Changing lives: Now that the Festive season is finished

Talofa Samoa! In the first week of last year, I was looking for one of METI ‘champions’: someone, who had been following the whole foods, plant based (WFPB) diet that METI promotes and who had been successful in reversing his diabetes condition, which had been crippling him for years.

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What the P.M. said at opening of Vailoa Hydro

We are gathered here today for the Commissioning Ceremony to mark the Completion of the construction and installation of the 200 Kilowatt Vailoa New Hydro Power Plant.

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Invasive species for biomass threatens palusami and food security

In Tuesday’s Samoa Observer, 15 January 2019, I read with interest a report by Alexander Rheeney titled “Biomass plant progresses to next stage” referring to the proposed development of a biomass gasification plant at Mulifanua!

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Getting the best people for the vacant government positions

With a couple of Chief Executive roles available in the Government, the closing time for those shooting to become a brand new C.E.O. and also those thinking that they can be re-appointed is up. They have thrown their hats in the ring now.

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The fisherman is rich…

The sunrise of the world begins in Samoa. I do not see the sky of Samoa without expecting the horizon to soothe me. If that does not say much about purpose, then nothing else could.

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A.D.B. President Takehiko Nakao and Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi in Apia last week. Photo: Aufa’i Areta Areta.

P.M. Tuilaepa pays tribute to Bank’s unfailing support

I am pleased that you have been able to join me in welcoming to Samoa the President of the Asian Development Bank Mr. Takehiko Nakao and his delegation for a short and first visit to Samoa

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About “Looking Down at Waves.”

A young man who turned blue collared worker, which included stints as a factory worker, an advertising clerk, a telephone linesman and eventually working on a farm, he said: “Not much in any particular field, cause I couldn’t hold on.”

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Civil Society analysis of the Poland Climate Outcome

I thought it useful to give a little more detailed analysis of the outcomes of climate talks in Katowice Poland last month, December 2018.

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Airplanes, hopes and ideals crash

The standard of living in our country, has it changed for the better?

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From waste to wealth - The story of a humble pineapple leaf fiber

As the saying goes: we are an island that depends on subsistant agriculture and tourism, right?

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The tribal country of Samoa

Government employees in reality, are the top of the roost.

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“Sand and water and a million years gone by”

Nature is water. And we can only flow with it. There is on the south side of our paradise island, a village that looks out to the sea as if it is guardian to it. The villagers make merry of daily tasks, cooking, feasting, weaving, fishing, child raising, and mindlessly living sometimes, but also breathing in the air of freedom.

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Opinions. They are wretched things. World is full of them.

It’s late night. Three a.m. Times like these are sacred. Except for the swirling fan, the sound of rain and darkness outside is revolving.

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The end of one chapter and the beginning of another

A muamua le viiga o le Atua, auā o le fa’amoemoe ua taunu’u o le lā’au lea o le soifua. Ua savinifaapunuomanu ai lagona o lenei aso auā o lea ua a’e i fanua le faiva o le manusina sa ta’atiu I ā’au mamao ma ua tepa ai nei i ‘ula, ua taga’i i ‘ula, ua tago foi i ‘ula le asō. Ia tumau pea lona vi’iga e lē aunoa.

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Equitable and efficient Paris Agreement critical for everyone

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to this ACP/EU Ministerial working lunch ably supported by our partner – The European Union.

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Urgent ocean action into much needed ambitious climate plan

Despite the cold temperatures outside especially for us from the Pacific, I am very pleased that the atmosphere and temperature in the Pacific and Koronivia Pavilion is more warm and friendly.

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Changing lives: Looking radiant and look ten years younger

Talofa Samoa! We are always amazed when we see the patients that follow strictly the whole foods, plant based diet come back to our Clinic after being on the diet for a few weeks.

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“We are our own enemy in this respect”

I’ve been asked to shed light on the emerging challenges of Human Rights in Samoa/ and the approach of the country in addressing them/ in approximately four to five minutes. ---I know you are keen to see the movie, so I will aim for three minutes.

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Spare a thought for the Samoan delegation at Poland Climate Talks

As we fast approach the end of 2018 and envelop ourselves in the spirit of the festive season on Christmas and New Year celebrations, we need to spare a thought or two for the Samoa delegation these two weeks in Katowice Poland in the collective pursuit by developing countries for a climate package of decisions that ‘leaves no climate related issues behind’.

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Law Reform Commission marks 10 years

Today, we celebrate 10 years Anniversary of service of the Samoa Law Reform Commission to our people and Government. Its establishment in October 2008 was a significant milestone for Samoa.

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Editorial

A rural electrification program and sharing in Samoa’s wealth

Just four weeks into the new year and 2019 already has the hallmarks of another busy 12 months ahead – if events in recent weeks are any indication. The Government set the agenda in renewable energy in the last fortnight – in Samoa’s strive to become 100 per cent reliant on clean energy 2025 – by commissioning multimillion tala hydro plants on Upolu and Savai’i.

Letters to the Editor

Don’t be fooled - Apology in order

Dear Editor, Re: Don’t be easily fooled P.M. says “About claims that customary lands are under threat, Tuilaepa said it was foolish to compare Samoa to New Zealand and Australia.

Street Talk

Fa’apaia Motu, 61

Why minimum wage should increase

The issue of the minimum wage is back on the agenda. While most people agree that $2.30 an hour is not enough, the Government says the decision to increase is totally dependent on the private sector and whether they can afford it. What do you think? And if there were an increase, why? Soli Wilson asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Think a Minute

Successful Business Plan (Part 1)

Think a minute...Do you know the secret to a successful business? Even if you do not own your own business, these principles work in both your professional and personal life. Following these priorities will guide you to success in this business called life.

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

Back on his feet: For Lopau Mapuinuumanaia (right), the 59-year-old farmer who was nearly swept away, life has improved.

Rebounding together from dual crises

Lopau Mapuinuumanaia remembers the day his village in southeastern Samoa was torn apart. On 29 September 2009, the 59-year- old farmer was up early planting banana and taro seedlings when he felt the earth shake violently.

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