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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Local

PLEASE HELP US: Manuele Fuga carrying the youngest of his six children.

A family’s daily struggle at Sa’aga

Manuele Fuga of Sa’aga, Siumu, 38, says it has got to the point where all he can do is watch his cries for help blow in the wind.

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MINISTER OF FINANCE: Sili Epa Tuioti.

Minister denies expensive office

The Minister of Finance, Sili Epa Tuioti, has denied claims his new office’s refurbishment cost the public half a million tala.

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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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The colonel's secret recipe revealed? Not so fast, says KFC

Has Colonel Sanders' nephew inadvertently revealed to the world the secret blend of 11 herbs and spices behind KFC's fried chicken empire?

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Sport

Elaine Thompson, left, from Jamaica, and Jenna Prandini from the USA, right, compete in the women's 100m race event at the Athletissima IAAF Diamond League international athletics meeting in the Stade Olympique de la Pontaise in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Olympic champion Thompson stars as Bolt skips Diamond meet

Olympic 100-meter champion Elaine Thompson took center stage in the absence of her Jamaican teammate Usain Bolt in the first Diamond League meet after the Rio de Janeiro Games on Thursday.

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American Olympic swimmers Gunnar Bentz, left, and Jack Conger, leave the police station at the international airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Rio police charge Lochte with false report of robbery

Brazilian police charged American swimmer Ryan Lochte on Thursday with filing a false robbery report over an incident during the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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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.”

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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

Pharrell Williams attends the 2016 ABFF Awards: A Celebration of Hollywood in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Appeal seeks to overturn 'Blurred Lines' copyright verdict

Attorneys for Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams on Wednesday asked an appellate court to overturn a copyright infringement verdict against them over the 2013 hit song "Blurred Lines."

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Technology

The Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia. Court documents show Facebook has agreed to allow users to request refunds of in-app purchases made by minors as part of a May 2016 settlement of a class-action lawsuit.

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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