THERE NEEDS TO BE A CHANGE WITHIN THE CHURCHES:  Afoa Aliva.

Church commitments are the cause of poverty - Afoa Aliva

It’s no secret that churches in Samoa hold a lot of influence over the people and that is expected with a nation claiming to be founded on God.

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Local

Faatolu Seigafo with her grandchildren at their home in Siumu.

Hardship of a village life

Recently a report was launched that shows that there is hardship in Samoa and for one family at Siumu they are the living proof.

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ENJOYING WHAT THEY HAVE LEARNT: The team from Marist Brother Mulivai Primary School and their coaching staff.

Encouraging Samoa’s youngest rugby players

The action on the rugby field does attract people of all ages and if there is an interest in a team sport like rugby, one can never start too early picking up the rugby ball.

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World

Sister Mariana, from Albania, checks her mobile phone as she lies near a victim laid on a ladder following an earthquake in Amatrice Italy, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016.

Nun in iconic Italy quake photo texted friends 'adieu'

She became the face of Italy's earthquake: Sister Marjana Lleshi, blood staining her veil as she texted her family and friends in her native Albania that she was alive.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets former presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson as he arrives to speak at a campaign rally in Manchester, N.H.

Suddenly it's Trump sounding soft on illegal immigration

Donald Trump defeated 16 rivals in the Republican primaries by being the most anti-immigrant of them all, promising to build a giant wall on the border and deport millions.

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Sport

Elaine Thompson, left, from Jamaica, and Jenna Prandini from the USA, right, compete in the women's 100m race event at the Athletissima IAAF Diamond League international athletics meeting in the Stade Olympique de la Pontaise in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Olympic champion Thompson stars as Bolt skips Diamond meet

Olympic 100-meter champion Elaine Thompson took center stage in the absence of her Jamaican teammate Usain Bolt in the first Diamond League meet after the Rio de Janeiro Games on Thursday.

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American Olympic swimmers Gunnar Bentz, left, and Jack Conger, leave the police station at the international airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Rio police charge Lochte with false report of robbery

Brazilian police charged American swimmer Ryan Lochte on Thursday with filing a false robbery report over an incident during the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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Street Talk

Does Samoa really need another airline?

With this week’s launch of Talofa Airways, Samoa has established another way to connect to other countries. The company joins the ranks of competing airlines which leads to the question, do Samoans really need another airline?

Ben Petana

Vaivase

Tomkins Siliga

Fagaitua (American Samoa)

Tauaiupolu Siliga

Fagaitua (American Samoa)

Rachel Alefosio Trood

Moamoa

Mele Ioselani Trood

Savalalo

Christopher Krieg

Vaoala

Think a Minute

Think a minute…Sex was God’s idea. God created sex in marriage for pleasure. The problem is that we have misused and twisted God’s plan for sex. We ruin this beautiful gift from God by using sex wrongly.

Editorial

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Why are the residents of Sogi being denied this freedom?

No matter how hard we’ve been trying to dismiss from our minds this protracted standoff between the government and the marginalized residents of Sogi, we cannot. That abhorrent fracas will just not go away.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor …Then pay them fair market value for their land, then develop the valuable beachfront for the benefit of the rest of the country.

The plight of the folks in Sogi village is an humanitarian case and should conjure up questions of domestic and international consequence.

Dear Editor Let me reiterate, this government and any government, for that matter, is nothing without the people. No matter what outside forces influence this or any other government, it is our duty as its citizens to oppose and dissent, it’s how it works.

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VIDEOS

Entertainment

Pharrell Williams attends the 2016 ABFF Awards: A Celebration of Hollywood in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Appeal seeks to overturn 'Blurred Lines' copyright verdict

Attorneys for Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams on Wednesday asked an appellate court to overturn a copyright infringement verdict against them over the 2013 hit song "Blurred Lines."

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Technology

An autonomous vehicle is parked for its test drive in Singapore Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. The world’s first self-driving taxis, operated by nuTonomy, an autonomous vehicle software startup, will be picking up passengers in Singapore starting Thursday, Aug

World's first self-driving taxis debut in Singapore

The world's first self-driving taxis will be picking up passengers in Singapore starting Thursday.

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