M.P. SALEGA EAST: Olo Fiti Afoa Va’ai

Gov’t structure costing millions

The overstaffed government structure is costing the country millions while its organizations struggle to pay dividends to maintain its growing developments. This is according to the independent Member of Parliament for Salega East, Olo Fiti Afoa Va’ai.

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Local

WORRIED ABOUT THE RECENT HAPPENINGS: Local business owner Moe Lei Sam expresses her doubts about the current situation in Samoa.

Concerned about Samoa’s state

When thinking about the latest incidents which have concerned the people of Samoa, one might easily shake one’s head about it. But most people do not spend too much attention on things they are not directly affected by. An exception is Moe Lei Sam, a local shop owner in Samoa’s capital.

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Launch of multi-media competition: Why reading matters

In the lead up to International Literacy Day on 8 September, the South Pacific Community (SPC) is conducting a campaign with Pacific education ministries to raise awareness on the importance of reading.

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World

A Syrian man killed a woman with a machete and wounded two others Sunday outside a bus station in the southwestern German city of Reutlingen before being arrested.

Man kills woman with machete in Germany, is arrested

A Syrian man killed a woman with a machete and wounded two others Sunday outside a bus station in the southwestern German city of Reutlingen before being arrested. Police said there were no indications pointing to terrorism.

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People mourn behind flowers near the Olympia shopping center where a shooting took place leaving nine people dead two days ago in Munich, Germany.

Munich shooter was bullied loner, planned attack for a year

The teenager behind the deadly shooting rampage in Munich was a withdrawn loner obsessed with playing "killer" video games in his bedroom, a victim of bullying who suffered from panic attacks set off by contacts with other people, investigators said Sunday, adding that he had planned the attack for a year.

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Sport

Cronulla Sharks

Sharks win 15th NRL match in a row to move back into 1st

The first-place Cronulla Sharks rolled to their 15th consecutive victory, beating the last-place Newcastle Knights 36-4 to move two points ahead of the Melbourne Storm in their back-and-forth tussle for top spot in the National Rugby League.

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Steve Hansen

Steve Hansen extends term as New Zealand All Blacks coach

Steve Hansen has signed a two-year contract extension as head coach and will guide the New Zealand All Blacks to the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

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Street Talk

Mixed opinions on Lupesoliai’s preparedness

Lupesoliai Joseph Parker scored a 4th round knock out against Solomon Haumono on Thursday night. The victory means he is a step closer to his much-anticipated world heavyweight title fight against Anthony Joshua. Is Lupesoliai Joseph Parker ready for Joshua? Sarafina Sanerivi asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Moata’a

Filipo Taufusi

Palisi

Fefiloi Kerstin

Siusega

Ilo Uili

A’ai o Fiti

Saienisi Faauma

Malie

Eti Ieremo

Lotopa

Think a Minute

Think a minute…A man was cleaning his car with a special brush when a little girl who had been watching him said, “My daddy has a brush like that to clean his car too.” “Really!” said the man. “What kind of car does your daddy have?” The little girl answered: “Oh, he hasn’t got the car yet, but he’s got the brush to clean it.”

Editorial

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Superfluous staff and the private sector

With his observations and comments on the front page of today’s edition of the Samoa Observer, the independent Member of Parliament for Salega East, Olo Fiti Afoa Va’ai has undoubtedly found some fans. He touches on two main points: the superfluous staff of Government ministries and the lack of focus of support and commitment for the private sector.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor The formulation of the credit system in Samoa with the loan first and pay later with interest to the banks adopted from the Western way of doing business is a very corrupt system. They(banks) create money(credit) out of nothing, loan it to you or your government, you sign the promissory note with terms and conditions using one’s real assets like land as collateralized assets for these loans.

Dear Editor, It is unfortunate that I have to turn to our national newspaper but we all know this is the only way for your common person in Samoa to be heard.

Dear Editor, In October 2014, we learned from some former Cabinet Members that Parliament had passed the Samoan Language Commission Act 2014 and members and a Commission were approved by Cabinet and the Head of State. This piece of legislation is indeed a milestone. Government ought to be applauded for its vision and farsightedness as this Act should promote; enhance and encourage the survival of our cultural identify and heritage.

OBSERVER

VIDEOS

Entertainment

According to studio estimates Sunday, July 24, 2016, the latest outing for the Starship Enterprise soared to $59.6 million in North American ticket sales, knocking “The Secret Life of Pets” from the No. 1 spot.

'Star Trek Beyond' soars with $59.6M at weekend box office

"Star Trek Beyond" has landed atop the weekend box office. "Star Trek Beyond" is the third film in the rebooted franchise that kicked off with J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek."

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Technology

a person walks in front of a Yahoo sign at the company's headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif. Verizon has agreed to buy online portal Yahoo Inc.

Verizon said to be buyer of Yahoo for $5 billion: Reports

Verizon has agreed to buy online portal Yahoo Inc. for roughly $5 billion, according to multiple media reports, each citing a single unnamed source.

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