Members of the Tactical Operation Squad surrounding Maluafou College yesterday.

Threat shuts school

Police officers in full riot gear took over the compound of Maluafou College yesterday. Students were promptly sent home and the school will be closed today for safety reasons, with the authorities on full alert about a possible attack on the school by another school up the road.

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A SHOW OF FINE MATS: Women will display their fine mats on Thursday during the show.

Fine mat show to mark Mother’s Day

The Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development (M.W.C.S.D) will be hosting the Annual Exhibition of ie Samoa (fine mats) and Siapo to commemorate National Women’s Day 2016. 

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During the Coder Dojo Prizegiving: Rosemary Thew, Systems Engineer, Wainalei Ieremia of the Hackers Class and Digicel CEO, Rory Condon.

Digicel backs girls in I.C.T.

In recognition of International Girls in I.C.T. Day, Digicel honoured its talented female employees across its operations, thanking them for their role in helping to make the company and by extension, the I.C.T sector, a success. 

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World

Iranian asylum seekers who were caught in Indonesian waters while sailing to Australia sit on a boat at Benoa port in Bali, Indonesia.

Refugee sets herself alight at immigration camp on Nauru

A Somali refugee was critically injured when she set herself on fire at an Australian immigration camp on the Pacific island nation of Nauru three days after an Iranian refugee died of injuries sustained in a similar apparent protest, officials said.

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A self-driving, 132-foot military ship sits at a maritime terminal Monday, May 2, 2016, in San Diego.

Military tests unmanned ship designed for seafaring missions

The military is starting tests on the world's largest unmanned surface vessel — a self-driving, 132-foot ship designed to travel thousands of miles out at sea without a single crew member on board.

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Sport

Toa Samoa

Toa Samoa team named

Pacific nations announced their Test Match teams on Sunday evening ahead of matches this Saturday at Pirtek Stadium.

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CONGRATULATIONS: Silver medallist Franco Caffarelli (far left).

Junior shooter wins Silver and Bronze at Oceania Shooting Competition

Samoa won Silver and Bronze Medals in New Zealand Oceania Shooting Competition held last month in Pukekohe on the 21 to 23rd April. 

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Street Talk

Is electricity expensive in Samoa?

The cost of electricity in Samoa remains far too high. So says the Electric Power Corporation’s (E.P.C) new Minister, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang. He has called on the Corporation to make electricity cheaper for all households in Samoa in the next five years.

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Think a Minute

Think a minute…Are you a “yes man” or woman? Do you always say yes to every body who asks you for a favor and help? Some of us just can’t say no to others. The problem is our ‘yes’ often means stress—to us and our family. Many times saying yes to one person means saying no to someone else like your own mate and children.

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Weightlifting deserves accolades

The fact that weightlifting just about cleaned up all the awards during S.A.S.N.O.C’s Sports Awards on Saturday night was hardly surprising.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Re: Address the dog problem I actually think the Dog Management Unit are doing the best job they can but the community needs to engage with the unit to sort some very pressuring issues.

Dear Editor, A Dictator can do anything. It’s not about Honesty and Integrity. It’s all about ‘POWER’, we see them and their handy work everywhere in the world, Dictators like Robert Mugabe and Kim Jong-un are still haunting their countrymen and women.

Dear Editor, Re: Injustices in Samoa Well said Dan, I can empathise with you well, and more of us need to speak up and perhaps band together to do something about the situation ourselves (peaceably of course), since it’s gone on for so long, is getting worse and no one in authority will do anything to quell this cancer except the Samoa Observer.

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VIDEOS

Entertainment

Hulk Hogan, whose given name is Terry Bollea, leaves the courtroom during a break in his trial against Gawker Media in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Hulk Hogan seeks rematch with Gawker, sues over transcript

Former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan has sued Gawker again, saying the gossip website leaked sealed court documents with a transcript that quoted him making racist remarks.

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Technology

Women check their cell phones as they walk on the sidewalk in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

WhatsApp is what's out in Brazil, amid judicial battle

The popular messaging service WhatsApp went down in Brazil on Monday as a state judge ordered it blocked nationwide for 72 hours amid a legal tussle over users' information.

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