The entire shoreline of the beach just a few feet before her, was completely sullied by fragments of rubbish.

The Sullied Coast

The tropical heart was unendurable. Beyond the seldom cloudy, blue horizon, the sun stood undeterred at the sky’s apex. For three Alaskan tourists, this was a whole new experience from the arctic climes they have adapted to since they were children.

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Poverty holds more secrets than you think

Waking up at dawn to the sound of roosters calling each other, the small birds chirping from below the window, and the rustle of leaves in the breeze is perhaps like the waking up of a “nemo” fish in the coral reef. I love the sound of nature, as it not only soothes me, but it takes me away to a dreamy place

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Why we must promote early detection of cancer

It would be amiss for me not to acknowledge the absence of our Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi who sends his apologies for not being here today. Nonetheless he reiterates his 120 percent support for the cause.

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Chinese influence is everywhere

If you are worried about the number of Chinese coming to Samoa, well, you should look at what’s happening to New Zealand, Australia, Canada and every other country in the world.

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C.E.O of O.E.C, Faimalomatumua Mathew Lemisio with O.E.C staff members and others open the event with the ava ceremony.

Elections and strengthening democracy

It is my pleasure to welcome you to this Commonwealth Electoral Professionals Initiative training event, convened in partnership with Samoa’s Electoral Commissioner’s Office and in cooperation with the PIANZEA Electoral Administrators Network.

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Keynote Address Official Opening of Agriculture & Fisheries Show

I am pleased to greet you this morning and I thank you for joining us to officially open this annual Samoa Agriculture and Fisheries Show for 2017.

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The Korean monster from the North

“ Kim Jong Un is the Dictator of D.P.R.K. He is a die-hard Marxist by family habit and a man whose life is full of contradiction and self-indulgence in sex, food and power…”

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Showers of blessings as Fatima celebration ends in heavenly glory

Similar scenario evidently happened as far back in 1917 at Fatima Portugal and 2017 in Samoa; when the 100-year gap did not change anything when the two events of faith coincide. Here is what I can report for I was present in the two-day celebration in faithful prayers of hope.

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THEOLOGIAN AND SCHOLAR: Reverend Dr. Upolu Luma Vaai.

Foreword: Decolonising Personhood in Pacific

In the indigenous context we both mourn and celebrate death and dying. Through a felt belief in the spiritual, in how it gives meaning to thoughts and acts of love and compassion – to alofa, aloha, aroha, ‘ofa – and to ideas and practices of nurturing life, indigenous peoples gain insight not only into what is profound, divine and beyond us – beyond our mortality – but also, to what is within us, to what is us, to our humanity.

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An open letter to Members of Samoa’s Parliament

Talofa ia outou afioga, As an insignificant retired palagi journalist in Niu Sila, I wondered whether it was appropriate for me to make a comment on a political issue in Samoa, but eventually my respect, admiration and alofa for Samoa and its wonderful people persuaded me that I must.

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THE COMMISSION: Members of the Commission of Inquiry into Family Violence in Samoa.

Family violence in Samoa

Remarks at the Family Violence Inqruiry Family violence (also known as domestic abuse, battering, or domestic violence) is a pattern of behavior which involves violence or other abuse by one person against another in a domestic setting, such as in marriage or cohabitation.

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AGRICULTURE ON THE AGENDA: The participants of the Ulu Summit being held as part of Agriculture Week in Samoa.

Roots of change: Make migration work for rural development

According to the 2017 State of Food Security and Nutrition report (S.O.F.I), 815 million people suffered from hunger in 2016, an increase of 38 million people compared with 2015 (777 million). This was largely because of conflicts, droughts and floods around the world…

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Fatima 100th Anniversary Apparition celebrated by Universal Catholic Church

The Tofāmamao Centre at Leauva’a will become congested and packed with the influx of thousands of Catholic faithful from all over the Archdiocese of Samoa Apia this weekend, starting today, Thursday 12th and tomorrow, Friday 13th October 2017.

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The story of poverty…

I have visited many countries, poor or rich, but I have never wanted to live anywhere else besides our beloved Samoa. My home country is my heart, as if without it, I will not beat anymore. But the rising poverty hurts me as it would many of you.

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Climate Warming: Natural and humanly induced

Six hundred students entered the Samoa Observer’s essay writing competition on climate change. Congratulations to all.

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The Lupe

Quenjule Slaven of St Mary’s College submitted this entry to take out the Year 12 English prize in the Samoa Observer’s 2017 National Short Story Competition.

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Christian State, sins of a father who does not look like us

The recent commentaries in the Village Voice and earlier contributions about mandatory Sunday observance and the role of the Constitution in Samoa as a Christian State are indeed reaffirmation of an earlier decision by our nation’s prime mover, P.M. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi and his H.R.P.P. political disciples to officially declare Samoa a Christian State.

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Working towards a suicide free Samoa

The 3rd quarter of this year 2017 has been a busy one for Faataua Le Ola (FLO) with many activities advocating its vision “a Samoa that is fully empowered to value life and prevent suicide” and implementing its mission “to provide information, services and support to assist in the prevention of suicide.”

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Why Pinktober is important for Samoa

I am pleased to be here as the Patron of the Samoa Cancer Society and, the Minister of Health to officially open the Pinktober Breast Cancer Awareness month.

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How to stop commercial sex

Last week, an article headlined in this newspaper, “Stop sex work” caught my attention. My immediate thoughts were of our P.S.C being innovative in creating a new career path so more people can be employed in the public service.

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Playground politics as the P.M. returns

The return of Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has not come a moment too soon for most of us who have interests in life outside of playground politics. The reports of alleged and unseemly plotting, the forming of factions and jockeying for positions while the leader of our country was receiving medical treatment in New Zealand is rather tacky, to say the least.

Letters to the Editor

Laws enable the wealthy

Dear Editor Re: Exploitation hurts You are so correct. Of course you have seen this from your place in the world. I have seen this in Latin America. It is despicable what the wealthy nations do to the poor nations.

Street Talk

Fa’afetai Timo, 29

Questions over sports administration

The administration of sports in Samoa has come under the microscope once more. American-based Samoan Sprinter, Jeremy Dodson, has raised serious questions about the way sports are run. “From the three years I have represented Samoa, I have seen officials do nothing but get free trips, trips spent lounging in sponsored hotels while athletes eat processed food,” he said. “I have seen officials get elected not off merits, but friendships.

Think a Minute

Don’t follow your conscience

Think a minute…Some young children were asked this question: “What is a conscience?” A 6-year-old boy said he thought it was “the bad feeling you get when you kick girls and puppies.” A 9-year-old said your conscience is “a voice inside that says ‘No’ when you want to beat up your little brother.”

Between the Lines


DEPENDS WHICH SIDE YOU’RE ON Does that adage "one swallow make a summer" apply to football? If you’re an Aussie rugby fan and have been waiting for a win for yonks, it’s a resounding yes.

Sunday Reading

OUR HERO IS HOME: Our very own W.B.O. Heavyweight Champion visits the sick children and bringing them smiles of which were signs of temporary relief.

When a World Champion drops by

The smiles on their faces said it all. Although many of them were in pain, W.B.O heavyweight champion, Lupesoliai Laauli Joseph Parker, brought temporary relief when he paid an unexpected visit on Friday.

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