CHANGE OF GUARD

A new chapter in the history of Samoa started yesterday at Tuana’imato. It began with the changing of the guard in terms of the Head of State when His Highness Tuia’ana Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II took his oath as the new Head of State. By his side was the Masiofo, Her Highness Fa’amausili Leinafo. 

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The idea is that training and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding - breaking down stereotypes, empowering and engaging with individuals through the power of sports and the promotion of an inclusive society.

Special Olympics unite all abilities

More than 700 students took part in the Special Olympics Samoa Unified Sports Day at Marist Primary School on Thursday.

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Project rallies cocoa industry to target big exports market

The Samoa Cocoa Industry Development Initiative (S.C.I.D.I) project exists to help cocoa farmers in Samoa. 

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World

White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington.

Spicer abruptly resigns as Trump press secretary

White House press secretary Sean Spicer abruptly resigned his position Friday, ending a rocky six-month tenure that made his news briefings defending President Donald Trump must-see TV. 

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A scorched car rests next to a residence leveled by the Detwiler fire near Mariposa, Calif., on Wednesday, July 19, 2017.

Evacuation order lifted for California Gold Rush-era town

An aggressive wildfire sweeping through California foothills covered with dense brush and trees destroyed dozens of homes but spared a historic Gold Rush-era town popular with tourists bound for Yosemite National Park, officials said Friday.

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Sport

Malakai Fenitoa.

All Blacks center Fekitoa joining Toulon next season

All Blacks center Malakai Fekitoa is joining three-time European champion Toulon next season.

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BLAME THE COACH: P.M. Tuilaepa says it is natural for people to blame the coach when things go wrong.

Coach gets P.M.’s sympathy

Prime Minister and the Chairman of the Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U), Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, is standing by under-sieged coach of the losing Manu Samoa team, Namulauulu Alama Ieremia.

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Street Talk

Should the P.M.’s term be limited?

Do you think there should be a limit on the number of terms for the Prime Minister? The question has surfaced following the government’s decision to change the Head of State after two terms in office. Deidre Fanene asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Tina Vaipua

Magiagi

Penina Gasē

Matautu

Jolly Ulumoto

Lauli'i

Kimberly Motu

Faleasiu

Moe Lei Sam

Taufusi

Pouli Faapouli

Utualii

Think a Minute

Think a minute…Edwin Thomas was one of the greatest actors in the 1800’s. He became world-famous for his acting performances in Shakespeare’s plays. Edwin’s two brothers, John and Junius, were also actors, but they were not as talented as Edwin.

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The bizarre and the ugly

Reading the Wednesday edition of your Samoa Observer newspaper sent chills down the spine. The headlines and stories on the first three pages alone were enough to send a shock wave throughout Samoa with the suggestion that a terrible illness has invaded this society.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Re: Politics today Again the people have no choice but to put a majority of H.R.P.P in power that will never vote against the PM because of that pathetic election rule that allows 5 H.R.P.P people to run in one district.

Dear Editor Re: The laws of the land What laws are you talking about? There are no supreme laws you idiot. Only God is supreme and his laws only are supreme.

Dear Editor Re: Powerful P.M. If the P.M. has a majority he actually has more power than a president. This is what Tuilaepa fully understands and you PS Jeffrey do not.

Entertainment

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2014 file photo, Chester Bennington poses in the press room at the 25th annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas in Inglewood, Calif.

Reaction to death of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington

Reaction to the death of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington:

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Technology

This Monday, June 19, 2017, photo shows Facebook launched on an iPhone, in North Andover, Mass.

Facebook working on way to charge for reading news articles

Facebook is working on a way for news organizations to charge readers for articles they share and read on the social network.

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