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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NORTH KOREA LEADER: Kim Jong Un.

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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P.M. congratulates Public Service

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, yesterday acknowledged the hard work of Samoa’s public service. He did this during the celebration of Samoa Public Service day which started with a parade on Beach Road. This is what he said:

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An open letter about food safety in Samoa

Andy Sevao, a Samoan resident in Seattle, Washington, USA wrote me a letter not long ago.

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SADLY MISSED: Moanalei was among 143 people killed in 2009 when the tsunami struck Samoa.

In memory of the victims of 2009 tsunami

Today is the eighth anniversary of the deadly tsunami in 2009 which struck the south coast of Upolu, killing 143 people. Columnist Lumepa Hald’s daughter, Moanalei, was among the victims. Today she pays tribute to her in this piece:

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WHERE THERE IS WEALTH: Samoa’s wealth relies not only on tourism and fishing but must rely on its fertile lands suitable for agribusiness. Samoa continues to face  critical challenges—high youth unemployment and poverty all around.

Samoa’s great youth potential

Samoa has a great potential to flourish and play a significant role in the Pacific region.

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Editorial

“A small party made up of small-minded people,” says M.P. Faumuina Wayne Fong.

On the front page of the Sunday Samoan of 15 October 2017, the headline read: “Member hits out at dirty H.R.P.P. politics.” The “Member” in question is Parliamentarian Faumuina Wayne Fong, of the Human Rights Protection Party, who claimed that members of his party “are engaged in dirty politics.”

Letters to the Editor

More meetings

Re: Another meeting in Apia There are more and more meetings held in Samoa from these different entities that has nothing to do with our sovereignty of whatsoever. So who is dictating policies in our supposedly independent state? These are the type of questions we need to ask ourselves when we see things happening out of the ordinary.

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

Win over worry (Part 1)

Think a minute…It’s been said: “A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work.” In fact, the root word for worry is “choke” or “strangle.” Worrying chokes the life and strength out of you! Constant worrying strangles us emotionally, gradually taking away our hope and happiness.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

Con artist at work So there is apparently someone conning unsuspecting members of the public at the Land Transport Authority compound. In a public notice, L.T.A has warned members of the public to be alert.

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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