PROUD MOMENT: Owners of Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel and Bungalows, La’auli Alan Grey and Marina Grey at the opening of the property on Beach Road yesterday.

SAMOA’S HOTEL - Congratulations Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s

She is back. The grand old lady of the South Pacific, Aggie Grey’s Hotel, returned last night as Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel and Bungalows. 

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THANK YOU: Ambassador of Japan to Samoa Tuimaugaoalii Kazumasa Shibuta. The contract signed by P.M. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi and Ambassador Tuimaugaoalii Shibuta.

Govt. gets $4.3m grant

Samoa received a grant of US$1.9million (T$4.3m) yesterday from the government of Japan.

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Francis Vaigalepa (far left) and his family.

Samoa celebrates World Press Freedom Day

To commemorate World Press Freedom Day, U.N.E.S.C.O, F.A.O and U.N.D.P, in partnership with the School of Media and Journalism of the National University of Samoa, organised a seminar that brought together Communication Officers from government ministries and media representatives.  

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Panama's President Juan Carlos Varela, right, shakes hands with Nobel economics laureate Joseph Stiglitz, as Mark Pieth, a professor of criminal law and criminology at the University of Basel, looks on, in Panama City.(AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

Panama experts to recommend financial system cleanup

Panama's government established a committee of independent experts Friday to make recommendations on cleaning up the country's financial system, after leaks of documents from a Panamanian law firm caused an international uproar over offshore accounts.

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Professor puts CV of his failures online to give perspective

A Princeton University professor has published a CV of his career failures as a way to give perspective to students who are feeling discouraged.

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DISTRIBUTION: Sataua Community and the Just Play team with the football gears.

‘Just Play’ reaches far corners of Savai’i

At the completion of a weeklong training for teachers and volunteers leading up to the implementation of Just Play in Savai’i, the Just play team visited the pilot primary schools in Asau and Savai’i West to provide and distribute equipments for this programme.

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OVERCOMING THE ODDS: Feagaiga Stowers during the Commonwealth Youth Games last year

A star in the making

“Overcoming abuse doesn’t just happen; it takes positive steps every day. Let today be the day you start to move forward,” Assunta Harris.

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Is electricity expensive in Samoa?

The cost of electricity in Samoa remains far too high. So says the Electric Power Corporation’s (E.P.C) new Minister, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang. He has called on the Corporation to make electricity cheaper for all households in Samoa in the next five years.

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Think a Minute

Think a minute…Successful country singer Lonzo Green was visiting his relatives. His teenage nephew Jim and all his friends gathered in Jim’s house to meet his famous uncle. But there was one quiet 15-year-old boy whom Jim’s parents would not allow to come inside their house.

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Great time to be in Samoa

It’s an exciting weekend on the sunny shores of Samoa. There is no doubt about that. With hundreds of visitors congregating here for one reason or another, it’s great that there is something for everyone.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, In any other country, targeted crimes against a particular group of people based on religious beliefs, or skin colour would be considered a hate crime.

Ali’i ta’ilo Terry, Having just read your brilliant and sensitive piece about the Grey Family and the opening of the new Sheraton Aggie Grey’s Hotel on Beach Road stopped me in my tracks.

Dear Editor, We would like to respond to your letter to the Editor of the Samoa Observer titled “About that health warning” written by W.W. It is a concern that the issue raised is not as straightforward as stated in your article.

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Mackenzie Crook arrives for the British Academy Television Craft Awards in central London.(Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP)

'Game of Thrones' actor Crook finds gold with 'Detectorists'

For those in search of buried treasure, Mackenzie Crook is your man.

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Christian Cantrell, a software engineer and science fiction author, poses for a photo at his high-end computer and tripod setup that an Oculus Rift camera will go with, at his home in Sterling. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Oculus Rift delays flatten virtual-reality fan fervor

Virtual reality, oddly enough, isn't immune to the problems that arise in practical reality. Just ask would-be fans of the Oculus Rift headset, many — possibly most — of whom are still waiting for their $600 gadgets more than four weeks after they started shipping .

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