Admission alarms Ministry of Health

A Fijian company that supplies the Farmer’s Style Corned Beef has admitted using chicken hearts as a flavour enhancer when the product is made (pictured). This was revealed by the Director General of Health, Leausa Dr. Take Naseri yesterday. 

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ON A MISSION: The Japanese delegation is led by Masakazu Hamachi, the Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Samoa hosts Japan Trade and Investment Mission

Samoa is hosting the Japan Trade and Investment Mission this week. The objective of the mission is to exchange information and promote trade and investment opportunities in both Samoa and Japan. 

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STRENGTHENING CIVIL SOCIETY: Australia has signed over 7.6 million tala to help over the next four years.

$7.6m for Civil Society

The Australian High Commissioner Sue Langford and the Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Finance, Tupa’imatuna Iulai Lavea signed a Direct Funding Agreement for the Samoa Civil Society Support Program (C.S.S.P) at the Central Bank building on Wednesday.

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World

A woman wears a shirt reading 'Trump Putin '16' while waiting for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to speak at a campaign event at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, N.H.

Trump has a record of siding with Putin on key issues

Donald Trump has refused to condemn Russia's military takeover of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, saying if elected he would consider recognizing it as Russian territory, in the latest of a series of statements that have raised eyebrows about the Republican candidate's intentions toward the Kremlin.

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Nusra Front fighters moving forward to fight against Syrian troops and pro-government gunmen at the hilltop of Khalsa village, southern Aleppo, Syria.

Syria Nusra Front leader claims to cut ties with al-Qaida

The leader of Syria's Nusra Front said in recording aired Thursday that his group is changing its name, claiming it will have no more ties with al-Qaida in an attempt to undermine a potential U.S. and Russian air campaign against its fighters.

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Sport

Asomua Saili from Datech pumped to take on his opponent

Corporate bash excitement

The boxers – and wannabe boxers – are ready to rumble. Tomorrow night, Pound for Pound’s Vailima Corporate Bash fight night will see lawyers, policemen, firefighters, construction workers, fa'afafine and more in the boxing ring.

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Digby Ioane

Former Wallabies winger Digby Ioane joins Crusaders

Former Wallabies winger Digby Ioane will join the Christchurch-based Crusaders for the 2017 and 2018 Super Rugby seasons.

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Street Talk

A question of safety on buses

The bus crash at Tiavi last week, which has claimed one man’s life, has again raised questions about the safety of public transportation in Samoa. In particular, the issue of wooden versus ready-made buses has resurfaced. Is it not time to get rid of the wooden buses now? Why? Why not? Ilia Likou asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Siumu

Aso Matemate, 45

Siumu

Eli Taualai, 36

Siumu

Fereti Tupuola, 46

Siumu

Pofito Semasi, 35

Vaie’e

Toni Penisula, 37

Nu’usuatia

Think a Minute

Think a minute…Wilbur and Orville Wright were not just brothers, they were also best friends and business partners. Together, they invented the world’s first successful airplane in a controlled, sustained flight. They tried to convince the U.S. government that their plane could fly and help prevent war, but their own government did not believe them.

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Walking out those promises

Our leaders have been saying lots of wonderful stuff lately. They are promises and feel good statements that should motivate us all to do exceedingly well. Take for example Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s vision for Samoa to improve its exports.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Samoa faces a catastrophe every bit as deadly as the 1918 Flu Pandemic. The Alienation of Customary Land Rights is absolutely Forbidden without a National Referendum of All Registered Voters.

Dear Editor, After reading your editorial “Cost of ignoring the need to deal with corruption” (Samoa Observer 27 July), I felt depressed and sad. Sad as the authorities, mainly government has defended and abetted this corruption like the corruption revealed in the Controller and Chief Auditor report (2009-2010).

Dear Editor, Thank you Mata’afa K. Lesa for standing up for Jack Batchelor and the Lupesina Treesort in your editorial titled “Let’s not desert the Treesort”.

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Entertainment

Singer Mary J. Blige and her husband, Martin Kendu Isaacs, arrive for the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS benefit during the 63rd Cannes international film festival, in Cap d'Antibes, southern France.

Mary J. Blige files for divorce from husband of 13 years

Mary J. Blige is ending her marriage to her husband-manager after nearly 13 years.

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Technology

The Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia. Court documents show Facebook has agreed to allow users to request refunds of in-app purchases made by minors as part of a May 2016 settlement of a class-action lawsuit.

Facebook agrees to refunds on in-app purchases by minors

Court documents show Facebook has agreed to allow users to request refunds of in-app purchases made by minors as part of a settlement of a class-action lawsuit.

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