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Samoa joins global call to use “power of sport”

“This work occurs in a wide diversity of cultural and demographic contexts, and contributes to various development goals such health, education, youth empowerment, gender equity, equality and inclusion, social cohesion, economic growth, and community and peace building.”

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Report on Ie Samoa Programme

Cabinet has approved the report on the Ie Samoa (genuine fine mat) programme for the financial year 2013/2014, conducted by the Ie Samoa Committee and the Ministry of Women Community and Social Development.

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Politics a ‘guessing game’ - P.M. says

Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, is confident his party will be victorious in the upcoming by-election for Gagaifomauga No. 1. So much so he tells the Samoa Observer that the Savai’i-based constituency has always backed the H.R.P.P and he doesn't see that changing any time soon.

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Four H.R.P.P. candidates revealed

The ruling Human Rights Protection Party (H.R.P.P.) has named four candidates to contest next month’s by-election for Gagaifomaiuga No. 1.

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Land C.E.O. stays silent

“To say that our kids will suffer is wrong. We are implementing the developments, reaping the fruits and we are also paying for it at the same time. What’s so difficult about that? There is no difficulty whatsoever” – P.M. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi

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‘Youtube’ man pleads guilty to indecent assault and voyeurism

A 26-year-old man, who took a video of his 18-year-old girlfriend while he beat her, has pleaded guilty to five counts of indecent assault and voyeurism.

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Top Samoan musician at Sails' Jazz night

He was the first Samoan and Pasifika person to conduct the N.Z. Symphony Orchestra and the Manukau Symphony Orchestra.

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Samoans take up ice dare for charity

Samoans around the world are taking the plunge to take part in a new social media phenomenon where participants dunk themselves with icey water to raise money for charity.

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Govt. defends ‘Sex Tape’ ban

The Chief Censor, Lei’ataua Niuapu Lei’ataua, has defended the Film Control Board’s decision to ban a comedy movie called “Sex Tape” from being screened in Samoa.

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Plane crash in Pago kills one, another still missing

A young man has died while his father is still missing after a private jet crashed in American Samoa on Wednesday night.

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High Health Alert issued

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The Director General of the Ministry of Health, Leausa Dr Take Naseri, has put the country on a High Health Alert

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Suspended Commissioner responds to allegations

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“When a situation happens, officers must act - in such situation you need quality officers to act on that power without abuse. The problem is with what the Commission has heard… it is certain to the Commission that the officers have a lot of freedom to punish prisoners to satisfy personal quirk"

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Police get into gear

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“Through those twelve days, we’ll be doing things that basically encounter how to escort a V.I.P safely and we’re also looking at diplomacy and protocol.”

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Drill looks at Emergency Shelters

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“Through those twelve days, we’ll be doing things that basically encounter how to escort a V.I.P safely and we’re also looking at diplomacy and protocol.”

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Defendant’s bushy hair giveaway in carnal knowledge hearing

A 33-year-old man has been jailed for 3 years after he was found guilty of carnal knowledge in an incident involving his 9-year-old first cousin.

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Manu flanker joins Bristol

Hurricanes back-row star will honour his agreement and is due to arrive in Gloucestershire later this week to begin pre-season training.

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Samoa to chase former All Blacks for National Team

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Although the union had yet to ‘set out on a player hunt’, it planned to investigate some players in the near future, Sua Vaai said.

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Manly boss hits out over player rumours

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Sydney (Sydney Morning Herald) July 23, 2014 - Manly Boss David Perry has gone to the NRL over concerns rival clubs are illegally approaching his star players with inducements to break their current contracts.

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Warriors drop David Fusitu'a after poor display

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“We’re optimistic he’ll be fine because he’s not showing any symptoms at the moment.”

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Umaga is just what Super Rugby needs

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Former New Zealand All Blacks captain Tana Umaga’s interest to coach a Singapore franchise bidding to play in the prestigious Super Rugby championship will give the local game a huge boost, said Singapore Rugby Union (SRU) president Low Teo Ping.

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Warriors make two changes for Manly clash

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(STUFF) 22 July 2014 - Warriors coach Andrew McFadden has tweaked his lineup, making two changes for Sunday’s clash with NRL leaders Manly in Auckland.

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Pacific rugby league series in pipeline

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Fiji Times - A possible Pacific Tri-Series tournament Samoa, Fiji and Tonga is in the pipeline.

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A mother’s plea for help

Va’alele Fa’amatai, of Vaisigano and Lauli’i, needs your help. The mother is seeking financial help from the community to support her 12-year-old-daughter, Fa’ama’au’s heart operation in New Zealand later this month.

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Editorial

Child labour is a real issue in Samoa

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If the young people hawking goods on the streets of Apia and all over Samoa at all sorts of hours during day and night cannot be described as “child labour,” what do we call them then?

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The bird with a leaf in her mouth

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“But a mother is not born to mourn her child’s death on the side of a road. A father is not meant to fall into oblivion from the sudden loss of his only son. A child is not meant to be without a loving parent. But these are few of the shades of our corrupted lives”

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Why the All Blacks should come to play i

New Zealand has agreed to play a pre-World Cup 2015 Test match in Apia, Samoa. It will be the first time that the All Blacks have played a Test in the Pacific Islands in the professional era.

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Letters

There’s something far more sinister

Dear Editor, The suggestion by a letter writer in your newspaper for the country to do away with the Office of the Head of State is not only utterly disrespectful, it sounds like someone who wasn’t taught well by his parents about respecting the elders.

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Stop unwittingly spreading this New World Order agenda

Dear Editor, You should look for articles for your international news that don’t reek of western corporate media bias.

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Punishing the Innocent

Dear Editor, A second terrible tragedy within four months dealing with the same airline, poses a number of questions, one of which is whether there is a link between the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines MH370 which has not been found to this day, and the recent MH17 exploding over Ukraine.

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A traitor to Samoa and her culture

Dear Editor, I write in response to a letter from one Richard Umuti calling for the Office of the Head of State to be done away with. I respect your opinion Mr Umuti but I thank God it is not the consensus.

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Re: Beautiful country, ugly service editorial

Dear Mata’afa Keni Lesa, Your editorial written on 12th July titled “Beautiful Country, ugly service” was an absolute disgrace.

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Great event for Samoa

Dear Editor, It’s great to see that the Prime Minister’s attention is turning to ensure that Samoa is fully prepared to host the All Blacks.

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Jealously is such an ugly emotion

Dear Editor, Re: A mother’s living hellJealousy is such an ugly emotion and abuse is definitely not on.

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