Three lives lost is a tragedy, let’s pray for peace, comfort

A lot can change in a few days. Which is precisely what has happened on the big island of Savai’i today – and to an extent the whole of Samoa. From the highest of highs with the joyous celebrations of the Miss Samoa being held there for the first time last week to the extreme low of losing three precious lives in extremely tragic circumstances, it’s just so hard to fathom.

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Church, Govt., taxes and Leta’a

Last week, a story titled “E.F.K.S. Church elders’ decision questioned” was published on the front page of your newspaper. It made for some very interesting reading. That much we know.

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How relevant has the Pacific Islands Forum become to us?

The recently concluded 49th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Summit in Nauru would go down in history as one of the most controversial in recent times. There is a lot to like about the outcomes from the September 3-6 conference, which culminated with a Leader’s Retreat and the release of a Forum Communique, that highlighted the priority areas for the region’s heads of governments and commitment to pursue common goals and interests over the next 12 months until the next summit.

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A legacy of hard work, love for family and generosity

A cloud of sadness has been hovering over Samoa during the past week. It’s been hard to shake it to be quite honest. Amidst the celebration of the 2018 Teuila Festival, the Miss Samoa Pageant and a number of events held, it’s undeniable there was a touch of sadness in the air.

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Pride in Savai’i. Pride in Samoa. Pride in our cleanliness and ourselves.

Every good thing must end. And so today we say goodbye to the fun that has been the 28th Annual Teuila Festival, which was officially closed yesterday at the Malaefatu Park in Sogi by the Minister of Tourism, Sala Fata Pinati.

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Children of Samoa deserve love, care and protection

It’s been a wonderful week in sunny Samoa. With tourists, visitors, returning Samoans and locals alike basking in the glory of the 2018 Teuila Festival celebration and all the other sporting activities, it’s nice to see life and culture being celebrated with so much vigour and passion. Which is what it is all about.

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Bolt’s below the belt attack “utterly stupid”

Andrew Bolt’s personal and below the belt attack on Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, in his column for the Herald Sun in Australia, is unlikely to bother the Prime Minister too much.

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Death of Chinese man on seawall, petty crime and Samoa today

What we feared for and continued to warn the relevant authorities about for quite some time now has happened. We are talking about the story of a Chinese man being found dead on the seawall, which was published on the front page of the Sunday Samoan.

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Open sky policy good for Samoa’s tourism

The majestic singing at the E.F.K.S. Hall in Sogi, the military-like precision of fire knife dancers, and the cultural splendor on display at the 28th Teuila Festival confirms Samoa’s place in the region as a premier tourism destination.

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It’s Teuila Festival time. And time to bring back the fautasi race!

Well how time flies. It feels like it was only this time last year we were welcoming regional and global leaders for the 48th Pacific Islands Forum Meeting and celebrating the 27th Annual Teuila Festival at the same time.

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About Prime Minister Tuilaepa, climate change, and the truth!

Every time Prime Minister, Dr Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, accuses someone of being an “idiot and a fool”, my mind winces and refuses to think. The reason, I suppose, is that over the years all that the insults had done was made the mind wonder whether Samoa was the right place to be.

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Fix the issues at home and there will be no need for teachers to discipline students

Let’s talk about the Ombudsman Maiava Iulai Toma and his Office. They have become the latest public officials to call on the Government to slow down with the plan to bring back corporal punishment for disciplinary reasons.

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Don’t just blame World Rugby. Let’s look within first

The undeniable truth is this. The Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.) is caught between a rock and a hard place. That’s why it has no other option but to be dictated to by World Rugby. Poor Chief Executive Officer Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i and his team have no other option. What other choice do they have?

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They are not valea, they need mental health help

We don’t pay enough attention to mental health issues. In Samoa, that is a fact. There are several contributing factors. Away from the fact the Government is still trying to come to terms with how to sort out the mess that is the health system, when it comes to mental health, top of the list in terms of challenges is the lack of qualified manpower, resources and finances. But the problems don’t stop there.

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P.M. Tuilaepa and Bainimarama becoming the best of buddies

How times have changed. When it comes to the relationship between Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and his Fijian counterpart Frank Bainimarama, the transformation has been enormous. Today it is absolutely impossible to ignore.

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Why Scott Morrison and P.M. Tuilaepa should swap notes on “political stability”

Five Prime Ministers in five years. That’s an interesting statistic folks, whichever way you look at it. While it makes for some great headlines and one-liner jokes, from the perspective of an outsider looking in, the revolving door that is the Australian Prime Minister role is nothing but a bizarre game of musical chairs.

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The P.M. and “King Faipopo”

An interesting development in relation to the Criminal Libel Law emerged on Wednesday last week. A few months after Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and his administration expedited the re-introduction of the law that has become obsolete and erased from the law books of most civilized countries in the world, the Government has quickly moved to use it.

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Now that Samoa Observer has turned 40, what about the Reader, the Truth?

Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. Let me start by saying thank you very much for attending tonight’s celebrations. I want you to know that what we’re celebrating was born from the most unlikeliest of places, which is why it is a special honour for me. In other words, it was conceived and inspired by events that took place far away when I was a young man.

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A free press means free people

The commemoration of the Samoa Observer News Group’s 40th birthday this weekend is a timely reminder about the importance of press freedom. It goes without saying that without press freedom, it would be impossible for a newspaper like the Samoa Observer to operate, and do so with liberty to ask questions of the leaders our readers want answered.

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Forty years on, we are grateful for your support. Thank you.

Well here we are ladies and gentlemen. Today is a very special day in the life of the Samoa Observer News Group. As you would have seen from the front page of the edition you are reading, your newspaper has turned 40 years old. It calls for a time of celebration.

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Letters to the Editor

Great work from Parliamentary Committee

Dear Editor, Re: Fairness, $2.6 million of unpaid water bills and the sacking of coach Fuimaono I applaud the Parliamentary committee too. It does show that the parliament (H.R.P.P.-dominated legislative branch) is not a rubber-stamp for the H.R.P.P.-led executive branch.

Street Talk

Aloese Niupau, 23

Should the Manu Samoa play against the Samoa A team?

Members of the public were asked by Adel Fruean for their views.

Think a Minute

The real winners

Think a minute…In a U.S. national spelling contest, an 11-year-old girl was asked to spell a certain word. With her soft voice the judges were not sure if she spelled the word with the letter A or E.

Columns

Peace, security and climate change

I have the honour and privilege to present to You the Letter of Credence addressed to Your Highness by His Majesty King Willem Alexander, accrediting me as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Independent State of Samoa.

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.

Sunday Reading

Myths and Legends of the Ancient World

The spears flew towards the youth on the hill, whistling as they cut through the air. Grinning, Queen Medb’s general drew his sword, eager to take back to his Queen the head of this warrior whom they called the Hound of Ulster. He had no doubt his spears would find their mark.

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