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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Local

REUNITED: Graeme Jamieson (In the middle) with Tautapilimai’s eldest son, Mario Esera and his children.

A trip down memory lane

A lot of people don’t believe in coincidences. But 74-year-old Graeme Jamieson from New Zealand truly believes. 

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SPOTTING OUT THE CHANGES IN SAMOA: Muliava Aleni Maota, 95-year-old from Tafatafa.

So many changes in Samoa

Changes occur from time to time and history tells of how societies evolve over time. But some may not notice the changes. 

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World

Brazil's suspended President Dilma Rousseff waves to supporters before speaking from the official residence of the president, Alvorada Palace in Brasilia, Brazil.

Brazil's President Rousseff ousted from office by Senate

Brazil's Senate on Wednesday voted to remove President Dilma Rousseff from office, the culmination of a yearlong fight that paralyzed Latin America's largest nation and exposed deep rifts among its people on everything from race relations to social spending.

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A man dresses a donkey to resemble Donald Trump in preparation for the costume competition at the annual donkey festival in Otumba, Mexico state, Mexico.

Mexico disappointed at president's meeting with Trump

Mexicans responded angrily to what they saw as a weak performance by President Enrique Pena Nieto, who appeared to let Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump emerge unscathed from a meeting Wednesday.

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Sport

Quade Cooper of the Reds looks on.

Quade Cooper back with Queensland Reds in Super Rugby

Flyhalf Quade Cooper is returning to Super Rugby's Queensland Reds on a three-year contract after one season with Toulon in France's Top 14 league.

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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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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.”

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

The Black Eyed Peas perform at Nickelodeon's 24th Annual Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles.

Black Eyed Peas reunite for new 'Where Is The Love?' version

Black Eyed Peas are reuniting after a five-year hiatus for a new rendition of their song "Where Is The Love?" aimed at ending gun violence.

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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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