Ulu Bismarck Crawley, M.N.R.E C.E.O (front middle) with other representatives.

Global talks help local plight, Environment chief

The Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Ulu Bismarck Crawley, is optimistic. He is under no illusion that Samoa stands to benefit from international gatherings such as the 23rd meeting of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (U.N.F.C.C.C. C.O.P.23), which is winding up in Bonn, Germany, this weekend.

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The long and eventful trip to Samoa was worth the trouble: Lois and Lorraine doing a spot of shopping at Savalalo markets.

Samoa worth the time and distance

Leaving their husbands at home, Lois and Lorraine embarked on their tropical girls get away trip to our sunny shores via a very long and unexpected travelling route. 

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DEDICATED SINGLE FATHER: Valentino Tumua.

Do not give up and you will reap the rewards

Hard work pays off. Here’s a fact though. You need to be patient to reap the fruit of your labour.

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World

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, center, arrives to preside over a student graduation ceremony at Zimbabwe Open University on the outskirts of Harare, Zimbabwe Friday, Nov. 17, 2017.

Mugabe emerges from house arrest amid pressure to exit

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe emerged for the first time Friday from military-imposed house arrest, presiding at a university graduation ceremony in a fragile show of normalcy even as former loyalists across the country demanded that he resign after nearly four decades in power.

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 A woman begs for money on the street, in Rome.

Pope to feed hundreds of poor at special Sunday lunch, Mass

Pope Francis will be offering several hundred poor people — homeless, migrants, unemployed — a lunch of gnocchi, veal and tiramisu when he celebrates his first World Day of the Poor in the spirit of his namesake, St. Francis of Assisi.

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Sport

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Ireland throwing B team against Fiji in Dublin

Joey Carbury will be at flyhalf for Ireland against Fiji on Saturday at Lansdowne Road, with just two starters retained from the side which thumped South Africa 38-3.

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England coach Eddie Jones looks across the pitch before a rugby union international match between England and Argentina at Twickenham stadium in London, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

Jones leaves barbs to Cheika ahead of England vs Wallabies

It has become customary for England coach Eddie Jones to rip into Australia ahead of rugby games against the country of his birth. Not this week.

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Street Talk

Head of State or Governor General?

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s government has moved to amend the Constitution once more in relation to the position of the Head of State. But the change has given rise to suggestions that since anyone is now eligible to become the Head of State, is it not time to consider changing the title from Head of State to Governor General. What do you think? Ioana Tupa’i asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Aitasi Ugapō Aumua

Manunu

Asafo Keti

Salani Falealili

Ene Taliaoa

Vaitele-uta

Foutanu Maiai

Saoluafata

Lemanaia Simone

Luatuanuú

Michael Tamanikaiyoroi

Aleisa

Talimalama Tenari

Salesātele Falealili

Think a Minute

Think a minute…I know a woman who gets sad when her husband sends her roses! She says: “The only reason my husband gives me flowers is because it’s Valentine’s Day and he thinks he’s expected to.

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What’s going on at prison? It sure sounds like a death bed

And so once again, the death of another prisoner has come under scrutiny. It surfaced on the front page of the Samoa Observer yesterday under the headline “Wife calls for investigation into husband’s death.” At a quick glance, it has become almost normal to say ‘another one at the prison.’ Except it is not normal.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Thank you for your editorial about taxing pastors. This is my perspective as someone who thinks we are a supposed to be a democratic country but also a very cultured country.

Dear Editor, Re: Dealing with drug addiction in Samoa You can never ever win the “War on Drugs.” Why? Because drugs are a matter of personal choice or free will.

Dear Editor, Below is a quote from the P.M earlier this month with respect to the Rugby Union. “We are bankrupt,” he declared. “In other words we are insolvent. It means the Union cannot continue to pay off our debts with the banks. We also need money to pay the players so they can continue to play.”

Entertainment

Simone Garcia Johnson named Golden Globe Ambassador at the HFPA and InStyle Celebrate the 2018 Golden Globe Awards Season at Catch LA.

Miss Golden Globe honor renamed Golden Globe Ambassador

The group behind the Golden Globe awards says its Miss Golden Globe honoree will now be known as the Golden Globe Ambassador. Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Meher Tatna says the move was made in order to help expand the role to help recognize the association's philanthropic efforts throughout the year.

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Technology

This photo provided by Tesla shows the front of the new electric semitractor-trailer unveiled on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017.

Tesla wants to electrify big trucks, adding to its ambitions

After more than a decade of making cars and SUVs — and, more recently, solar panels — Tesla Inc. wants to electrify a new type of vehicle: big trucks.

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