REPRESENTING SAMOA IN THE PARALYMPICS: Maggie Kolopa Aiono will throw the discus in Rio de Janeiro for Samoa.

Samoa’s contribution to the Paralympics

The Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro might be over, but with the completion of one tournament, another one is about to start on the 7th of September.

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DOING THEIR PART IN THE FAMILY: Lasi Vise and Ruth Tasese out selling their fans.

Happy to help our family

The young girts, Lasi Vise, 14, and  Ruth Tasese, 8,  were spotted yesterday waving hand-held fans along the road at Siumu.

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Salome Mulipola’s home at Nuusutia, Safata

A simple village life

34 years old, Salome Mulipola, wants Samoa to know that there is nothing wrong with living a simple life.

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NBA basketball players Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, from left, speak on stage at the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles.

In wake of cousin's fatal shooting, Dwyane Wade speaks out

NBA star Dwyane Wade's cousin was an innocent bystander, police said, pushing her baby in a stroller near a Chicago school where she intended to register her children when she was fatally shot Friday.

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Rebels of the 48th Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia walk on a makeshift footbridge in the southern jungles of Putumayo, Colombia.

Colombian rebels announce final conference of peace talks

Top commanders from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia are preparing to gather one final time in mid-September to ratify a peace accord reached this week with government negotiators and map out the group's political strategy without weapons.

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Wallabies coach Michael Cheika

Wallabies coach bags ref after loss to New Zealand

Australia coach Michael Cheika launched a blistering attack on referee Romain Poite after his team lost to New Zealand 29-9 on Saturday, saying he was "bitterly disappointed" at the Frenchman's treatment of Wallabies captain Stephen Moore.

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Argentina's Los Pumas flanker Pablo Matera, right, is tackled by South Africa's wing Ruan Combrinck during a rugby championship match in Salta, Argentina, Saturday.

Argentina beats Springboks 26-24 in Rugby Championship

A week after letting a winning chance slip through its fingers, Argentina beat South Africa 26-24 in the Rugby Championship on Saturday to claim only its second-ever victory over the Springboks.

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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?

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Think a Minute

Think a minute…Apple Computer’s Steve Jobs’ death from cancer at the age of 56 touched millions. His impact on the world through the Macintosh computer, iPhone, iPad, iPod, and iTunes will continue for many years.


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“You rub my back, and I’ll rub your back” – revisited.

Yesterday on the front page of the Samoa Observer, the story titled “P.M. silent on Sogi plan”, was published. Sogi, that seaside spot on the Mulinu’u Peninsula where the struggle for peace was fought and won once upon a time, is today the center of a nasty, on-going standoff between some of its families, and our government.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, I refer to Vatapuia Maiava’s excellent report re-church commitments (26th August 2016). What really concerns me is that Afoa Aliva will be frowned upon by the churches...

Dear Editor The most deserving athlete Samoa has ever produced. It is a great testament to Ele Opeloge’s hard work and commitment to her sport and her country over a long period of time.

Dear Editor This may apply to all the churches on your island but it does not include Jehovah’s Witnesses! Nothing is given under duress or required to be part of their organization.




Max Ritvo, a poet who chronicled his long battle with cancer in works that were both humorous and searing, has died.

Max Ritvo, poet who chronicled cancer battle, dies at 25

Max Ritvo, a poet who chronicled his long battle with cancer in works that were both humorous and searing, has died. He was 25.

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Pecha Berry Pokeseed doughnuts, top left and center, are displayed in a box of doughnuts from Doughnut Plant, in New York. From doughnut shops to zoos, businesses and organizations are finding creative ways to capitalize on “Pokemon Go.”

Pokemon doughnuts, exercise classes tap game's popularity.

Weeks into the "Pokemon Go" craze, demand remains strong for "Poke Ball"-shaped treats made by a high-end doughnut company, one of many businesses and organizations coming up with creative ways to lure players in their search for the elusive "pocket monsters."

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