CELEBRATING A MILESTONE: Distinguished guests flying the first flight out on Samoa Airways departing from Faleolo Airport to Auckland, New Zealand yesterday are welcomed at the Airport.

Why we need Samoa Airways

Talofa Lava and Welcome to this important and historical occasion for our people and our country.

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“My soul is a flat tyre!”

“ My soul is a flat tyre,” writes one of my idealised writers. I giggle at the consequence of arriving at a shattered experience after such a long life. He died of old age. But I must remind myself sometimes of the inability of a human being we idolize to be perfect.

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I am so sorry

Dear Samoan people, Peace Corps and anyone else who dislikes me and President Donald Trump. As you know, I have been investigated by the US States Department following my visit to your country last July to celebrate 50 years of Peace Corp work in Samoa. Pearce Corp was founded by President John Fitzgerald Kennedy 100 years ago.

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Why Tui Samoa Cable is vital

Last year on the 25th of November we attended the Official Contract Signing Ceremony, and the bringing into force of the supply contract with Alcatel Submarine Networks, 11 months later, today we now witness the next major milestone with the Tui-Samoa cable landing here at Moataa and commencement of the 1,500 KM cable laying to Suva in Fiji with spurs to Tuasivi on Savaii, the islands of Wallis and Futuna, and to Savusavu on Vanua Levu, Fiji.

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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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Editorial

Is this government now asking God to pay taxes too?

The power struggle between the government and the church over the issue of taxes is an intriguing one to follow. It certainly adds a new dimension to the political climate of the moment. And while it appears insidious, it is nonetheless a first for Samoa and perhaps a sign of things to come.

Letters to the Editor

Is this a modern-day slave trade?

Dear Editor, If all things I read on the news are true then we are witnessing a modern-day ‘slave-trade’ at the expense of our very own Pacific players. As nasty as this comparison is, I believe, this is the most fitting way to describe the current set-up of the World Ruby Union.

Street Talk

Should envelopes given to Cabinet Ministers be taxed?

The announcement by the Ministry for Revenue of taxes on the incomes of the Head of State and church ministers, has generated much discussion. Particularly when church ministers found out that not only was the money given by the congregation on Sundays to be taxed but also envelopes given when they attend weddings, funerals and other functions. One aggrieved church minister then suggested that Cabinet Ministers should be similarly taxed when they receive money in envelopes when attending functions. What do you think? Neretiti Matatia asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Think a Minute

Don’t burn yourself

Think a minute…It’s been said: “Hating people is like burning down your whole house to kill a rat.” You’ve also heard the expression, “Cutting your nose off to spite your face.”

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

SLOW DOWN PLEASE Those midnight rally drivers might want to be careful out there.

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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