Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern with Uili Papali’i.

Young Papali’i makes New Zealand Prime Minister “hopeful”

New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has paid tribute to a young Samoan Kiwi who has been recognised for his generosity in helping out a homeless man in South Auckland last year. Prime Minister Ardern attended the Kiwibank 2018 New Zealander of the Year Awards as the guest of Uili Papali’i. 

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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

A Syrian man, right, hugging and saying his last goodbye to his dead child who was killed during airstrikes and shelling by Syrian government forces, as he walks to bury him in a mass grave, in Ghouta.

In Syria, a father says last goodbye to dead child

A father saying his last goodbye to his dead child, before the shelling starts again. It's a grief shared by all too many parents trapped with their children under a brutal, government siege of the eastern Ghouta region outside the Syrian capital of Damascus.

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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

EXCITING TIMES: Sevens coach Sir Gordon Tietjens with Matafeo George Latu of the Samoa Rugby Union at the launch.

New beginning for Samoa Rugby Union and BLK

A new era for the Samoa Rugby Union has started. It began yesterday with the official launching of the new sponsorship and supply agreement between the Union and BLK Sports Ltd.

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Manu Samoa Sevens.

Manu Samoa Sevens for Vegas and Vancouver

Manu Samoa Sevens Head Coach, Sir Gordon Tietjens, has named his final squad for the Las Vegas and Vancouver legs of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. 

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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.

Editorial

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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

Singer Ed Sheeran poses for photographers upon arrival at the Brit Awards 2018 in London, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Brit Awards adopt white rose symbol to signal 'Time's Up'

Music stars wore white roses on the Brit Awards red carpet Wednesday to support campaigns against sexual harassment and assault. Guests at Britain's biggest music awards show were given white rose pins to wear in solidarity with the "Time's Up" movement.

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Technology

Nest Cam IQ camera. Google’s voice-activated assistant is branching out to Nest’s deluxe security camera. The virtual assistant is being offered to owners of the Nest Cam IQ in a free update rolling out Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Ryan Nakashima,

Google's digital assistant branches out to Nest camera

Google's voice-activated assistant is branching out to Nest's deluxe security camera in an expansion that may amplify the privacy concerns surrounding internet-connected microphones.

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