“I want to make it clear, that (reports that the  Government vehicle was smashed) did not happen. I have  nothing to hide and the car was not in any way damaged” – So’oalo Mene

Associate Minister rejects reports

The Associate Minister of Justice and Courts Administration, So’oalo Mene, has rejected reports that a Government vehicle assigned to him was damaged during an incident outside a local bar involving his wife last weekend. “I invite you to look at the vehicle and you can see nothing was damaged,” he said. “I had a disagreement with my wife, and yes publicly.”

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Local

SAMOA OBSERVER VISIT: Li Yonghui, Ding Dong, Gatoaitele Savea Sano, Zhang Junsai, Muliaga Jean Malifa, Ambassador Wang Xuefeng and Mata'afa Keni Lesa.

China looks to improve relationship with Samoa

After 40 years of helping Samoa through its bilateral relationship, China wants to do more. How to go about doing this is the goal of a Chinese delegation that is visiting Samoa for two days, meeting with different sectors of the community. 

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S.M.S.M.C.L. project vehicle.

Project focuses on land management

The Strengthening Multi-Sectoral Management of Critical Landscapes for Samoa (S.M.S.M.C.L.) project under the Land Management Division of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (M.N.R.E.) was previewed yesterday. 

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World

People take pictures as lava enters the ocean, generating plumes of steam near Pahoa, Hawaii Sunday, May 20, 2018. Kilauea volcano that is oozing, spewing and exploding on Hawaii's Big Island has gotten more hazardous in recent days, with rivers of molten

What is lava haze? A look at Hawaii's latest volcanic hazard

Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano is pouring into the sea and setting off a chemical reaction that creates giant clouds of acid and fine glass.

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Pope Francis asperges holy water as he celebrates a Pentecost mass in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Sunday, May 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

LGBT community cheers pope's 'God made you like this' remark

Pope Francis' reported comments to a gay man that "God made you like this" have been embraced by the LGBT community as another sign of Francis' desire to make gay people feel welcomed and loved in the Catholic Church.

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Sport

England Head Coach Eddie Jones.

England rugby defense coach leaves for club job

One of the key assistants of England rugby coach Eddie Jones has left his job with the national team to take up a role at club level.

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The Samoa U18 team in Japan.

Samoa U18 team star in Japan

The Samoa Under-18 team stole the show during the opening of the 8th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (P.A.L.M.) at the Spa Resort Hawaiians, Iwaki, Japan.

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Street Talk

Public oppose new chicken tax

The recent passing of the Customs and Tariff Bill in Parliament means new tariff rates will be imposed on all imported chicken. This is a grave concern given that chicken is one of the most affordable meat for families living below the poverty line and middle income earners. Taxing such goods is no doubt a burden on these families because a decent meal every day is now being robbed from them with price increase. Our reporter, Ulimasao Fata asked the public on their opinion on Government’s move to tax imported frozen chicken. This is what they said:

Eseta Faasao, 42

Falelauniu

Lui Mareko, 34

Faleula

Vaine’a Faatafe, 65

Nu’u

Waldell Brown, 58

Leauva’a-Uta

Lima Salatielu, 38

Toamua

Think a Minute

Think a minute…Do you usually agree with people when they criticize you? Probably not. But just for fun, try it sometime. Agree with the criticism that people might give you. At first, it won’t feel natural or fun because when people criticize us, our natural reaction is just the opposite.

Editorial

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An utter waste of public monies

Here is the truth. When the Government through the Minister of Health, Tuitama Dr. Leao Tuitama, talked up the merger between the National Health Services and the Ministry of Health, we said that the decision was yet another one in a long list of screw-ups by this Government costing poor taxpayers too much money.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Re: Aid galore in Samoa It is too easy for the authorities to call their increasing debt to China “Aid”, but when they get called out on this, they then call it “Concessionary Loans”, but in fact the concessions are:

Dear Editor, Re: Justice dismisses lawsuit over name Interesting ruling, I was quite convinced that the ruling was fair, as this posting couldn’t possibly post the whole proceedings of the case, but after delivering the verdict, then “Justice Tafaoimalo urged the parties to make peace as they are after all a family.” and supported by both defense lawyers.

Dear Editor, Re: Aid galore Samoa They are chipping away on the first two letters that defined Samoa since 1962. The INdependent state of Samoa, would eventually become the overly dependent state of Samoa.

Entertainment

Meghan Markle listens during her wedding ceremony with Britain's Prince Harry at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, near London, England, Saturday, May 19, 2018.  (UK Pool/Sky News via AP)

Meghan offers insight into her new role as Duchess of Sussex

Meghan Markle has offered a glimpse of how she sees her new role as the Duchess of Sussex in two new pages posted on the royal website hours after the former actress married Britain's Prince Harry.

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Technology

Microsoft says it's committing to giving users worldwide the same data and privacy rights being offered to Europeans under new regulations there. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri, File)

Microsoft pledges to extend EU data rights worldwide

Microsoft promised Monday to give users worldwide the same data and privacy rights Europeans will get under new regulations there. That's in contrast to some of its tech rivals, who are hedging on how much privacy protections will change for Americans and other non-Europeans.

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