TENT MARKET: The Savalalo Market as we see it today might become a regular feature in the future while the government decies what to do.

Govt. rethinks 15-storey plan

The government’s plan to construct a multi-million-tala 15-storey building where the Savalalo market recently stood is being reconsidered. In fact, according to the Minister of Public Enterprises, Lautafi Fio Purcell, the plan might not be viable at all.

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Catholic Church at Sale'aumua.

Sale’aumua celebrates new Church beginning

The 117-year-old Sale’aumua Catholic Church building has been given a new lease of life thanks to a $750,000 facelift which was officially opened yesterday.

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Tiavea-tai's new Methodist church.

Tiavea Methodist’s new house of worship

Members of the Ti’avea-tai Methodist Church had all the reasons to rejoice yesterday.

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Two explosions have rocked Istanbul's Ataturk airport, killing several people and wounding others, Turkey's justice minister and another official said Tuesday.

Suspected IS suicide bombers kill dozens at Istanbul airport

A suicide attack at Istanbul's busy Ataturk Airport Tuesday killed dozens and wounded more than 140 as Turkish officials blamed the carnage at the international terminal on three suspected Islamic State group militants.

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Journalists wait in a press room next to an electronic sign signifying what channel to listen to for their national language at an EU summit in Brussels.

EU's most widely use language, English, endangered by Brexit

Of all the myriad challenges facing the European Union with the pending departure of Britain, one unlikely issue that needs to be resolved is the fact that English would no longer be an official language.

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Australian Golfing great- Andre Slotz.

Aussie champ ready for Samoa Open

Australian golfing champion, Andre Stolz, is looking forward to the next few days in Samoa.

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LOCAL TALENT: Captain David Lemi on the charge with Faifili Levave for Manu Samoa.

Rugby chief wants flair back in Samoan rugby

Developing local players and creating more local competitions is top of the agenda for the Chief Executive Officer of the Samoa Rugby Union, Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i.

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Street Talk

“He,” “she” or “shim”?

It’s the most asked question following the outrage over the death of Jeanine Tuvaiki. Should faafafine be called “he” or “she”? Some people have coined a new term called “shim.” What do you think? Is it appropriate to refer to faafafine as “she.” If yes, why? If no, why? Mathias Huckert asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Toni Amoa, 70


Tua’au Pati, 67


Fa’aa’oa’o Iakopo, 45


Junior, 22


Pati Tauda, 35


Eme Letasi, 19


Think a Minute

Think a minute…A hotel sign in Tokyo, Japan had this rule on it: “Is forbidden to steal towels please. If you are not person to do such is please not to read sign.” Someone said that rules are like a fence around us.


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The pursuit for justice

Here’s a thought. All this talk about justice and the call from Prime Minister Tuilaepa for an Inquiry into the Land and Titles Court Judges instantly reminds us of events in the not too distant past. We want to talk about these events because to move forward, lessons and mistakes of the past cannot be ignored.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, I’ve been following the public outrage and the personal attacks thrown back and forth as a result of the Samoa Observer’s coverage of the Jeanine Tuvaiki case. The one thing that stood out so glaringly for me from the above case and the ensuing aftermath, was how the media turned on itself to vilify their own.

Dear Editor, There is no denying the public outrage towards the Samoa Observer over disturbing images of a fa’afafafine who recently took her own life is justifiable. And I would like to extend my deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the young woman’s grieving parents, family and friends.

Dear Editor, Re: Brexit campaign is a disaster for Great Britain I don’t disagree with the points PS Jeffrey has made but I do feel that it is multilayered as is the call for change in the US.




While the city has moved on from the pain of Freddie Gray's death and the stunning homicide spike that followed, it continues to feel frustration and anger over the steady stream of murders that continue to plague the city.

#RIP Lor Scoota, Baltimore rapper who tried to stop violence

The news tore across Twitter: A beloved Baltimore rapper was gunned down in broad daylight, moments after promoting peace on the streets at a charity fundraiser.

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks at an event demonstrating the new features of Windows 10 at the company's headquarters in Redmond, Wash.

Microsoft CEO working on book about transformation, change

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is writing a book. Harper Business, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, announced Wednesday that it had acquired Nadella's "Hit Refresh" and will release it in fall 2017.

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