A look at some features of South Pacific Constitutions

I have elsewhere contrasted two metaphors for the work of constitution-making.

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Samoa’s Champ: Lupesoliai Joseph Parker

People are always asking me what I want to be when I grow up. My answer typically varies with mood - journalist, a doctor, political leader, a professional singer - but the theme remains the same.

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Will Samoa ever be a self-reliant country?

This article will address relevant dependent habits. Bad habits that must be erased from our way of life and give rise to personal INITIATIVE on a grander scale.

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Taxes, Church, Govt. and Ned Netterville

Thank you Mr. Ned Netterville. This discussion is going around in circles and I believe there is not much more of value to be added to what’s been said already.

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Amendments to Customary land laws in Samoa show insincerity of P.M. and H.R.P.P. Government

A. Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand, Vaovasamanaia Winston Peters, and as Indigenous Maori, cautioned all Samoans with powerful words of wisdom when he was quoted in the Samoa Observer of 8 April 2018…

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Cover letter mistakes that spell rejection

Even Ann Landers could be hard-pressed to name a form of communication that causes more consternation to more people than cover letters.

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Faumuina Manu Samuelu shares about the health benefits of the METI Plant Based Diet.

Changing lives: Dealing with fat and bad diet

Talofa Samoa! When doctors take a small piece of your skin and examine it under the microscope, what do they see? Cells. Any part of your body examined like that will show cells. It has been calculated that the human body is made up –depending on your size- of between 20 and 80 trillion cells. That’s a lot of cells!

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Isn’t the will of man, God made?

Healthy living is a tad short of meaning when I think of cancer. It is a disease that urges one who watches a loved one deteriorating from it, to rethink the use of insensitive words such as healthy living.

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Taxes, the Church and Govt: Distorting the Truth.

Thank you Ned Netterville for your response. You say you did not distort the truth but let me point out where you did so again.

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A tribute to La’auli Alan Grey

It is often said that “Time Produces the Man”. Laauli Alan Grey was surely a man for the time.

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Tamarina and Tanya Kionasina Grey during the funeral yesterday.

To my dearest Grandpa,

Dearest Grandpa, there would have never been a right time to say goodbye to you. Throughout this time, I’ve reflected on the last week of having seen you deteriorate at an alarming rate.

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Job hunting: Cover letter mistakes that spell rejection

Even Ann Landers could be hard-pressed to name a form of communication that causes more consternation to more people than cover letters.

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Encounter, adventure: Building Me

My first day of high school was definitely one to forget. I was petrified and begged my mum to take me home, but to no avail.

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Taxes, the Church and Government. Part IV

We continue our comment on “Taxes, the Church and Government” with a response to Ned Netterville’s “Distorting the truth” Letter of Friday, 16 March.

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Nikolao Patu attests to the value of the plant based diet.

Changing lives: Tackling diabetes

Talofa Samoa! Over the past few months this column has printed testimonies of people that followed the whole food, plant based (W.F.P.B.) diet and in a matter of weeks turned around (or as we say ‘reversed’) their Type 2 diabetes.

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About avoiding those mistakes

If you concern yourself with backing away from or avoiding repeated mistakes, you are not likely to find yourself “backing –up” into achievement or success. It has been traditional to believe that the avoidance of mistakes will result in progress.

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The rise of Samoan women in conservation - by culture, merit

About a month ago, we were in a meeting with three village Mayors (male Chiefs) to discuss the implementation of the first carbon offsetting project for Samoa by replanting more than 12,000 native trees in the O le Pupu Pue national Park.

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Taxes, Government and the Church – Part III

Due to travel, it hasn’t been possible to respond earlier to the letter (15 February 2018) by Reverend Lale Ieremia on taxing the clergy in Samoa.

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Liva Iulio attests to the benefits of M.E.T.I’s plant based diet.

Changing lives: Why you are not losing weight

Talofa Samoa! I see them all the time when I go for my daily brisk walk along the Seawall behind the Government Building near the Apia Harbour: heavy-set people straining to lose weight by exercising in all kind of ways.

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Youth members participated yesterday.

“We get a Government that we deserve”

Today marks the second year since the Government approved the National Voters Day as part of the Office of the Electoral Commissioner’ national drive, to raise public awareness on the rights, duties and obligations of our citizens as voters under our Constitution and electoral laws.

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Editorial

Think dialogue, humility and mutual respect

We live in a very interesting time. The truth is that everywhere we look today we see conflicts, hardship, strife and war. Around the world we’ve become so used to seeing bloodshed, death and the hopelessness which follows. But there is no sign of slowing down either. The developments between the superpowers of the world are intriguing to say the least.

Letters to the Editor

Locals and aspirations

Dear Editor, Re: Will Samoa ever be a self reliant country? I am totally bamboozled by this article for I can’t get the mixed messages it contains. The article talks about Samoans lacking initiative and specifically mentions CEO’s, ACEO’s and farmers.

Street Talk

Eseta Faasao, 42

Public oppose new chicken tax

The recent passing of the Customs and Tariff Bill in Parliament means new tariff rates will be imposed on all imported chicken. This is a grave concern given that chicken is one of the most affordable meat for families living below the poverty line and middle income earners. Taxing such goods is no doubt a burden on these families because a decent meal every day is now being robbed from them with price increase. Our reporter, Ulimasao Fata asked the public on their opinion on Government’s move to tax imported frozen chicken. This is what they said:

Think a Minute

Win with words

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.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

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.

Sunday Reading

HONOURING THE VOLUNTEER VETS: The members of the A.P.S. board alongside the 3 volunteers at Taumesina Island Resort.

The Howler: A.P.S. says thank you

Members of the Animal Protection Society (A.P.S.) board gathered at the beautiful Taumeasina Resort for a dinner to honor the volunteer vets that came over from Australia to help conduct the clinics.

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