Some of the students from the National University of Samoa, Students Association.

N.U.S. commemorates Open Day 2016

Preparing Your Future is this year’s NUS Open Day theme. Held at Vaivase, 31 colleges were invited to come and participate in this year’s event and for children to tour around the campus to see which career they want to choose once they finish college year.

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Local

CUTTING THE RIBBON: Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.

Satalo's dream becomes a reality

It was a day of rejoicing and thanksgiving yesterday at the village of Satalo Falealili. 

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LIFE IS GREAT IN THE VILLAGE: Tupe Hakai

Everything is good

For some people… the simple things in life are what matters most. Where many people find reasons to complain, there are always those who find the good side of it all.

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World

A house where British citizens Marcos Burnett and Will and Maria Henniker-Gotley died following Wednesday's earthquake is reduced to rubble, in Sommati, near Amatrice, central Italy.

Brits, Romanians among the foreigners killed in Italy quake

Most of the victims of this week's earthquake were Italians, but among the dead were also one Spaniard, eight Romanians as well as three British citizens who were killed in the devastated hamlet Sommati near hard-hit Amatrice.

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Nissrine Samali, 20, gets into the sea wearing a burkini, a wetsuit-like garment that also covers the head, in Marseille, southern France.

Top French court rules burkini bans violate basic freedoms

France's top administrative court on Friday overturned a ban on burkinis in a Mediterranean beach resort, effectively meaning that towns can no longer issue bans on the swimsuits that have divided the country and brought world attention to its fraught relationship with Muslims.

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Sport

Fiji rugby sevens coach Ben Ryan, center, speaks to his squad in Pacific Harbour, Fiji.

Fiji rugby coach weighing offers after winning gold in Rio

Fiji national rugby coach Ben Ryan says he is weighing almost 20 job offers that have poured in since he guided the country to its first-ever gold medal at the Rio de Janiero Olympics.

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Hurting Pumas hunting Springboks for revenge in Salta

A narrow loss to South Africa doesn't go down well anymore with Argentina.

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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…A Bank in New York City had some flowers sent to another bank that had moved to a new building. But there was a mix-up at the flower shop, and the card that was sent read: “With our deepest sympathy.”

Editorial

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Voices from the village

Yesterday, as you are now aware, a new feature in your newspaper, the Samoa Observer, began. Called “Village Voice,” its aim is to give those members of the public who are living in the villages further away from Apia, the chance to talk about their lives in general as well as exercise their right to express their opinions freely and openly.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor Re: Let’s get those priorities right Some claim that we should blindly obey the government of the day because it’s the will of the people they represent.

Dear Editor Re: Law passes with no objections Sadly, this is what happens when there is a one party system. They will pass laws that will diminish the rights of our true indigenous people in the near future. With this law, our government just gave away our lands and culture.

Dear Editor In the real world, Samoa tourism earns the economy over $300 million a year. More hotels are coming to Samoa. This year Lamana and Sheraton opened up. In the next few years, others are on their way. If Samoan tourism was so crap, why would they invest in Samoa?

OBSERVER

VIDEOS

Entertainment

Britney Spears arrives at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. Oops! James Corden did it again, sharing his Carpool Karaoke commute with Spears during the Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, edition of

Britney Spears hitches a ride for Corden's Carpool Karaoke

Oops! James Corden did it again, sharing his Carpool Karaoke commute with Britney Spears on Thursday's edition of "The Late Late Show."

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Technology

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Facebook reduces role of human editors in 'trending topics'

Facebook is taking new steps to reduce the role of human judgment in its "Trending Topics" feature, which drew controversy earlier this year over claims the service was suppressing conservative views.

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