Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

“Writing-off water bills nothing new”

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi says there is “nothing new” in writing off outstanding water bills, which include $2.6 million in arrears. He said the policy to write-off water bills has been in place since the beginning of the Samoa Government, but the authority to accept or write-off the bills ultimately rests with the Parliament.

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SAMOA A HEAD COACH: Muliagatele Brian Limā.

Lima reveals secret to Samoa A success

Discipline and being well-prepared were the secrets behind Samoa A going on to win the World Rugby Americas Pacific Challenge. This was according to the head coach Muliagatele Brian Limā in an interview with the Samoa Observer.

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Mata'afa Faatino Utumapu.

The blind to seek Govt. assistance

The Samoa Blind People’s Association (S.B.P.A.) is considering asking the Government to import canes into Samoa for blind citizens. A member of the association, Fa’aolo Utumapu, told Samoa Observer that the association receives canes under an arrangement with a Danish citizen.

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Security forces block the main road at the site of a suicide attack during the first day of parliamentary election in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. Police say a suicide bomber blew himself up in front of a polling station in a school in the

Violence, confusion surround Afghan parliamentary elections

Afghanistan's first parliamentary elections in eight years suffered from violence and chaos Saturday, with a multitude of attacks killing at least 36 people, key election workers failing to show up and many polling stations staying open hours later than scheduled to handle long lines of voters.

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President Donald Trump speaks to media before boarding Air Force One at Elko Regional Airport, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, in Elko, Nev., after a campaign rally. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Trump says US will pull out of intermediate range nuke pact

President Donald Trump said Saturday he will pull the United States from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty because Russia has violated the agreement, but provided no details on the violations.

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King joins Tongan fans in 34-16 defeat to Australia

Australia crushed the hopes of a nation — and its watching king — when it beat Tonga 34-16 Saturday in their first rugby league test encounter. More than 26,000 Tonga fans — expatriate representatives of a Pacific Island nation with a population of only 104,000 — watched the match at Auckland's Mount Smart Stadium.

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Promoting a healthy lifestyle through touch rugby.

Health Business house touch tourney

The Ministry of Health Business House Championship 2018 is set to begin at Saint Joseph’s College on Monday. It is an eight weeks tournament and is organised by Samoa Touch Rugby Incorporated (S.T.R.I.) in partnership with the Ministry of Health (M.O.H.).

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Think a Minute

Think a minute…The famous scientist Albert Einstein did not always follow social customs. One evening the president of a university hosted a dinner to honor Einstein and give him an award. Einstein was not scheduled to speak at the dinner, but after he received the award the audience began cheering and calling for him to give a speech

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Fairness, $2.6 million of unpaid water bills and the sacking of coach Fuimaono

Let’s talk about fairness. The principle implies that everyone is treated equally and that all members of the community, regardless of who they are, get the same treatment. Imagine the day that happens on the planet, wouldn’t it be a wonderful world to live in? Unfortunately, that is not the case and probably never will be, not in Samoa or anywhere else for that matter.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Can’t help the urge on joining the well-wishers’ wishing Samoa Observer best wishes of Congratulations for a sustain service to our people in the past 40 years. Reminds me of the number of years God allows for His chosen people/village to wondered around in the desert while pilgrimage towards the Promised Land.

Re: Stream of benefits and net present value The problem with NPV and stream of benefits is that it is quite impossible to foresee into the future the stream of benefits that an airport in the bush will bring.

Re: Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua The Samoa Rugby Union did the same thing to Aveau Niko Palamo when they removed him as head coach of the Manu Samoa, when Niko Palamo has had a much better record than that of Michael Jones.

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Britain's Prince Harry, left, and his wife Meghan, center, the Duchess of Sussex attend the opening of Anzac Memorial at Hyde Park in Sydney, Australia, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, are on a 16-day tour to

Prince Harry opens memorial as royal tour continues

Prince Harry paid tribute to Australian service members by opening a new wing of a war memorial on Saturday before opening the Invictus Games as he and wife Meghan continued their visit to Australia and the South Pacific.

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President of the Superior Electoral Court Rosa Weber, talks with the President of the Workers' Party Gleisi Hoffmann, during a meeting with the leadership of the Workers' Party, at the Supreme Electoral Court headquarters, in Brasilia, Brazil, Friday, Oct

WhatsApp tells companies to stop spam amid Brazil elections

The WhatsApp messaging service said Friday that it has sent "cease and desist" letters to stop companies from sending bulk messages related to Brazil's election, after a report that businessmen were bankrolling a campaign to spread fake news in support of leading far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro.

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