Peace, security and climate change

I have the honour and privilege to present to You the Letter of Credence addressed to Your Highness by His Majesty King Willem Alexander, accrediting me as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Independent State of Samoa.

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IN PARTNERSHIP: Mira Woldberg, Netherlands Ambassador to Samoa with the Head of State, Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II. Photo: Misiona Simo.

Strengthening relationship between Samoa and Netherlands

I am pleased to accept the Letter of Credence accrediting you as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Netherlands to the Independent State of Samoa.

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TACKLING ROOT CAUSE: Climate change is a reality for Pacific countries like Samoa whose residents are having to deal with many forms of natural disasters. Photo / (Samoa Observer).

Climate engineering is the potential game changer we need to confront

In his article “Geoengineering worsen climate and hurts Paris Agreement” (October 11, 2018, posted online October 15, 2018), Fiu Mataése Elisara, Executive Director – O.L.S.S.I contends geoengineering (climate engineering) “…is a deliberate attempt by the rich to distract from the real priorities of fossil fuel emission reductions.

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Response to Penehuro Lefale on Geoengineering

I wish to acknowledge with appreciation the comments by my good scientist friend Penehuro Fatu Lefale entitled “Geoengineering is the potential game changer we need to confront” published in Samoa Observer of 18 October 2018.

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CITIZENS WELCOMED: Some of Samoa’s newest citizens during the citizenship ceremony on Wednesday. Photo: Misiona Simo.

“Serve your country with humility, honesty and commitment”

Today marks the beginning of a new path and direction for you all our newly sworn in citizens. It is the affirmation of your allegiance and commitment to serve Samoa and its people to the best of your abilities, through the divine leadership of our Lord, whom this country worships and glorifies.

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TACKLING ROOT CAUSE: Climate change is a reality for Pacific countries like Samoa whose residents are having to deal with many forms of natural disasters.

Climate engineering is the potential game changer we need to confront

In his article “Geoengineering worsen climate and hurts Paris Agreement” (October 11, 2018, posted online October 15, 2018), Fiu Mataése Elisara, Executive Director – O.L.S.S.I contends geoengineering (climate engineering) “…is a deliberate attempt by the rich to distract from the real priorities of fossil fuel emission reductions.

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The flip flop nickers

It is a swampy situation when two headed dragons get cross eyed and hit each other as a result. But Samoans do not have dragons or even celebrate to that effect, as the Chinese do, so I guess we could think of two headed stray tom cats to make a point with governance, in the church and in the political arena.

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The implications of IPCC SR15 on our islands

I’ve been ruminating on the release of the I.P.C.C. Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15) in the past few days.

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A country almost one with the sea

To sit above the hills overlooking the majestic harmonist of a sea; you are the head and feet of imagination, free; and like the breeze on your skin, you linger. There is a self healing, prayer filled, somber sound coming from such a sea.

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Talaleomalie Togia Pritchard.

Changing lives: Dealing with high blood pressure

Talofa Samoa! As we explain in our Health Seminars, the Western animal-based diet (high in fats and animal products) that so many people now consume, is the primary cause of the epidemic of elevated blood pressure (or hypertension) and heart disease that affects millions of people worldwide.

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Geoengineering worsen climate and hurts Paris Agreement

A decade ago, I was in Bonn Germany in 2008 attending the Convention on Biodiversity (C.D.B.) meetings as a Board member of the Amsterdam based Global Forest Coalition (GFC) which my organization Ole Siosiomaga Society is a member.

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What about us?

Rats are on a decadent journey in the broken walls of an old restaurant. I know.

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1.5 to stay alive: Reflecting on the I.P.C.C. Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius

As we are faced with darkness there is hope. Today a special report from the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (I.P.C.C.) on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius was released.

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Time to hire the right people

I read in the Samoa Observer recently that eight C.E.O positions are vacant. Fine. We need them to run the country; but this time let’s get the right ones by hiring them the right way. Those who have tasted the job should not reapply.

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Remembering the tsunami of 2009: The Blue Horizon!

I like to wake up looking out to the blue horizon. First there is the sound of music, the orchestral sea. Then there is light, the touch of sun inside a lover’s eyes. The final sweep is the island breeze along palmy trees, where one will softly sway, in tune, in love, in place. It is a thing of racy hearts, like a dance of grace.

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Samoa China links continue to grow

Tonight, we gather here for the joyous occasion in celebrating the 69th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. First of all, on behalf of the Chinese Embassy in Samoa, I would like to express my warm welcome and heartfelt thanks to all the distinguished guests for your gracious presence. I would also like to extend my sincere festival greetings to my Chinese compatriots as well as all the Chinese friends who are currently working here in Samoa, including all engineers, technicians, medical doctors and Chinese volunteers.’

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“Peace greatest weapon for development,” Tuilaepa addresses New York Peace Summit

Today, we come together as leaders and as representatives of nations united for a common cause, to celebrate and to remember the legacy of Nelson Mandela, a truly selfless leader whose life personified humility and forgiveness underpinned by dedication to service for humanity and the promotion of peace.

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E.P.C. must be more transparent on the proposed Alaoa Multi Purpose Dam Project

Together with six other non-government organizations (NGOs), Ole Siosiomaga Society (OLSSI) was invited on 25 July 2018 by the Manager of the proposed EPC Alaoa Multi Purpose Dam Project to a related meeting with representatives of a few government Ministries and institutions, project consultants, ADB officials, and EPC staff.

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This is Goshier than Gosh!

There in the village, giants sleep on the mountains as you pass them by. And the fog of dawn leaves the landscape like a mother of heaven is rising to make breakfast.

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NOT POPULAR IN THE PACIFIC: Heather du Plessis-Allan.

Straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel

The tirade by NZ radio 1ZB commentator Heather du Plessis against the Pacific Islands has rightly invited adverse comment, only a small part of which has filtered to us in Samoa I suspect.

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Editorial

Vile crimes, shocking deaths and sadness in Samoa today

For such a small country, the amount of deaths reported by the Police on a weekly basis – including crime-related deaths - is quite high. It’s disturbing. So much so you cannot help but ask the question; what is happening in Samoa today? You see gone are the days where these incidents were a rarity.

Letters to the Editor

Ministry of Revenue clarifies Clearance and Deferral scheme

Dear Editor, I refer to the above matter, which was reported in your Sunday paper on the 14 October 2018 and also as an editorial feature on the 18th October 2018. This is to provide a response on further clarifications sought from your paper on the subject matter.

Street Talk

Faaofonuu Iosefo Faamausili, 59

Should Ministers and Associate Ministers run private businesses while they are in the Government?

The interviews were done by Talaia Mika, a NUS diploma program final year student.

Think a Minute

Eternal security

Think a minute…Queen Victoria was one of England’s most popular rulers, with the Victorian era being named for her. She was one of the richest, most powerful women in the world.

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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