Climate change is real, show empathy and leadership

Forget what the climate change skeptics are saying—it is real and already affecting millions of lives on the planet—including the Pacific Islands. In America authorities put the death toll from the devastating fires in California last month at 85.

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The truth about Mr. Tauili’ili’s death will be told

The death of Jeremiah Malaki Tauili’ili is tragic. Every time a precious life is lost, regardless of the circumstances, it pains very deeply. Why? We believe that one life lost is one too many. Which is the tragedy of Mr. Tauiliili’s death. At 24 years young, a promising Civil Engineer career at the Ministry of Works, Transport and Infrastructure and a child to raise; he had his whole future ahead of him.

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The mystery at the Asau wharf and China’s aid

So who is telling the truth with regards to funding for the Asau Wharf? That’s the million-tala question today after conflicting stories have emerged from key players in this project. What should have been a really simple straightforward story has suddenly become a mystery for reasons that are beyond me.

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New colonialism that feeds on greed for power and lust for more

Don’t get us wrong; we are proud and patriotic Samoans, just like all Samoans in this country and all over the world. And after close to 40 years in power, we are grateful for the work that has been done by the Human Rights Protection Party government to develop Samoa to where we are today. There is a lot to celebrate.

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P.M. Tuilaepa should tell us who these “lawyers” are

On Tuesday afternoon, an email accompanied by an attachment arrived from the Government Press Secretariat. When opened, the imagery was interesting. You couldn’t help but laugh. Really. You see, it showed an interesting picture of Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi wearing sunnies in his office, with two arms raised while he is pointing to the ceiling.

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Sex education? Schools should fix Math, Science and literacy results first

Call me old school – or whatever name you want – but I think there is something odd about this strong push to include sex education in Samoa’s school system. We’ve got far more serious problems to deal with in schools. Like getting better results in Mathematics, Science and literacy subjects, which we know have been very poor during the past few years.

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Rising above adversity, and plotting a path forward

It is only Tuesday but the week has got off to a flurry, thanks to the school and college graduations which kicked off yesterday to usher in the last month of the year.

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2019 countdown, working on the building blocks

Isn’t it a nice feeling starting the week on a high, thanks to Samoa beating France early yesterday morning to win the Challenge Trophy, on the second day of the Emirates Airline Rugby Dubai Sevens.

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Taking the battle against HIV to the next level

Yesterday Samoa joined the global community to mark World AIDS Day with Prime Minister Dr. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi and Ministry of Health CEO Leausa Toleafoa Dr.Take Naseri taking the lead.

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$1.1 billion debt, charges against Church Ministers and corruption

Here’s the good news. While it’s not the first time Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s administration has assured us, if ever we needed reassurance about how not to be buried in debt and our ability as a nation to pay, the Minister of Finance, Sili Epa Tuioti, is the man of the hour.

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Water of life and stories of success after adversity

Christmas has come early for some Samoan families, who have prayed fervently in recent years for a good Samaritan, to step forward with free water tanks. Some families have not had access to a consistent source of water for many years, until they got on the list of 21 families, who were chosen to receive a 2000-litre water tank from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (L.D.S) Charities recently.

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Free speech, Facebook and protecting the vulnerable

Fake news, social media, cyber security, internet connectivity, data breaches, online safety and artificial intelligence! There must have been plenty to talk about at the 11th Asia Pacific Telecommunity Policy and Regulation Forum, which concludes in Apia today, after three-days of discussions by 70-80 participants.

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The “stingray ship” and its message for the future

There is a strange looking vessel docked at Matautu wharf in Apia, which has raised eyebrows since it entered Samoan waters last Saturday. Fly over the top of the ship from 20,000 feet and you would think it was a giant stingray flying over the ocean, the solar panels on top of the vessel easily passing for the marine animals’ pectoral fins!

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Intellectual property and Samoa’s traditional knowledge

Perhaps it is not a coincidence that a sub-regional intellectual property workshop convened at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel concluded at the end of last week. The workshop—which was facilitated by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour (MCIL) and hosted delegates from a few Pacific Island nations—was funded by the World Intellectual Property Organisation.

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A critical 10 months, the Pacific Games

Finally, a win to restore some much needed pride in that blue jersey¬, and to end the Northern Hemisphere Tour on a high. The Manu Samoa victory has had a mixed reaction from fans back in the motherland—if the public comments on social media here and abroad is any indication—with some even asking whether the 28-10 victory over a team ranked 20 on world rugby rankings is worth it.

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Increasing dialysis cases, Samoa’s failing health and that Sunday toanai

Here’s a thought. There are times when we think we are moving forward when we are not. The reality is that we really are going backwards. It happens a lot more frequently than we care to think. The thought came to mind after reading the story titled “Kidney dialysis services to expand” published on page 5 of the Samoa Observer on Thursday 22 November 2018.

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What can the church do? Talk about love, teach love and give love

It’s one of the most asked questions of today. How do we begin to address the scourge of violence, particularly family violence, in Samoa? During a public forum this week, the problem was labelled as a “disease” by the Chairman of the National Council of Churches, Deacon Kasiano Leaupepe. And rightly so.

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P.M. Tuilaepa’s rare endeavour

Twenty years. That’s how long Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has steered Samoa’s ship as the Prime Minister and the leader for the ruling Human Rights Protection Party. Today, Tuilaepa has arguably become the longest serving Prime Minister in the Pacific, if not the world. Whichever way you look at it, this is a milestone for anyone, quite an endeavour.

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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:

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Agritourism Park: A genius idea or another waste of money?

Listen up good folks. In the Sunday Samoan of 18th November 2018, a series of stories about agritourism were published. A central theme of the stories is the Government’s plan to open an Agritourism Park, taking up 10 acres at Nu’u, and the reaction from members of the community.

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Letters to the Editor

Samoa approaches a disastrous imbalance

It is a sad story no matter how many fiafia events there may be. One of the last remaining island habitats existing for thousands of years in conformity with mother earth, is losing its balance within 200 years of European arrival.

Street Talk

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Public welcome World AIDS Day

Samoa joined the international community last Saturday December 1 to mark the 2018 World AIDS Day with a parade, a float and speeches by dignitaries including Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi. Our reporter Yolanda Lavata’i met members of the public to get their views on the deadly disease and what should be done.

Think a Minute

The Will to Win

Think a minute…A father was trying to get his little boy to drink a glass of milk, but the son kept refusing, so the battle of wills was on. The father then poured himself a glass of milk and challenged his son to a race to see who could drink their milk the fastest. When the son had finished drinking his entire glass of milk, he said: “Let’s race again!”

Columns

Spare a thought for the Samoan delegation at Poland Climate Talks

As we fast approach the end of 2018 and envelop ourselves in the spirit of the festive season on Christmas and New Year celebrations, we need to spare a thought or two for the Samoa delegation these two weeks in Katowice Poland in the collective pursuit by developing countries for a climate package of decisions that ‘leaves no climate related issues behind’.

Between the Lines

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.

Sunday Reading

Myths and Legends of the Ancient World

The spears flew towards the youth on the hill, whistling as they cut through the air. Grinning, Queen Medb’s general drew his sword, eager to take back to his Queen the head of this warrior whom they called the Hound of Ulster. He had no doubt his spears would find their mark.

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