MINISTER RESPONSIBLE FOR POLYNESIAN AIRLINES: Lautafi Fio Purcell.

Samoa Airways set for Auckland to Faleolo Airport maiden flight

Samoa Airways will make her international debut to Auckland from Faleolo on 14 November 2017, the Minister responsible for Polynesian Airlines, Lautafi Fio Purcell, has confirmed.

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LOVE OF ART: Pele Loi loves what he does; painting.

Pele finds way back to Art

Art not only makes the artist happy, the joy and emotions are also shared by people who see it. It is the reason Pele Loi loves what he does; painting. 

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MISS SAMOA 2017-2018: Papali’i Alexandra Iakopo is flanked by students of Palauli College.

Miss Samoa reaches out to Savai’i students

The Miss Samoa, Papali’i Alexandra Iakopo is using her new role to encourage students in Savai’i to explore various career pathways. 

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World

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addresses the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017.

Iranian president: Trump's UN comments 'ignorant, absurd'

Iran's president warned Wednesday that his country will "respond decisively" to any violation of the agreement that reins in its nuclear program and called U.S. President Donald Trump's "ignorant, absurd and hateful rhetoric" about Iran unfit for the United Nations.

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Rescue team members Candida Lozada, left, and Stephanie Rivera, right, embrace as they wait to assist in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Humacao, Puerto Rico.

Maria destroys homes, triggers flooding in Puerto Rico

The strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in over 80 years destroyed hundreds of homes, knocked out power across the entire island and triggered heavy flooding Wednesday in an onslaught that could plunge the U.S. territory deeper into financial crisis.

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Sport

Women’s Sevens tournament underway

The Women’s 7’s tournament kicked off yesterday at the Samoa Rugby Union field in Tuanaimato. Six teams had registered but one team pulled out just before the tournament started yesterday morning, according to the Women’s Development Officer, Avii Faalupega.

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In this April 20, 2013, file photo, the referee stops the fight between Hughie Fury, left, and Alex Rozman in a heavyweight boxing match at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Fury cousins' doping probe being delayed by tribunal ruling

Britain's anti-doping agency says its dispute with former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and his cousin, Hughie, is being delayed while a tribunal weighs up an application made by the boxers to exclude certain evidence.

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Street Talk

Line blurred between tips and bribery

The difference between tipping and bribery has been spelt out by a Cabinet Minister who said public servants should not feel bad about accepting tips for doing their work. The Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tioniso Hunt, said it is only wrong when public servants accept bribes. What do you think? Should members of the public be encouraged to tip public servants, especially people like Customs officials? Ulimasao Fata asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Mele Maulolo Iasoni, 47

Afega

Paulo Ilalio Fonoti

Afega/Nu’u Fou

Pearlynn Brown

Malie

Peleti Aso, 36

Faleasiu

Saili Talimasealii, 51

Utualii

Seufale Filipo Foaluga

Vaitele-fou

Think a Minute

Think a minute…Why do bad things happen to good people? Why does that kind, honest person who does the right thing get fired from his job? And why does that evil crook become rich and get away with lying and cheating?

Editorial

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One more reminder to protect our young girls

Every parent who has a girl child at school – including in colleges and tertiary education – should read Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Warren’s comments on page 3 of the Samoa Observer yesterday.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Re: Desperation knows no boundaries Hysterical you are! Just calm down your nerves for goodness sake. You sure remind me the year 2009 during that left hand drive shifting from left to right in Samoa when the Honourable Prime Minister of Samoa, the master Tuila’epa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi had responded to criticism from Tole’afoa Maposua To’ailoa Solomona.

Dear Editor, I was interested in the big breaking news in your paper and on social media about a woman being appointed the “Acting Assistant Commissioner.”

Dear Editor, Re: Line blurred between tips and bribery It amazes me that this issue is being seriously discussed. How can any fair-minded individual even consider that tipping a public servant for doing their job can be anything other than a bribe.

Entertainment

Kevin Hart poses at Kevin Hart's

Woman in Kevin Hart scandal denies being an extortionist

On the heels of comedian Kevin Hart's Instagram video about someone seeking financial gain from a mistake he made, a woman came forward Wednesday and said she was "involved" with the box office star a month ago but is not an extortionist.

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Technology

Michelle Turner, general manager of security products for Nest Labs, talks about the Hello doorbell during an event Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, in San Francisco.

Nest Labs adds doorbell that can recognize familiar faces

Home device maker Nest Labs is adding Google's facial recognition technology to a camera-equipped doorbell and rolling out a security system in an attempt to end its history of losses.

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