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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FOLLOWING THE W.F.P.B. DIET: Filoitumu Fou Eetau.

Changing lives: ‘The natural way’

Talofa Samoa! We have reported several times previously, how people that have been on pharmaceutical drugs for decades, which didn’t stop the progress of their disease, were able to reverse their Type2 diabetes in a matter of weeks by strictly following the whole foods plant based diet. Today’s testimony is another witness to this.

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Tui Atua addresses Samoan Language symposium in U.S.

I am mindful that for many of you your first, and perhaps only, language, is English. That you come to your understanding of Samoan through English. I am also aware that today there is a very real threat to the survival of Samoan because of the way in which English pervades our everyday lives.

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Climate justice denied. Part II

Let me now share my personal assessment of the Bangkok meetings ‘watching’ it all from the comforts of home in Samoa.

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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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Editorial

“We have to apply common sense. This was my decision although it is not in line with the law” – Minister Tialavea

On the front page of the Sunday Samoan of 14 October 2018, the headline read: “Govt. can assist cash-strapped firms.” The story referred to a Government policy that allows certain companies to pay their import duty after 30 days – but only if they pay 50 per cent of the tax upfront.

Letters to the Editor

Time to introduce a fine

Re: Apia’s growing litter problem an eyesore It’s great to see this initiative in Samoa and good on Shaanarlei for doing this. It is apparent for anyone travelling to Samoa that there is an issue with the rubbish and is something the government needs to sort out (it’s right outside the government’s doorstep to see).

Street Talk

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Calls for Samoa A players to be included in the Manu Samoa

“The Samoa A has been crowned winners of the World Rugby Americas Pacific Challenge in Uruguay. But none of the players are in the Manu Samoa team for the Northern Hemisphere tour end of this year. Talaia Mika* asked members of the public if Samoa A players should be included in the Manu Samoa squad. This is what they said:

Think a Minute

Get Up on the Right Side

Think a minute…If you are not having a good day, people sometimes humorously say that you “got up on the wrong side of the bed.” Amazingly, brain surgeons discovered that the brain actually has two sides and that each side thinks differently.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

Is this Samoa’s Manu Samoa? Two issues stand out like a sore thumb in the selection of the Manu Samoa. Firstly, there is not a single player picked from the competitions in Samoa.

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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