The New Zealand High Commissioner, H.E. David Nicholson; Australian High Commissioner, H.E. Sue Langford with the grandson of the late Taisi, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi and historian and author, Dr. Patricia O’Brien.

Author of ‘Tautai’ brings Ta’isi home

It was an emotional moment for historian and author, Dr. Patricia O’Brien, on Wednesday evening. She was at the National University of Samoa standing in front of dignitaries, members of the Diplomatic Corps, and invited guests in the Samoan Fale there, and she was about to deliver her presentation on her book, ‘Tautai", about the life and history of Ta’isi O.F. Nelson. 

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GREAT WORK: Vaiala Beach students proudly display their Certificates of Achievement for Science.

Vaiala Beach School shows scientific flair

Vaiala Beach School students really know their Science, and what’s more, they can tell you all about it. This is the second year that the school has held a Science Fair and the quality of all their projects has really impressed the judges, the teachers, parents and peers.

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Minister of Prison and Correction Services, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt says a work release programme is in the pipeline for inmates in Samoa.

Government considers work/release for prisoners

A work release programme is in the pipeline for inmates in Samoa, says the Minister of Prison and Correction Services, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt. In an interview with the Samoa Observer, Tialavea said the issue has been discussed amongst the stakeholders and it’s something the government is seriously looking at. 

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In this Aug. 3, 2017 photo, Willie Bessi Davis, left, Dale W. Ross and his cousin Peggy Ross Freitas pose at the site on Guadalcanal, where Willie found the dog tags of Army Pfc.

Dog tags, possible remains of WWII soldier found on island

A New York military aviation researcher got more than she bargained for on a dream trip to a battle-scarred South Pacific island — the chance to help solve the mystery of an American soldier listed as missing in action from World War II.

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In this file photo dated Saturday, Aug. 21, 2004, Neo-Nazi sympathisers demonstrate prior to the beginning of a commemoration march for Adolf Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess in the northeastern Bavarian town of Wunsiedel where Hess is buried.

In Germany, neo-Nazis get to march but threats are verboten

Given Germany's grim history as the home of National Socialism and the efforts it has made since then to atone for its genocidal past, it might seem surprising that far-right extremists who glorify a dead Nazi official are allowed to march in his honor this weekend.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. trains at his gym Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in Las Vegas.

Mayweather and McGregor will fight in smaller gloves

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor got their wish to fight in smaller gloves, but not before being chastised by a Nevada boxing official for using the issue to hype their fight later this month.

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THE PLANNING COMMITTEE: Led by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi, Samoa’s Planning Committee for the Pacific Games, meets with the President and representatives from the Pacific Games Council.

P.M. meets Pacific Games Council

Although a decision has not been officially announced on whether Samoa will host the 2019 Pacific Games, government has gone ahead and appointed a Planning Committee.

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Street Talk

Miss Samoa Pageants: Love them or hate them?

The Miss Samoa Pageant is billed as an event much more than simply a parade of physical attractiveness. There is a strong emphasis on confidence, culture, individual talent and general knowledge. Lizzy Hunt asked people to share their opinions about the pageant:

Luna Gautolu, 16


Sione Mika, 19


Noa Tavita, 24


Hanievan Dulnuan, 33


Liotofa Peii, 22


Wilson Mataeliga, 21


Think a Minute

Think a minute…During a football game of Augsburg University in the U.S., Augsburg was losing. Then late in the game, defensive tackle David Stevens was put in to play and sparked a comeback in his Augsburg teammates.


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“Rape and incest”, 400 sex workers, well done Prime Minister Tuilaepa, Dr Leao Tuitama!

On the front page of yesterday’s Samoa Observer, the picture of Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, was published under the headline: “P.M. Tuilaepa attacks media for reporting on rape, incest!”

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, As the lead author of the report on HIV and STI risk and vulnerability among key populations in Samoa I would respectfully like to respond to the Honourable Minister of Health, Tuitama Dr Leao Talalelei Tuitama and the Honourable Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.

Dear Editor Re: P.M. Tuilaepa attacks media for reporting on rape, incest Tuilaepa you are a moron. Running from the facts doesn’t make them go away!

Re: P.M. Tuilaepa attacks media for reporting on rape, incest Really??? So would it be better to pretend it never happened!!? Of course not! It’s this “head in the sand” approach that has protected the sexual offenders (and in some ways allowed them to repeat offend) and suppressed the victims into acquiescence.


Office workers put up a new sign in support of pop singer Taylor Swift at the end of the civil trial involving the pop singer in a case in federal court Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, in Denver.

Taylor Swift left 'a blank space, baby' on social media

Taylor Swift had a "blank space, baby" across social media Friday — and Swifties went wild.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during an announcement of new products at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif.

Apple CEO makes $2 million pledge to fight hate

Apple is donating $2 million to two human rights groups as part of CEO Tim Cook's pledge to help lead the fight against the hate that fueled the violence in Virginia during a white-nationalist rally last weekend.

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