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The Government of Italy and UN Climate Change have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to launch a new Fellowship Programme.

Italy backs plan with T$7.5 million

A fellowship programme which focuses on strengthening the institutional capacity for the Small Island Developing States (S.I.D.S.) and the Least Developed Countries (L.D.C.s) to respond to the challenges arising from climate change was established yesterday. 

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Tai Ga’i.

Water and transport problems dominate

Water is essential for everyday needs especially for drinking. However a father of seven from Leusoalii shared his frustration about water scarcity in his area. Tai Ga’i said this was the biggest problem that his family faces.

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Onosa’i Talato.

Worker and boss

Life can be just a roller coaster ride, but we can change this if we work hard. Onosa’i Talato, a father of nine, believes that we as humans are created to work and not waste our valuable time.

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Ieti Siniua.

Ieti prefers life in Apia

People may see Apia as a bustling, commercial centre, but it is better than life in Savaii. Meet Ieti Siniua who, having moved to Apia, says there is a big difference between Upolu and Savaii.

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Nikolao Mika.

Real experience of Climate Change

Preventative measures must be taken to adapt to climate change. And for Solosolo’s, Nikolao Mika, he says it is necessary that a seawall is constructed to protect them from the disasters associated with climate change.

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The Pacific region’s participation is part of an effort to attract Chinese visitors to this part of the world.

Samoa to be part of China International Travel Mart

Samoa will join the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (S.P.T.O.) to be part of the largest annual professional travel show in Asia, the China International Travel Mart (C.I.T.M.), to be held in Kunming China this weekend.

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READY TO SERVE YOU: Christopher, Ogevai and Leiataualesa Mulipola Oliva.

Family extends business at Vailoa

There is a new eatery in town. The C.C.M. restaurant, owned and operated by a family from Manono has opened in Vailoa just after the Lepea Bridge where the Asian Delights store was previously located.

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Mormon missionary killed in hit and run

A 21-year-old Mormon missionary has died after he was struck by a vehicle on Sunday while walking with his companion in Samoa, Deseret News reports.

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Clean energy mini grids. Photo Credit: FRES Foundation

‘Why wait?” asks report on full power access

A report on sustainable energy for all and power for all rural and vulnerable populations in developing countries was released at the United Nations Framework Climate Change Conference (C.O.P. 23) meeting in Bonn, Germany.

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CARETAKERS OF NATIONAL ASSETS: The Manager of Corporate and Rental Properties, Titimaea Tiotio; Samoa Housing Corporation C.E.O. Matautia Rula Levi and Senior Rental Officer, Siaki Lelevaga.

S.H.C. restores national assets

When Cabinet decided that responsibility for Government Housing would be passed to the Samoa Housing Corporation in 2013, it was a logical and timely move. “Cabinet must have been concerned it was not run as well as it could be so they wanted to make a change,” said the C.E.O. of Samoa Housing Corporation, Matautia Rula Levi.

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The My Girls Club has presented another donation to Nuanua o le Alofa.

My Girls club donate to Nuanua O Le Alofa

The My Girls Club has presented another donation to Nuanua o le Alofa. Nuanua O Le Alofa is a National Advocacy Organisation established in 2001 to advocate for and promote the rights and abilities of persons with disabilities in Samoa.

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ULUGIA SAUAFEA NIUIA AUMUA: Assistant Commissioner, Tafaigata Prison.

‘No Comment’ says Assistant Commissioner of Prison

The Assistant Commissioner for Prisons and Corrections Services, Ulugia Sauafea Niuia Aumua, says he is unable to comment on the reasons leading to the death of a prisoner, Alele Mano. This is because Police are now investigating the matter, he said.

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REBRANDED TIVOLIAPART HOTEL: Formerly trading as Malifa Lodge.

S.L.C. lodge tendered to local business owner

Malifa Lodge at Moto’otua has undergone a major change since its establishment just three years ago. The lodge was recently rebranded as Tivoliapart Hotel and a local business owner has won the tender to operate it. 

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Francois Martel and Anote Tong.

‘Fossil fuels will destroy our homes’

The high level call to constrain oil, gas and coal production to achieve the Paris goals was yesterday endorsed by former President of Kiribati and climate change activist, Anote Tong and Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Development Forum, Francois Martel.

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PRESIDENT OF C.O.P.23: Fiji P.M. Frank Bainimarama.

Positive steps in issue of climate change insurance

The proposal by the Alliance of Small Island States (A.O.S.I.S.) for an insurance pool to cover the cost of loss and damage caused by climate change was finally approved by world leaders at the 23rd United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties (C.O.P. 23) held in Bonn, Germany. 

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FIX OUR ROADS PLEASE: Maiava Vala Ueselani from Fagali’i-uta.

Villager laments poor road conditions

The road to Fagali’i-uta needs to be fixed.

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FARMER: Samuelu Maka, 40, from the Village of Leusoali’i.

A strong will to get by every day

Finding ways to make money nowadays is not an easy task.

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GREENER PASTURES ELSEWHERE: Sulesa Fineitalaga Aloniu, 52, from Nuu-Fou.

Mother looks overseas for help

Migrating overseas is one way many people living in Samoa see as a way out of struggles and poverty.

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ONE UNIFORM BUT HE IS DETERMINED: Sulitava’e Samuelu.

One pair of school uniform for the year

Hardship is real for Sulitava’e Samuelu.

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GREAT MEMORIES: Members of the group with their Highnesses Tuimalealiifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II and Fa’amausili and the Minister of Health, Tuitama Dr. Leao Tuitama. Photos: U.S. Embassy.

New York Jazz group leave with wonderful memories of Samoa

It’s not goodbye Samoa for N.Y.C.’S Ari Roland Jazz Quartet.

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Think a Minute

Who’s your hero?

Think a minute…One of the most famous Italians in the 20th century was Benito Mussolini, known to his people as Il Duce, which simply means The Leader. His charisma was almost like amovie star rather than a government leader, even though his charm was bathed in blood and violence.

Columns

FACE OF THE MOMENT: N.Z. Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern.

The N.Z. connection and capitalism with an ugly face

New Zealand, a member of the Pacific family of nations, has an exemplary record in the development and the maintenance of democratic governance in its modern history.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

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

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