Tupua Friedrich Wilhelm Wetzell.

Our Christmas tribute to Fred, who confessed: “Mum, I left my heart in Samoa.”

Once in a while that feeling of profound inadequacy will drive us to question the reason we’re here, and yet despite the sadness and the pain the sun will soon rise so that the pain is stemmed, and once again all is well.

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The reason for the season

And so Christmas is upon us. This time tomorrow, most of us will be enjoying a time of giving and sharing as we celebrate the reason for the season with the people that matter the most to us.

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Plenty to ponder for Members of Parliament during Christmas

Well there you have it. Parliament is done and dusted for 2016. With Deputy Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa wishing Samoa a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, the curtains fell on this year’s proceedings on Tuesday after members convened for the last time at their make shift home at Tuana’imato.

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Welcome home, our champion!

Everyone loves a champion. And so it showed yesterday when thousands crowded to Beach Road to celebrate Samoa‘s very own Lupesoliai La’auliolemalietoa Joseph Parker’s world heavyweight title victory.

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Tuilaepa’s government was clearly warned about those “rubbish” vehicles

The truth is this. The government was clearly warned about Samoa becoming a dumping ground for cheap vehicles before it embarked on the controversial road switch a few years ago.

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Taking care of our loved ones in this festive season

It’s an exciting time of the year. There is absolutely no denying that. And as the countdown towards Christmas continues, the buzz is only going to get better and bigger. But there are dangers lurking around the corner we have to be aware of.

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Being a champion

Welcome home Lupesoliai Joseph Parker! In the uncertain world of sport and the even more uncertain world of peopleís opinions, we are sure that the very warm welcome you received at the airport and the villages along the way into town, would have reassured you of one thing.

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A time of reflection

Christmas is upon us. In a few days time, this nation will join millions around the world to mark one of the best times of the year in so far as celebrations go.

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Changing attitudes begin at home

Violence – especially the sort perpetrated against innocent women and children at the hands of husbands, fathers and men who are entrusted to protect them - is a menace we can definitely do without.

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Every dollar counts in fight against climate change

And so all is well that ends well. Yesterday evening, the largest climate finance meeting to be held in the Pacific, the 15th Global Climate Fund Board meeting, ended with joyous celebration at the T.A.T.T.E Building on Beach Road.

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Kids play an utter waste of public money

All this kerfuffle involving suspended Police Commissioner FuiavaililiEgonKeil and the suspended Director of the National Prosecution Office, Mauga Precious Chang, was just kids’ play.

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Leave our Samoan world champion alone

The negativity following Lupesoliai La’auliolemalietoa Joseph Parker’s world title win last weekend is almost amusing to follow if only the diatribe was not hurtful and downright silly.

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Watch those potholes

The arrival of long periods of rain is a wonderful thing. For many people without a steady supply of water and for those farmers who have been waiting for it, the rain is surely an answer to prayers.

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A victory for Samoa

Well there you have it Samoa. Lupesoliai La‘auliolemalietoa Joseph Parker has delivered what we’ve all been waiting for.

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Was the 2016 Anti-Corruption day conveniently forgotten in paradise?

And so it seemed that most countries remembered International Anti Corruption day – including other Pacific neighbours - but Samoa. 

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Go Lupesoliai Joseph Parker!

The time has come. After all the talk, the hype and pre-fight build up, we are literally hours away from the start of a showdown that could give this nation one of her proudest sporting moments yet.

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An improved quality of life for all?

The mantra of achieving an “improved quality of life for all” is the government’s vision for the next four years. That much we know from the Strategy for the Development of Samoa (S.D.S) 2016 – 2020 launched by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi yesterday

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Self-confidence key ingredient

We’re not going to lie. There is a lot of work to be done for the Manu Samoa Sevens in the upcoming months, including this weekend during the second leg of the H.S.B.C Sevens Series.

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Developments, good intentions and the future

There is no doubt about it. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and his government must be commended for a number of wonderful developments they have achieved for Samoa.

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P.M’s warning shot about matai titles

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi fired what appears to be a warning shot last week that could have far reaching implications in the future.

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Letters to the Editor

What’s best for Samoa

Re: Diagnosis of what’s happening in Samoa Yes look only at the election results but don’t look at how the election results came to be that way.

Street Talk

Paila Tavita

With Sir Gordon Tietjens at the helm, expectations heightened

At the beginning of the year, Sir Gordon Tietjens took over the Manu Samoa Sevens.

Think a Minute

Take your medicine

Think a minute…A successful writer named Norman Cousins became terminally ill. He was told he had only six months to live and that his chance of surviving was only 1 in 500. He felt that his past lifestyle of worry, fear and anger had partly caused his disease, so he wondered: “If sickness can be caused by negative, bad thinking and emotions, can good health be caused by positive ones?”

Columns

NEW LIFE

Alone, misplaced A stranger in unforgiving waters

Between the Lines

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

So the entry point for English for aspiring teachers at N.U.S.has gone UP to 50% for 2017? What?

Sunday Reading

Myths, legends of ancient world - Sigurd and Brynhild

The young man sat upon the bed of stone, his gaze drinking in the beauty of the maiden who slept at his side. From the auburn curls that fell over her pillow to the slender hands that lay uncurled upon her chest, Brynhild was exquisite.

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