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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ladies and Gentlemen. Let me start by saying that all of us oldies were once kids. When I was a kid in Samoa one of my favourite English nursery rhymes was “Twinkle, twinkle little star”.
There is a common Samoan saying: “Tau mai na o le pua e ulā; se’i mai le mui’a’a” – “Pick only the most fragrant of frangipani; harvest the royal roots”. It is both a directive and a gentle plea.
It’s a cliché, but it is true nevertheless that, behind every successful man is an even stronger woman holding him up! This is particularly true in the case of the Samoan faife’au in Samoa, especially the wife of the faife’au E.F.K.S., the Faletua.
On 9 July 2008, Mr. Aaron Kama, a Lecturer at the U.S.P. Alafua Campus presented to the interested public a very stimulating topic titled: Growing money on trees.
In 2012 Samoa, celebrated its 50th anniversary of Independence. The Government of Australia announced that it would co-fund with Samoa a significant infrastructure project to reconstruct the Maota Fono on its original site here at Mulinu’u.
It give me great pleasure to address you all this morning, on the joint celebration and commemoration of not only the Father’s Day of Samoa, but also the National Youth Week and International Youth Day, which is commemorated on August 12th every year.
The government should consider paying the faife’aus, especially the E.F.K.S’s faife’aus, instead of taxing them, for their contributions to Samoan society and to Samoa’s development.
All this talk about another grand project by the Government in the form of a new airport at Tiavea – should they proceed – brings back memories. Not only does it remind us of a similar failed project out that way where millions of taxpayers’ tala were wasted, it also brings to mind a point made by a former Cabinet Minister which we should never forget.
Dear Editor, Re: Fairness, $2.6 million of unpaid water bills and the sacking of coach Fuimaono I applaud the Parliamentary committee too. It does show that the parliament (H.R.P.P.-dominated legislative branch) is not a rubber-stamp for the H.R.P.P.-led executive branch.
Members of the public were asked by Adel Fruean for their views.
Think a minute…In a U.S. national spelling contest, an 11-year-old girl was asked to spell a certain word. With her soft voice the judges were not sure if she spelled the word with the letter A or E.
No media The British American Tobacco Company, previously known as Rothmans, celebrated a milestone at Robert Louis Stevenson Museum last night. It was their 40th birthday in Samoa.
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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