Marist Brothers School at Mulivai.

Stench shuts school

Marist Brothers School at Mulivai was forced to close early yesterday. The decision was made for health reasons, the School Principal, Tualasea Kalala Samuelu told the Weekend Observer.

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KEY DEVELOPMENT: Hinauri Petana flanked by representatives from Manteena and Cox Architecture.

Samoa’s Complex in Canberra

A construction management agreement was signed earlier this month between the High Commissioner of Samoa, Hinauri Petana, on behalf of the Government of Samoa and Mark Bauer, representing Manteena Pty Ltd. 

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Generosity touches Group

The business community continues to rally support for the work of Samoa Victim Support Group (S.V.S.G) whether it be financial, in kind or volunteer services.

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World

Brazil's Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks at a rally in defense of public companies and against Brazil's interim President Michel Temer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Former Brazilian President Silva to stand trial

A Brazilian judge has accepted charges against former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva for allegedly obstructing a corruption investigation involving state-run oil giant Petrobras, clearing the way for one of the country's best-known political figures to stand trial.

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Pope Francis prays in front of the Memorial at the former Nazi Death Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, in Oswiecim, Poland, Friday, July 29, 2016.

Pope visits Auschwitz, begs God to forgive "so much cruelty"

Choosing silence to convey his sorrow, Pope Francis visited the former Nazi death factory at Auschwitz and Birkenau on Friday, meeting with concentration camp survivors as well as aging saviors who helped Jews escape certain doom. In a guest book entry he made an anguished plea: "Lord, forgiveness for so much cruelty!"

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Sport

Sendora vs. Sheena.

Boxers ready to rumble

They have been weighed, they have faced down their opponent and now they are ready for the ring. Businesses against businesses, friends against friends, one ring and one winner; tonight is the night where it all goes down.

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Matthew Giteau

Matt Giteau back in Wallaby frame for Rugby Championship

Veteran playmaker Matt Giteau and four uncapped players have been named in a 36-man Australia squad for the Rugby Championship against New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina.

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Street Talk

A question of safety on buses

The bus crash at Tiavi last week, which has claimed one man’s life, has again raised questions about the safety of public transportation in Samoa. In particular, the issue of wooden versus ready-made buses has resurfaced. Is it not time to get rid of the wooden buses now? Why? Why not? Ilia Likou asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Pofito Semasi, 35

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Think a Minute

Think a minute…A famous painting shows a king making a chain from his crown, and a slave making a crown from his chain. Underneath the painting are these words: “Life is what one makes it, no matter of what it is made.”

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Olympic the stuff of dreams

Time sure flies. It was only four years ago that Usain Bolt bolted onto the headlines and in our living rooms with pictures of the fastest man in the world beamed all over the globe for people to see. We’ve hardly had a breather and the Olympic Games is upon us already.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, So there is a Samoan Obesity Gene? I call that BS. Google old Samoan Photo and find me one obese Samoan. The problem is that the moa palagi is deemed unfit for human consumption. Check the box; see the 'approved for export' stamp.

Dear Editor, The General Manager Tologata Tile Leia said the price of electricity will be dropped to fulfill the government’s promise. What a load of absolute rubbish. The price of electricity went up not long ago and straight after, the Minister of Finance announced that the price of electricity would increase again this year.

Dear Editor, Samoa faces a catastrophe every bit as deadly as the 1918 Flu Pandemic. The Alienation of Customary Land Rights is absolutely Forbidden without a National Referendum of All Registered Voters.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton arrive for a rally at McGonigle Hall at Temple University in Philadelphia, Friday, July 29, 2016. Clinton and Kaine will begin a three day bus tour through the rust belt.

Poof! 'Ghostbusters' tweet cheering Clinton deleted

A tweet from Sony Pictures' "Ghostbusters" account that many interpreted as an endorsement of Hillary Clinton has disappeared as quickly as a phantom.

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Technology

Fans play the highly addictive

What's troubling athletes arriving in Rio? No 'Pokemon Go'

So the plumbing and electricity in the athletes' village took several days to fix. Who cares? But no "Pokemon Go"? That's an outrage!

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