Highway to success for farmers

Agriculture has more potential rather than being verbally considered as one of the backbone of Samoa’s economy. This is aside from local small or semi-scale subsistence farming. Samoa Observer spoke to two large scale commercial farmers in Samoa who have made the furrows of a farm look like a highway to business success.  

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UK/SAMOA TIES: British High Commissioner Laura Clarke with Honorary Consul Taulapapa Brenda Heather-Latu.

United Kingdom to open High Commission in Apia

The United Kingdom is opening a new High Commission in Apia. The British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, announced the opening of nine new diplomatic posts across the Commonwealth, including in Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu.

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Group photo in front of the new shelter for improved safety and comfort of waiting passengers and schoolchildren.

Partnership for development

A tsunami in 2009 and a cyclone in 2012 have badly damaged the physical infrastructure and negatively affected the lifestyle of the inhabitants at Faleu Manono in Samoa.

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World

Kim Jong Un attends a meeting of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, in Pyongyang, North Korea.(Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)

North Korea says it has suspended nuclear, missile testing

North Korea said Saturday it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests and plans to close its nuclear test site. The announcement came ahead of a new round of nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang, Seoul and Washington, but there was no clear indication in the North's announcement if it would be willing to deal away its arsenal.

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Former President George H. W. Bush greets the mourners with his daughter Dorothy

President George HW Bush greets mourners honoring his wife

Former President George H.W. Bush surprisingly greeted some of the hundreds of mourners filing through a large Houston church on Friday as they paid final respects to his wife of 73 years, former first lady Barbara Bush.

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Sport

Waratahs up, Blues down in Super Rugby

One team in the midst of a revival and another trapped in a slump will play crucial matches in this weekend's 10th round of Super Rugby.

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Leifiifi College Under-19 Champions.

Leifiifi reigns supreme

The Leifiifi College Under-19 Rugby team is the 2018 National Schools Rugby 15s champions. They proved too good for Zone B champions, Wesley College in the final winning by 21-13 at fulltime. 

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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…A famous man said: “Words are the most powerful drug used by mankind. They are like nitroglycerine: they can blow up bridges or heal hearts.” It all depends on how we use them: as a weapon to hurt or an instrument to heal.

Editorial

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Think dialogue, humility and mutual respect

We live in a very interesting time. The truth is that everywhere we look today we see conflicts, hardship, strife and war. Around the world we’ve become so used to seeing bloodshed, death and the hopelessness which follows. But there is no sign of slowing down either. The developments between the superpowers of the world are intriguing to say the least.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Re: Will Samoa ever be a self reliant country? I am totally bamboozled by this article for I can’t get the mixed messages it contains. The article talks about Samoans lacking initiative and specifically mentions CEO’s, ACEO’s and farmers.

Dear Editor, Interesting reading your editorial on the Prime Minister and comments about Samoa being a dictatorship. There are varying degrees of dictatorship and there are different types of dictators, the latter including Idi Amin, Mugabe and Saddam.

Dear Editor, Re: Customary lands and the truth Rubbish. The L.T.R.A. 2008 is not unconstitutional at all. Stop reading rubbish online from people who have never once taken the matter to the Courts to test their stupid legal arguments before the Judges.

Entertainment

Her high-energy festival set over the weekend involved a marching band, dance troupes and step teams from black colleges along with her singing “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” known as the national black anthem. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

From far and wide, Beyonce brings excitement to HBCU culture

When Beyonce paid tribute to historically black colleges at Coachella, the singer's grand performance reignited interest in the marching band culture and created shockwaves of excitement to students attending those schools.

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Technology

The audit by PricewaterhouseCoopers is available on the FTC’s website, though it is heavily redacted. It covers February 12, 2015 to February 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Audit clears Facebook despite Cambridge Analytica leaks

An audit of Facebook's privacy practices for the Federal Trade Commission found no problems even though the company knew at the time that a data-mining firm improperly obtained private data from millions of users — raising questions about the usefulness of such audits.

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