’s heart operation in New Zealand later this month.

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Four against one shows power and pull of H.R.P.P. But has it become too powerful?

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Four against one. That’s one heck of an uneven fight, even for the mightiest of opponents in any contest. And yet that’s how the upcoming by-elections for Gagaifomauga No. 1 is shaping up to be after both sides of the House revealed their candidates recently.

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Opportunity shouldn’t be wasted

Dear Editor, I’ve been waiting for the Manu Samoa coach to say something about the IRB loophole that could see former All Blacks players play for Samoa in the future and I was happy to finally see it in your newspaper today (yesterday).


This ulu ma’afala deal is “crazy”

Dear Editor, It was about 5am on Tuesday morning last week. The Samoa Observer delivery vehicle has just dropped off the paper, for my wife’s shop. I picked up the paper and looked at the front page.


Time to re-evaluate safety

Dear Editor, I can’t stop thinking about those airplane crashes we’ve been reading and seeing on the news. For a while they kind of felt distant until the incident in American Samoa which killed that young boy.


There’s something far more sinister

Dear Editor, The suggestion by a letter writer in your newspaper for the country to do away with the Office of the Head of State is not only utterly disrespectful, it sounds like someone who wasn’t taught well by his parents about respecting the elders.