A legend in humility

Vala Uale Ma’i is a humble champion. You have to be when you are chosen as the Guest of Honour for anything in life and yet you end up picking up the rubbish, cutting the grass and cleaning the grounds.

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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

A U.S. Marine stands guard on the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier anchors off Manila, Philippines, for a five-day port call along with guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy.

US Navy says China's military buildup won't stop patrols

U.S. forces are undeterred by China's military buildup on man-made islands in the South China Sea and will continue patrolling the strategic, disputed waters wherever "international law allows us," said a Navy officer aboard a mammoth U.S. aircraft carrier brimming with F-18 fighter jets.

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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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Sport

WELCOME HOME CHAMP: Seiuli Fiao’o Faamausili (left) with a team mate in Samoa.

World champion in Samoa

Retired but she’s still at it. Seiuli Fiao’o Faamausili returns to Samoa – her homeland - showcasing what she’s good at in the 7s code in front of the many spectators at the A.C.P Marist Stadium, Lotopa.

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Ato Leau Plodzicki Faoagali is heading to the Commonwealth Games.

Boxing names team for Commonwealth Games

The Samoa Amateur Boxing Association has named Team Samoa for the upcoming Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, Australia. The Fight for Marist last week was one of the final trials.

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Street Talk

Devastated by Cyclone Gita

Tropical Cyclone Gita devastated a number of Pacific island countries last week. In Samoa, it left many families at Lelata, Ma’agao and Vini devastated. What was going through your mind during the cyclone? And what would you do differently if another cyclone comes? Nefertiti Matatia asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Aulalo Mulitalo, 44

Lefaga

Lesolo Asolua Fatu Fauoo, 67

Lauano Fagaloa

Rosalia Iona, 64

Falealili

Sivanila Lolopo, 60

Vaoala

Tofi Eti, 38

Se’ese’e

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.

Editorial

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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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