Police Superintendent and Media Spokesperson, Sala’a Sale Sala’a

Driver charged over deadly hit and run

A bus driver has been charged and detained at Tafa’igata Prison following an incident that led to the death of a 75-year-old man in Fugalei earlier this week. This was confirmed by Police Superintendent and Media Spokesperson, Sala’a Sale Sala’a, in response to questions from the Samoa Observer.

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Deputy Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mataafa with the Intake Class of 2017.

Deputy P.M. congratulates new class

Deputy Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, has congratulated the new class of the Leadership Samoa programme. At the T.A.T.T.E Building yesterday, the class of 2017 was officially announced and welcomed. 

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Executive Producer of Faafafine’s Got Talent Asia Alosio Stanley and members of Faafafine Association.

Get ready for ‘Fa’afafine’s Got Talent’

‘Fa’afafine’s Got Talent (F.G.T)’ is a new show under the umbrella of the Samoa Fa’afafine Association to showcase the fa’afafine’s talent this year. The theme for this year’s show is “I am in to own it”. “The theme is pretty straight forward,” said Asia Alosio Stanley.

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Thousands of Somalis gather to pray at the site of the country's deadliest attack and to mourn the hundreds of victims, at the site of the attack in Mogadishu, Somalia Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. More than 300 people were killed and nearly 400 wounded in Satur

Somalia's death toll now at 358 as 'state of war' planned

Thousands of anguished Somalis gathered to pray Friday at the site of the country's deadliest attack, while the toll rose to 358 and dozens remained missing. Somalia's president will announce a "state of war" against the al-Shabab extremist group blamed for the bombing, the prime minister said.

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This combination of photos provided by the National Park Service show Rachel Nguyen, left, and Joseph Orbeso, as they were seeking the public's help in locating them. Southern California authorities say the deaths of Nguyen, and Orbeso.

Murder-suicide seen in desert deaths of California couple

A young couple whose disappearance in the blazing summer heat of Joshua Tree National Park launched an urgent search died in a murder-suicide, Southern California authorities said Friday. Two bodies discovered Sunday in a remote canyon were identified as Orange County residents Rachel Nguyen, 20, and Joseph Orbeso, 22, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said in a statement.

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Sport

Suai’a’s life changing story

Life is a mystery; and the best part about the unknown is that the scars of the past will never determine where we would end up next. Meet Suai’a Matagi of the Toa Samoa. He is living proof that change is possible having been able to turn his life around. Suai’a was convicted at the age of 17 for drunken assault. 

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Honoured to lead

Toa Samoa veteran, Frank Pritchard, has spoken of the honour he feels to captain his country for what could be his last Rugby League World Cup. Speaking to the Samoa Observer, the Paramatta Eels and Toa Samoa second rower said he feels blessed to be able to don the blue jersey once more.

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Street Talk

Questions over sports administration

The administration of sports in Samoa has come under the microscope once more. American-based Samoan Sprinter, Jeremy Dodson, has raised serious questions about the way sports are run. “From the three years I have represented Samoa, I have seen officials do nothing but get free trips, trips spent lounging in sponsored hotels while athletes eat processed food,” he said. “I have seen officials get elected not off merits, but friendships.

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Maria Faitau, 54

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Tuana’i

Think a Minute

Think a minute…28 June, 1997 was the date of the famous Bite Fight between world heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson.

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Strategically planned low key preparations good for the Toa

If the hype were anything to judge by, Mate Ma’a from Tonga would have already won the Rugby League World Cup. That much is undeniable. And they might too, who knows?

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Letters to the Editor

Re: Why countries remain poor Because the rich and powerful countries exploit them, and invade them when they fail to play ball.

Re: Election talks in Samoa This is just smoke and mirror, window dressing, political construct hiding behind their true intentions.

Re: U.N. moves This political organization is now moving to the heart of Samoa..

Entertainment

 this Nov. 25, 2013 file photo, producer Harvey Weinstein attends a screening of

TV Academy could boot Weinstein; new allegation revealed

Another influential entertainment organization said Friday it would consider booting disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein as another woman accused the Oscar winner of sexual abuse.

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Technology

This Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 photo provided by Project Loon shows a stratospheric balloon taking off for Puerto Rico from the project site in Winnemucca, Nev. Google's parent Alphabet Inc. said Friday that its stratospheric balloons are now delivering th

Google parent turns on internet balloons in Puerto Rico

 Google's parent Alphabet Inc. said Friday that its stratospheric balloons are now delivering the internet to remote areas of Puerto Rico where cellphone towers were knocked out by Hurricane Maria.

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