The foreword of Palemia; A Memoir*

Early in 2015, Dr Peter Swain paid me a courtesy visit at my office.

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Attention Scholarship Wannabes

Planning to attend University in the States? Want some help with college tuition? You just might qualify for one of these crazy scholarship ideas. Starting in 1994, it was announced that:

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P.M. backgrounds decision for Palemia publication

The Prime Minister delivered this speech on Thursday last week at his ‘Palemia’ book launch at Samoa House in Auckland,New Zealand.

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This is cucumber time

Of the weather lately, my funny Guy says, “ This is cucumber time.”

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THE RICH HISTORY BEHIND THE CREATION: Pele Creation Models Sinnet Fashion Show 2016.

Pele Creations, where love and good taste is always predominant

My darling friend who has recently opened the doors of her small garment boutique sits across me with paint stained fingers and tired eyes.

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Forum gears up for Samoa meeting

Let me extend a very warm welcome back to your Secretariat and allow me to offer my gratitude for your efforts to travel, from near and far, across the Blue Pacific Ocean to be here today.

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Continue to pray to avert a war in the Pacific

Last week Thursday 3rd August in this newspaper I wrote an Article titled “World War III looming, as prophesies of war never go away but….

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The finishing line

They say the finish line is just the beginning of a whole new race. But does it take a lot of effort to actually start the race?—perhaps a diet, school, a family, a business or a programme.

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A CALL FOR UNITY: Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Dame Meg Taylor (middle) with some of the participants.

Regionalism: Through the lens of a young Samoan

At the National University of Samoa (N.U.S.) last week, a Talanoa Session involving students, was attended by the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Dame Meg Taylor. At the heart of the Talanoa session was student’s perspectives on issues confronting the Pacific region. The keynote speaker was Meilani Aperaamo, a 3rd year student. She spoke about “Regionalism” and highlighted some key values young people in the Pacific must not take for granted. This is what she said:

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World War II looming as prophesies of war never go away but

While the world is praying everyday to the ALMIGHTY GOD the Creator of heaven and earth and everything in it, for HIS mercy on this sinful world and turns...

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A tribute to Peace Corps

It gives me great pleasure to be with you all today at this very important occasion, the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Peace Corps service to Samoa.

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For as long as I can remember I’ve always had a love for learning and sharing what I had learnt. Sometimes when I return from school I take the time to sit in the silence of my hostel room and think about the material I had learnt.

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The Joy of Arriving

Nothing is more annoying than an uncomfortable flight. Spending hours next to strangers in a flying tin can, whizzing far across the sky, while wishing for a nice comfortable bed (and not a chair that only reclines a few centimeters).

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YAZAKI GLOBAL FAMILY: Local Management, Headquarter Officials, AAPL Management and  Toyota Australia Representatives after one of their meetings in 2016.

Honouring Yazaki: The countdown to the end

MY FAMILY As we are 24 more days from the ceremony to officially bring the curtain down on YAZAKI Samoa local operation, I would like to publicly acknowledge and share my own personal tribute to my departing family - my final vote of thanks and last goodbye before time is running out for me and the opportunity slips away.

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Remarks from the Commonwealth Broadband Pacific forum

The Chief Guest, Her Excellency Honourable Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, Acting Prime Minister of Samoa; Deputy Prime Minister of Tonga, Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni; Hon. Ministers; Dr. Shola Taylor, Secretary General of CTO; Mr. Sione Veikoso, President of PITA; Excellencies and members of the diplomatic corps; Distinguished speakers; participants; ladies and gentlemen.

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Living with ghosts

A good friend, smart also, once told me I live with ghosts. By ghosts he was referring to my childhood days.

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SAMOA’S LEADER: Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi with Manamea Apelu-Schwalger.

My moment with our beloved P.M. Tuilaepa

Ernest Hemingway once said, the world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are very strong at the broken places. I for one have much to say about being broken, and yes I agree, it has given me strength, inner strength if anything.

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Manu Samoa’s post mortem begins

“They weren’t very honest about their situation. They came to play the All Blacks, and then they said they had to return. It is very disappointing for the coach” – Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i

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Minister La’auli Leuatea Schmidt.

Such partnership is essential

Did the Minister of Agriculture just realize that it is “essential” for both to work together?

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Family Safety Research Report

I am pleased to be part of the launch this morning of the Family Safety Research Report. For one thing I am grateful for the research and I wish to congratulate all involved.

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“Rape and incest”, 400 sex workers, well done Prime Minister Tuilaepa, Dr Leao Tuitama!

On the front page of yesterday’s Samoa Observer, the picture of Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, was published under the headline: “P.M. Tuilaepa attacks media for reporting on rape, incest!”

Letters to the Editor

She wrote to the Editor of the Samoa Observer.

Dear Editor, As the lead author of the report on HIV and STI risk and vulnerability among key populations in Samoa I would respectfully like to respond to the Honourable Minister of Health, Tuitama Dr Leao Talalelei Tuitama and the Honourable Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.

Street Talk

Luna Gautolu, 16

Miss Samoa Pageants: Love them or hate them?

The Miss Samoa Pageant is billed as an event much more than simply a parade of physical attractiveness. There is a strong emphasis on confidence, culture, individual talent and general knowledge. Lizzy Hunt asked people to share their opinions about the pageant:

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Discipline dominates

Think a minute…During a football game of Augsburg University in the U.S., Augsburg was losing. Then late in the game, defensive tackle David Stevens was put in to play and sparked a comeback in his Augsburg teammates.

Between the Lines


LATER! So the new Tanumalala Prison will be finished in about July next year? Correct us if we’re wrong, but did we not hear our Prime Minister inviting a certain 60 Minutes reporter, Liam Bartlett to the opening of the new prison in June this year?

Sunday Reading

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY: B.B.L. Winners for fathers day promotion with B.B.L. Staff.

Bluebird celebrates Father’s Day

Seven lucky dads celebrated father’s day with Bluebirds Father’s Day Promotion Prize Giving held last week Friday.

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