The bus artists inspire and those false promises

The rain drops on the road, pot holes, running children in front of the open houses, mothers and sisters sweeping the aftermath in the mornings and boys idly standing by, till the rubbish of leaves and dirt are ready to be collected.

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Lagimalie (heavenly harmony) in peace, security and human development

There is a Samoan saying, “E le sili le toa e a’ea le olo, i le toa e pulea lona loto”, meaning, “he who overcomes the fort is no less courageous than he who overcomes his impulses”. This is linked to the biblical saying in Proverbs 16, verse 32.

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Time to reflect the past, celebrate shared achievements

E nga mana, e nga reo, e nga iwi o te motu. Naumai, haeremai. Tena koutou katoa

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“Our shared history, Christianity, democracy and respect will continue to bind our relations”

Allow me to congratulate the Government and people of New Zealand, through you High Commissioner on behalf of the Government and people of Samoa on the celebration of the 179th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.

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HONOURED: Chinese Ambassador, Wang Xuefeng and his Good Lady, Madame Tong Xin. Photo: Misiona Simo

A tribute and farewell to Ambassador Wang Xuefeng and Madame Tong Xin: Two ‘gifts’ of diplomacy

Chinese Ambassador Wang Xuefeng and his gracious wife Madame Tong Xin have served in Samoa at a compelling stage in both nations’ histories.

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Plastic ban, white teeth and paper bags

Well, I think of the dead coral, the whales swallowing the plastics and bottles, the ever present plastic made if not plastic bags in the ocean bottom, non-biodegradable, a fancy word for “rot never”, and the idea that as an island with very little discipline on the recycling of many things, especially plastic, the problem seems elusive despite the ban of plastics.

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Toast for continuing stronger Samoa-China relations

It is a pleasure for us all present here, to join friends around the globe in the celebration of the Chinese New Year and that this year gives significance to the pig. I am told that one sixth of the world’s population celebrate the Chinese new year or the spring festival. To all Chinese nationals in Samoa, may you have an enjoyable New Year holiday.

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Don’t be a robot: Your job, your choice

Getting a job is simply selling your know-how to the employer of your choice. I said to the employer of your choice. Traditionally the employer chooses its employers, to do things that the employer needs or wants to be done.

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“Australia enduring partner of Samoa”

Talofa Lava. Welcome. Thank you for joining us this celebration of Australia Day for 2019.

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Masculinity and men of paradise

White clouds, white birds, blue lining of the horizon sitting on the sea, and a smile from the sun.

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The Samoa sub text to Australia Day 1788

In the race between Britain and France to settle Australia in the late 18th century, Samoa unwittingly played a hand in delaying the French from claiming the prize.

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These shots taken by the Pacific Games Office shows the progress at the site for the brand new MultiSport Complex. Commuters making their way from Aleisa or Vaitele area into Apia will have noticed that the skyline has changed since the Christmas break.

Remove the ignorant and ridiculous remarks, let the flag of China-Samoa friendship fly higher

An article appeared on the front page of Samoa Observer several days ago titled “Chinese Flag Angers MP” together with a picture of three flown flags including a Chinese National Flag captioned “Remove the Chinese Flag.”

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Attendants present to witness the generous handover supported by Tupuola Sione and Sissy Vuki.

Thank you for your generosity

Today we are gathered here in the Faleata Fire Station to witness another milestone for the National Emergency Call Centre, Ministry of Police and the Samoa Fire and Emergency Services Authority.

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BEAUTIFUL LIFE IN SAMOA: Wives of Church Ministers enjoying a game of volleyball. Photo: Aufa’i Areta Areta

What is life without happy moments and drama?

Now that the New Year celebration is beginning to get old, we may as well look forward to some real problems.

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Changing lives: Now that the Festive season is finished

Talofa Samoa! In the first week of last year, I was looking for one of METI ‘champions’: someone, who had been following the whole foods, plant based (WFPB) diet that METI promotes and who had been successful in reversing his diabetes condition, which had been crippling him for years.

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What the P.M. said at opening of Vailoa Hydro

We are gathered here today for the Commissioning Ceremony to mark the Completion of the construction and installation of the 200 Kilowatt Vailoa New Hydro Power Plant.

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Invasive species for biomass threatens palusami and food security

In Tuesday’s Samoa Observer, 15 January 2019, I read with interest a report by Alexander Rheeney titled “Biomass plant progresses to next stage” referring to the proposed development of a biomass gasification plant at Mulifanua!

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Getting the best people for the vacant government positions

With a couple of Chief Executive roles available in the Government, the closing time for those shooting to become a brand new C.E.O. and also those thinking that they can be re-appointed is up. They have thrown their hats in the ring now.

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The fisherman is rich…

The sunrise of the world begins in Samoa. I do not see the sky of Samoa without expecting the horizon to soothe me. If that does not say much about purpose, then nothing else could.

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A.D.B. President Takehiko Nakao and Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi in Apia last week. Photo: Aufa’i Areta Areta.

P.M. Tuilaepa pays tribute to Bank’s unfailing support

I am pleased that you have been able to join me in welcoming to Samoa the President of the Asian Development Bank Mr. Takehiko Nakao and his delegation for a short and first visit to Samoa

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Editorial

Promoting tobacco products to the detriment of our health outcomes

It was only two weeks ago when the Government announced plans to introduce legislation to make it legal for an 18-year-old to sell alcohol. And just the other day we were alerted to another Government-sponsored legislation – which Parliament passed into law last month – that now gives a child 15-years or older the authority to sell cigarettes.

Letters to the Editor

The importance Samoa’s General Price Order

Dear Editor, In especially times of Economic strife where every cent does count it is perhaps wise to have regular reference to the General Price Order. Accessible on MCIL’s website, the price order could save one a couple of tala in making purchases for products considering it clearly lays out legally established maximum prices for products being sold on the shelves of shops, supermarkets etc in Samoa.

Street Talk

Anesone Elama, 43

Govt. policy versus freedom of opinion

The Government’s decision to sack the Nofoali’i village mayor over his comments against the Government’s land law reforms has raised a rather interesting question. Can the Government sack village mayors who are appointed by the villages? What’s more, where does this leave Government employees when it comes to the question of freedom and rights? Talaia Mika and Misiona Simo discussed the issue with members of the public and these are their views:

Think a Minute

Rejection gives direction

Think a minute… James Macie was a child born outside of marriage. Tragically this marked him for the rest of his life as a second-class citizen in England’s 18th century society.

Between the Lines

A hungry thief. Your house might be next

A prominent member of the community had his house broken into where the thief ransacked it looking for valuables to take.

Sunday Reading

Alpha Cafe and Chemist owners Nataivai Siitia and her husband Junior Siitia.

A café and a pharmacy - service with a difference

The Alpha Café and Chemist is not your everyday kind of pharmacy – it offers a service with a difference and is within the vicinity of the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital at Motootua.

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