PLANNING: Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu representatives prepared the key outcomes for preventing and responding to gender-based violence in emergencies.

Key Outcomes reached at Regional Workshop on Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies

“Given the high rates of violence against women and girls (VAWG) in the Pacific, the workshop delegates strongly urge Pacific governments to prioritize addressing gender based violence (GBV) at the very outset of an emergency response alongside other lifesaving priorities,” said Ms Shamima Ali, Coordinator of Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre (FWCC) and Secretariat of the Pacific Network Against Violence Against Women.

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Politics is the art of the possible

Prussian Otto Von Bismarck once said that “Politics is the art of the possible.” Mao Tse Tung is quoted as saying, “Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed.”

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Absolute greed ruins one’s life hard-core; can we avoid and overcome it?

We are observers of our own human world and nature; and we are so good at interpreting appearances of the earth but not the signs of time.

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Feagaiga a le Aiga and those who love us the most

Recent scholarship efforts by the Congregational Christian Church to usurp the indigenous ancestral role of Saʻo Tamaʻitaʻi as Feagaiga a le Aiga in Samoa is an interesting exercise in academics that deserves nothing but respect.

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The entire shoreline of the beach just a few feet before her, was completely sullied by fragments of rubbish.

The Sullied Coast

The tropical heart was unendurable. Beyond the seldom cloudy, blue horizon, the sun stood undeterred at the sky’s apex. For three Alaskan tourists, this was a whole new experience from the arctic climes they have adapted to since they were children.

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Poverty holds more secrets than you think

Waking up at dawn to the sound of roosters calling each other, the small birds chirping from below the window, and the rustle of leaves in the breeze is perhaps like the waking up of a “nemo” fish in the coral reef. I love the sound of nature, as it not only soothes me, but it takes me away to a dreamy place

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Why we must promote early detection of cancer

It would be amiss for me not to acknowledge the absence of our Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi who sends his apologies for not being here today. Nonetheless he reiterates his 120 percent support for the cause.

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Chinese influence is everywhere

If you are worried about the number of Chinese coming to Samoa, well, you should look at what’s happening to New Zealand, Australia, Canada and every other country in the world.

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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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Editorial

Tufuiopa’s pool plight a matter of urgency

It’s about time. Unless the government moves to do something to protect users of the Tufuiopa village pool, someone is going to get killed. There is absolutely no doubt about it. By the grace of God and sheer luck, no one has died yet during the recent incidents where vehicles have ended up in the pool.

Letters to the Editor

What needs to be done to improve Samoa

Dear Editor Re: Healthy Pacific Islands move Great work here but more systems are required to keep tourists from contracting serious stomach bugs and dengue fever. Two of my cousins from Australia contracted Dengue and 8 had serious vomiting and high temperatures for at least 4-6 days when returning back to NZ.

Street Talk

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Lupesoliai Parker gets the support

It’s signed and sealed. Samoa’s Lupesoliai La’auliolemalietoa Joseph Parker will take on Anthony Joshua in what will be the biggest fight of his life. The fight will take place in Cardiff Wales on 31 March 2018. Do you think Lupesoliai is ready for the fight? We asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Think a Minute

Get hold of happiness

Think a minute…Have you heard of the new emotional sickness called Sudden Wealth Syndrome? It happens to people who suddenly become rich by winning a big lottery jackpot, inheriting a lot of money, or other quick ways.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

LEARNING THE AIRLINES LINGO Heard the term “close in bookings”? Chances are, you are one of the many Samoans who fall into that category used by airlines to describe your booking when you travel.

Sunday Reading

PRESIDENT OF THE S.A.M.E.:Tagaloa Eddie Wilson with Happy Ava Farmers Tupai & Asoono- from Savaii.

Samoa’s Ava Exports expected to rise to prominence again

Samoa’s Ava Exports is looking promising, with exports expected to increase in the next couple of years. Ava exports was Samoa’s second largest export commidity from 1998 to 2001 until some European countries led by Germany imposed restrictions on the Pacific Kava Trade. Samoa’s exports of Ava in 1998 was just under $20m.

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