Samoa, tax haven black listing and the fruits of ‘dirty money’

There is no doubt about it. The recent past has been a tough old time for Samoa, her veteran Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and the government. And as the clock winds down towards the end of 2017, we can’t help being nervous. Ladies and gentlemen, the future is unknown; it’s unpredictable.

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They are just simple questions from reporter Ilia L. Likou

On Thursday two weeks ago, reporter Ilia L. Likou sent the management of Samoa Airways some very simple questions. Addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, Seiuli Alvin Tuala and Marketing Manager, Dwayne Bentley, Ms. Likou’s email reads:

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, the fulcrum on which the wheel is turning, turning!

In the Independent State of Samoa, the law governing the role of the Controller and Auditor General, is quite clear. It says the “Controller and Chief Auditor may conduct a yearly audit report on any examination or investigation” that he finds appropriate, and necessary.

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Greater caution is needed in corporal punishment moves

The government needs to proceed with caution if they are serious about reviving corporal punishment as a way to deal with bad behaviour in schools. We accept that the issue is complex and there is no one size fits all kind of solution. But greater care is needed to ensure that in our haste to fix a problem, we do not unknowingly create more problems.

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Dengue fever death one too many

One life lost is one too many. And if reports are true that a young father, who had returned home to start rental business has died from dengue fever, we have every reason to be alarmed. Which makes the concerns expressed by Member of Parliament, Olo Fiti Vaai, on the front page of yesterday’s Samoa Observer extremely valid.

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Protest march, P.M.’s response and our customary land

On the front page of the Sunday Samoan of 03 December 2017, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi fired a warning shot at a group of Samoans planning a protest march in Apia later this month.

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And here is the news …

What do you want first? The good news or the bad news? The good news you say? The numbers of criminals who are reoffending, are down, according to the Assistant Commissioner for Prisons and Correction Services, Ulugia Sauafea Niuia Aumua.

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When P.M. Tuilaepa and H.R.P.P. can’t stop thinking about “Ole Palemia”

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has a lot on his mind. And judging from what he’s been saying lately in public, chief among his concerns is tracking down “O le Palemia” and all those anonymous bloggers.

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Sharing those joyful moments with the rest of us

It’s that time of the year again where there are smiles all around. And rightly so. As we begin the month of December, the wonderful season of prizegivings and end of year celebrations has descended upon us with a roar.

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Why is it that the almighty P.M. has been unable to sort out this little fracas?

And so the ongoing saga involving two senior members of the ruling Human Rights Protection Party (H.R.P.P.) continues to captivate attention in wonderful Samoa today. This week it took another interesting twist with the Supreme Court dismissing a civil claim brought by Peseta Tevaga Vaifou against La’aulialemalietoa Leuatea Schmidt and others.

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Addressing misconceptions – the power of the media

Greetings. I’m honoured to have been asked to say a few words for the purpose of this gathering this afternoon. The scourge of violence in all levels of society has become one of the biggest challenges of our time.

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Love can turn things around

How do we begin to address the scourge of violence in our community today? One of the best ways is to love. Yes we know it’s hard to accept this, especially if you have been a victim of any form of violence.

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Talking is okay but we’d prefer to see some results

The good thing about Samoa is that over the years, it has slowly developed into a formidable venue for national and international gatherings of all sorts.

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Samoa: Pacific centre of Arts tourism?

As a country which likes to play host to visitors who come here for many different reasons, it is a particular pleasure to welcome those of you who are here for the Pacific Arts Association conference.

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It’s just another passport scam folks, so who cares!

On 23 November 2017, the headline across the front page of the Samoa Observer, read: “Criminal charges to be laid in passport scam”; and up there on the top right hand corner, accompanying the story that followed was the photograph of Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.

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Samoa’s Honours and Awards, and the new Matai Title called “Tui Falevao”

What is it that this country’s Prime Minister, inexorably active Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, has done so that he’s become such a lovable rogue whom everyone wants to emulate, and be his friend? We have no idea.

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“It’s like using a thief to catch a thief,” reveals the thief hunter, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

Let’s face it. A lot has been said about the invisible chap called Ole Palemia - none of which is endearing to the ears of those he’s been teasing from wherever he’s hiding anyway - and yet it seems as if he’s just biding his time as he’s waiting patiently for the right moment when he knows, it’s safe to strike again and again.

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P.M. Tuilaepa attacks media for reporting on incest and rape! Why? Is he worried that without tourists, his baby Samoa Airways would repeat the horror that’s still haunting him today?

Around three months ago during a press conference, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi apparently vented his rage against the media and the Police, accusing them of giving Samoa a bad name around the world with what he claimed, were repeated media reports on incest and rape right here in Samoa.

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Such fantastic fun up at the ‘technically bankrupt’ Samoa Rugby Union

Someone is not telling the truth. Which ironically is the only truth we know in the ongoing dispute between the Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.) and World Rugby. Who that is, you can be the judge.

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Of course he’s not a “dictator,” he is only the leader of a “one-party state”

We’ve got to feel for Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi. He appears to be suffering from that condition nobody wants called paranoia. You can’t really blame him though.

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Letters to the Editor

Airport is the catalyst for economic growth

Dear Editor, Re: Samoa’s $140m international gateway I keep seeing this argument and it is laughable. Hawaii has freeways, a massive naval base, 60 storey hotels, one million people.

Street Talk

Ioane Isa’ako, 72

Your thoughts on China’s aid

According to the Lowy Institute, China has provided A$1.8 billion in aid and loans for the South Pacific nations between 2006 and 2016.The main recipients were Papua New Guinea, which received A$632 million, Fiji (A$360 million), Vanuatu (A$244 million) and Samoa (A$230 million). Last week, Ms. Fierravanti-Wells launched an unprovoked scathing attack on China’s aid to the Pacific countries – including Samoa. She accused the Chinese of building “roads to nowhere” and constructing “useless buildings” which will only leave Pacific countries with debts they cannot pay. What do you think of China’s aid to Samoa? We asked members of the public in today’s Street Talk and this is what they said:

Think a Minute

More is caught than taught

Think a minute…A man told about an experience his family had visiting a museum. The tour guide led them through all the rooms and then returned to her desk. As the family was leaving, she said: “I must tell you that I’ve never seen such well-mannered children.”

Columns

The woman and her bones

Do you feel the earth would be kinder if Adam was Eve instead? When I look at the children of the streets, I feel sorrow only. There is not a bone in a loving mother which does not ache for the grief upon any child. I miss my own mother like I miss the rain.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

LEARNING THE AIRLINES LINGO Heard the term “close in bookings”? Chances are, you are one of the many Samoans who fall into that category used by airlines to describe your booking when you travel.

Sunday Reading

PRESIDENT OF THE S.A.M.E.:Tagaloa Eddie Wilson with Happy Ava Farmers Tupai & Asoono- from Savaii.

Samoa’s Ava Exports expected to rise to prominence again

Samoa’s Ava Exports is looking promising, with exports expected to increase in the next couple of years. Ava exports was Samoa’s second largest export commidity from 1998 to 2001 until some European countries led by Germany imposed restrictions on the Pacific Kava Trade. Samoa’s exports of Ava in 1998 was just under $20m.

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