ESSAY WINNER: Aunoa with her proud parents as she prepares for her trip to France.

Young writer wins trip to France

An essay written on ‘what sacrifices by Samoans and Allied servicemen and women during the First World War mean to you”, has won a Samoa College student a trip of a lifetime.

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TEAM AT LEFAGA: The General Manager, Ramona Su’a Pale and the talented chefs who created ‘Paradise Lamb’ for the annual Restaurant Challenge promoted by New Zealand.

‘Return to Paradise’ take out culinary award

The Return to Paradise Resort took out the Prime Minister’s Cup at the annual Culinary Association Food Challenge for best new dish.

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On the water with 2016 Alo Paopao

The Vailima Alo Paopao Festival was officially opened yesterday morning starting with an Ava ceremony to welcome the overseas guests and competitors who will be competing this year.

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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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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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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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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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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.




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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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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