Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Afamasaga Rico Tupai.

Afamasaga says cable ship to benefit Samoa

The recently commissioned $5 million tala submarine cable depot at Apia Wharf will contribute directly and indirectly to the growth of Samoa’s economy. The Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Afamasaga Rico Tupai, said this in response questions from Samoa Observer on the benefits of such a project.

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Principal of Marist Brother’s Primary School, Brother Siaosi Ioane accepting donation worth $50,000 presented by M.B.O.P.A’s President, Tuatagaloa Aumua Ming Leung Wai.

$50,000 boost for primary school

Marist Brother’s Primary School at Mulivai received a financial assistance of $50,000 from the Marist Old Pupils Association (M.B.O.P.A.). This funding, which was raised during the recent 130 years anniversary of Marist education in Samoa, is part of the association’s contribution to the development of the school.

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Malaeliua Manesesa of Malie-uta with BBE staff.

A White Sunday to remember

White Sunday 2018 will definitely be one to remember for four special families. The families Moevani Togi of Toamua Uta, Muga Aukuso of Savaia, Lefaga, Malaeliua Manesesa of Malie Uta and Filemu Ta’uneia of Falemauga were the recipients of cash and food hampers sponsored by the Betham Brothers Enterprises in partnership with Trans Pacific Travel, Budget Rentals and Tanoa Samoa. 

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World

Gov. Rick Scott, R-Fla., right, looks on as President Donald Trump talks with reporters after arriving at Eglin Air Force Base to visit areas affected by Hurricane Michael, Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, in Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump gets bird's-eye view of devastated Florida communities

President Donald Trump got a bird's-eye view Monday of Florida communities left in ruins by Hurricane Michael, including houses without roofs, a toppled water tower and 18-wheel trucks scattered in a parking lot during a nearly hour-long helicopter tour of portions of the Panhandle.

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People try to pull a car out of a torrent after flash floods in the town of Villegailhenc, southern France, Monday, Oct.15, 2018. Flash floods tore through towns in southwest France, turning streams into raging torrents that authorities said killed severa

France: 12 die in floods unseen in more than a century

Flash floods that tore through several towns in southwest France following an overnight storm killed at least 12 people, authorities said Monday. Some residents had to be helicoptered from rooftops as the equivalent of several months of rain poured down in a few hours and turned waterways into raging torrents.

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Sport

New Zealand All Blacks captain Kieran Read is interviewed following a press conference at the Prebbleton Rugby Club on the outskirts of Christchurch, New Zealand, Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. The All Blacks have taken the unprecedented step of naming a player b

New Zealand All Blacks select 51 for season-ending tour

The All Blacks have taken the unprecedented step of selecting a player based in Japan among an enlarged squad of 51 for autumn test matches against Australia, Japan, England, Ireland and Italy.

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Kiwis beat Kangaroos 26-24 in rugby league upset

New Zealand rallied then held out a late Kangaroos comeback to beat Australia 26-24 in a rugby league upset on Saturday. Joseph Manu and Brandon Smith scored tries on debut, and Esan Masters, who scored on debut in New Zealand's previous test against England, also touched down during a second half in which the Kiwis outscored the Kangaroos 18-12 after trailing 12-8 at halftime.

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Think a Minute

Think a minute…You have heard the saying: “No pain, no gain.” Recently a little boy wrote to God and said: “Dear God, my brother just told me how much it hurt my mom when I was born, but he’s just kidding, right?” Unfortunately not! So why do millions of women choose to go through the terrible pain of childbirth?

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Taking a breather on China’s Belt and Road Initiative

China’s Belt and Road Initiative has got the leadership of some Pacific Island nations excited since it was first proposed by China under President Xi Jinping in 2013. The Belt and Road Initiative is an ambitious plan by China to link Asia, Europe and Africa with a network of ports, highways and railways and it is giving tens of billions of dollars in loans to countries, in a bid to build major infrastructure development projects in the various participating nations in central Asia, Europe and the Indo-Pacific region.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Sir, So you thought tax for church ministers is a “Bullying tactics, church, desperation and hypocrites” as you had editorialised? So you think Mr. Editor the CCCS church ministers, who are earning very very high incomes, should continue to be treated differently from the rest of the taxpayers in Samoa, and give them an exceptional utmost above all else courtesy in the country?

Dear Editor I read with interest the story titled “Govt. refuses to pay $5.58 million for Ti’avea land.” My interest antenna went up when I saw the Minister’s comments regarding the asking price for Tiavea’s land, which is being used for the airport.

Dear Editor, Re: It’s women who make things happen Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities. Most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position.

Entertainment

FILE - In this file photo dated Saturday, May 19, 2018, Britain's Prince Harry and his bride Meghan Markle, ride in a carriage after their wedding ceremony at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, near London, England.  Kensington Palace annou

And baby makes three: Prince Harry and Meghan's child on way

They both wanted children. They knew it was time. Meghan had ended her acting career and moved to Britain to be a full-time royal. Prince Harry had stepped down from the military and wanted to settle down.

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Technology

FILE - In this July 17, 2001 file photo, Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen appears in a suite in the team's stadium in Seattle. Allen, billionaire owner of the Trail Blazers and the Seattle Seahawks and Microsoft co-founder, died Monday, Oct. 15, 2018 at

Microsoft co-founder, philanthropist Paul Allen dies at 65

Paul G. Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates before becoming a billionaire philanthropist who invested in conservation, space travel, arts and culture and professional sports, died Monday. He was 65.

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