Samoa Airways, is exploring the acquisition of the world’s largest twin jet airplane, the Boeing 777, as it’s next plane of choice.

Samoa Airways explores Boeing 777 option

Samoa’s new international airline, Samoa Airways, is exploring the acquisition of the world’s largest twin jet airplane, the Boeing 777, as it’s next plane of choice. In a press release, the Minister responsible for Polynesian Airlines, Lautafi Fio Selafi Purcell indicated the airline will introduce the state of the art aircraft within a couple of years.

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Ruby Misa-Sabbath is one of the friendly faces at the NZ High Commission who will be helping customers when the Go Cashless system for service fee payments is implemented at the start of October.

Go Cashless coming to N.Z. High Commission

From Monday 2 October, the New Zealand High Commission in Apia will no longer accept cash for service fee payments over the counter. 

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RENOVATIONS WORK: McDonald's has announced that it will soon renovate their building in Apia.

McDonald’s refutes claims

One of the most popular Restaurants in Apia has swiftly moved to quash online rumours and reports about unhygienic conditions at the eatery.

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World

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un holds a meeting of the ruling party's presidium.

Kim Jong Un: 'Deranged' Trump will 'pay dearly' for threat

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called President Donald Trump "deranged" and said in a statement carried by the state news agency that he will "pay dearly" for his threats.

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President Donald Trump.

Trump piles economic action onto his NKorea military threats

President Donald Trump added economic action to his fiery military threats against North Korea on Thursday, authorizing stiffer new sanctions in response to the Koreans' nuclear weapons advances.

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Sport

Deontay Wilder addresses members of the media about his upcoming WBC World Heavyweight Title fight.

WBC heavyweight champion Wilder to face Ortiz Nov. 4

Undefeated heavyweights Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz will fight at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Nov. 4.

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Webb Ellis Cup.

NZ calls 2023 Rugby World Cup bids 'compelling'

New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew says all three bids to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup are "compelling" and New Zealand will be guided by independent advice in deciding which to prefer.

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Street Talk

Line blurred between tips and bribery

The difference between tipping and bribery has been spelt out by a Cabinet Minister who said public servants should not feel bad about accepting tips for doing their work. The Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tioniso Hunt, said it is only wrong when public servants accept bribes. What do you think? Should members of the public be encouraged to tip public servants, especially people like Customs officials? Ulimasao Fata asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Mele Maulolo Iasoni, 47

Afega

Paulo Ilalio Fonoti

Afega/Nu’u Fou

Pearlynn Brown

Malie

Peleti Aso, 36

Faleasiu

Saili Talimasealii, 51

Utualii

Seufale Filipo Foaluga

Vaitele-fou

Think a Minute

Think a minute…It’s said that we human beings are the only creatures who refuse to be what we are. One writer put it: “When people are free to do as they want, they usually copy each other.”

Editorial

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The written word and climate change

This year’s Short Story Competition run by the Samoa Observer and sponsored by Samoa Stationery and Books and Eveni Caruthers ended with its prize giving ceremony at S.S.A.B’s conference room. The writer was asked to say a few words about why the Samoa Observer values the competition and why the theme of this year, which is climate change, is especially important. This is what he said:

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor Re: M.P. blasts Minister I agree wholeheartedly with Olo on this. Customs Officers like other public servants are paid by the Government to deliver services to members of the public and tips are not part of their remuneration.

Dear Editor I’ve seen this argument from the politicians a couple of times on the Samoa Observer. They said that the Lord Jesus was the only honest businessman in the world because he paid his taxes.

RE: Tipping public servants Olo Vaai is absolutely right. Tipping government employees is widening the gate of corruption, which has already spread across all government organisations and the government itself.

Entertainment

Gene Simmons, left, performs at The Children Matter: Houston Benefit Concert at CHS Field Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 in in St. Paul, Minn.

Kiss members Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley reunite on stage

Original Kiss members Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley have reunited for their first public appearance since their group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

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Technology

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Facebook to release Russia ads, beef up election 'integrity'

Facebook is slowly acknowledging the outsized — if unintended — role it played in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.

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