Saini Leasi in front of her house.

A mother’s daily struggle

No money and inadequate housing are the realities of life for unemployed 55-year-old, Saini Leasi.

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HEALTH GOALS: One Touch Ministry and Nobesity Samoa will run the diabetes Awareness walk this Saturday. Photo: Supplied.

Parents must lead by example

Healthy living starts from home. It is best infused in the mind of a person at a young age because it will help them live a healthy lifestyle when they grow up.    

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MAPUIFAGALELE: Sister Sarah and Sister Lucy with rest home resident Lepisis Lesatele (far right). Mapuifagalele is haven of peace for the elders living out their final years with dignity and happiness.

Mapuifagalele: Haven for Elders

 “I need peace.” With this simple admission, Lepisi Lesatele echoed the sentiments of the other 44 residents living at the Mapuifagalele home for the elderly. 

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Members of the Syrian Civil Defense group and civilians gathering to help survivors from a street attacked by airstrikes and shelling by Syrian government forces, in Ghouta.

Damascus suburb strikes kill scores, UN votes for cease-fire

A new wave of airstrikes and shelling on eastern suburbs of the Syrian capital Damascus left at least 22 people dead and dozens wounded Saturday, raising the death toll of a week of bombing in the area to 500, as the U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution demanding a 30-day cease-fire across Syria.

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Pallbearers carry the body of Rev. Billy Graham into a hearse before leaving the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 in Asheville, N.C. Graham's body will be brought to his hometown of Charlotte on Saturday as part of a pro

Admirers line streets, overpasses to see Graham's motorcade

Motorists pulled aside and well-wishers lined freeway overpasses to see the Rev. Billy Graham's motorcade barrel through his beloved home state of North Carolina on Saturday in a running tribute to "America's Pastor."

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Ireland's Bundee Aki, centre, scores his side's second try against Wales.

6N: Ireland stays unbeaten after seeing off Wales 37-27

That St. Patrick's Day showdown with England for the Six Nations title crept closer after Ireland passed its biggest test yet by seeing off Wales 37-27 at Lansdowne Road on Saturday.

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The best gross score of 66 was shot by S.J.C. #2, a team consisting of Tagata Faasolo and Levao Iulai Lesa.

St. Joseph’s win ‘School of Origin’

A team of former St. Joseph’s College students have claimed the title of the inaugural School of Origin Golf tournament, organised as part of the Marist Sports Week.

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Street Talk

An act of God or nature?

In the wake of Cyclone Gita, one Pastor has claimed that the cyclone was a mild warning from God to the government over their decision to tax pastors. What do you think? Samoa Observer reporter, Nefertiti Matatia, asked members of the public in today’s Street Talk: Do you think Tropical Cyclone Gita was a sign from God? This is what they said:

Lui Tamoto, 49

Saleaumua, Aleipata

To’afa Ualika, 38


Tuiava Faamausili, 64


Sauaga Niumata, 48


Folesi Solomona, 72


Think a Minute

Think a minute…There was a baker who bought his butter from a local farmer. One day the baker decided to weigh the butter. He was surprised that the farmer had been giving him less butter but still charging him the same price.


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Samoa Observer pays tribute to Robert Geoffrey Marfleet

This is our tribute to the late Robert Geoffrey Marfleet, the man who made it possible for the Samoa Observer to be born as a newspaper, and in doing so become the entity that it is today. On 16 February 2018, Mr. Marfleet passed away. He was 84.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, In response to Iona Tusa’s letter about the idle lands published in your paper earlier this week, let me say that the problem you noisy internet activists have is that you assume that leasing is as good as sold.

Dear Editor, Let me lay this out clearly for everyone. I’m writing about PS Jeffrey’s criticisms of the editorial about P.M. Tuilaepa spending too much time on O.L.P.

Dear Editor, Re: Mother desperate for better home I still can’t figure out why they would have to use the bushes when they could always have a pit latrine, or even a peace Corp type of latrine.


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The language of 'Black Panther'? It's real. Give it a try.

Much of what is seen in "Black Panther" is fictional, including the country where the movie is based. But in Wakanda, they do speak a language that is very much real, with distinctive click sounds that had some cast members struggling to speak it.

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Tony D'Angelo walks away from the scan check out lane after completing his purchase using the BJ's Express Scan app on his cell phone while shopping at the BJ's Wholesale Club in Northborough, Mass.

Stores make push in scan and go tech, hope shoppers adopt it

Shoppers at self-checkout lanes scanning all their groceries after they're done shopping? Old school. More stores are letting customer tally their choices with a phone app or store device as they roam the aisles.

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