WELCOME BACK TO SAMOA: Lupesoliai Joseph Parker with some of his family enjoying a bowl of ava.

There’s always next time - Lupesoliai

Give him another round and he will show you how it’s done. As humble as he is, Lupesoliai La’auli Joseph Parker, shared with Samoa Observer what he could have done differently if he had another chance to fight Anthony Joshua, only this time he would knock him out. 

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Member of Parliament Olo Fiti Vaai.

Olo calls out P.M. Tuilaepa

Member of Parliament, Olo Fiti Vaai, has called on Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi, to act like a leader and keep the peace in Samoa. 

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Habitat for Humanity at work in Samoa.

Home help for Samoans

An international charity is behind the build of 286 new homes around Apia.

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World

Syrian official news agency SANA, smoke rises after Syrian government airstrikes and shelling hit in Hajar al-Aswad neighborhood held by Islamic State militants, southern Damascus. (SANA via AP)

Syrian troops look to isolate IS in Damascus battle

Syrian government forces moved to cut off Islamic State militants in southern Damascus from nearby rebel-held suburbs Monday in an attempt to force the extremists to surrender or evacuate the district, state media reported.

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Vice President Mike Pence, left, shakes hands with the new NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine, right, on stage during a swearing-in ceremony, Monday, April 23, 2018, at NASA Headquarters in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

New NASA boss gets 'hearty congratulations' from space

NASA's new boss is already getting cheers from space. Immediately after being sworn into office Monday by Vice President Mike Pence, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine took a call from the three U.S. astronauts at the International Space Station who offered "hearty congratulations."

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Sport

Oceania Rugby U18s Sevens Championship 2018 Official Captains Photos, St Ignatius College Riverview, Friday 20th April 2018.

Samoa U18 unlucky

The Samoa U-18 Sevens team has had to settle for second place at the Oceania Sevens Championships in Sydney, Australia. The Stephen Betham-coached team lost in the final, 7-32, to Australia at Riverview on Sunday. The win for Australia secured them their ticket to the Youth Olympics.

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Samoa through to Netball World Cup

Samoa National Netball team has booked their spot for the 2019 Netball World Cup in Liverpool, England. Following an undefeated run at the Regional Qualifiers in Auckland, New Zealand, over the weekend, Samoa together with Fiji, who was the runner up, were the top teams from the competition. 

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Street Talk

Public oppose new chicken tax

The recent passing of the Customs and Tariff Bill in Parliament means new tariff rates will be imposed on all imported chicken. This is a grave concern given that chicken is one of the most affordable meat for families living below the poverty line and middle income earners. Taxing such goods is no doubt a burden on these families because a decent meal every day is now being robbed from them with price increase. Our reporter, Ulimasao Fata asked the public on their opinion on Government’s move to tax imported frozen chicken. This is what they said:

Eseta Faasao, 42

Falelauniu

Lui Mareko, 34

Faleula

Vaine’a Faatafe, 65

Nu’u

Waldell Brown, 58

Leauva’a-Uta

Lima Salatielu, 38

Toamua

Think a Minute

Think a minute…Crabs are very interesting creatures. If you put several of them in a bucket, the moment one of them starts crawling out of the bucket, the other crabs will pull him back down. So not one of the crabs ever succeeds in getting out.

Editorial

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A hero? Villain? And is it late?

The former Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi’s decision to break his silence on fears about the alienation of customary lands and Samoa’s land laws will gain him some friends and probably more enemies. That much is undeniable.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor With regards to your article “The Letter that made the former Head of State cry,” I am flummoxed. Perhaps then, the taking over of the Head of State role by the current Head of State Tuia’ana Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aleto’a Sualaivi ii is the will of God Almighty knowing Tupua Tamasese Efi no longer has the leadership quality?

Dear Editor, I write in reference to the address by the former Head of State. I can’t see an ambiguity. This ambiguity argument is all about letting both the P.M., A.G. and the former Head of State off the hook as if all that occurred was innocent and they were all motivated by virtue and determined to put the interests of the people of Samoa first.

Re: The letter that made former Head of State cry He signed the law because it was his Constitutional duty to do so. The law was passed by the democratically-elected Parliament of Samoa (the People’s House).

Entertainment

Seiuli Johnson and Lauren welcome baby Tiana

Samoa’s Hollywood superstar, Seiuli Dwayne Johnson and his longtime partner, Lauren Hashian, have welcomed their second baby girl. The birth of Tiana Gia Johnson, Seiuli’s third daughter, was announced by her proud father on Instagram.

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Technology

Kogan, the academic at the center of the Facebook data-misuse scandal, apologized during the interview which aired on Sunday, April 22, 2018. (CBS News/60 Minutes via AP)

Researcher in Facebook data scandal apologizes

The academic at the center of the Facebook data-misuse scandal apologized for his actions, but said he thought he did nothing wrong at the time. Cambridge University researcher Aleksandr Kogan made his comments during an interview with CBS's "60 Minutes" on Sunday.

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