Climate justice denied

By now the Samoa and indeed the Pacific delegations will have returned home after participating in climate meetings held in Bangkok, Thailand, a week ago 4 to 9 September.

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Fiu writes to Asian Development Bank

The crusade by a group of matai (chiefs) to highlight their concerns about the risk of customary lands being alienated as a result of Asian Development Bank (A.D.B.) project continues.

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The voice of silence

Standing here before the ocean, you realize two things. You believe the world is flat and you are very small.

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“I will not hide in the shadow of the tree”

It gives me great pleasure to address you this morning to officially

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Building a strong Pacific: Our people, our islands, our will

It is a great pleasure to be in Nauru again, and to be here for the forty-ninth annual meeting of Leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum.

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How to do yoga rooster style!

The village below is a landscape for romance. It has at the edge the bluest half moon horizon. Then it is doodled out by a small island, like part of the main island, beaten off for being frivolous.

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A historical event for Samoa

To say that it is a privilege and an honor for me to officially launch the Miss Samoa Pageant 2018 this morning is an understatement.

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Lalotea Tulia’upupu Muliaga.

Changing lives: Why you should stick to whole foods, plant based diet

Talofa Samoa! In our previous Health column we mentioned that those of us, who eat a lot of meat, poultry, fish, milk, cheese or eggs, harbour certain bacteria in their gut that can lead to the production of cancer-causing substances.

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OFFICIAL VISIT: Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi with Fiji's Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama. Photo / (Fiji Government).

Thank you P.M. Bainimarama and Fiji

I am honoured by the generous welcome for me and my delegation and deeply honoured still for according me the Tabuawhich to me reflects the pinnacle of Fijian traditions and spiritual values. In more ways than one, we as the Pacific family share many commonalities and what we all hold sacred in our customs and traditions.

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‘Twinkle, twinkle little star’

Ladies and Gentlemen. Let me start by saying that all of us oldies were once kids. When I was a kid in Samoa one of my favourite English nursery rhymes was “Twinkle, twinkle little star”.

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“Se’i mai le mui’a’a; tau mai na o le pua e ulā”

There is a common Samoan saying: “Tau mai na o le pua e ulā; se’i mai le mui’a’a” – “Pick only the most fragrant of frangipani; harvest the royal roots”. It is both a directive and a gentle plea.

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Don’t forget the Faletua

It’s a cliché, but it is true nevertheless that, behind every successful man is an even stronger woman holding him up! This is particularly true in the case of the Samoan faife’au in Samoa, especially the wife of the faife’au E.F.K.S., the Faletua.

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Teak: Grow your own money tree

On 9 July 2008, Mr. Aaron Kama, a Lecturer at the U.S.P. Alafua Campus presented to the interested public a very stimulating topic titled: Growing money on trees.

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Maota Fono an important symbol of independence

In 2012 Samoa, celebrated its 50th anniversary of Independence. The Government of Australia announced that it would co-fund with Samoa a significant infrastructure project to reconstruct the Maota Fono on its original site here at Mulinu’u.

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honoring her father’s endurance: Taufua Sili Apelu.

My father is my idol

Spreading your wings on this earth is when you have a deep connection with your father, as far as I am concerned. I am an idealist remember.

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The role of youths and fathers in developing Samoa

It give me great pleasure to address you all this morning, on the joint celebration and commemoration of not only the Father’s Day of Samoa, but also the National Youth Week and International Youth Day, which is commemorated on August 12th every year.

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A more beautiful Samoa in the eyes of Chinese Ambassador

It is with great pleasure that I come to attend the Opening Ceremony of China Ready Workshop.

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The Government should pay the pastors instead…

The government should consider paying the faife’aus, especially the E.F.K.S’s faife’aus, instead of taxing them, for their contributions to Samoan society and to Samoa’s development.

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Samoa cautioned in critical trade decisions

Several trade realities in Samoa caught my eye in the very pertinent “Globalization or desperation?” - editorial by Mata’afa Keni Lesa in Samoa Observer on Friday this week, 03 August.

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How to find your own gold. Part II

In Part 1 of How to find your own gold, I stressed the great importance that achievements have in the professional career of any individual.

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Editorial

Election talks, outstanding taxes and that helicopter

It’s a rare story but it’s true. Days before the General Election in March 2016, the Government couldn’t contain its excitement about a certain company that had mysteriously moved from Tonga to Samoa.

Letters to the Editor

The real problem

Re: Helicopter owners owes govt. I figured that was wrong with this helicopter. The reason why the government is holding the helicopter for tax payment that the owner owed to the government of Samoa.

Street Talk

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Savaii residents want 2019 Miss Samoa Pageant and Teuila Festival

Should the 2019 Miss Samoa Pageant and Teuila Festival be held in Savaii? Reporter Adel Fruean travelled to Savai’i to cover the pageant and also had the chance to speak to locals on what they thought of Samoa’s two premier events.

Think a Minute

Feeling, Faith, and Fact

Think a minute…A young man was discouraged and depressed about the problems he was going through. His wise father asked him: “Son, have you ever gone through a tunnel?” “Yes,” his son answered. His father continued, “When you were in the tunnel, did you think the sun no longer existed?” “No, of course not,” said the young man.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

Don’t be a tosser, keep Samoa clean Sometimes when driving around our beautiful island admiring the lush green vegetation and gardens, - you get the shock of your life when you see young people and sometimes older people casually chuck their food packaging or whatever waste they have in their hands aside onto the path or in someone's garden and continue walking.

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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