Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Loau Keneti Sio.

Listen to your children, Minister Loau urges

The Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Loau Keneti Sio, says parents and elders should do more to listen to their children and give them space to express themselves. Speaking to the Samoa Observer at the 70th anniversary celebrations in honour of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Minister said while children should respect their elders, there could be more reciprocity.

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Graduating nurses boost manpower

Manpower in Samoa’s health sector has been given a major boost with the graduation of 81 nurses and midwives.

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“Give data a human experience”

Statistics are not all you need to look at when analysing why there is an increasing number of children abuse incidents, says New Zealand-based film director, Paula Whetu Jones. 

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The cost of France's protests running into billions

France's wave of protests and violence over the past month or so has already cost the eurozone's second-largest economy a fortune.

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UK's May lobbies EU leaders in fight to save Brexit deal

Top European Union officials on Tuesday ruled out any renegotiation of the divorce agreement with Britain, as Prime Minister Theresa May fought to save her Brexit deal by lobbying leaders in Europe's capitals.

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NRL star at young women leadership programme graduation

Manly Sea Eagles and New Zealand Kiwis forward Martin Taupau was present to reward graduates and award winners of the NRL Beyond the Goalpost Star leadership programme at a ceremony at the Sheraton Aggie Grey’s Hotel yesterday.

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Former students award Leiifiifi College sports stars

The Leiifiifi College Sports awards for 2018 were held on Monday night at the Leiifiifi Hall.

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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.

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Think a Minute

Think a minute…Years ago many white southerners in America treated black, African Americans in horrible, evil ways. Yet there were some southern whites who were different. One of these was the Chisholm family in Laurel, Mississippi.

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A jolly good time for all

Who wants the rain? Who wants flooding? Or a natural disaster? No one in Samoa does, especially at this time of the year. It’s a happy time, one where people are generally on a positive buzz for one reason or another.

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Letters to the Editor

Re: Sex education Minister Loau Sio, do you really think Samoan parents will have the fortitude to educate their children about sex awareness. It’s not all about just the act of sex but everything that has to do with the subject.

Re: Remember who you are There needs to be responsibilism if not accountabilism, if there were such terms, to describe the accountability a nation and its culture has in the forming and raising of its children, let alone the creation of them by way of sexual intimacy. How was the Minister conceived?

Dear Editor, Allow me to continue. Let’s start with Taiwan. Taiwan shares a similar story to Korea, although at least in economic terms its origins are marginally less humble.

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Study finds female-led films outperform male ones

Female-led films have consistently outperformed male-led movies at the box office, according to a study initiated by Time's Up, the organization formed by prominent women in the entertainment industry to promote gender equality.

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Supporters hold signs and Chinese flags outside British Columbia Supreme Court during the third day of a bail hearing for Meng Wanzhou.

Huawei CFO gets bail; China detains ex-Canadian diplomat

A Canadian court granted bail on Tuesday to a top Chinese executive arrested at the United States' request in a case that has set off a diplomatic furor among the three countries and complicated high-stakes U.S.-China trade talks.

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