MISS LILA'S FLORA: Abba Rose of Dinah Vaiaoga-Ioasa.

Who is the next Miss Samoa?

This is a beautiful, all natural venue and therefore it is perfect for the official opening of the BlueSky Miss Samoa Pageant 2016”, said the Miss Samoa pageant’s director, Laeimau Oketeni Tanuvasa yesterday.

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A STRONG SAMOAN WOMAN: Alofa Toeoalii with her granddaughter.

You need to sweat in order to live

“Life here is very easy,” Alofa Taeoalii, aged sixty, of Lepea, told Village Voice, yesterday.

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A HARD WORKING FAMILY Umufatu and Iemaima Lealofi with their son Mark

What’s good for Apia is good for us

For 47 year old, Umufatu Lealofi, life in the village is what you make it out to be; you can make it tough with a lazy life or make things simple through hard work.

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World

Human Rights Watch Islamic militant group Hamas, which rules Gaza, and the Western-backed Palestinian government led by President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank are arresting, abusing, and criminally charging journalists and activists who express peaceful

Human Rights Watch: Palestinians abuse media, activists

Palestinian authorities are silencing dissent by cracking down on free speech and abusing local journalists and activists critical of their policies, a leading international human rights group said Tuesday.

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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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Sport

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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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…When was the last time you cried? Crying can surprise us. But in those moments of sadness, joy, relief, or fear, our tears can help us see the truth of what is important in life. Tears are the language of the heart. They express our deepest needs, hurts, loves, and joys that words cannot say.

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More than just beauty

It’s Teuila Festival time and that means the annual Miss Samoa Pageant; a time to pick your favourite, argue over who is “most likely” and if we are honest, take a critical look at any small imperfections of the contestants at televised and other media events in the lead up to the big night itself.

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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 Sir or Madam, I’m sorry if I’m disturbing you. Could you help me, please? Excuse me please for spelling mistakes, I learn English with a German-English dictionary, sorry.

Ministers of Cabinet Members of the Diplomatic Corp Representatives of the host organisations of the Conference Distinguished delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen: It gives me great pleasure to provide the opening address for this regional forum with its focus on Linking the Agrifood sector to the local markets for economic growth and improvement of nutrition and food security. Opportunities such as this forum gives us time to reflect on the lessons learnt from the business models we have been using and linking these to a pathway towards the achievement of sustainable economic growth and nutritional objectives of the region.

OBSERVER

VIDEOS

Entertainment

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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Technology

Apple expected to show new iPhone at event next week

Apple is expected to show off a new iPhone next week when the company holds its fall product launch event in San Francisco.

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