TEAM SAMOA: Derek Su’a of Judo, Brandon Schuster of Swimming, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, Nevo Ioane, Mary Opeloge of Weightlifting and Chef de Mission, Aualiitia Fa’afouina Milford.

Have faith, Team Samoa told

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has given his blessings to Team Samoa for the Rio Olympic Games.

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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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Marc Mezvinsky, his wife Chelsea Clinton, Former President Bill Clinton and Democratic vice presidential candidate, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va.

Clinton promises steady hand in dangerous world

Promising Americans a steady hand, Hillary Clinton cast herself Thursday night as a unifier for divided times, an experienced leader steeled for a volatile world. She aggressively challenged Republican Donald Trump's ability to do the same.

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Khizr Khan, father of fallen US Army Capt. Humayun S. M. Khan holds up a copy of the Constitution of the United States as his wife listens during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Father of fallen Muslim soldier blasts Trump at convention

The father of a Muslim American soldier killed in Iraq posed a question to Donald Trump: Have you read the Constitution?

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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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Aso Matemate, 45


Eli Taualai, 36


Fereti Tupuola, 46


Pofito Semasi, 35


Toni Penisula, 37


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”.




Singer Katy Perry takes the stage during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Katy Perry belts 'Rise' and 'Roar' at Democratic convention

Katy Perry sparkled in a slinky, silver dress Thursday as she belted her new song "Rise" and her signature "Roar" for an audience of Democratic delegates waving their glowing cellphones.

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Apple's Tim Cook, left, and Steve Jobs, right, during a meeting at Apple in Cupertino, Calif.

Microsoft making additional job cuts in phone business

Microsoft says it is cutting 2,850 jobs, about 2.5 percent of its workforce, as it further scales back its troubled smartphone business.

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