Samoa Police Service.

Missing seven-year-old girl found

A seven-year-old girl who has been missing since Wednesday has been found. This has just been confirmed by the Police in a statement. “The Samoa Police Service would like to inform the general public that the 7 year old that was missing from her family since Wednesday is now being found and reunited with her family today, the 23rd of February 2018,” the statement said.

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Central Bank of Samoa.

Organised Criminals Alert

The Central Bank of Samoa has issued a warning to members of the public to be on the look out “organised criminals” that who use social media to rob them of their money.

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THIS IS HOME: A look at Asofa Uoli's home she shares with her husband and their six children. The floor is not cemented.

Mother desperate for better home

When your live an unfortunate life, you are grateful for all the little blessings that comes your way. That is how Asofa Uoli tackles each day. She told the Samoa Observer her one wish is a proper home for her six children. 

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World

Rescuers search for victims at the site of a landslide in Brebes, Central Java, Indonesia, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. Farmers were working in their rice paddies on the main island of Java, when the soggy hillside above them collapsed under the weight of torre

Hillside crashes onto Indonesian farmers; 5 dead, 18 missing

Farmers were working in their rice paddies on the Indonesian island of Java, when the soggy hillside above them collapsed under the weight of torrential rains, killing five people and leaving rescuers digging for 18 missing.

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Lyn Warwick of Black Mountain, N.C., photographs a memorial display of Rev. Billy Graham inside Chatlos Chapel at the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove.

Billy Graham will lie in honor in the US Capitol Rotunda

The Rev. Billy Graham's body will lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda next week, the first time a private citizen has been accorded such recognition since civil rights hero Rosa Parks in 2005.

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Sport

England's Nathan Hughes, left, fends off the challenge from Fiji's Leone Nakarawa during their rugby union international at Twickenham stadium in London. No. 8 Nathan Hughes will start for England against Scotland in Six Nations rugby at Murrayfield on Sa

6N: Scots still learning to handle hype England is used to

At the Six Nations launch in January in London, Eddie Jones had Scotland pegged. Jones, who has coached England to 24 wins in 25 tests, mocked the swashbuckling Scots' hype as title contenders, calling them "big darlings."

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All teams competing will have the chance to win prize money for their former schools totaling almost $4,000.

School of Origin Golf tourney to rekindle old rivalry

Old school rivalry is set to be rekindled at the Faleata Golf Course tomorrow where the Marist Sports Week continues with a Golf Tournament.

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Street Talk

An act of God or nature?

In the wake of Cyclone Gita, one Pastor has claimed that the cyclone was a mild warning from God to the government over their decision to tax pastors. What do you think? Samoa Observer reporter, Nefertiti Matatia, asked members of the public in today’s Street Talk: Do you think Tropical Cyclone Gita was a sign from God? This is what they said:

Lui Tamoto, 49

Saleaumua, Aleipata

To’afa Ualika, 38

Malie

Tuiava Faamausili, 64

Malie

Sauaga Niumata, 48

Aleisa

Folesi Solomona, 72

Tiavea

Think a Minute

Think a minute…Mr. Louis Joline was awarded one of America’s “Fittest Over 50.” At the age of 65, He had completed 61 marathon races. Remember, a marathon is running 26 miles! You would not think this man needs help or encouragement to run.

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“They call it economic success, I call it a disaster” – Pei Tauiliili

There is no denying this simple fact. While life in Samoa is not exactly problem free, it must be said that it is better than most places - near and far. We don’t have to look far. Following the recent devastation of Cyclone Gita, when we look across to the plight of our brothers, sisters and families in the Kingdom of Tonga, we can only be grateful.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor Re: In response to P.S. Jeffrey regarding ‘idle lands’ Rather than crucify Jeffrey for his emotive outburst, perhaps we can dissect the issues, which is at the heart of the emotion spillover. If we consider land as an asset (according to my one unit of economics at a local institute), then it is the job of family members under the guidance of the family Sa’o to manage that asset in the best possible way.

Dear Editor, Re: Samoa should have free education Hahahaha se malo! As usual, you deflect from answering the actual question which was where in the 2017-2018 budget does it show the Samoa School Fees Grant Scheme funding?

Dear Editor, Re: Ghostwriters and priorities for government So on the one hand, this editorial hopes the people behind O.L.P are caught. However, on the other hand, this editorial does not believe the government should lift a finger to try and catch them saying it is a waste of time.

Entertainment

Tiffany Haddish attends the Black Girls Rock! Awards at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, N.J. Haddish is set to host the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards. The network announced Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, that the “Girls Trip” breakout star will ho

Tiffany Haddish to host MTV Movie & TV Awards in June

Tiffany Haddish is set to host the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards. The network announced Thursday that the "Girls Trip" breakout star will host the ceremony in Los Angeles on June 18.

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Technology

Google logo at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Software developer Tim Chevalier, a former Google employee who is transgender, is suing the tech company over issues of diversity. Chevalier's lawsuit was filed Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, i

Another former employee sues Google over issues of diversity

Another former Google employee is suing the tech company over issues of diversity. Software developer Tim Chevalier, who is transgender, says he was fired for speaking up about online bullying he experienced at the company and complaining about discrimination, harassment and white supremacy on Google's internal messaging system.

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