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Poll shows giant gap between what public, scientists think

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The American public and U.S. scientists are light-years apart on science issues. And 98 percent of surveyed scientists say it's a problem that we don't know what they're talking about.

Tele aafiaga falema’i pe a taofi le lafoga o totogi 2%


Na taua e le Pulesili o le falema’i o le LBJ i luma o le Komiti o le Soifua Maloloina a le maota o sui ananafi, e matua tele le a’afiaga o le itu tau tupe a le falema’i, pe afai ae aveese le lafoga o totogi e 2% o lo o maua atu i le malo.
O lea saunoaga mai le tofa a Taufete’e John Faumuina, o sana tali atu lea i le fesili na fa’atula’i e le tama’ita’i faipule ia Vui Florence Tuaumu-Saulo i le taimi o le iloiloga, i se a’afiaga o le itu tau tupe a le falema’i pe afai e taofi le lafoga e 2%.

FACT CHECK: Both sides in Keystone bend facts

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run from Canada to the Gulf, say the privately funded, $8 billion project is a critically needed piece of infrastructure that will create thousands of jobs and make the U.S. dependent on oil from friends, rather than foes.

Critics claim it will disastrously increase the pollution blamed for global warming and put communities along its 1,179-mile route at risk for a damaging spill, all for oil and products that will be exported anyway.

Apple growth amazes Samoa farmer

Did you know that apples do grow and fruit in Samoa? Ask Tanumalala man, Julius Fruean, and he will proudly tell you.

Mr. Fruean has not only grown two apple trees, they have also started to bear fruit.

“They are growing very well at my residence,” he said. “I didn't think they would grow.

“But it has been the most amazing feeling after these two apple trees that I planted in the last five years, produced fruit.”

Fruean said there is no special formula in planting apples. He is also not sure if he is the first to have planted apples in Samoa.

Video: Celebrity fish cleaning — no easy task


During Saturday’s “official inauguration” of Tri Marine International’s  Samoa Tuna Processors Inc., $70 million state-of-the art cannery plant in Atu’u and part of the ceremony included a “celebrity fish cleaning” segment which took place before the celebration got underway at 12noon.

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Amata’s Journal: State of the Union

In Washington, there are not many occasions of British-style pageantry, pomp and circumstance, however, the quadrennial Presidential Inaugural is an exception and so is the annual State of the Union address that the President delivers in the House chamber before the Members of the House and Senate.


The audience also includes the President’s cabinet, the Supreme Court, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the diplomatic corps. Each Member of the House receives one ticket for a guest to be seated in the balcony. I took my daughter Kirsten.


Lady Naomi scare as rough seas rule

Close to a hundred passengers on a Lady Naomi voyage from American Samoa to Samoa were stuck on the ferry for almost 20 hours.

The ferry arrived from Pago at midnight on Friday (Samoa time) but the majority of passengers did not get off the boat until well past midday Saturday.

Local authorities had to use a small boat to transfer the passengers to the Samoa Ports Authority’s Marina where they were cleared by Immigration and allowed to go home.

Toe Sa’afi mo le Afioga le Alalagafa


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Samoa inmate: What happened to the cash?

The Acting Commissioner of Police, Fauono Talalelei Tapu, has rejected a claim by a former inmate that Police officers who arrested him took a large sum of money that was in his bag.

The claim was made by 50-yearold Sione Ta’ateo, who was jailed for three years, over the theft of $860,000 from the Samoa National Provident Fund’s Pension scheme Office.

In an attempt to clear his name, Mr. Ta’ateo visited the Weekend Observer to express his disappointment at claims that he had used the money in question.

Talosaga Save i le FBI mo sa latou fesoasoani


O le aso Faraile o le vaiaso na te’a nei na tu’uina atu ai e le Komesina le tumau o le Matagaluega o Leoleo ia Save Liuato Tuitele sana tusi i le Ofisa Su’esu’e a le Feterale i Hawaii, le FBI, e talosagaina ai sa latou fesoasoani e tusa ai o le mataupu tuga se lua o lo o galulue le Ofisa o Leoleo a le atunu’u e su’esu’e i le taimi nei.

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