Members of Parliament at the service.

54th Independence open with thanksgiving service

God has guided Samoa throughout its 54 years of political independence. Last night the country’s leaders came together for a thanksgiving service to acknowledge that guidance and provision for Samoa’s 180,000 people, prior to the country celebrating its independence at Tuanaimato this morning.

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Sili Epa Tuioti Minister of Finance Budget 2016/2016 Address

‘Strengthening the foundations, building for tomorrow’

As required under Standing Order 1311 it is with great pleasure that I present, on behalf of the Government, the Statement on the Estimates for the 2016/2017 fiscal year.

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Tui Samuelu.

Prisoner gets more time in jail

A notorious prison escapee, Tui Samuelu, will have more time to suffer at Tafa’igata Prison. Yesterday, he appeared in the Supreme Court before Justice Mata Tuatagaloa for sentence on burglary, theft and escaping from prison. 

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World

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden shows Harambe, a western lowland gorilla, who was fatally shot Saturday, May 28, 2016, to protect a 3-year-old boy who had entered its exhibit.

Police investigate parents of boy rescued from gorilla

Police said Tuesday they are investigating the parents of the 3-year-old boy who fell into a gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo and had to be rescued by a team that shot the 400-pound animal to death.

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A man watches a TV news program reporting about North Korea's missiles at the Seoul Train Station in Seoul, South Korea.

South Korea says North Korea missile launch likely failed

A North Korean missile launch likely failed on Tuesday, according to South Korea's military, the latest in a string of high-profile failures that tempers somewhat recent worries that Pyongyang was pushing quickly toward its goal of a nuclear-tipped missile that can reach America's mainland.

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Sonny Bill Williams signs 3-year deal with New Zealand Rugby

All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams has signed a three-year deal with New Zealand Rugby and will play for the Auckland-based Blues in Super Rugby from next season.

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HUMBLED BY THE OPPORTUNITY: Seilala Lam ready to represent Samoa.

Family, passion and blue jersey

Not many people will experience that one call saying they have been selected to represent the Manu Samoa. Seilala Lam did and he says it has been the highlight call of his career.

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Think a Minute

Think a minute…Early in life I learned that I do not always get what I want. It is a fact of life that disappointing, bad things happen to all of us. But if we learn how to use painful experiences, they will make us stronger, wiser, and better prepared to move on to a life of true success and satisfaction. Here are some ways to help you bounce back from disappointment.

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Happy 54th Independence, Samoa!

And so here we are once again. Today is a moment of celebration, a time to pause, reflect and reminisce about the past 54 years of Samoa as an Independent country.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Published one day last week in Samoa Observer under the heading, “Tui Atua reconcile with Lufilufi”, I made an exuberant defection of the fact promoting a title which is so irrelevant to Lufilufi instead of Ta’ala, being one of the six Orators herein as Selelimalelei, Fe’esago, Magele, Ta’ala, Tomanogi, and of course Poloai plus Ta’inau and Tupa’i.

Dear Editor, Thanks for your editorial yesterday about the economy. It was yet another timely reminder to our leaders about the need to be prudent. As for me, the only way out for Samoa from growing debt is:

Dear Editor, I want to say congratulations to the new Doctors on the front page of your newspaper yesterday. I was fortunate to have been received into the Samoa National Hospital in Motootua by one of the above mentioned new Doctors earlier this year, due to an unforeseen accident.

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Entertainment

Musician Elton John performs at his concert in the Crocus City Hall outside Moscow, Russia.

Elton John doesn't see Putin, hopes for future meeting

Elton John regrets he didn't get to meet President Vladimir Putin during his current trip to Moscow, but says he's looking forward to meeting the Russian leader in the future to discuss LGBT issues.

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Technology

Divad Sanders, right, stands inside a container in Newark, N.J., as he converses with Lewis Lee, standing in a container in Milwaukee, as part of an art installation at Military Park in downtown Newark, N.J.

Experimental installations put the social in social science

The truck-size metal container sitting in a downtown park here isn't meant to raise awareness about the global shipping industry, though it may nudge some people's curiosity in that direction.

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