National Bank of Samoa, Chief Executive Officer, Tu’u’u Amaramo Sialaoa, Minister of Finance, Sili Epa Tuioti, A.D.B. head of Trade and Finance, Steven Beck and Samoa Commercial Bank Managing Director, Lemalu Ray Ah Liki.

Samoa banks score first for Pacific

Two locally-owned banks have signed guarantee and loan agreements with the Asian Development Bank’s (A.D.B) Trade Finance Program (T.F.P).

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Local

Catholic Church at Sale'aumua.

Sale’aumua celebrates new Church beginning

The 117-year-old Sale’aumua Catholic Church building has been given a new lease of life thanks to a $750,000 facelift which was officially opened yesterday.

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Tiavea-tai's new Methodist church.

Tiavea Methodist’s new house of worship

Members of the Ti’avea-tai Methodist Church had all the reasons to rejoice yesterday.

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World

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, center, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, left, and U.S. President Barack Obama take part in the North American Leaders' Summit at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

North America leaders urge against Trump's isolationism

President Barack Obama and the leaders of Mexico and Canada pushed back forcefully on Wednesday against the isolationist and anti-immigrant sentiments that have roiled Britain and been championed by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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A worker inspects the damages at the entrance of Istanbul's Ataturk airport, Wednessday, June 29, 2016. Suicide attackers killed dozens at the busy airport late Tuesday, the latest in a series of bombings to strike Turkey in recent months. Turkish officia

Attackers kill 42 in scenes of chaos at Istanbul airport

Suicide attackers armed with guns and bombs killed 42 people and wounded hundreds at Istanbul's busy Ataturk Airport, apparently targeting Turkey's crucial tourism industry.

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Sport

Argentina's Lionel Messi, right, reacts after Argentina's Gonzalo Higuain, missed his penalty kick against Chile during the Copa America final soccer match at the National Stadium in Santiago, Chile.

Maradona urges Argentines to leave Messi alone over quitting

Soccer great Diego Maradona is urging fellow Argentines to leave Lionel Messi alone over the current star's decision to retire from Argentina's national team following its loss to Chile in the Copa America championship match.

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Super Rugby resumes after four week break with match in Fiji

Super Rugby competition will resume Friday after a four-week break for June tests, kicking off with an historic match in Fiji between two of the leaders in the race for the title, the Crusaders and Chiefs.

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Street Talk

“He,” “she” or “shim”?

It’s the most asked question following the outrage over the death of Jeanine Tuvaiki. Should faafafine be called “he” or “she”? Some people have coined a new term called “shim.” What do you think? Is it appropriate to refer to faafafine as “she.” If yes, why? If no, why? Mathias Huckert asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Toni Amoa, 70

Samusu

Tua’au Pati, 67

Letogo

Fa’aa’oa’o Iakopo, 45

Saleimoa

Junior, 22

Vaiusu-uta

Pati Tauda, 35

Apia

Eme Letasi, 19

Laulii

Think a Minute

Think a minute…A hotel sign in Tokyo, Japan had this rule on it: “Is forbidden to steal towels please. If you are not person to do such is please not to read sign.” Someone said that rules are like a fence around us.

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The pursuit for justice

Here’s a thought. All this talk about justice and the call from Prime Minister Tuilaepa for an Inquiry into the Land and Titles Court Judges instantly reminds us of events in the not too distant past. We want to talk about these events because to move forward, lessons and mistakes of the past cannot be ignored.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, I’ve been following the public outrage and the personal attacks thrown back and forth as a result of the Samoa Observer’s coverage of the Jeanine Tuvaiki case. The one thing that stood out so glaringly for me from the above case and the ensuing aftermath, was how the media turned on itself to vilify their own.

Dear Editor, There is no denying the public outrage towards the Samoa Observer over disturbing images of a fa’afafafine who recently took her own life is justifiable. And I would like to extend my deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the young woman’s grieving parents, family and friends.

Dear Editor, Re: Brexit campaign is a disaster for Great Britain I don’t disagree with the points PS Jeffrey has made but I do feel that it is multilayered as is the call for change in the US.

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VIDEOS

Entertainment

While the city has moved on from the pain of Freddie Gray's death and the stunning homicide spike that followed, it continues to feel frustration and anger over the steady stream of murders that continue to plague the city.

#RIP Lor Scoota, Baltimore rapper who tried to stop violence

The news tore across Twitter: A beloved Baltimore rapper was gunned down in broad daylight, moments after promoting peace on the streets at a charity fundraiser.

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Technology

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Facebook's latest news feed tweak: This time, it's personal

Facebook has once again tweaked the formula it uses to decide what people will see in their news feed — and this time, it's personal.

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