IN MENA: New Zealand P.M. Jacinda Ardern in her MENA outfit during the Pride Parade. Photo: Radio New Zealand International.

New Zealand Prime Minister rocks MENA outfit at Pride Parade

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern created history on Sunday when she became the first Prime Minister to walk in the Auckland Pride Parade.

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Minister of Public Enterprises, Lautafi Fio Purcell, Deputy P.M., Fiame Naomi Mata’afa.

Cabinet assesses cyclone damage

Cabinet has completed its Post Cyclone Gita onsite inspections with Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Saielele Malielegaoi visiting Savai’i last Friday.

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B.S.P. Samoa Country Manager, Taitu’uga Maryann Lameko-Vaai.

Bank comes to Cyclone Gita rescue

The Bank South Pacific (B.S.P.) is offering a cyclone relief “Principal and Interest” repayment holiday for all their valuable customers. B.S.P. Samoa Country Manager, Taitu’uga Maryann Lameko-Vaai, made the annoucement last week.

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World

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, holds a part of a downed drone during his speech at the Munich Security Conference, MSC, in Munich.

Israeli PM Netanyahu to Iran: Don't test Israel's resolve

The nuclear deal with Iran has emboldened Tehran to become increasingly aggressive in the Middle East, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday, warning that Iran should "not test Israel's resolve" as he showed off what he said was part of a downed Iranian drone.

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Students hold their hands in the air as they are evacuated by police from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., after a shooter opened fire on the campus.

Life or death main decision for school shooting suspect

The evidence against the Florida school shooting suspect is so overwhelming, the only question left for the courts if he is convicted is whether he will be sentenced to death or spend the rest of his life in prison.

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ALWAYS HAPPY TO HELP: Members of the Marist Sydney Association, with students, teachers of St. Joseph's College and the computers gifted. Photos: Misiona Simo.

Marist Sydney gives back

The Marist Sydney Association wants to make a difference. For the second tine in as many years, Marist Sydney has stepped up to help Saint Joseph’s College in Alafua.

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CHAMPIONS: Auckland Samoa team the winners of the Marist Sevens Tournament.

Victorious Auckland Samoa women

The Auckland Samoa Women’s team are the champions of this year’s Vailima Pure Marist International Sevens tournament. They defeated the Marist Invitation team 20-5 in the final.

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Street Talk

How can Govt. address social media abuse?

“ The Government is facing a new threat. It comes in the form of anonymous bloggers using fake names to attack senior Government leaders – including Prime Minister Tuilaepa – on Facebook and other social media sites. What do you think the Government should do? Would you support the Government regulating the use of social media sites – and to some extent blocking them altogether – like they do in China? Nefertiti Matatia asked the public in today’s Street Talk and this is what they said:

Norma Matatia, 37

Faatoia

Sam Masoli, 20

Aleisa

Sanduxy Collins, 18

Fagaloa

Aggie Lua, 19

Saleimoa

Komisi Tau, 57

Nuu-Fou

Think a Minute

Think a minute…Former Prime Minister of England, Winston Churchill, became so famous for his speeches that he was called the Greatest Speaker of the Century. He was also famous for his quick wit.

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You have been warned, Samoa!

Last week Friday, a story titled “Maldives faces Chinese ‘land grab’ over unpayable debts” surfaced on the front page of the Samoa Observer. In light of the recent debate and controversy about Samoa’s foreign debt, customary lands and concerns about the future of this country, the story couldn’t have arrived at a better time, in our humble opinion.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Re: P.M. blames bus drivers Driver is one factor. The other would be the competition of who has the best sounds on their bus. Public safety should be a priority over pride and entertainment - which is not what we’re seeing.

Dear Editor, Re: After 24 years the government wakes up and Samoa Observer still there I applaud Gatoaitele Sano Malifa and the staff of the Samoa Observer. At times when the opposition was so weak, they could not even place the government’s feet in hot water.

Re: P.M. orders A.G. The Prime Minister’s sinister rant was all about intimidation. Nothing about his response to counter the opposing school of thoughts prevalent in the community.

Entertainment

Actress Salma Hayek and husband Francois-Henri Pinault pose for photographers upon arrival at the BAFTA Awards 2018 in London, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

'Three Billboards' wins, women make waves at UK film awards

Ferocious female-led tragicomedy "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" was the big winner Sunday at the British Academy Film Awards in London, where women demanding an end to harassment, abuse and inequality dominated the ceremony.

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Technology

a girl looks at Facebook on her computer in Palo Alto, Calif. Baffled in 2016 by Russian agents who bought ads in an attempt to sway the U.S. presidential campaign, Facebook told the National Association of Secretaries of State on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018,

Facebook to verify ads with postcards after Russian meddling

Facebook will soon rely on centuries-old technology to try to prevent foreign meddling in U.S. elections: the post office.

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