Rev. Dr. Upolu Lumā Vaai (PhD)

'Why a Pacific Philosophy Conference: Rewriting a Pacific Development Narrative'

On the 11-14th June 2018, the inaugural Pacific Philosophy Conference (I.P.P.C.) was held in Suva, Fiji. The Pacific Theological College, the University of the South Pacific, Pacific Islands Association of N.G.Os, and Fiji National University were the four hosting partners who sponsored the event.

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HONOURING THE VOLUNTEER VETS: The members of the A.P.S. board alongside the 3 volunteers at Taumesina Island Resort.

The Howler: A.P.S. says thank you

Members of the Animal Protection Society (A.P.S.) board gathered at the beautiful Taumeasina Resort for a dinner to honor the volunteer vets that came over from Australia to help conduct the clinics.

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BRINGING FOND MEMORIES: A taste of the renowned, warm Samoan hospitality and service that passengers can expect on all Samoa Airways flights. Photos / (Toleafoa NS Toleafoa).

It’s the simple things that count – the Samoa Airways experience

When the Samoa Airways flight touched down on home soil early Wednesday morning last week, a passenger, who chose to be referred to as Sina, was overcome with emotion for two reasons.

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PRESIDENT OF THE S.A.M.E.:Tagaloa Eddie Wilson with Happy Ava Farmers Tupai & Asoono- from Savaii.

Samoa’s Ava Exports expected to rise to prominence again

Samoa’s Ava Exports is looking promising, with exports expected to increase in the next couple of years. Ava exports was Samoa’s second largest export commidity from 1998 to 2001 until some European countries led by Germany imposed restrictions on the Pacific Kava Trade. Samoa’s exports of Ava in 1998 was just under $20m.

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AH LIKI'S NEW RECRUITS: Participants undertake the training in Financial Literacy and Soft skills training that will prepare them for their new job opportunities.

Samoa Chamber empowers Ah Liki staff

Since closing shop this year, Yazaki Samoa Ltd has left many former employees searching for jobs; a problem that Ah Liki Investments Ltd has come to aid by opening its doors and granting employment to those affected by this closure.

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DIGITIZATION: The initiative will introduce new opportunities to improve Governent payments and receipts using digital forms of payments, and tap in the improved digital and internet connectivity by the new Tui Samoa Submarine Cable.

Government Ministries learn about the digitization of payments

The Central Bank of Samoa (C.B.S.) partnered with the Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme (P.F.I.P.) to hold an introductory workshop last week to discuss the benefits of digitization of payments.

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B.S.P. gets behind Pinktober in Savai’i

Bank South Pacific (B.S.P.) joined a sea of pink at the picturesque Amoa Resort last weekend as a sponsor of Savaii’s Pinktober fundraiser.

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Samoa Primary lends a helping hand

Every rain drop counts just like how every small donation could help change a situation. Samoa Cancer Society received a donation of more than $1,200 from Samoa Primary School on Friday.

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OUR HERO IS HOME: Our very own W.B.O. Heavyweight Champion visits the sick children and bringing them smiles of which were signs of temporary relief.

When a World Champion drops by

The smiles on their faces said it all. Although many of them were in pain, W.B.O heavyweight champion, Lupesoliai Laauli Joseph Parker, brought temporary relief when he paid an unexpected visit on Friday.

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FILE - In this July 25, 1946 file photo, a huge mushroom cloud rises above Bikini atoll in the Marshall Islands following an atomic test blast, part of the U.S. military's

In Pacific, rising tensions evoke troubling nuclear legacy

As a young boy growing up on Bikini Atoll, Alson Kelen spent idyllic days playing on the beach and fishing.

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WELL DESERVED S.V.S.G.: Siliniu Lina Chang accepts on behalf of the S.V.S.G. the Samoa Public Service Innovation & Excellence Team Award for ‘Most Effective Collaborative Partnership’ during the Public Service Day.

Innovation award for S.V.S.G.

The Samoa Victim Support Group has been awarded the Samoa Public Service Innovation & Excellence Team Award for ‘Most Effective Collaborative Partnership’, during the celebration of the Public Service Day.

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FUTURE SCOPE FOR S.C.I.A.: The Samoa Cocoa Industry Development Initiative Project team.

Cocoa industry’s action packed week

The Samoa Cocoa Industry Development Initiative (S.C.I.D.I.) funded by the New Zealand government, had a very busy week last week. The Samoa Cocoa Industry Association (S.C.I.A.) Establishment Committee met for the first time to discuss the incorporation timetable and the future scope for S.C.I.A.

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COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION INITIATIVE AWARD: Felauaiga Vaatolu (pictured) has a million reasons to be proud of her mother, Leuluaialiiotumua Faagutu Samuelu – Vaatolu, the Assistant Chief Executive Officer with Corrections, Enforcement & Maintenance Division

Daughter accepts Community Participation Initiative award

The 8 year old accepted her mother’s award from the Public Service Commission as Mrs. Vaatolu is in Savai’i on official business. For Vaatolu’s outstanding services, she is the recipient of the Community Participation Initiative Award.

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CONGRATULATIONS: Folole Alapati a Senior Meteorology Technician Officer and Katie Pogi a Scientific Officer – Geology of the Meteorology Division are awarded the Public Awareness Initiative Award.

Public awareness initiative award

For their ingenuity, Folole Alapati and Katie Pogi from the Meteorology Division (M.N.R.E.) have been recognised by the government. They are the recipients of the Public Awareness Initiative Award.

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE: Tauloa Auvae Lui, Manager Investigation and Claims Division with the Accident Compensation Corporation receives his Award of Appreciation from Deputy Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mataafa.

P.S.C. recognises long serving Public Servants

“As we observe this significant event, we pause to remember and honour the memories of those public servants who have passed on and are no longer with us."

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EMPOWERED NOFOTANE WOMEN: During the Teuila Festival 2017, the unemployed Nofotane women sold products at their own market stall set up at the Teuila Festival site in front of the government building.

Samoan women reap socio economic returns

While the celebration of Samoa’s culture and traditions as per the Teuila Festival for 2017 has come to an end, the empowered nofotane women used the festival to enjoy the socio-economic returns from being empowered.

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HAPPY FATHER'S DAY: B.B.L. Winners for fathers day promotion with B.B.L. Staff.

Bluebird celebrates Father’s Day

Seven lucky dads celebrated father’s day with Bluebirds Father’s Day Promotion Prize Giving held last week Friday.

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PRIME MINISTER: Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi in New Zealand for the launching of the Palemia Memoirs.

P.M. Tuilaepa reflects on life as he promotes memoir

“I think what my ministerial colleagues did not know is that the first guy who was directed to come with a gun at me, was a young man, married to a girl of my family, and I think that was a factor that was not known. And was why the gun was removed from him and given to the son of the minister to execute…” –P.M. Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi

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TAKING THE INITIATIVE: Training unemployed nofotane women on livelihood skills in the Safata constituency.

Economic empowerment of women in Safata

“Taking the initiative” sums up the second livelihood training session for the economic empowerment of nofotane women at the Safata constituency. Centered at Fusi Safata, the training catered for women from Salamumu, Sa’anapu, Sataoa, Fusi and Tafitoala.

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'VAVE' AWARENESS PROGRAMME: Apolima Tai villagers attending Samoa Cancer Society presentations.

Cancer Society continues to deliver early detection messages

The Samoa Cancer Society conducted another ‘Vave’ awareness programme on the island of Apolima and the Sui o Nu’u last Wednesday.

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Editorial

Men of the hour: Rev. Vavatau Taufao, Olo Fiti Vaai and Prime Minister Tuilaepa

There is always a man of the hour. In this case, there are three men: Reverend Vavatau Taufao, Olo Fiti Vaai and Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, are names to think about today.Just when we thought politics in Samoa has become rather dull given the one-party state nature of our Parliament, along come some interesting developments that should make us all sit down and think.

Letters to the Editor

Think of the Jubilee church

Dear Editor, Re: Church tax issues Reverend Vavatau and C.C.C.S. Church are the last people in Samoa to be giving advice on controlling spending. Have a look at the mirror Rev. Vavatau and the E.F.K.S. and you will find the huge cost overruns on the Fale Iupeli church ballooning out from what was supposed to be $2 million to having to get a $15 million loan from the people of Samoa (via the N.P.F.) to meet the overblown costs of the church

Street Talk

Asiata Sataraka

Public speak on vaccines controversy

The death of two one-year-old babies last Friday following their vaccination at Savai’i has led to independent investigations by authorities and galvanized debate throughout the nation. Health experts have come out defending vaccinations while urging patience until the inquiries are completed. The public was asked if they have confidence in the health system and the health of their children.

Think a Minute

The Invisible Father

Think a minute…A 58-year-old man was sharing his memories of his father. His father had been a workaholic who was always busy with his job and his own personal interests. He never came to his son’s sports games or activities.

Columns

Samoa Airways – a brave decision or what?

It’s great for travellers like yours truly to compare airfares on line to find that Samoa Airways offers the cheapest fare for the Auckland to Apia route.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

Go Samoa Airways Well Samoa Airways is getting some good press this week. Take this one from the only Cindy of Samoa who posted on Facebook about her wonderful experience flying our national carrier.

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