Without soil, there is no life

Samoa in 1998 accessed the Convention to Combat Desertification or Land Degradation.

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P.A.L.M. an unbroken stream that flows

My friends, the PALM8 Summit has now begun. May I ask the leaders of New Caledonia and French Polynesia to stand up?

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Japanese Prime Minister Shizo Abe poses for photos with leaders of Pacific island countries in Iwaki, Japan.

Time to consolidate our priorities

I bring you warm greetings from the people and Government of the Independent State of Samoa, and acknowledge the recognition of my chairmanship of the Pacific Islands Forum and the related invitation to co-chair with you Honourable Prime Minister Abe, this 8th Pacific Leaders Meeting.

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Tricky devices and the Samoan customary Land

Today I record my thoughts regarding the protections placed within Samoa’s Constitution by Samoa’s leaders in 1961 so that Samoa’s customary land might remain held by the aiga of Samoa as our birthright gifted to us by our ancestors.

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Ek naflu giborim vayobdu cle milhamah

[In memoriam: Reverend Togamau Nepo, Malua 1977-1980, Afega 1981 -1997]

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A serious Constitutional crisis in our country. Part III

As previously disclosed in the second part of this conversation, there are four steps of the small investigation that I have taken about the serious Constitutional crisis in our country.

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Latulina WongSin.

Changing lives: Our nutritious food systems

Talofa Samoa! Last week, two of us from M.E.T.I. attended a Regional Forum meeting in Suva.

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A significant contribution to Samoa’s health

On behalf of the Government and people of Samoa, I would like to acknowledge your presence today on this momentous occasion.

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A partnership to be proud of

It was more than 20 years ago in 1997 when the leaders of Japan and the Pacific island countries first gathered in Tokyo to launch the first Japan-Pacific Island Leaders Meeting (P.A.L.M., then known as the Japan-South Pacific Forum Summit Meeting).

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“Inequality in the era of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”

It is an honour to present Samoa’s statement on the occasion of the 74th ESCAP Commission Ministerial Segment, which will discuss an issue that lies at the heart of our collective achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: namely inequality.

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Samoan woman as property, subject of state, church corruption

As we celebrate Mother’s Day in honor of the Samoan woman, I personally would like to take this opportunity to reflect on how she has impacted our lives as indigenous tagata Samoa in light of the ongoing debate about her rightful place in society given the rapidly shifting social values in the present condition of our humanity.

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“We’re on cusp of new era”

Thank you all for coming today. Today is a very special occasion for SPREP, because today we celebrate both the ground-breaking for both the new PCCC, and 25 years of SPREP’s move to Samoa.

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What P.M. Tuilaepa told President Macron

I would like to acknowledge with appreciation this opportunity provided for Heads of State and Government of the Pacific to meet with you to discuss the issues considered of high priority for the Pacific region.

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Status quo vs. Samoa’s innovation

I think we can all agree that the large majority of countries in the world that have reached a high state of economic and social development have not done so without having developed an advanced industrial sector.

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Bonn could be another missed opportunity on climate change

It has been a while since I submitted a write-up on this important topic having been engaged fully in equally important cultural issues and substantive advocacy work in the last year or so.

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Why Health and safety is important

This year, the World Day for Safety and Health at Work (OSH Day) and the World Day Against Child Labour have initiated a joint campaign to improve the safety and health of young workers and to end child labour.

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CHOOSE PLANT BASED DIET: Moliga Sosaia has experienced the health benefits of METI’s WFPB diet.

Changing lives: Strength of our immune systems

Talofa Samoa! In our previous Health Column we discussed the importance of building up the strength of our immune system (which is made up of all the many different types of immune cells that represent one third of all the cells in our body).

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The decision between processed and local food

We all know that this planet have problems of hunger and malnutrition, about 900 million people. Remember obesity is malnutrition, an illness. All United Nations members have committed themselves to eradicate hunger and malnutrition in all its forms by 2030.

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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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Editorial

Why it’s crucial we appreciate these small victories

When times are tough, the celebration of victories – whatever the size - is extremely important. It will go a long way to ensure future success. The same must be said for our beloved Manu Samoa today. Their two victories over Germany, starting with the win in Apia two weeks ago, and the one in Germany yesterday morning, are moments to savour.

Letters to the Editor

About the truth

Re: Beliefs, politics and truth Your belief in your religious truth holds no evidence that it is in fact the truth. A biblical education is not necessarily a measure of whether one is educated or uneducated either. No more than it would make sense to refer to a Dr. of medicine as uneducated because he/she is not an expert in political theory.

Street Talk

Asiata Sataraka

Public speak on vaccines controversy

The death of two one-year-old babies last Friday following their vaccination at Savai’i has led to independent investigations by authorities and galvanized debate throughout the nation. Health experts have come out defending vaccinations while urging patience until the inquiries are completed. The public was asked if they have confidence in the health system and the health of their children.

Think a Minute

Survival skill

Think a minute…It is amazing how the Jewish people have survived thousands of years as slaves, outcasts, and the despised targets of Hitler’s attempted genocide of their entire race and culture.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

Of ‘Papa Stui’ and fa’afafines Well it looks like some customers have kicked up a big stink about McDonald’s Unisex toilet.

Sunday Reading

Rev. Dr. Upolu Lumā Vaai (PhD)

'Why a Pacific Philosophy Conference: Rewriting a Pacific Development Narrative'

On the 11-14th June 2018, the inaugural Pacific Philosophy Conference (I.P.P.C.) was held in Suva, Fiji. The Pacific Theological College, the University of the South Pacific, Pacific Islands Association of N.G.Os, and Fiji National University were the four hosting partners who sponsored the event.

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