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Prime Minister Tuilaepa visits N.Z.

Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi (pictured right), is in New Zealand this week.

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Politics a ‘guessing game’ - P.M. says

Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, is confident his party will be victorious in the upcoming by-election for Gagaifomauga No. 1. So much so he tells the Samoa Observer that the Savai’i-based constituency has always backed the H.R.P.P and he doesn't see that changing any time soon.

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Four H.R.P.P. candidates revealed

The ruling Human Rights Protection Party (H.R.P.P.) has named four candidates to contest next month’s by-election for Gagaifomaiuga No. 1.

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Land C.E.O. stays silent

“To say that our kids will suffer is wrong. We are implementing the developments, reaping the fruits and we are also paying for it at the same time. What’s so difficult about that? There is no difficulty whatsoever” – P.M. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi

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Bumble Bee’s Apia plan threatens Pago canneries

“To the extent that results in higher prices for the raw fish, that will impact on the competitiveness of the product from the Samoa’s in the world markets.”

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‘Youtube’ man pleads guilty to indecent assault and voyeurism

A 26-year-old man, who took a video of his 18-year-old girlfriend while he beat her, has pleaded guilty to five counts of indecent assault and voyeurism.

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Top Samoan musician at Sails' Jazz night

He was the first Samoan and Pasifika person to conduct the N.Z. Symphony Orchestra and the Manukau Symphony Orchestra.

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Samoans take up ice dare for charity

Samoans around the world are taking the plunge to take part in a new social media phenomenon where participants dunk themselves with icey water to raise money for charity.

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Plane Goes Down Near American Samoa

A teenage boy from Indiana who was flying around the world with his father in a single-engine plane was killed when their plane crashed earlier today near American Samoa. The father is missing at sea.

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Child labour? Not a ‘big issue’ in Samoa

Samoa’s proactive stance against child labour has set it apart from her Pacific neighbours. So says the International Labour Organisation (I.L.O.) Coordinator of the Sub-Regional Child Labour and Trafficking Programme, Marie Fatiaki.

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Family mourns man killed in bus tragedy

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“He was a lovable boy, excellent listener and he was very respectful. This is a very difficult time for our family”

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Lavea flies Tautua’s flag

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“The country can be the judge of that. I believe, however, that whoever knocks and keeps knocking, the door will eventually open” – Lavea Peseta Lua Nafo’i

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Former E.F.K.S TV worker pleads guilty to forgery and theft

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A man who used to work for the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa’s television network, E.F.K.S TV, has pleaded guilty to forging the signature of the General Secretary of the church, Reverend Elder Dr. Iutisone Salevao.

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Talo test a step towards the Australian market

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“We want to identify which variety is best for freezing and present options to exporters to consider. We also want to present options for exporters so they can minimize the cost and still produce quality frozen taro” – Scientific Research Organisation of Samoa

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Costs of goods must be displayed, govt. stresses

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“A trader shall on demand, issue the purchaser with a receipt, setting out the name of trading place and date of sale, the quantity of goods sold, the price paid for the goods sold and the nature of the transaction as either wholesale or retail sale”

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Wales first hurdle for Samoa in Commonwealth Games gold bid

The Manu Samoa Sevens will have to overcome Wales first if they want a crack at the Commonwealth Games gold medal in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Umaga is just what Super Rugby needs

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Former New Zealand All Blacks captain Tana Umaga’s interest to coach a Singapore franchise bidding to play in the prestigious Super Rugby championship will give the local game a huge boost, said Singapore Rugby Union (SRU) president Low Teo Ping.

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Warriors make two changes for Manly clash

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(STUFF) 22 July 2014 - Warriors coach Andrew McFadden has tweaked his lineup, making two changes for Sunday’s clash with NRL leaders Manly in Auckland.

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Pacific rugby league series in pipeline

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Fiji Times - A possible Pacific Tri-Series tournament Samoa, Fiji and Tonga is in the pipeline.

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Tomahawks overcome Toa Residents in Hawaii

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Samoa levelled the scores after the break but the US scored twice to lead 18-6 with nine minutes remaining, before the Toa grabbed a consolation try in the final minute to cut the deficit to six points.

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Umaga keen to coach Singapore franchise

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Tana Umaga is keen to coach a Singapore Super Rugby franchise if the country wins its bid to host one of the competition’s new teams in 2016.

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Tommy guns into Friendly fire

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Auckland (NZHerald) - Warriors coach Andrew McFadden has a nice, but uncomfortable headache to deal with after the return from injury of Thomas Leuluai.

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A mother’s plea for help

Va’alele Fa’amatai, of Vaisigano and Lauli’i, needs your help. The mother is seeking financial help from the community to support her 12-year-old-daughter, Fa’ama’au’s heart operation in New Zealand later this month.

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Samoa for Samoa

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The reported standoff between Samoa and American Samoa over immigration fees is interesting. Both countries had apparently promised to remove the fees in question during the recent inter-Samoa talks held in Apia but now they appear to be waiting to see who blinks first.

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The bird with a leaf in her mouth

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“But a mother is not born to mourn her child’s death on the side of a road. A father is not meant to fall into oblivion from the sudden loss of his only son. A child is not meant to be without a loving parent. But these are few of the shades of our corrupted lives”

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Why the All Blacks should come to play i

New Zealand has agreed to play a pre-World Cup 2015 Test match in Apia, Samoa. It will be the first time that the All Blacks have played a Test in the Pacific Islands in the professional era.

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Letters

Re: Beautiful country, ugly service editorial

Dear Mata’afa Keni Lesa, Your editorial written on 12th July titled “Beautiful Country, ugly service” was an absolute disgrace.

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Great event for Samoa

Dear Editor, It’s great to see that the Prime Minister’s attention is turning to ensure that Samoa is fully prepared to host the All Blacks.

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Jealously is such an ugly emotion

Dear Editor, Re: A mother’s living hellJealousy is such an ugly emotion and abuse is definitely not on.

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You are worth so much more

Dear Editor, Thank you for your editorial about Alisi and the curse of domestic violence in Samoa. This indeed is very sad. I never like to hear about women being abused by their loved ones. I have been in an abusive relationship and I put up with it for 6 years and the reason why I did was because I loved my husband and we had children.

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Learning more about China

Dear Editor, Re: Samoa Observer signs deal with Xinhua News Agency Congratulations to the Samoa Observer and it’s management for another milestone.

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A story way too common within families

Dear Editor, Re: A mother’s living hell Thank you for sharing your story, a story that is all too common for our families.

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Time to do away with office of the Head of State

Dear Editor, It’s been very interesting to read about the Constitutional amendments being made in regards to the office of Head of State.

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