Opinions. They are wretched things. World is full of them.

It’s late night. Three a.m. Times like these are sacred. Except for the swirling fan, the sound of rain and darkness outside is revolving.

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The end of one chapter and the beginning of another

A muamua le viiga o le Atua, auā o le fa’amoemoe ua taunu’u o le lā’au lea o le soifua. Ua savinifaapunuomanu ai lagona o lenei aso auā o lea ua a’e i fanua le faiva o le manusina sa ta’atiu I ā’au mamao ma ua tepa ai nei i ‘ula, ua taga’i i ‘ula, ua tago foi i ‘ula le asō. Ia tumau pea lona vi’iga e lē aunoa.

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Equitable and efficient Paris Agreement critical for everyone

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to this ACP/EU Ministerial working lunch ably supported by our partner – The European Union.

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Urgent ocean action into much needed ambitious climate plan

Despite the cold temperatures outside especially for us from the Pacific, I am very pleased that the atmosphere and temperature in the Pacific and Koronivia Pavilion is more warm and friendly.

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Changing lives: Looking radiant and look ten years younger

Talofa Samoa! We are always amazed when we see the patients that follow strictly the whole foods, plant based diet come back to our Clinic after being on the diet for a few weeks.

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“We are our own enemy in this respect”

I’ve been asked to shed light on the emerging challenges of Human Rights in Samoa/ and the approach of the country in addressing them/ in approximately four to five minutes. ---I know you are keen to see the movie, so I will aim for three minutes.

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Spare a thought for the Samoan delegation at Poland Climate Talks

As we fast approach the end of 2018 and envelop ourselves in the spirit of the festive season on Christmas and New Year celebrations, we need to spare a thought or two for the Samoa delegation these two weeks in Katowice Poland in the collective pursuit by developing countries for a climate package of decisions that ‘leaves no climate related issues behind’.

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Law Reform Commission marks 10 years

Today, we celebrate 10 years Anniversary of service of the Samoa Law Reform Commission to our people and Government. Its establishment in October 2008 was a significant milestone for Samoa.

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History of the Chinese in Samoa

It is with great pleasure that I come to attend the first public screening of the documentary Dragons in Paradise in Samoa and the Opening Ceremony of The History of Chinese in Samoa Exhibition.

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Changing lives: Gestational diabetes poses increased risk to mother, child

Talofa Samoa! A young lady, pregnant for the first time, came to our Clinic the other day, quite distraught and wanting help.

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Samoa in Egypt Biodiversity Meetings and Environment and Conservation Bill 2016

Our government officials are already in Egypt these two weeks to attend the Convention on Biodiversity 14th Conference of the Parties (CBD/COP14) and the 9th Meetings of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (MOP9) both at Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, 17-29 November 2018.

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“We need to value potential of region”

In the Pacific we take a more expansive view of regional integration that extends beyond simple economic or market integration.

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Emptiness: Parks, social media, and tourism

National parks! A recreational space for the hectic minded. I sat in one of those in New York and for hours when I was missing home.

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It’s about kinship, love, remorse and forgiveness

I want to share a reflection on suicide by quoting from a speech I made in 2002 because it is relevant and topical. Rituals also express meaning, nuance and metaphor. During (former) Prime Minister’s Helen Clark’s wreathe presentation at Tamasese’s grave, 4 June 2002, Lufi Falefa and Salani could have chanted the funeral chants, the birth chants, the war chants, the victory chants.

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The beautiful memories will remain

Talofa! It is with great pleasure that I come with my colleagues to attend the Closing Ceremony of Training Course on Creative Handicrafts and Sewing skills for Samoa sponsored by the Chinese government.

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Tribute to a leader, visionary and intellectual

Eulogy at Memorial Service of Sir Ngatata Love 28 October, 2018 Pipitea Marae, Wellington

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Spanking and respect: What is our purpose?

The problem with ideals is that we are disappointed almost every time. So to wish for better things is to be hopeless too.

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Remarks by Hon. Faimalotoa Kika Iemaima Stowers Minister for Women, Community and Social Development

I wish to use this opportunity to convey our sincerest gratitude to the People’s Republic of China, through the Embassy in Samoa and the Hunan International Business Vocational College for Continuing to support the development of Samoa and its people. 99 women and men have been trained, skilled and developed – to become seamstress and fashion designers, through your kind assistance.

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Speech on the occasion of the sewing training closing

Talofa! It is with great pleasure that I come with my colleagues to attend the Closing Ceremony of Training Course on Creative Handicrafts and Sewing skills for Samoa sponsored by the Chinese government. I am very happy to see the lovely video clips about the beautiful moments of your training during the past few weeks.

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Samoan cultural traditions, the controversy and the God in us who knows no Jesus

The recent confrontation between the visiting German professor, Karl-Heinz Kuhlmann and a pair of LDS missionaries in Apia, Samoa is fascinating in a number of ways.

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Editorial

Why the Chairman of National Council of Churches is wrong about human rights

Last month, the Chairman of the National Council of Churches, Deacon Kasiano Leaupepe, blamed human rights for the deteriorating state of violence in Samoa.

Letters to the Editor

Open letter to incoming U.S.P. Vice Chancellor

Congratulations on your appointment and hope that your taking over the helm of the ship will ensure that USP as an Institution will remain afloat and not sink into the depths of the Pacific Ocean.

Street Talk

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Lupesoliai Parker is back

Lupesoliai Joseph Parker’s third round knockout of American-Mexican heavyweight boxer Alexander Flores last Saturday night in Christchurch, New Zealand got him back into the winner’s circle. Our reporter Soli Wilson talks to members of the public on what they thought of the victory.

Think a Minute

The Right Motivation

Think a minute… A school teacher was complaining about a little boy in her class who was not showing any interest in learning. She said: “David will not do his school work. He’s not even motivated to try!” But that same boy, David, will jump out of bed early in the morning to go fishing or play with his friends. He just needs the right motivation.

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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