The flooding comes as a heavy rain warning has been put in place for Samoa’s low lying and vulnerable areas.

Apia flooded again as heavy rainfall warning enforced

After half a day of heavy downpours, the areas in the Apia Township that are vulnerable to flooding are under water once more. Starting from Pesega, if you are heading to town, roads have been flooded and families living nearby rivers and streams are urged to be prepared.

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The Minister of Health, Tuitama Dr. Leao Tuitama trying out the new equipment from Japan.

Dental care help from Japan

The Japanese Embassy donated 46 variety of dental equipment to the Dental Clinic at Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital yesterday.

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Peni was sentenced to 16 years and 6 months in jail.

Granduncle jailed for niece’s rape

A 60-year-old granduncle has been sentenced to 16 years and six months imprisonment for raping his 13-year-old niece. This followed an assessors’ trial last month. Ioane Peni of Apolima was charged with two counts of rape and three counts of sexual connection. 

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World

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin waits to take the podium to begin a press briefing at the White House in Washington.

US tightens sanctions on North Korean shipping

The Trump administration escalated pressure on North Korea Friday by slapping sanctions on scores of companies and ships accused of illicit trading with the pariah nation.

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President Donald Trump speaks to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), at National Harbor, Md.

Trump calls for arming many teachers, more guards at schools

President Donald Trump told conservatives that even Second Amendment supporters can get behind steps to fight gun violence, offering a red-meat call for arming teachers Friday while avoiding mention of other elements of his approach opposed by the National Rifle Association.

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Sport

Saint Joseph’s College 1st XV.

St. Joseph’s and Pesega top Zone B School Sevens

Five secondary Schools competed for the Zone B Schools 7s tournament earlier this week. The tournament was a one day tournament which was held at the Saint Joseph’s College field in Alafua.

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SEVENS ACTION: Action from the Marist Sevens last week. The action returns to Lotopa today with the Rugby League Nines.

League Nines promises day of action

Following the success of the Marist Sevens last week, the Club’s Rugby League tournament today will hope to emulate rugby’s example.

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Street Talk

An act of God or nature?

In the wake of Cyclone Gita, one Pastor has claimed that the cyclone was a mild warning from God to the government over their decision to tax pastors. What do you think? Samoa Observer reporter, Nefertiti Matatia, asked members of the public in today’s Street Talk: Do you think Tropical Cyclone Gita was a sign from God? This is what they said:

Lui Tamoto, 49

Saleaumua, Aleipata

To’afa Ualika, 38

Malie

Tuiava Faamausili, 64

Malie

Sauaga Niumata, 48

Aleisa

Folesi Solomona, 72

Tiavea

Think a Minute

Think a minute…Mr. Louis Joline was awarded one of America’s “Fittest Over 50.” At the age of 65, He had completed 61 marathon races. Remember, a marathon is running 26 miles! You would not think this man needs help or encouragement to run.

Editorial

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$10million bill could have easily been avoided

A large part of the $10million bill Cyclone Gita has slapped the Electric Power Corporation (E.P.C.) with is really unnecessary. That much is undeniable. It’s money that could have been easily saved had people used their common sense. That said, the responsibility goes both ways.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, I am writing this letter to publicly seek an explanation from the various agencies/organisations that are supposed to assist in times of disasters such as the D.M.O. and Red Cross. My family was one of those badly affected by Cyclone Gita, our houses were inundated with water and mud and up to now we are still cleaning.

Dear Editor, Re: An act of God or nature? Perhaps this Pastor should be thinking about re-educating himself on matters theologically. I think a proper and meaningful question would be, what are we as stewards of creation doing to creation? Are we upholding our responsibilities in caring and managing our planet?

Re: Security Council and Syria Syrian government forces are fighting to reclaim territory from the rebels/terrorists the U.S. sent in there to destabilize the country with a view to regime change and a leadership more amenable to American geopolitical designs on the region.

Entertainment

Chadwick Boseman, a cast member in

The language of 'Black Panther'? It's real. Give it a try.

Much of what is seen in "Black Panther" is fictional, including the country where the movie is based. But in Wakanda, they do speak a language that is very much real, with distinctive click sounds that had some cast members struggling to speak it.

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Technology

Tony D'Angelo walks away from the scan check out lane after completing his purchase using the BJ's Express Scan app on his cell phone while shopping at the BJ's Wholesale Club in Northborough, Mass.

Stores make push in scan and go tech, hope shoppers adopt it

Shoppers at self-checkout lanes scanning all their groceries after they're done shopping? Old school. More stores are letting customer tally their choices with a phone app or store device as they roam the aisles.

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