M.P. SALEGA EAST: Olo Fiti Afoa Va’ai

Gov’t structure costing millions

The overstaffed government structure is costing the country millions while its organizations struggle to pay dividends to maintain its growing developments. This is according to the independent Member of Parliament for Salega East, Olo Fiti Afoa Va’ai.

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WORRIED ABOUT THE RECENT HAPPENINGS: Local business owner Moe Lei Sam expresses her doubts about the current situation in Samoa.

Concerned about Samoa’s state

When thinking about the latest incidents which have concerned the people of Samoa, one might easily shake one’s head about it. But most people do not spend too much attention on things they are not directly affected by. An exception is Moe Lei Sam, a local shop owner in Samoa’s capital.

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Launch of multi-media competition: Why reading matters

In the lead up to International Literacy Day on 8 September, the South Pacific Community (SPC) is conducting a campaign with Pacific education ministries to raise awareness on the importance of reading.

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A girl puts down flowers in front of the Olympia shopping center were a shooting took place leaving nine people dead the day before on Saturday, July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (AP Photo/Sebastian Widmann)

After Munich shooting, tearful witnesses linger at scene

It was the beginning of a typical Friday night out. Crowds streamed through Munich's glass-and-concrete Olympia Shopping Mall, while across the street, a mostly young crowd relaxed in a McDonald's restaurant.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is joined by Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., as she speaks at a rally at Florida International University Panther Arena in Miami.

Clinton says veep pick Kaine is everything GOP ticket isn't

Hillary Clinton debuted running mate Sen. Tim Kaine on Saturday as a can-do progressive committed to social justice and equality — "everything Donald Trump and Mike Pence are not" — at a boisterous rally ahead of next week's Democratic National Convention.

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READY TO PUT SAMOA ON THE MAP: Brandon Schuster; Samoa’s Olympic swimmer.

Making Samoa’s presence known

Getting a medal from the Olympics may be the biggest honour for any athlete but when you come from a small Island like Samoa, just being able to carry the flag is just as great an honour in its own way.

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Highlanders' Ash Dixon, left, is tackled by Jaguares'Javier Ortega Desio during a Super Rugby match in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Hurricanes, Chiefs, Lions, Highlanders in Super Rugby semis

The Chiefs and the Hurricanes underlined the strength of the New Zealand teams in Super Rugby as they won their quarterfinals by huge margins on Saturday — 60-21 and 41-0.

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Street Talk

Mixed opinions on Lupesoliai’s preparedness

Lupesoliai Joseph Parker scored a 4th round knock out against Solomon Haumono on Thursday night. The victory means he is a step closer to his much-anticipated world heavyweight title fight against Anthony Joshua. Is Lupesoliai Joseph Parker ready for Joshua? Sarafina Sanerivi asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Think a Minute

Think a minute…A man was cleaning his car with a special brush when a little girl who had been watching him said, “My daddy has a brush like that to clean his car too.” “Really!” said the man. “What kind of car does your daddy have?” The little girl answered: “Oh, he hasn’t got the car yet, but he’s got the brush to clean it.”


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Superfluous staff and the private sector

With his observations and comments on the front page of today’s edition of the Samoa Observer, the independent Member of Parliament for Salega East, Olo Fiti Afoa Va’ai has undoubtedly found some fans. He touches on two main points: the superfluous staff of Government ministries and the lack of focus of support and commitment for the private sector.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor The formulation of the credit system in Samoa with the loan first and pay later with interest to the banks adopted from the Western way of doing business is a very corrupt system. They(banks) create money(credit) out of nothing, loan it to you or your government, you sign the promissory note with terms and conditions using one’s real assets like land as collateralized assets for these loans.

Dear Editor, It is unfortunate that I have to turn to our national newspaper but we all know this is the only way for your common person in Samoa to be heard.

Dear Editor, In October 2014, we learned from some former Cabinet Members that Parliament had passed the Samoan Language Commission Act 2014 and members and a Commission were approved by Cabinet and the Head of State. This piece of legislation is indeed a milestone. Government ought to be applauded for its vision and farsightedness as this Act should promote; enhance and encourage the survival of our cultural identify and heritage.




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'Vampire Diaries' to end after 8 seasons

The eighth season of "The Vampire Diaries" will be the supernatural series' final entry. The cast and crew of the CW show announced Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con International that the forthcoming season will be its last.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to reporters about the state budget and education funding, in his office at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Many of Illinois' top Republican officials plan to sit out the GOP national convention in Clevela

ACLU praises new Illinois limits on cellphone surveillance

A new Illinois law limits how police can use devices that cast a wide net in gathering cellphone data and are at the center of a lawsuit against the Chicago Police Department.

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