CITIZENS WELCOMED: Some of Samoa’s newest citizens during the citizenship ceremony on Wednesday. Photo: Misiona Simo.

“Serve your country with humility, honesty and commitment”

Today marks the beginning of a new path and direction for you all our newly sworn in citizens. It is the affirmation of your allegiance and commitment to serve Samoa and its people to the best of your abilities, through the divine leadership of our Lord, whom this country worships and glorifies.

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TACKLING ROOT CAUSE: Climate change is a reality for Pacific countries like Samoa whose residents are having to deal with many forms of natural disasters.

Climate engineering is the potential game changer we need to confront

In his article “Geoengineering worsen climate and hurts Paris Agreement” (October 11, 2018, posted online October 15, 2018), Fiu Mataése Elisara, Executive Director – O.L.S.S.I contends geoengineering (climate engineering) “…is a deliberate attempt by the rich to distract from the real priorities of fossil fuel emission reductions.

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The flip flop nickers

It is a swampy situation when two headed dragons get cross eyed and hit each other as a result. But Samoans do not have dragons or even celebrate to that effect, as the Chinese do, so I guess we could think of two headed stray tom cats to make a point with governance, in the church and in the political arena.

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The implications of IPCC SR15 on our islands

I’ve been ruminating on the release of the I.P.C.C. Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15) in the past few days.

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A country almost one with the sea

To sit above the hills overlooking the majestic harmonist of a sea; you are the head and feet of imagination, free; and like the breeze on your skin, you linger. There is a self healing, prayer filled, somber sound coming from such a sea.

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Talaleomalie Togia Pritchard.

Changing lives: Dealing with high blood pressure

Talofa Samoa! As we explain in our Health Seminars, the Western animal-based diet (high in fats and animal products) that so many people now consume, is the primary cause of the epidemic of elevated blood pressure (or hypertension) and heart disease that affects millions of people worldwide.

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Geoengineering worsen climate and hurts Paris Agreement

A decade ago, I was in Bonn Germany in 2008 attending the Convention on Biodiversity (C.D.B.) meetings as a Board member of the Amsterdam based Global Forest Coalition (GFC) which my organization Ole Siosiomaga Society is a member.

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What about us?

Rats are on a decadent journey in the broken walls of an old restaurant. I know.

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1.5 to stay alive: Reflecting on the I.P.C.C. Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius

As we are faced with darkness there is hope. Today a special report from the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (I.P.C.C.) on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius was released.

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Time to hire the right people

I read in the Samoa Observer recently that eight C.E.O positions are vacant. Fine. We need them to run the country; but this time let’s get the right ones by hiring them the right way. Those who have tasted the job should not reapply.

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Remembering the tsunami of 2009: The Blue Horizon!

I like to wake up looking out to the blue horizon. First there is the sound of music, the orchestral sea. Then there is light, the touch of sun inside a lover’s eyes. The final sweep is the island breeze along palmy trees, where one will softly sway, in tune, in love, in place. It is a thing of racy hearts, like a dance of grace.

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Samoa China links continue to grow

Tonight, we gather here for the joyous occasion in celebrating the 69th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. First of all, on behalf of the Chinese Embassy in Samoa, I would like to express my warm welcome and heartfelt thanks to all the distinguished guests for your gracious presence. I would also like to extend my sincere festival greetings to my Chinese compatriots as well as all the Chinese friends who are currently working here in Samoa, including all engineers, technicians, medical doctors and Chinese volunteers.’

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“Peace greatest weapon for development,” Tuilaepa addresses New York Peace Summit

Today, we come together as leaders and as representatives of nations united for a common cause, to celebrate and to remember the legacy of Nelson Mandela, a truly selfless leader whose life personified humility and forgiveness underpinned by dedication to service for humanity and the promotion of peace.

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E.P.C. must be more transparent on the proposed Alaoa Multi Purpose Dam Project

Together with six other non-government organizations (NGOs), Ole Siosiomaga Society (OLSSI) was invited on 25 July 2018 by the Manager of the proposed EPC Alaoa Multi Purpose Dam Project to a related meeting with representatives of a few government Ministries and institutions, project consultants, ADB officials, and EPC staff.

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This is Goshier than Gosh!

There in the village, giants sleep on the mountains as you pass them by. And the fog of dawn leaves the landscape like a mother of heaven is rising to make breakfast.

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NOT POPULAR IN THE PACIFIC: Heather du Plessis-Allan.

Straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel

The tirade by NZ radio 1ZB commentator Heather du Plessis against the Pacific Islands has rightly invited adverse comment, only a small part of which has filtered to us in Samoa I suspect.

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FOLLOWING THE W.F.P.B. DIET: Filoitumu Fou Eetau.

Changing lives: ‘The natural way’

Talofa Samoa! We have reported several times previously, how people that have been on pharmaceutical drugs for decades, which didn’t stop the progress of their disease, were able to reverse their Type2 diabetes in a matter of weeks by strictly following the whole foods plant based diet. Today’s testimony is another witness to this.

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Tui Atua addresses Samoan Language symposium in U.S.

I am mindful that for many of you your first, and perhaps only, language, is English. That you come to your understanding of Samoan through English. I am also aware that today there is a very real threat to the survival of Samoan because of the way in which English pervades our everyday lives.

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Climate justice denied. Part II

Let me now share my personal assessment of the Bangkok meetings ‘watching’ it all from the comforts of home in Samoa.

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Climate justice denied

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.

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Editorial

Manu Samoa vs Samoa A? Let’s campaign to make it happen

Let’s make it happen. Seriously. While the calls for Samoa A to play the Manu Samoa perhaps started out as a joke, it could actually be one of the best things to happen in Samoan rugby by a long stretch. And not just because of the negativity surrounding the latest selection of the country’s national team, Manu Samoa.

Letters to the Editor

Hoping for cheaper internet

Re: Internet speeds open local job prospects This is a fantastic direction and support led by government. The potential to be unlocked using I.C.T. is not limited to these types of operations and I hope the government lets the private sector share some of the reins on where this industry could be headed for the future.

Street Talk

Eseta Levi, 38

Should the Government build another airport at Ti’avea?

*The Street Talk was done by Talaia Mika who is a N.U.S. diploma in journalism final year student.

Think a Minute

True colors

Think a minute…This is a true story about a talented girl named Mary. She was 14-years-old when she started taking singing lessons. Later she traveled from city to city as a performer. She married a newspaperman, but their marriage did not last.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

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.

Sunday Reading

Myths and Legends of the Ancient World

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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