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Mata'afa Keni Lesa

Church has critical role to play in ending gender-based violence

The writer was invited by Samoa’s National Human Rights Institution and U.N. Women as the Moderator for a session on the topic “Engaging with Religion and Faith-Based Actors to Address Family Violence” at the Ending Violence in Samoa (EViS) roundtable. The Panelists included Dr. Mercy Ah Siu-Maliko, Maiava Iulai Toma, Judge Talasa Lumepa Saaga, Afamasaga Faauiga Mulitalo-Afamasaga and Deacon Dr. Kasiano Leaupepe. This is what Mata’afa said:

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, I read the recent articles about the Samoa Business Network mission to Samoa supported by the Government of Samoa. I managed to get along to the business day and hear from the speaker and companies from NZ, Australia and American Samoa.

Dear Editor, Please stop using the Savior and Redeemer of the world as excuse and blame for the actions of those who do not know better, do not know enough and/or have not found the real Truth about Him.

Re: Man jailed for planting marijuana Justice Vui needs to consider the decriminalization of marijuana in other regions of the developed world, before coming to his conclusions as to the severity of this matter.

Columns

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Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Ta’isi Efi

It’s about kinship, love, remorse and forgiveness

I want to share a reflection on suicide by quoting from a speech I made in 2002 because it is relevant and topical. Rituals also express meaning, nuance and metaphor. During (former) Prime Minister’s Helen Clark’s wreathe presentation at Tamasese’s grave, 4 June 2002, Lufi Falefa and Salani could have chanted the funeral chants, the birth chants, the war chants, the victory chants.

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Wang Xuefeng

The beautiful memories will remain

Talofa! It is with great pleasure that I come with my colleagues to attend the Closing Ceremony of Training Course on Creative Handicrafts and Sewing skills for Samoa sponsored by the Chinese government.

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Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Ta’isi Efi

Tribute to a leader, visionary and intellectual

Eulogy at Memorial Service of Sir Ngatata Love 28 October, 2018 Pipitea Marae, Wellington

Between the Lines

P.M. on Church leaders It seems Prime Minister Tuilaepa can’t leave members of clergy alone. During a radio programme last week, he had plenty to say about Church Ministers. For instance, he reminded them that Church Ministers were only taught on spiritual matters, not on Economics.

No media The British American Tobacco Company, previously known as Rothmans, celebrated a milestone at Robert Louis Stevenson Museum last night. It was their 40th birthday in Samoa.

Is this Samoa’s Manu Samoa? Two issues stand out like a sore thumb in the selection of the Manu Samoa. Firstly, there is not a single player picked from the competitions in Samoa.

Think a Minute

Think a minute...Watching the Olympics can be both inspiring and heartbreaking. It’s easy to get caught up with “the thrill of victory” as well as “the agony of defeat.” This is especially true when the world’s greatest athletes, who have worked so hard their entire lives, lose by only a fraction of a second!

Street Talk

Public push for team changes

“ Manu Samoa recently suffered another loss in their Northern Hemisphere Tour, this time at the hands of Georgia. A week earlier Samoa’s national rugby team lost to America. The two losses have triggered public debate. Our reporter Soli Wilson recently went out and got the views of the public, on what the Manu Samoa Coach should do, to get the team back to winning their games.

Faauli Faoa, 58

Siusega

Lino Mata’utia, 56

Letogo/Satupaitea

Matavale Toailoa, 62

Laulii

Millenia Fapalasi, 50

Fugalei

Semi Ioane, 38

Vailuutai

Tavita Poiauipuia, 30

Vaivase

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