UNHAPPY WITH THE TRASHED HISTORICAL SITE: Mathew Amituanai, a frequent hiker up Mt Vaea.

R.L.S. grave site defaced, vandalised

When one of Samoa’s most important historical sites is defaced and vandalised, then you know that something is really wrong.

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Top Stories

Local

USING GOD’S TALENT: Daieland Fruen from Lepa.

A change in time

Meet 46-year-old Daieland Fruean from the village of Lepa. He was spotted at his home weaving fine mats which is an uncommon practice these days especially for males.

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DEMANDING IMPROVED SAFETY MEASURES: Tattoo artist Fesoloa'i Imo Levi hopes for better regulations concerning tattooing in Samoa.

Tattooist urges safety measures

With several cases of infection having probably been transmitted while tattooing because of inadequate safety measures, authorities in Samoa have already taken action on that matter. Along with the recent consultation for all tattooists in the country, a guideline was handed to the participants at Millenia Hotel in Apia in order to ensure safe work with the popular body art.

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World

Waves crash against a coastal road in Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture, northeastern Japan, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016. A typhoon is about to barrel into northern Japan, threatening to bring floods to an area still recovering from the 2011 tsunami. Typhoon Li

At least 9 dead as typhoon hits northern Japan

At least nine elderly people were killed when their nursing home was flooded in northern Japan after Typhoon Lionrock dumped heavy rains on the area.

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Marcyann Ritchie, of Snhomish, Wash., holds her homemade sign supporting Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as she waits in line Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, for a Trump rally in Everett, Wash.

Trump to make quick trip to Mexico before immigration speech

In a surprise move, Donald Trump will travel to Mexico on Wednesday to meet with President Enrique Pena Nieto, just hours before the Republican delivers a highly anticipated speech on immigration.

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Sport

This year’s festival featured some of the top Samoan world champion paddlers from the New Zealand Open Mens and Masters Mens teams, who recently competed in the World Sprints held in Australia earlier this year.

Successful start to Alo Paopao Festival 2016

The Vailima Alo Paopao International Paddling Regatta & Festival 2016 started on Friday 26th August with team registration & briefing and officially opened on Saturday morning.  

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Eugenie Bouchard, of Canada, takes a break between games against Dominika Cibulkova, of Slovakia, at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York.

Concussion-related lawsuit pending, Bouchard out at US Open

Eugenie Bouchard wrung her hands at her post-match news conference. She rubbed her lower lip. She squeezed her left arm.

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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.

Samunda Safuie

Tafitoala

John Aana

Samatau

Ouandolity Fa’afetaie

Mulifanua

Young Sani

Alafua

Caroline Leala Ah

Vaiola Faleata

Karl Uilelea

Lauli’i

Think a Minute

Think a minute…You know that overnight success usually takes at least 10 years? One man said, “My overnight success was the longest night of my life. I spent many days and nights just getting there!” Remember, “Rome was not built in a day.” Many people are waiting for their ship to come in…when they’ve not even sent it out of the harbor. You see, winners simply do what losers don’t want to do. And they keep doing it until they get the success they want.

Editorial

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Tuilaepa, Bainimarama and the pawn called Bluesky!

On Tuesday this week an email arrived. It said: “We will be issuing a statement tomorrow from Bluesky on the news at hand.” “However, we wanted to point you to media releases published, advising that Bluesky’s parent company, Amper has decided to sell its shares to ATH for Bluesky Pacific.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor Re: “You rub my back, and I’ll rub your back” – revisited. In this time of testing, we find out how many strong men and women remain to challenge the sickness that has come upon our people.

Dear Editor RE: Church commitments are the cause of poverty - Afoa Aliva Congratulations to Mr. Afoa Aliva for having the guts to publicly state what everyone knows but is afraid to say. It seems that church officials have eyes but cannot see the sufferings of their members and ears that cannot hear the pleas for relief of their sufferings.

Dear Editor Re: Vaimoso leaders offer youth a solution There should be national conscription of every able-bodied man and woman who is unemployed to spend 3 months a year learning disaster management and disaster preparedness as well as essential survival skills in the event of a catastrophic natural disaster like we had with cyclones Val and Ofa.

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VIDEOS

Entertainment

Rapper Chris Brown

Singer arrested on suspicion of assault with deadly weapon

Police arrested singer Chris Brown on Tuesday on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after a woman called hours earlier from outside his Los Angeles home and said she needed help.

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Technology

European Union Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager speaks during a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016.

Europe hits Apple with a $15 billion-plus tax bill

The European Union ordered Apple on Tuesday to pay nearly $15 billion in back taxes to Ireland, plus billions more in interest, in a move that dramatically escalates the fight over whether America's biggest corporations are paying their fair share around the world.

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