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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The voice of silence

Standing here before the ocean, you realize two things. You believe the world is flat and you are very small.

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“I will not hide in the shadow of the tree”

It gives me great pleasure to address you this morning to officially

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Building a strong Pacific: Our people, our islands, our will

It is a great pleasure to be in Nauru again, and to be here for the forty-ninth annual meeting of Leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum.

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How to do yoga rooster style!

The village below is a landscape for romance. It has at the edge the bluest half moon horizon. Then it is doodled out by a small island, like part of the main island, beaten off for being frivolous.

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A historical event for Samoa

To say that it is a privilege and an honor for me to officially launch the Miss Samoa Pageant 2018 this morning is an understatement.

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Lalotea Tulia’upupu Muliaga.

Changing lives: Why you should stick to whole foods, plant based diet

Talofa Samoa! In our previous Health column we mentioned that those of us, who eat a lot of meat, poultry, fish, milk, cheese or eggs, harbour certain bacteria in their gut that can lead to the production of cancer-causing substances.

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OFFICIAL VISIT: Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi with Fiji's Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama. Photo / (Fiji Government).

Thank you P.M. Bainimarama and Fiji

I am honoured by the generous welcome for me and my delegation and deeply honoured still for according me the Tabuawhich to me reflects the pinnacle of Fijian traditions and spiritual values. In more ways than one, we as the Pacific family share many commonalities and what we all hold sacred in our customs and traditions.

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Editorial

Attack on P.M. Tuilaepa cowardly, shameful and unacceptable

This much we know. The attack on Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi in Brisbane on Wednesday night was unacceptable (see front page story). It was a cowardly act and regardless of what reasons or motives that might have triggered it, whoever is responsible should be ashamed.

Letters to the Editor

Some questions

Re: The difference between then and now A good question to ask is: just what is the point of Samoa having its own airline? Making a profit is a nice idea but based upon past experience this is not realistic, as the best outcome is not to lose too much money while at the same time trying to maximize other benefits to Samoa.

Street Talk

Ake Moleli, 53

Public keep the faith in Samoa Airways

National airline Samoa Airways is celebrating its one-year anniversary this month. Our reporter Yolanda Lavata’i talked to members of the public to get their views on the performance of the airline and its services.

Think a Minute

Lucky You (Part II)

Think a minute…An army general was asked what kind of good-luck charms he carries when he goes to war. The general answered: “I don’t carry a lucky charm on my body. I carry it in my heart.” In other words, he was saying it is not luck but his character, choices and true beliefs in his heart that guide and protect him.

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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