Members of the Tactical Operation Squad surrounding Maluafou College yesterday.

Threat shuts school

Police officers in full riot gear took over the compound of Maluafou College yesterday. Students were promptly sent home and the school will be closed today for safety reasons, with the authorities on full alert about a possible attack on the school by another school up the road.

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Dr. Colin Tukuitonga.

S.P.C Director General visits

The Pacific Community Director-General, Dr. Colin Tukuitonga, is in Apia this week. And top of his agenda is strengthening partnerships and development financing for the region.

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Jovili Si Suveinakama (General Manager of the Tokelau Apia Office), Ulu o Tokelau’s wife Kilita Gaualofa, Ulu o Tokelau Aliki Faipule Afega Gaualofa, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi and Masiofo, Her Highness Filifilia Tamasese, and Miti Ngau Chun

Ulu o Tokelau visits Head of State

The Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi and Masiofo, Her Highness Filifilia Tamasese welcomed some very special guests yesterday.

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World

Palestinian journalists hold banners during a protest calling for the release of Palestinian journalist Omar Nazzal, who was arrested by Israeli authorities over the weekend, outside Ofer military prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Israel to hold Palestinian journalist 4 months without trial

Israel's military on Monday ordered a well-known Palestinian journalist to be held for four months without charges or trial, in so-called administrative detention.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump supporter Luisa Aranda gestures as she is interviewed before Trump spoke at the California Republican Party 2016 Convention in Burlingame, Calif.

Trump's rise is driving immigrants to become citizens

On a recent Saturday morning in South Florida, 50-year-old Edgar Ospina stood in a long line of immigrants to take the first step to become an American.

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Sport

Toa Samoa

Toa Samoa team named

Pacific nations announced their Test Match teams on Sunday evening ahead of matches this Saturday at Pirtek Stadium.

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CONGRATULATIONS: Silver medallist Franco Caffarelli (far left).

Junior shooter wins Silver and Bronze at Oceania Shooting Competition

Samoa won Silver and Bronze Medals in New Zealand Oceania Shooting Competition held last month in Pukekohe on the 21 to 23rd April. 

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Street Talk

Is electricity expensive in Samoa?

The cost of electricity in Samoa remains far too high. So says the Electric Power Corporation’s (E.P.C) new Minister, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang. He has called on the Corporation to make electricity cheaper for all households in Samoa in the next five years.

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Think a Minute

Think a minute…Are you a “yes man” or woman? Do you always say yes to every body who asks you for a favor and help? Some of us just can’t say no to others. The problem is our ‘yes’ often means stress—to us and our family. Many times saying yes to one person means saying no to someone else like your own mate and children.

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Weightlifting deserves accolades

The fact that weightlifting just about cleaned up all the awards during S.A.S.N.O.C’s Sports Awards on Saturday night was hardly surprising.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Re: Address the dog problem I actually think the Dog Management Unit are doing the best job they can but the community needs to engage with the unit to sort some very pressuring issues.

Dear Editor, A Dictator can do anything. It’s not about Honesty and Integrity. It’s all about ‘POWER’, we see them and their handy work everywhere in the world, Dictators like Robert Mugabe and Kim Jong-un are still haunting their countrymen and women.

Dear Editor, Re: Injustices in Samoa Well said Dan, I can empathise with you well, and more of us need to speak up and perhaps band together to do something about the situation ourselves (peaceably of course), since it’s gone on for so long, is getting worse and no one in authority will do anything to quell this cancer except the Samoa Observer.

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VIDEOS

Entertainment

Hulk Hogan, whose given name is Terry Bollea, leaves the courtroom during a break in his trial against Gawker Media in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Hulk Hogan seeks rematch with Gawker, sues over transcript

Former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan has sued Gawker again, saying the gossip website leaked sealed court documents with a transcript that quoted him making racist remarks.

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Technology

Women check their cell phones as they walk on the sidewalk in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

WhatsApp is what's out in Brazil, amid judicial battle

The popular messaging service WhatsApp went down in Brazil on Monday as a state judge ordered it blocked nationwide for 72 hours amid a legal tussle over users' information.

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