Sa'u Fiapaipai Justina Sa'u Lam.

Police investigate Govt. official’s death

The Government has lost a senior bureaucrat with the passing of Sa'u Fiapaipai Justina Sa'u Lam, the Unit Trust of Samoa Chief Executive Officer. The Police have confirmed that an investigation has been launched into the death of the senior government official. Sa'u had been the Chief Executive Officer of Unit Trust of Samoa since 2011 and was only reappointed last year to another three-year term. 

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER: Pacific Games Council and Pacific Games 2019 respectively Andrew Minogue and Samoa Falefata Hele Matatia.

Total athlete numbers still unconfirmed

The exact number of athletes expected to converge in Samoa for the 2019 Pacific Games would not be determined until Games time. But until then, the Games Organising Committee will work according to data and analysis collected from previous Games in terms of accommodating athletes and officials. 

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Facebook opens door to abuse of women

Facebook’s community standards allow women to be abused and threatened, especially when that abuse is not in English.  This is according to Lani Wendt Young, a Samoan writer, editor, publisher and journalist, who was invited by Netsafe NZ to speak at the 2018 Trans-Tasman Netsafe Crossroads Conference held in Auckland, New Zealand recently.  

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President of Tunisia Beji Caid Essebsi, right, shakes hands with Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi during their meeting at the presidential palace in Carthage near Tunis, Tunisia.

Palestinian protest icon goes from jail cell to VIP suite

When Israel locked up Ahed Tamimi for slapping a soldier last year, it hoped to finally silence the teenage Palestinian activist. Instead, it created an international celebrity.

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A Mexican Federal Police officer hands out food to Honduran migrants stuck in no man's land on the bridge over the Suchiate River that is the border between Guatemala and Mexico, near Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico.

Migrant caravan swells to 5,000, resumes advance toward US

A growing throng of Central American migrants resumed their advance toward the U.S. border in southern Mexico on Sunday, overwhelming Mexican government attempts to stop them at the border.

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King joins Tongan fans in 34-16 defeat to Australia

Australia crushed the hopes of a nation — and its watching king — when it beat Tonga 34-16 Saturday in their first rugby league test encounter. More than 26,000 Tonga fans — expatriate representatives of a Pacific Island nation with a population of only 104,000 — watched the match at Auckland's Mount Smart Stadium.

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Promoting a healthy lifestyle through touch rugby.

Health Business house touch tourney

The Ministry of Health Business House Championship 2018 is set to begin at Saint Joseph’s College on Monday. It is an eight weeks tournament and is organised by Samoa Touch Rugby Incorporated (S.T.R.I.) in partnership with the Ministry of Health (M.O.H.).

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Think a Minute

Think a minute…We’ve heard the expression, “The devil is in the details.” In World War II, General Dwight Eisenhower was the Supreme Commander of the Allied forces who defeated Adolf Hitler and his massive Nazi army.

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The battle to save our coconut plantations and getting the best out of the Pacific’s famous palm

It is conferences like the one happening this morning at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel that gives relevance to regional organisations such as the Pacific Community (SPC) and the impact that donors such as the European Union are having on the lives of the people.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor. Everybody enjoys eating a banana in any shape or form. Monkeys do too. Most of the Samoans never thought that what is left after you enjoy your banana can make you rich. No kidding! So, what is left, apart from the peels?

Dear Editor, Can’t help the urge on joining the well-wishers’ wishing Samoa Observer best wishes of Congratulations for a sustain service to our people in the past 40 years. Reminds me of the number of years God allows for His chosen people/village to wondered around in the desert while pilgrimage towards the Promised Land.

Re: Stream of benefits and net present value The problem with NPV and stream of benefits is that it is quite impossible to foresee into the future the stream of benefits that an airport in the bush will bring.

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Britain's Prince Harry, left, and his wife Meghan, center, the Duchess of Sussex attend the opening of Anzac Memorial at Hyde Park in Sydney, Australia, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, are on a 16-day tour to

Prince Harry opens memorial as royal tour continues

Prince Harry paid tribute to Australian service members by opening a new wing of a war memorial on Saturday before opening the Invictus Games as he and wife Meghan continued their visit to Australia and the South Pacific.

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President of the Superior Electoral Court Rosa Weber, talks with the President of the Workers' Party Gleisi Hoffmann, during a meeting with the leadership of the Workers' Party, at the Supreme Electoral Court headquarters, in Brasilia, Brazil, Friday, Oct

WhatsApp tells companies to stop spam amid Brazil elections

The WhatsApp messaging service said Friday that it has sent "cease and desist" letters to stop companies from sending bulk messages related to Brazil's election, after a report that businessmen were bankrolling a campaign to spread fake news in support of leading far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro.

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