KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.

Solar power switches on

1,900,000 litres of diesel on average each year for electricity in Samoa will be saved with the completion of the Faleata Racecourse Solar Facility. 

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Top Stories

Local

RELIEF: Some of the students and their parents outside court after they had been released.

Relief as students released on bail

Four Avele students were released on bail yesterday after they appeared before Judge Vaepule Vaemoa Vaai in the District Court. 

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COPYBOOK RUGBY: Afega and Vaimoso showing the crowd how defence and attack is done.

SII 7’s kick off on a high

The day was hot but so were the skills and talents displayed by the young men of the Samoa Independence International Sevens (SII 7’s) tournament.

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World

3-month-old Esther Kamilly has her head measured by Brazilian and U.S. health workers from the United States' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at her home in Joao Pessoa, Brazil, as part of a study on the Zika virus and the birth defect.

Researchers slowly homing in on risk of Zika birth defect

As the international epidemic of Zika virus disease has unfolded and led to devastating birth defects for at least 1,300 children in eight countries, an agonizing question has persisted: What is the chance that an infected pregnant woman will have a baby with these defects?

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Greece's Finance Minister Eucleidis Tsakalotos, right, and Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem, left, attend a meeting of EU finance ministers in Brussels on Wednesday.

What next for Greece? Loan averts crisis but debt still huge

It's all but official: this summer's Greek crisis has been called off.

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Sport

Scotland's Hugh Blake is tackled by USA's Folau Niua during day two of the Sevens World Series at Twickenham Stadium, London, Sunday May 22, 2016.

Dubai to open 2016-17 IRB Sevens season in December

Fiji will begin defense of its IRB world sevens title on Dec. 2-3 when the opening tournament of the 10-round, 2016-17 season is held at Dubai, followed a week later at Cape Town.

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Bulls vs Lions highlights round 14 in Super Rugby

The Hurricanes and Highlanders will meet this weekend in a repeat of last year's Super Rugby final, though the primary focus of the 14th round will be the contest for playoffs places in South Africa.

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Street Talk

Are Manu fans keeping the faith?

Despite the disappointing result from the Manu Samoa 7’s team in the London leg last weekend, most of the country still have faith in the team and support our team. In our Street Talk today, Sarafina Sanerivi asked the people on the streets about what they think of the performance of the team and this is what they said:

Paula Nansen

Aleisa

Evita Vagana

Vaitele-Fou

Samaila Onosa’i

Saina

Keke Nathan

Vaitele-fou

Leiua Elisaia

Sagone

Aunei Fineaso

Neiafu

Think a Minute

Think a minute…“The reason many people don’t climb the ladder of success is they are waiting for the elevator.” But we cannot “wait” our way to the top, we must “work” our way up. We just need to be sure which steps will get us there, so we don’t waste our life climbing the wrong ladder! Today and tomorrow we will look at some right steps to success.

Editorial

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Samoa’s passport scandal surfaces, Chinese Jin Jipei jailed

Every time Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi accuses the Samoa Observer of being run by “idiots and fools”, my mind zooms backwards in time to 23 April 1997. That was when an Asian man arrived at Faleolo Airport; upon questioning, the man told the immigration official on duty his name was Kim Quang-I1. The rest was a mystery.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, It is said that once an African American went to a church in the US to pay homage to Jesus Christ (Peace be on him) and to worship his Lord. On entering the Church he was immediately met with hostility and abuse due to the colour of his skin.

Dear Editor Re: Church launches Social Welfare and Book Shop At this point Wendy, any form of ‘giving’ by any Church denomination should be viewed as charity. In this case whether this particular denomination is giving to their followers or general public, I still feel that they’re at least acknowledging the issue of poverty in Samoa.

Dear Editor, Political party system in our Parliament was created by former politicians who were determined to make the ‘leading jobs’ become permanently theirs. This started to drive our parliament into a divided phase contrary to our traditions and culture.

OBSERVER

VIDEOS

Entertainment

Hulk Hogan, whose given name is Terry Bollea, left, looks on in court moments after a jury returned its decision in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Bio on billionaire Thiel, reportedly funding Hulk Hogan suit

Here's some biographical information on billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel, who has been secretly funding Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker Media, according to published reports:

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Technology

Dell laptop computer running Windows 10 is on display at the Microsoft Build conference in San Francisco. In a statement issued to the BBC on May 24, 2016, Microsoft denied claims that it was forcing users of older Windows versions to upgrade to Windows 1

Microsoft's Windows 10 push comes to shove for some users

Microsoft really, REALLY wants you to upgrade to Windows 10.

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