Why are you unemployed?

If you are unemployed, blame yourself. Nobody else. Almost. Let me explain. People say I need a job. Doesn’t anybody? Unfortunately, those who proclaim that way, and I don’t blame them, do not know, with all certainty, what kind of a job they want.

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Sustaining economic growth and the future

For the best part of the last three decades this facility has contributed greatly to the economy of Samoa and its G.D.P.

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Where is our dignity?

When I read poetry, in my solitude, I often think of my love for my country and yours too. I think of the beauty of it, and how the essence of it all is a sweet caress on a troubled mankind’s forehead.

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BREADFRUIT: Like the banana and plantain, the breadfruit may be eaten ripe as a fruit or under ripe as a vegetable.

Breadfruit tree has many uses

This article deals exclusively with the food uses of the breadfruit then and now. THEN. Back in the early Polynesian times, when the breadfruit reached these islands they used just about everything needed to survive.

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Le Tofā Taofiofi: The Wisdom of Restraint

Ladies and gentlemen, good evening. 

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Human rights can help Samoa become a better nation

The National Human Rights Institution would like to wish everyone a very happy Human Rights Day!

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Changing lives: It’s hard but it could save your life

Talofa Samoa! We are frequently asked how difficult it is for people to adopt the whole foods, plant based nutrition program (or W.F.P.B. diet).

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A miracle at Mulivai

Blood stain on Jesus Christ’s right foot – divine mercy image

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Making the invisible visible

I wish to thank the conference organisers for the opportunity to share with you today.

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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.

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SPEAKING UP FOR HEALTHY HABITS: Hinauri Petana.

Changing lives: Hinauri Petana’s life saving transformation

The Whole Foods, Plant-Based (W.F.P.B.) nutrition that M.E.T.I. is promoting is recommended for the prevention or the reversal of various chronic degenerative diseases such as Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Gout.

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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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Editorial

He who laughs first laughs last!

Has it ever occurred to you that our Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, is perhaps the most written about and photographed individual, whose mugshot has been appearing quite consistently, on the front pages of the Samoa Observer over the years all the way to today?

Letters to the Editor

Romans 13:1-7, Sacred Cow or White Elephant?

Faafetai tele Gatoaitele Savea Sano Malifa for your editorial ‘Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s’. Matthew 22:21 that was published online on November 18, 2017.

Street Talk

Aitasi Ugapō Aumua

Head of State or Governor General?

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s government has moved to amend the Constitution once more in relation to the position of the Head of State.

Think a Minute

Courageous compassion

Think a minute…In 2007 an amazing woman was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, but sadly then died at the age of 98. Her name was Irena Sendler from Warsaw, Poland. During World War II Irena worked as a plumbing and sewer specialist in the Jewish ghetto of Warsaw.

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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