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The S.A.M.O.A. Pathway: Outcomes of S.I.D.S. 2014

With the 2014 Third Small Island Developing State (S.I.D.S.) conference officially starting today, its outcome has already been decided. This was done following a series of preparatory meetings in New York and elsewhere. A copy of the draft outcome document  known as the S.I.D.S. ACCELERATED MODALITIES OF ACTION (S.A.M.O.A.) Pathway has been obtained by the Samoa Observer. The first part was published yesterday and this is the co...

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Ban Ki-moon conferred Tupua

The United Nations Secretary–General, Ban Ki-moon, is a Samoan chief. He became the holder of the Tupua title yesterday after he was bestowed the honour during a ceremony at Si’upapa Sa...

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Samoan smiles as S.I.D.S. is finally here

UN News Centre - It’s here. The third Small Island Developing States (S.I.D.S) conference is only hours away now and after all the preparations, the time has co...

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U.N. must recognise role of regional bodies

“I mean it is great that the global community has come to Samoa and has come to the Pacific, so that they can see what life is like for us in the islands - clearly impacted negatively by decisions that are made elsewhere in the wo...

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S.I.D.S. opens

The world leaders who are in Samoa for the United Nations third Small Island Developing States (S.I.D.S) conference were given a taste of Samoan culture last night.

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Moral and ethical obligation to act

The Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Kamalesh Sharma, wants more practical commitments from world leaders who are in Apia this week to aid the plight of Small Island Developing States (S.I.D.S).

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P.M. Tuilaepa issues plea to world leaders

Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, has issued an impassioned plea on behalf all Pacific nations to the world for more help to cope with climate change.

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A loving conversation with God: Blessing of Gaualofa

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The two double hulled alia, or traditional canoes, the  “Hokule’a” and “Hikianalia” from Hawai’i, are scheduled to pull into Apia Harbour this morning. The arrival, delayed by a couple of days due to rough seas and swells off American Samoa, has been timed to coincide with the start of the S.I.D.S conference. The voyagers’ purpose is to use the wisdom of the ancestors, combined with modern science, to propel S.I.D.S into a more sustainable future, to help heal the injured ocean, to raise awareness, and to revive the cultural traditions of voyaging. Published in full below is a paper by the Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi when Samoa’s double-hulled alia, the Gaualofa, was launched:

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Miss Seychelles crowned in Samoa

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Miss Seychelles, Gustav Debourbon, has been crowned the 2014 Miss Samoa Fa’afafine.

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Baby Miracle turns seven!

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Miracle turns seven today and we celebrate her miraculous life and give thanks and praise to our Father in Heaven for His love and care for this little girl who was not expected to survive beyond the first 24 hours of her life.

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Casino opens

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Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, yesterday opened the first of two venues for the White Sands Samoa Casino at Aggie Grey’s Lagoon Beach Resort, Mulifanua.

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Bank’s report points to S.O.E.s

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Samoa’s State Owned Enterprises (S.O.E.s) continue to hamper Samoa’s economic growth, according to the Asian Development Bank (A.D.B.).

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Tuilagi is raring to go at full tilt, fuelled by failures of his season from hell in 2013-14

PR - Bullish centre wants to banish memories of a year ruined by injury woe for both club and country, he tells Steve James, The Telegraph

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Eliota: A rebel with a cause

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A poster of the 2005 Blues rugby development team adorns one wall of Sapolu Law's reception area.

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National 7's women’s tournament on the roll

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PR - The 2014 Samoa Women’s Rugby 7's Tournament gets underway with Vaiala Women’s taking round 2 of week 2 at Samoa Rugby Union field Tuanaimato.

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Apia Union wins 2014 NPC Cup

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PR - The Samoa Rugby Union National Provincial Championship 2014 wrapped up yesterday with Apia Union re-claiming the championship title in a ruthless final against Aana.

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Stellar line up for 24th Teuila Festival 2014 in the heart of Apia

Apia is in a festive mood and crowds have been growing all week at the Government Plaza enjoying the entertainment during the preliminary week of the Teuila Festival, buying food from the many stalls selling local and international dishes and wandering around the arts and crafts stalls.

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Talkfest or action

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It’s the week we have all been waiting for. Visually, Samoa is dressed in her finest and has put her best foot forward with the anticipated confidence that this effort in the 2014 Year of SIDS will not just be another talkfest.

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Two wrong dates don’t make a right

“We’re celebrating on the wrong date. When the New Zealand forces landed it was the 28th August of t...

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The whisper of roses

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When a gentle touch is absent, many things collapse, even the mind of a good intention.

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The arduous journey To a promising desti

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As a student in year thirteen, in the midst of the concluding year for education and the precipice...

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As you probably know, my last article was about bringing family here, to Samoa. But this one is ab...

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Observer Events

Talofa lava!

After watching several episodes of the “Worlds’ co...

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Savaia Marine Reserve “Building a better

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Nestled in the peaceful and serene Lefaga Bay is...

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Containing an epidemic of fear

Dear Editor, The idea of a deadly and contagious virus with no cure is terrifying.


Change approach towards youth unemployment

Dear Editor, The issue about youth unemployment at 16.1 percent in Samoa as discussed on the front page article of the Sunday Samoan 24 August 2014 and your editorial of Monday 25 August 2014 is not only upsetting but terrifying.


Make youth the priority

Dear Editor, Re: Govt. says lack of jobs for youth getting worse


Lady justice must be fair

Dear Editor, Good on the Attorney General and his team for looking to review the Supreme Court assessors’ decision on the Leslie Kohlhase case.


They don’t keep their laws

Dear Editor, That MOR 15 vehicle in your BTL on the weekend has been touring around after hours for some time.