Experts in Pacific human, animal and environmental health, along with partners from across the region, discussed ways to coordinate their efforts to better address regional and national health risks during a One Health Consultative workshop in Fiji.
The United Kingdom is opening a new High Commission in Apia. The British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, announced the opening of nine new diplomatic posts across the Commonwealth, including in Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu.
Agriculture has more potential rather than being verbally considered as one of the backbone of Samoa’s economy. This is aside from local small or semi-scale subsistence farming. Samoa Observer spoke to two large scale commercial farmers in Samoa who have made the furrows of a farm look like a highway to business success.
Greg and Kirstin Fleming came to Samoa to celebrate a 50th wedding anniversary. They are from Wellington, New Zealand. They are here with their five children. It is their first time in Samoa but not in the Pacific because they’ve been to Fiji, Tonga and Vanuatu.
Sisters Brooke and Annette Mocha find Samoa a perfect place for quality family time. Not only are they in Samoa for a holiday, but also to spend some time together as siblings because they live in different states in Australia.
A tsunami in 2009 and a cyclone in 2012 have badly damaged the physical infrastructure and negatively affected the lifestyle of the inhabitants at Faleu Manono in Samoa.
The Alternatives to Violence Programme (A.V.P.) workshop has ended. A first of its kind in Samoa, the three-day workshop provides 25 prisoners at Tafa’igata the help to better use self-directive learning to develop positive change, self-esteem, conflict resolution and community building.
Luatuanu’u spokesperson, Tofete Lafaua Tofete, has rubbished claims by the Ministry of Police about another roadblock incident at their village during the early hours of Wednesday. “There was nothing on the road,” he said, “I don’t know what the Police are trying to do here.
Retail stores in Saleufi are now offering the option for late night shopping every Thursday of the week. The group of business owners behind the effort want to cater to those busy professionals trying to strike a balance between work, family and leisure.
At 102 years old, Tafilitiamalie Taufafo Tu'i is thankful to God for life. Whe he was just three years old, he witnessed the devastation caused by the spread of influenza, the flu epidemic that took the lives of many Samoans in 1918. "It was a very sad scene if I can recall,” he said. “People died on their beds, mothers bodies were lifted onto trucks to be dumped while still breastfeeding their babies."
Newly-weds Nick Feast and Rhianna Laybourn are celebrating their honeymoon in Samoa. They’ve been courting for 10 years and were lucky enough to win a trip to Samoa, allowing them a chance for a romantic getaway.
The following is penned by Faalogo Situtuila Sissy Vaa Vuki telling their story with husband Tupuola Sione Vuki behind their Samaritan mission to assist Samoa where possible. In recent weeks, coupled spearheaded a fundraising drive in the hometown in St. George Utah U.S.A to raise over $15,000 for the National Emergency Call Center:
The former Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, was assured by the Office of the Attorney General that the Land Titles Registration Bill (L.T.R.) 2008 would not alienate customary lands.
Affording the chance for better future opportunities for young Samoans is an approach that C.E.O. and President of Samoa Stationery and Books (S.S.A.B.), Tofilau Fiti Leung Wai, is keen on.
Think a minute…A famous man said: “Words are the most powerful drug used by mankind. They are like nitroglycerine: they can blow up bridges or heal hearts.” It all depends on how we use them: as a weapon to hurt or an instrument to heal.
I have elsewhere contrasted two metaphors for the work of constitution-making.
THE BEST A big fa’amalo to the skilled and courageous E.P.C. staff who braved the winds and rain to restore power from broken and dangerous power lines on Cross Island Road on Wednesday night in pitch darkness.
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