Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Instagram, Thursday, June 21, 2018, Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford pose with their newborn daughter at the Auckland City Hospital, Thursday, June 21, 2018, in Auckland, New Zealand. (Jacinda Ardern via AP)

New Zealand leader welcomes newborn girl 'to our village'

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave birth to a daughter Thursday and posted a message welcoming the healthy newborn "to our village." She is the second elected world leader to give birth while holding office after late Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who gave birth to daughter Bakhtawar in 1990.

16 Hits

Top Stories

Local

Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Loau Keneti Sio.

Minister supports call for Govt. to pay salaries of mission school teachers

The Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Loau Keneti Sio, supports the call for the Government to pay the salaries of teachers at Mission Schools. 

345 Hits

PRESS CONFERENCE: Moefaauo Salale Moananu, Falefata Hele Matatia and Lepale Niko Palamo.

Man in charge of Games facilities optimistic

Samoa Sports Facilities Authority C.E.O., Moefaauo Polailevao Salale Moananu, says the Pacific Games facilities are in good condition. 

342 Hits

World

First lady Melania Trump visits the Upbring New Hope Children Center, run by the Lutheran Social Services of the South, in McAllen, Texas, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

First lady visits migrant children at Texas detention center

Melania Trump made an unannounced visit to a Texas facility Thursday, talking with children and staff as she got a first-hand look at some of the migrant children sent there by the U.S. government after their families entered the country illegally.

56 Hits

Canadian flag with a cannabis leaf flies on Parliament Hill during a 4/20 protest in Ottawa, Ontario. Canada is following the lead of Uruguay in allowing a nationwide, legal marijuana market, although each Canadian province is working up its own rules for

Canada's legalization to offer pot by mail, better banking

Mail-order weed? You betcha! With nationwide marijuana legalization in Canada on the horizon, the industry is shaping up differently there than the way it was established in nine U.S. states that have similarly broad legalization.

2 Hits

Sport

Australia's Mile Jedinak scores his side's opening goal from the penalty spot during the group C match between Denmark and Australia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Australia gets crucial 1-1 draw with Denmark at World Cup

Mile Jedinak has a knack for penalty kicks and his strategy is beyond simple. "Just to get that ball in the back in the net," the Australia captain said after converting from the spot to give Australia a 1-1 draw against Denmark on Thursday and new life at the World Cup.

53 Hits

Australia’s Lukhan Tui rises to win a line out.

Phipps, Tui in for Australia for final test against Ireland

Halfback Nick Phipps and blindside flanker Lukhan Tui will start for Australia in the Wallabies' series-deciding test against Ireland on Saturday.

136 Hits

Street Talk

Public express views on Pacific Games 2019 logo

With a few months left for Samoa to host the Pacific Games 2019, expectations are high. In the lead up to the region’s biggest sporting event, the Pacific Games logo was unveiled on Friday evening. Our reporter, Adel Fruean asked the views of the Samoan people on the new Pacific Games logo, which people responded to.

Ata Laban, 37

Alamagoto

Katalina Tuasivi, 62

Matautu-uta

Lagi Felise, 50

Falelauniu-tai

Tasiaeafe Tomasi, 19

Mulifanua

Unapo Tuimauga, 72

Faleasiu

Think a Minute

Think a minute…One night in June, 1997 a 55-year-old mother named Karen Minahan was hit by a car driven by a drunk driver. The driver then backed up and ran over her two more times! Karen’s lungs were punctured and all of her ribs broken.

Editorial

author picture

Rape, incest and rise of vile crimes

We live in an increasingly sick society. Not just physically but morally too. All you have to do is read some of the stories that have been published in the recent past to know that something is terribly amiss somewhere. It has everything to do with the rising number of rape, incest and vile crimes committed against innocent young girls – and sometimes boys.

373 Hits

Letters to the Editor

Re: P.M’s obsession with O.L.P. Obsessed alright! But then what O.L.P. writes given the context of our society/culture is dynamite no wonder the P.M’s obsession.

Dear Editor, Re: An open letter to E.F.K.S. Ministers A.S’s open letter to Church Ministers of E.F.K.S. about tax is sadly a letter about dishonoring of God, God’s commandments and God’s law. It is just about more productions of factoids and assumptions produced from the Minister of Revenue’s mistake.

Re: Government and Church Ministers tax law threat Well done, Minister Tialavea! Not giving into the bullying and the threats is the mark of a courageous minister. A weak-minded minister would be thinking about the next election and be too afraid to rock the boat.

Entertainment

FILE - In this June 16, 2018 file photo, Michael B. Jordan arrives at the MTV Movie and TV Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. Jordan returns as Adonis Creed, son of Apollo Creed in the film,

Sons of Apollo Creed and Ivan Drago face off in 'Creed II'

The sons of Apollo Creed and Ivan Drago will pick up where their fathers left off more than 30 years ago. MGM and Warner Bros. Pictures on Wednesday released the first trailer for "Creed II," the sequel to the 2015 "Rocky" spinoff.

3597 Hits

Technology

Kevin Systrom, CEO and co-founder of Instagram, prepares for Wednesday's announcement about IGTV in San Francisco. Facebook’s Instagram app is loosening its restraints on video with a new channel that will attempt to lure younger viewers away from Google’

Instagram unveils new video service in challenge to YouTube

Facebook's Instagram service is loosening its restraints on video in an attempt to lure younger viewers away from YouTube when they're looking for something to watch on their smartphones.

3602 Hits

© Samoa Observer 2016

Developed by Samoa Observer in Apia