Foreign Ministers of P.I.F. member states during last week's one-day conference in Apia.

Pohiva says ‘slow down’ on Chinese loans

Tonga’s Prime Minister Akalisi Pohiva has cautioned Pacific Island nations, saying they should “slow down” asking China for loans. Speaking on the sidelines of the one-day Forum Foreign Ministers conference in Apia last Friday, the Prime Minister told Samoa Observer in an exclusive interview that the debts that Pacific Island states owed to China should be on the agenda at next month’s Pacific Islands Forum (P.I.F.) Leaders Summit in Nauru.

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Tongan Prime Minister Samuela 'Akilisi Pohiva.

Pohiva urges Pacific leaders to set example

Pacific Island Leaders should lead by example and move away from obesity lifestyle. Tonga’s Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva made the appeal in an interview with Samoa Observer with discussing the impact of child obesity and non-communicable diseases in the region. 

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Managing Director of Trade Depot John Christie discussing how they can make their partnership strong with Island Rock IT Manager, Sealii Faiga’a.

N.Z. firm discusses plans with Island Rock

Online home appliances firm Trade Depot New Zealand is in discussions with local company Island Rock on future plans. 

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World

This undated image posted to Richard Russell's YouTube channel shows Russell, an airline ground agent. Investigators are piecing together how Russell stole an empty commercial airplane, took off from Sea-Tac International Airport in Seattle, and crashed i

Friendly tone belied desperate acts of Seattle plane thief

He cracked jokes, complimented the professional demeanor of an air traffic controller and apologized for making a fuss.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Now with power to long rule China, Xi beset by challenges

As China's leaders gather for their annual Yellow Sea retreat, the country's political waters are looking choppy.

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Sport

The team leaves for the 2018 World Rugby U20 Trophy in Romania later this month, which will determine who qualifies for next year’s championship.

Samoa U-20 team set for Romania

Samoa’s Under-20 rugby team is fully assembled and ready for a chance to play professionally.

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a work in progress: Strength and Conditioning Coach, Simon Price and Physiotherapist, Olivia Withers.

Sports science embraced

Sports science will play an integral part in the next campaign of the Samoa U-20 rugby team as they set their sights on the World Rugby U20 Trophy in Romania later this month. 

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Street Talk

Mixed reaction to parking meters

“Parking meters is the way of the future. That’s clearly the message from the Government after several parking meters were installed in different parts of the Apia Towship this week. What do you think about paying to park in Samoa? Our reporter, Adel Fruean, asked members of the public in today’s Street Talk and this is what they said:

Michael Neemia, 42

Vaoala

Pisinisi Seiuli, 41

Vaitele fou

Fiamatai Poe, 31

Fasitoo tai

Samuelu Fiso, 22

Taufusi

Potoae Samuelu, 23

Vaoala

Think a Minute

Think a minute…As the saying goes: “A leopard can’t change its spots.” This, of course, is true of leopards. But is it true of people? Can people change? Are we humans just creatures of habit? Or can we control our thinking, behavior and habits?

Editorial

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Let justice take its course

On Thursday last week, a major development in the deaths of two babies who died after they were administered the M.M.R. vaccine at Safotu, Savai’i, emerged. After a few weeks of several investigations by different officials – including health experts from outside of Samoa - the Police and the Attorney General’s Office took the first step in what we anticipate will be one of many to be taken in the pursuit for justice over the deaths.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Sir, I don’t/won’t join in the forum and I apologise that I won’t be checking for follow up comments or letters due to the unrealistic, silly, side issues and unrelated biblical quotes that some sprout off with, they are just ridiculous.

Dear Editor, Re: Bananas distribution I say the commercial farmers given priority and the small holder farmers be given a gradual development programme to get them up to speed.

Dear Editor, Re: Unasa heads Party Time for a new government in Samoa. The S.F.P.P. led by a woman is the change Samoa is needing.

Entertainment

Actor Idris Elba speaks during The Best FIFA 2017 Awards in London. British actor Idris Elba has stoked speculation he may take over the role of James Bond when Daniel Craig steps aside, offering an enigmatic Twitter post

His name is Idris Elba, but will he be first black Bond?

British actor Idris Elba is stoking speculation he may take over the role of James Bond when Daniel Craig steps aside, offering an enigmatic Twitter post that fueled the buzz about him becoming the first black Bond.

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Technology

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is shown in this photo, in New York, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. Samsung's Note phones are niche products for heavy-duty consumers, especially those who use their phones heavily for work on the go. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Samsung's new phone shows how hardware innovation has slowed

Samsung's new smartphone illustrates the limits of innovation at a time when hardware advances have slowed.

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