TALOFA LAVA: Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, President of French Polynesia, Edouard Fritch and the Minister of Justice and Courts Administration, Fa’aolesa Katopau Ainu’u at Faleolo International Airport last night when Air Tahiti Nui landed.

Welcome to Samoa, President Fritch!

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has praised the determination and commitment of the Grey family to rebuild and revitalise Aggie Grey’s Hotel, which is launched this afternoon as Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s.

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WELCOME TO SAMOA: Spain’s new Ambassador, Manuel Pradas gets a taste of Samoa during a welcoming ava ceremony.

Spain’s new Ambassador arrives

Spain has a new Ambassador to Samoa. He is Manuel Pradas Romani.

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PROMOTING SAMOA IN CHINA: Samoa’s Ambassador Tapusalaia Terry Toomata and First Secretary Dorothy Ah Ching Meredith at the Pacific Islands booth.

Promoting Samoa in China

The beauty of Samoa and the Pacific Islands was showcased to the giant Chinese travel industry at China Outbound Travel & Tourism Market (C.O.T.T.M) at the beginning of the month.

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World

A man helps an injured man as others stand in rubble after airstrikes and shelling hit Aleppo, Syria.(Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP video)

Deadly airstrikes hit MSF-supported hospital in Syrian city

A wave of nighttime airstrikes hit a hospital in Syria supported by Doctors Without Borders and nearby buildings in the rebel-held part of the contested city of Aleppo, killing at least 27 people as the U.N. envoy for Syria appealed early Thursday on the U.S. and Russia to help revive the peace talks and a cease-fire, which he said "hangs by a thread."

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Members of the media stand outside the home of Syed Raheel Farook, the elder brother of San Bernardino gunman Syed Rizwan Farook, after the FBI served a warrant to the location, in Corona, Calif.(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

3 tied to San Bernardino shooters accused in marriage scam

Three people closely tied to the couple responsible for the San Bernardino terror attack were arrested Thursday in an alleged marriage fraud scheme involving a pair of Russian sisters.

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Sport

July 27, 2013, Macau,China ---   Evgeny Gradovich(R) wins a 12-round unanimous decision over Mauricio Munoz  to retain his  IBF Featherweight title, Saturday night at the Cotai Arena at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau,China.    --- Photo Credit : Chris

Russian boxing champ Gradovich banned for doping

The Russian anti-doping agency says former world boxing champion Evgeny Gradovich has been banned for two years for breaking anti-doping rules.

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Highlanders

Pressure increases on defending champion Highlanders

The Highlanders defense of the Super Rugby title has been put in jeopardy by back-to-back losses to the Queensland Reds and Sharks and they now face a crucial match against the ACT Brumbies in the 10th round.

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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…They say, “The difference between men and boys is the price of their toys!” Little boys are happy with a small, simple toy truck, but later when we’ve become macho men, we want bigger, more sophisticated trucks.

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The beginning of a new era

There is no doubt that Samoa is the place to be this weekend. For there are so many exciting events happening whether you are looking for spiritual sustenance or simply entertainment.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, We would like to respond to your letter to the Editor of the Samoa Observer titled “About that health warning” written by W.W. It is a concern that the issue raised is not as straightforward as stated in your article.

Dear Editor, Predicting the weather can be a tricky job, even with all the satellite images and modelling software available.

Dear Editor, Re: PM in New York for historical deal The Prime Minister should just stay home and make sure his cronies are not abusing any more public funds and properties. That is one of his jobs that we pay him a lot of money.

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VIDEOS

Entertainment

Alicia Vikander arrives at the 9th Annual Women in Film Pre-Oscar Cocktail Party at Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails in Los Angeles.

Alicia Vikander takes on Lara Croft role in 'Tomb Raider'

Alicia Vikander is following in Angelina Jolie's butt-kicking footsteps.

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Technology

Google's new self-driving prototype car is presented during a demonstration at the Google campus in Mountain View, Calif.

Fiat Chrysler, Google in partnership talks

Fiat Chrysler and Google's self-driving car project are in advanced talks to form a technical partnership.

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