TAKING THE INITIATIVE: Training unemployed nofotane women on livelihood skills in the Safata constituency.

Economic empowerment of women in Safata

“Taking the initiative” sums up the second livelihood training session for the economic empowerment of nofotane women at the Safata constituency. Centered at Fusi Safata, the training catered for women from Salamumu, Sa’anapu, Sataoa, Fusi and Tafitoala.

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'VAVE' AWARENESS PROGRAMME: Apolima Tai villagers attending Samoa Cancer Society presentations.

Cancer Society continues to deliver early detection messages

The Samoa Cancer Society conducted another ‘Vave’ awareness programme on the island of Apolima and the Sui o Nu’u last Wednesday.

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WINNER OF THE PRE-ANNIVERSARY PROMO IN APIA: Movita Ah Him with her mother and some of BSL Staff members.

Winners with Business Systems Limited

Two lucky winners from Upolu and Savai’i received two 40” flat screen television sets yesterday when Bussiness Systems Limited’s pre anniversary promo came to an end.

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Participants receiving certificates of completion.

China training ends on high note

Well all good things come to an end. It has been a long and adventurous journey in China. Following five weeks of unswerving lectures, practical workshops and field visits, participants have successfully completed the training on Paper Cutting and Traditional Folk Handicraft Production for Developing Countries 2017.

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Fa’afetai Aumua of Samusu.

The empowered Nofotane women series

As the livelihood training of nofotane women rolls out in village communities over the next 12 months, Samoa Victim Support Group, in partnership with U.N. Women Fund for Gender Equality, will share with you ‘The Empowered Nofotane Women Stories.’

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WATER POWER TOP-UP INITIATIVE: The Prime Minister's response confirms that the government will keep the best interest of the country and may revisit the initiative.

Govt. receptive to Water Power System

Government has taken on board suggestions for a Water Power top-up initiative identical to the Cash Power top-up for electricity.

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S.P.R.E.P. DIRECTOR GENERAL: Mr Kosi Latu.

Strengthening our Pacific Resilience

The Director General of S.P.R.E.P. attended the African Caribbean Pacific (A.C.P.) Pacific and European Union joint parliamentary session this week in Port Vila Vanuatu. Leota presented a perspective on the ‘Need for Accelerated Climate Change Action’ at the 14th Regional Meeting (Pacific Region) of the ACP-EU Parliamentary Assembly, 19 – 21 July, Vanuatu. Calling for support to be scaled up in the Pacific, this was his message

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Myths and Legends of the Ancient World

“I am her mother,” the woman said, looking King Alf squarely in the eye as she spoke. “Surely you will not deny me the right to see my precious daughter.”

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Myths and Legends of the Ancient World

Gundrun sat before the hearth with her child upon her knee. Her fingers were twined in the girl’s soft curls as the child’s head lay upon her shoulder.

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Tu’uu  Mata’afA Tiufea Asuao Mulipola Peato Mikaele

The 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima’s Apparition in Portugal 1917-2017

Writer’s Wrap Up This is the 7th and the final part of this run on the Fatima Story since 14th May 2017. I hope our readers may pick up something good out of it during the 7 weeks of non-stop reading; per se achieving the purposes for publishing this 100-year old story.

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Tu’uu  Mata’afA Tiufea Asuao Mulipola Peato Mikaele

100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima’s Apparition in Portugal 1917-2017

PART V on pages 28 and 79th in last week’s edition we provided an account on Power of Prayers and Rosary Devotion and the Consecrate of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Part VI below, we unveil the architects of the fall of communism, a tribute to our Mother Mary, a tribute to St Pope JPII and the Vision of Hell.

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Hon. Lautafi Fio Selafi Purcell, Minister of Commerce, Industry and Labour signs the Agreement on behalf of the Government of Samoaq in Tonga last week.

Samoa signs P.A.C.E.R. Plus

Samoa has officially signed the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (P.A.C.E.R.) Plus agreement.

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PRIME MINISTER OF SAMOA: Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has been appointed as Special Ambassador for Sustainable Tourism.

P.M. Tuilaepa’s newest role

The World Tourism Organization (U.N.W.T.O) has appointed the Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, as Special Ambassador of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism 2017.

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Tu’uu  Mata’afA Tiufea Asuao Mulipola Peato Mikaele

The 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima’s apparition in Portugal 1917 - 2017

PART IV on pages 28 and 29th in last week’s edition we provided a clear explanation as to ‘’Why the Rosary’’ and why our Lady in all her sixth appearances insisted on praying the Rosary and a devotion and consecration to her Immaculate Heart.

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Myths and Legends of the Ancient World

Princess Gundrun stood at the window of her bower, looking out into the distant woods beyond. How often she had stood here, watching. How often she had seen him ride out through the trees, a large stag slung across his horse and his gold-red hair and beard gleaming in the sunlight.

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HUMANITY AT ITS BEST: Queensland Reds visit to the Samoa Victim Support Group were connected with the children and amused at the set-up on the campus.

Rugby players eye opening experience

The Queensland Reds visit to the children survivors of violence at the SVSG Campus of Hope was an “eye opening experience for the boys,” according to one of the rugby stars.

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COMPETITIORS OF THE SHERATON SAMOA INDEPENDENCE NATIONAL HALF MARATHON: 10km runners at the start at Fale’ula.

Forever young Darren Young

When the gun went off at Faleasi’u early on Saturday, 48 year old Darren Young allowed two young runners to set the pace of the Sheraton Samoa Independence National Half Marathon.

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Tu’uu Mata’afa Mulipola Peato Mikaele

The 100th Anniversary of our Lady of Fatima’s Apparition in Portugal 1917

First of all, congratulations Samoa for your 55th Anniversary of Independence.

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Myth, legends of ancient worlds

“Higher Daddy!Higher!” the little boy squealed, his face bright with excitement. Sigurd laughed and caught his son before tossing him up even higher than before.

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Tu’uu Mata’afā Tiufea Mulipola Peato Mikaele

The 100th Anniversary of our Lady of Fatima’s Apparition in Portugal 1917

SIXTH APPARITION On October 13, 1917, a crowd estimated at about 70,000 or more found their way to the Cova da iria because of reports that a great miracle would take place. The children had to be guided to the holmoak tree because of the converging crowds.

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Editorial

If cryptocurrency is illegal, why hasn’t the Government outlawed it already?

The issue of cryptocurrency is back on the agenda this week. It follows a public presentation at the National University of Samoa (N.U.S.), where an independent cryptocurrency entrepreneur from Zambia, Mapanza Nkwilimba, talked up the scheme as the way of the future. From that presentation, a story titled “Entrepreneur defends bitcoins, cryptocurrency” was published on yesterday’s front page.

Letters to the Editor

You worldview is flawed, grotesque if not dangerous

Dear Editor, I write in response to Ropeti Ale’s article titled “Samoan cultural traditions, the controversy and the God in us…” Mr. Ale, I am not sure whether to grimace, giggle, guffaw or be profoundly awed by your rhetoric.

Street Talk

Ake Moleli, 53

Public keep the faith in Samoa Airways

National airline Samoa Airways is celebrating its one-year anniversary this month. Our reporter Yolanda Lavata’i talked to members of the public to get their views on the performance of the airline and its services.

Think a Minute

Get Up on the Right Side

Think a minute…If you are not having a good day, people sometimes humorously say that you “got up on the wrong side of the bed.” Amazingly, brain surgeons discovered that the brain actually has two sides and that each side thinks differently.

Columns

Spanking and respect: What is our purpose?

The problem with ideals is that we are disappointed almost every time. So to wish for better things is to be hopeless too.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

P.M. on Church leaders It seems Prime Minister Tuilaepa can’t leave members of clergy alone. During a radio programme last week, he had plenty to say about Church Ministers. For instance, he reminded them that Church Ministers were only taught on spiritual matters, not on Economics.

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