Sex workers and frightening truth about Samoa today

It does not surprise us one bit. The fact is the “oldest profession” in the world has always existed in Samoa – even if it was carried out illegally. What is certainly surprising is the sheer number of women and girls involved and the magnitude by which it exists on these shores.

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Happy World Press Freedom day, Samoa!

Today is World Press Freedom Day. Commemorated on the 3rd of May every year, it is a day designed to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.

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Only foreign investors get S.N.P.F.’s attention?

Well, it looks as if that nasty debate about whether or not the Samoan government is “broke”, is becoming more and more interesting – or is it more and more nerve-racking – so that we should keep on hoping it will not all of a sudden, blow up in someone’s face.

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Listening to everyone’s voices

Our daily feature of ‘Village Voices’, has been an eye opener and not just for our readers. Started by Gatoaitele Savea Sano Malifa, our reporters have been collecting four news stories a day for well over six months now from people living all around Upolu and from Savaii.

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Tourism, stray dogs, and Prime Minister Tuilaepa

No one doubts Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s incredible sense of ingenuity. Indeed, it seems as if his mind is everywhere at the same time so that you just cannot catch it, no matter how hard you’d try.

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Everyone has a story to tell

It seems that everyone is doing it, writing that is. Just two weeks ago author, Jane Vaafusuaga launched two children’s books at Business Systems Limited, A gift for Ana and the Samoan version, O le meaalofa mo Ana.

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Give yourself a sporting chance

There is just over a month to go before the Queensland Reds and the Auckland Blues will run out onto Apia Park. Who would have thought that would be possible?

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How Samoa can move forward

This much is undeniable. There is danger from within the halls of power in Samoa today. It has something to do with unresolved cases of corruption, collusion, abuse and misuse of power hurting the most vulnerable people of this country.

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What freedom of expression is all about

Freedom of expression is one thing. Abusing people and making unfounded allegations under the guise of freedom of expression, especially when the writer is a faceless ghost, is something else.

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Don’t forget the hardships they’re going through too

The conditions are not ideal. With the scorching heat, the humidity reaching ridiculous levels, you see men and women toiling hard on the streets of Samoa to make money.

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Parting words of a Christian

There is an age old phrase that many people quote, “You shouldn’t talk about religion or politics.” Why? The obvious answer is of course, that they can cause conflict.

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Aid, contradictions and conflicts of interest

Think about this for a minute. Without aid and hand outs from all corners of the world, where will Samoa be today? What are we to do when aid stops?

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Prevention is always better than cure

The discussion about the recent typhoid outbreak in Auckland, which led to the death of a Samoan woman there, was largely muted on these shores.

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Distractions, smokescreens and cost of corruption

The truth is simple enough. We live in an interesting time. There are so many glaring problems screaming to be solved and yet we see so much distraction. They come in all sorts of forms and different shapes.

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Let’s not waste an opportunity

Okay we’re just gonna say it now and leave it out there. It’s something many people in Samoa are thinking but are perhaps unable to voice.

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Petty crime a crying shame

We know this much. The seawall on Beach Road is one of the most important features of the Apia Township. Utilised well, it is a wonderful space for everyone.

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Sevens; is it time to panic yet?

Another leg of the HSBC Sevens and it appears Samoa is still barely hanging in there with our 13th position on the ladder, – a far cry from the glory days of 2010.

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Think resurrection, think about an eternal hope for all!

He’s alive. And because of that there is hope. Eternal hope. And hope is one thing the world sorely needs right now amidst all the chaos near and far.

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God’s love, Jesus Christ the sacrifice and our response

It’s Good Friday today. In this nation, which was recently declared an official Christian state, most of us will pause to remember and reflect on the day our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price for our salvation.

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A positive development in the search for jobs

Praise is deserved where it is due. And today we believe the government, the Samoa Shipping Services and everyone else involved in the journey of seafarers who are heading overseas for employment deserve a pat on the back and to be congratulated.

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Letters to the Editor

It’s just not working

Re: Study hits out at violence Really, the church obviously isn’t working - look around Samoa, people are merely hiding behind it and everyone knows it. It’s the desperation of people stressed out by all the stupid monetary customs putting pressure on the family budget.

Street Talk

Ali Fa’afetai, 37

How do we address number of alcohol-related deaths?

The growing number of alcohol-related deaths is alarming. Hardly a month goes by without several incidents where precious lives are wasted due to alcohol abuse and drinking sessions gone wrong. What can we as a country do to stop these unnecessary deaths? What is your solution? Ilia L. Likou asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Think a Minute

A great son and father

Think a minute…This is a true story about a boy who dreamed of sailing around the world living a life of adventure on the sea.

Columns

Mothers Day

A Mother loves right from the start. She holds her baby close to her heart.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

GREGOR PAUL FAN CLUB Don’t you just love the New Zealand Herald rugby writer, Gregor Paul?

Sunday Reading

Myths and Legends of the Ancient World

Guttorm stooped down and took the wild flower gently between his thumb and forefinger taking care not to bruise it.

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