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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Top Stories



Unsuccessful candidate pleads not guilty

Tu’ula Kiliri Tuitui, who was one of the unsuccessful candidates for the General Election in March this year appeared in the District Court this week. 

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ON THE LOOSE: Cows in Vaitele Street.

Unfenced cattle trouble residents

 Cows wandering freely along the roads have become a headache for residents and businesses in the Vaitele Industrial Zone.

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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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Manu Tuilagi

England confirm Tuilagi out of Australia tour

England has confirmed center Manu Tuilagi's withdrawal from the three-test rugby tour of Australia next month.

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Sonny Bill Williams

NZ 7s coach given some credit for rugby's return to Olympics

Sonny Bill Williams is going in for a try untouched in the left corner when the whistle blows.

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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


Evita Vagana


Samaila Onosa’i


Keke Nathan


Leiua Elisaia


Aunei Fineaso


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.


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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.




Amy Wilcox, Captain America Chris Evans, second from right, signs a photo for Ryan Wilcox, second from left, as Iron Man Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans visit Avengers fan with cancer

Each night, 18-year-old Ryan Wilcox sleeps under a portrait of himself dressed as Captain America — the pinnacle of human strength and endurance.

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Goal-line technology to be used at Copa America

Hawk-Eye will be installed for next month's Copa America, marking the first use of goal-line technology by the soccer's governing bodies for South America and for North and Central America and the Caribbean.

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