MISS SAMOA: Ariana Taufao

Reigning Miss Samoa, takes a look back

Looking back on her one year reign as Miss Samoa, Australian-born Ariana Taufao says she sees her role as having been one of support and being involved with many organisations.

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Samoa Art Council received a donation from B.S.P. to help out with the first ever Samoa’s Inaugural Fashion Week. From left, Artist Dr. Vanya Taulealo, President of Samoa Arts Council, Seiuli Alan Alo and designer, Cecilia Keil of Cecilia’s Fashion House.

B.S.P. help Samoa Fashion Week

With Samoa’s Inaugural Fashion Week from the 12th till the 17th September

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Lemalu R Slade, Paepaetele Salemanesa, Rev Sabu Samoa, Superintendent Michael Brady, DSSgt Teena Rolls, Rarotonga Tevita, Taito Gale

Queensland Police in Samoa for Teuila

Last Friday in Australia, the Aiga Samoa Association North Brisbane Inc. hosted a Meet and Greet to farewell the Queensland Police Service Cultural Tour Group who flew out to Samoa on Saturday evening.  

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Visitors hike onto a lava flow from Kilauea, an active volcano on Hawaii's Big Island, in Volcanoes National Park near Kalapana, Hawaii.

Hurricane watch issued as storm nears Hawaii's Big Island

The Central Pacific Hurricane Center on Monday issued a hurricane watch for the Big Island of Hawaii as Hurricane Madeline closed in on the island.

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Brazil's suspended President Dilma Rousseff holds up a chart as she speaks at her own impeachment trial, in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016. Fighting to save her job, Rousseff told senators on Monday that the allegations against her have no merit.

Brazil's president proclaims innocence at impeachment trial

Brazil's suspended president proclaimed her innocence Monday, branding her vice president a "usurper" and warning senators that history would judge them harshly if they ousted a democratically elected leader on false charges.

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Ben Ryan the Fiji coach.

Land and name for Fiji rugby coach after 1st gold medal

Fiji continues to heap honors on Ben Ryan, the England-born coach who guided its sevens rugby team to the country's first-ever gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

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Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge celebrates after winning the men's marathon at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016.

Kenyan Olympic officials subjects of criminal investigation

Kenya is risking sanctions from the IOC after the sports minister said he had disbanded the national Olympic body and three of its senior officials were arrested and face a criminal investigation relating to alleged abuse of office during the Rio de Janeiro Games.

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Street Talk

Are Miss Samoa contests still relevant?

With the Miss Samoa Pageant 2016 just around the corner, Samoa will find its new ‘Miss Pretty’ soon. But while beauty contests often seem like a competition of the superficial kind in which the beauty part overshadows the cultural aspects, the question is, are these contests still relevant? This is what the Samoa Observer asked the people of Samoa in its latest Street Talk.

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Think a Minute

Think a minute…A woman named Anna Jarvis protested and fought against how Mother’s Day had become so commercialized. She said: “Mother’s Day has nothing to do with candy…Instead of a store-bought card, why not write your own words to the woman who has done more for you than anyone?


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Donald Trump and slavery in the United States of America!

Let’s talk about Donald Trump. As the Republican nominee for the next president of the United States of America in the general elections up ahead, Donald Trump is somehow seen as an unsuitable occupant for the White House ever.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor Re: Collective tourism earnings The government is quite comfortable with getting aid money, there’s no real attempt at getting any industry to work properly.

Have you ever wondered why when you try to make an online booking to travel to or from Samoa - and other destinations - when you select a flight for two to travel, the line tells you that ONLY 2 SEATS ARE LEFT AT THIS PRICE?

Dear Editor Re: A family’s daily struggle at Sa’aga There is no doubt that poverty is in Samoa. I can only hope for the best for these families facing living difficulties. The Samoan government like any other government, does not care about these conditions.




Gene Wilder listens as he is introduced to receive the Governor's Awards for Excellence in Culture and Tourism at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, Conn. Wilder, who starred in such film classics as

Actor Gene Wilder, star of Mel Brooks movies, dies at 83

Gene Wilder, the frizzy-haired actor who brought his deft comedic touch to such unforgettable roles as the neurotic accountant in "The Producers" and the deranged animator of "Young Frankenstein," has died.

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Pecha Berry Pokeseed doughnuts, top left and center, are displayed in a box of doughnuts from Doughnut Plant, in New York. From doughnut shops to zoos, businesses and organizations are finding creative ways to capitalize on “Pokemon Go.”

Pokemon doughnuts, exercise classes tap game's popularity.

Weeks into the "Pokemon Go" craze, demand remains strong for "Poke Ball"-shaped treats made by a high-end doughnut company, one of many businesses and organizations coming up with creative ways to lure players in their search for the elusive "pocket monsters."

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