Lima supports Manu Samoa vs Samoa A match

Samoa A Head Coach Muliagatele Brian Limā yesterday said he is open to the idea of his team taking on the Manu Samoa in order to select the best squad for the 2019 World Cup. Speaking to the Samoa Observer after his team was recently crowned the 2018 America's Pacific Challenge champion, the former Manu Samoa player said a match in Apia between Manu Samoa and Samoa A would be good for the game and ensures Samoa puts together a strong squad for the Rugby World Cup.

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THANK YOU: Village Representative Siligatusa Pa’ipa’i with Island Rock IT Manager, Seali’i Faiga’a.

Island Rock supports village curfew

A business house has stepped in to support a village council restore order amongst its youth through a daily curfew. The owner of local electronics company Island Rock, Tuaopepe Jerry Wallwork, presented 50 vests to Tanugamanono village representatives yesterday after they approached his company for assistance.

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SKILL DEVELOPMENT: Motiana Siaosi makes the most of this opportunity.

Young woman sees her future in sewing

A 21-year-old is extremely grateful for the opportunity to learn a valuable life skill in sewing. It’s a skill she hopes will not only benefit her but everyone in her family and the village. Motiana Siaosi, of Magiagi is among more than 100 Samoan women taking part in sewing lessons provided through a programme funded by China with assistance from the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development.

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World

A man rolls a large joint in a Toronto park on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018.

After Canada legalizes pot, industry eyes rest of the world

Cam Battley is a top executive at one of Canada's biggest marijuana companies, but he isn't sticking around to savor the country's historic pot legalization. He's off to Germany on Friday and Australia next week — a sign of what a leader Canada has become in the global pot industry, and of the reverberations its decision to legalize could have internationally.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo walks out to speak to reporters following his meeting with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.

Man linked to Saudi prince at consulate when writer vanished

A member of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's entourage during several trips abroad walked into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul just before writer Jamal Khashoggi vanished there, a surveillance photo leaked Thursday shows, drawing the kingdom's heir-apparent closer to the columnist's alleged slaying.

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DEVELOPING OUR OFFICIALS: Local touch rugby referees graduate with Level 1 Badges. Photos / (Samoa Touch Rugby Incorporated).

Hard work pays off for local referees

Fourteen local touch rugby referees have graduated with a Level 1 Badge after a three-day assessment. They are Gerard Anapu, Filoi Eneliko, Atitoa Tau, Risty Fong, Frank Ah Kuoi, Arron Rogers, Alex Mikaele, David Solomona, Tua Toomata, Deejay Fong, Michael Wulf, Mathew Stanley, Ete Tanuvasa, and Malaeloa Filipo Soe.

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TOUCH RUGBY REFEREES: Participants of the Touch Rugby level one ref course.

Touch rugby develops officials

The first touch rugby referee course level one is part of critical steps being taken to develop the sport in Samoa. The course makes up the Samoa Touch Rugby Incorporated’s (S.T.R.I.) strategic plan to develop officials which will help grow the sport.

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Think a Minute

Think a minute…If you are not having a good day, people sometimes humorously say that you “got up on the wrong side of the bed.” Amazingly, brain surgeons discovered that the brain actually has two sides and that each side thinks differently.

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“We have to apply common sense. This was my decision although it is not in line with the law” – Minister Tialavea

On the front page of the Sunday Samoan of 14 October 2018, the headline read: “Govt. can assist cash-strapped firms.” The story referred to a Government policy that allows certain companies to pay their import duty after 30 days – but only if they pay 50 per cent of the tax upfront.

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Letters to the Editor

Re: Apia’s growing litter problem an eyesore It’s great to see this initiative in Samoa and good on Shaanarlei for doing this. It is apparent for anyone travelling to Samoa that there is an issue with the rubbish and is something the government needs to sort out (it’s right outside the government’s doorstep to see).

Dear Editor Re: Give Tiavea Village a fair go This letter is wrong. At the moment, the land is just bush. There is little value there at the moment. The land is yet to be built on and used. Only then will the value of the land increase. Not before.

Re: Bullying tactics, church, desperation and hypocrites The two pillars collided head on according to the article; Church and State, but if you look closely to the epic conflict, its the Protestants against the ruling Catholic P.M. Is this the revival of the old sectarian divide?

Entertainment

FILE - In this June 13, 2017 file photo, Keith Cozart, known as rapper Chief Keef, appears at Minnehaha County Court in Sioux Falls, S.D. A judge has denied a motion to dismiss a drug charge against Cozart, who was arrested in June 2017 at the Sioux Falls

Rapper's motion for drug charge dismissal denied

A judge in South Dakota has denied a motion to dismiss a drug charge against rapper Chief Keef. The rapper, whose legal name is Keith Cozart, was arrested in June 2017 at the Sioux Falls airport when drugs were found in his carry-on bag after he performed at the University of Sioux Falls.

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Technology

FILE - This April 12, 2016 file photo shows the Microsoft logo in Issy-les-Moulineaux, outside Paris, France. Federal prosecutors have charged a former Microsoft sports marketing director with five counts of wire fraud, accusing him of attempting to embez

Former Microsoft director indicted on embezzlement charges

Federal prosecutors have charged a former Microsoft sports marketing director with five counts of wire fraud, accusing him of attempting to embezzle $1.5 million from the company and using his NFL connections to sell Super Bowl tickets for his own gain.

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