Siai Misa has been gifted a water tank. He says he's grateful.

Families without water are begging Prime Minister Tuilaepa for help

Imagine not having access to a consistent supply of water for the family’s everyday use over fifteen years. Imagine sleeping every night knowing that they are going to make two to three trips back and forth, to fetch water in the scorching sun next morning, just to get by on a daily basis the next day.  

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Local

Dr. Lalotoa Mulitalo the head at Samoa Law Reform Commission.

Narcotics Act outdated, Law Commission says

The Samoa Law Reform Commission has called the Samoa Narcotics Act 1967 to be overhauled, noting that it’s outdated. 

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HAPPIER TIMES:  Mailo Ben Vai with George Veikoso, also known as Fiji.

Samoa’s ‘king of reggae’ to be buried in Auckland

A highly respected musician dubbed Samoa’s King of Reggae will be buried in Auckland New Zealand tomorrow.

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World

Rescuers search for survivors at the collapse of a garbage mound in Maputo, Mozambique, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Mozambican media say at least 17 people died when heavy rains triggered the partial collapse of the mound garbage. (AP Photo/Ferhat Momade)

17 killed in garbage dump collapse in Mozambique

Heavy rains triggered the partial collapse of a huge mound of garbage in Mozambique's capital on Monday, killing 17 people who were buried by debris.

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President Donald Trump.

Trump fumes about Russia investigation as nation mourns

As the nation mourned, President Donald Trump kept largely silent about the Florida school shooting victims and the escalating gun control debate, instead raging at the FBI for what he perceived to be a fixation on the Russia investigation at the cost of failing to deter the attack.

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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…Someone said:”All fun ends with marriage.” Do you feel that way some days? Maybe your marriage is going through a change of seasons. Remember, “Love is more than just a game for two.”

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Lest we forget: “But what is happening is that the Samoa Observer has been publishing the truth,” Tuala Falenaoti.

On the front page of the Samoa Observer of 13 February 2018, Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, is pictured as he’s addressing the Samoa Institute of Directors on the topic of Leadership and Governance.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor With due respect to Jeffrey and his typical H.R.P.P. worded rant about idle land in Samoa going to waste, due to inactivity? What rain shower did Jeffery come down on? Has Jeffery just been swept into Samoa via Cyclone Gita? It is absurd to even suggest, that families from abroad are hell bent on keeping their Samoan families living on Customary Land in poverty!

Re: You have been warned, Samoa! I mentioned this a couple of years back when expressing concern over the level of debt back then to the Chinese EXIMBANK. This state owned bank has been operating in Africa and the Indian Ocean for years and the modus operandi is always the same.

Re: The sweat of success He’s been called lots of things, and most of them silly. The man was one of the worst war criminals of the 20th century, mowing down Sudanese tribesmen with machine guns during his youth, throwing the ANZACs at the Turks in WWI, using chemical weapons on the Arabs and Kurds after it, supporting Zionism...

Entertainment

Letitia Wright in a scene from

Letitia Wright steals show in 'Black Panther' breakout role

Letitia Wright still can't believe she made the "Black Panther" poster. The 24-year-old actress has an out-of-nowhere star-making turn in the Marvel superhero film as the whip-smart Shuri, teenage sister to T'Challa and top scientist in Wakanda.

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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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