CONGRATULATIONS: President of the Samoa Weightlifting Federation, Tuaopepe Asiata Wallwork and Ele Opeloge.

The man who saw diamond in rough

He is her coach and President of the Samoa Weightlifting Federation, Tuaopepe Asiata Wallwork, who Ele has consistently hailed as a monumental figure on her way to the medal. 

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Family members and members of the village who were present on Saturday during the joyous occassion.

Chiefly titles bestowed at Matautu Lefaga

The village of Matautu Lefaga has welcomed new title holders following a ceremony held at the village last weekend. 

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PLANTER: Sauuila Meafou of Salepouae, Saleimoa.

Father calls for unity and harmony

“This worries me. If these things are our gifts from God, why is there so much hatred and anger when it comes to them? - Sauuila Meafou

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President Donald Trump, flanked by Independence Blue Cross CEO Daniel J. Hilferty, left, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina CEO Brad Wilson.

Trump warns health care system will "implode" unless fixed

President Donald Trump warned Monday that the nation's health care system was in danger of imploding and said Congress must make fundamental changes to the sweeping health law passed by his predecessor.

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Rabbi Joshua Bolton of the University of Pennsylvania's Hillel center surveys damaged headstones at Mount Carmel cemetery Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, in Philadelphia.

Jewish centers cope with bomb threats; graves vandalized

Jewish centers and schools across the nation coped with another wave of bomb threats Monday as officials in Philadelphia began raising money to repair and restore hundreds of vandalized headstones at a Jewish cemetery.

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South Africa coach Allister Coetzee waits for the start of the international rugby union test match against Italy, in Florence, Italy.

Coetzee retained as Springboks coach despite big slump

Allister Coetzee survived a review to keep his job as South Africa coach despite a dire first season in charge that saw the Springboks slump to a series of embarrassing losses.

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England's Jack Nowell celebrates scoring his side's fourth try during the Six Nations rugby union match between England and Italy at Twickenham stadium in London.

O'Brien: Ireland would not fall for Italy ploy like England

Italy's no-ruck tactic bamboozled England in the Six Nations but Ireland flanker Sean O'Brien believes his side would have had no such problems.

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Ele deserves money from Samoa

Samoa’s Olympic medalist, Ele Opeloge, is unlikely to earn a lot of money – if any – from the government for her efforts. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s insists the government only awards monetary gifts to Olympic gold medal winners.

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Think a Minute

Think a minute…Sex was God’s idea. God created sex in marriage for pleasure. The problem is that we have misused and twisted God’s plan for sex.

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Minister Sili passes the test

Minister of Finance, Sili Epa Tuioti, would have had to tackle some pretty tough challenges during the first year of his young political career.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Re: P.M. and Samoa’s third gender Sodomy is an unnatural way of affection and love. It is an abomination in the eyes of God. Sodomy will not “multiply and replenish the earth”, as God commanded but is practiced merely for personal and selfish pleasures.

Dear Editor, Re: Minister wants to revisit laws I’m glad this guy here, Finance Minister Sili Epa Tuioti, has agreed to what I’ve been writing in about in regards to Chinese businesses here in Samoa who have been allowed to come in and establish businesses the people of Samoa are already doing, especially in the wholesale and retail/supermarket sector.

Dear Editor, Re: The man of the moment, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi! I had the privilege to meet Dr. Asiata Va’ai at the Courthouse in Tuasivi. I remember his letters to the Observer and the political culture of Apia, which places ambition and money before integrity.

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FILE - In this Sept. 8, 1996, file photo, a black BMW, riddled with bullet holes, is seen in a Las Vegas police impound lot.

Car in which Tupac Shakur was shot is for sale for $1.5M

The car in which rapper Tupac Shakur was fatally shot is for sale, with an asking price of $1.5 million.

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Technology

Attendees check the new re-launched Nokia 3310 phone, during a Nokia presentation ahead of Monday's opening of the Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona, Spain.

Samsung delays its new phone, and showcases tablets instead

Samsung's product showcase Sunday is notable for what's missing: a new flagship phone.

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