Tupou suspension should be the template for all players and officials

The suspended Manu Samoa Sevens captain, Alatasi Tupou, is not the first rugby player to misbehave – in Samoa or anywhere in the world for that matter. But he is certainly the first player in Samoa the Samoa Rugby Union has chosen to make an example of – publically at least – of how they are moving to deal with bad behaviour that soil the sport’s reputation.

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Let the Police do their job

Let’s see. This country has been politically independent for 56 years now. Throughout that time, although there have been a few skirmishes here and there, we’ve been largely blessed to have been able to enjoy an environment of peace and mutual respect driven by our culture, Christian values and protected by the rule of law.

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Think health, think prosperity

Here is something positive we should all think about. The goal of making Samoa healthier is something everyone should insist upon. You see, when we are healthier, we are able to do a lot more and contribute positively to the developments of our families, villages, churches and country.

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Beggars, kids on the streets and Samoa today

And so once again, we are done with another celebration of our Independence Day. Today all is well that ends well. With our special guests making their way back to their countries with great stories and memories to share, we ourselves will look back with fondness and remember with joy the events of the past few days.

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Why tomorrow’s public holiday is bitter sweet

The private sector and members of the Chamber of Commerce have a legitimate complaint. Since Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malieleaoi’s Government often refers to them as the “engine of economic growth,” they should stop paying lip service to their concerns and start taking them very seriously.

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On top of all else, insist on transparency, accountability and good governance

What a glorious day it was yesterday. From dawn to dusk, we couldn’t have asked for a better day and better conditions to enjoy the celebration of another year added to our journey as a politically independent nation.

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A time of reflection: The past, present and future

Today is a day of celebration. Throughout the country – and especially noticeable in front of the Government building this morning – our people will take a moment to pause and reflect on the importance of our political independence, 56 years after that historical day when the late Malietoa Tanumafili II and the late Tupua Tamasese Meaole hoisted Samoa’s flag of freedom for the first time, in 1962.

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Education holds the key to end lawlessness in villages

If anything stands out like a sore thumb from the disturbing developments of violence and crimes we see in Samoa today – including the reign of terror in Savai’i last weekend – our young people need education. Indeed, we have far too many uneducated young men and women who have nothing better to do so that their idleness drives them to a world of crime and stupidity.

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An alarm, a warning

Satapuala, Luatuanu’u, and now Salelologa and Salelavalu on the big island of Savai’i. What do they all have in common? Well some people there think they are above the law so that they can do whatever they like – including putting lives of innocent members of the public at risk.

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“No school before” and the biggest laui’a* of them all

Well Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has spoken. If the Manu Samoa Sevens players want to argue about the “no school before” comment, which was aimed at them, there is only one way to go about it: Win a tournament and prove Tuilaepa wrong. No ifs, no buts.

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Slow down and drive safely

It was only a few weeks ago when motorists were screaming from the top of the hill about the atrocious condition of Cross Island Road. Many of them were in up in arms about it, describing the stretch of road from Tanugamanono to Vaoala as the worst piece of road in Samoa.

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Church vs. State, what to do?

What we feared would happen one day in this country is unfolding before our very eyes. With Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s administration acquiring such political power over the years turning Parliament into a one-party state, they perhaps thought they are so powerful no one would ever dare to question their decision-making, let alone stand up to them.

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Encouraging local artists and the creative juices of Samoa

Creativity and innovation are critical for Samoa in terms of moving forward. And if the work of artists being displayed at two separate exhibitions in the country this week is anything to judge by, the country is in good hands.

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Dealing with a sick health system

When we are sick, we go to the hospital. But what happens when the hospital is sick? In this instance, we are referring to the entire health system in Samoa. Who provides the diagnosis? And who prescribes the medicine? Judging from what’s being reported so far, our health system is not suffering from just a minor cold.

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Without soil, without land, we have absolutely nothing

And so Samoa is celebrating the importance of the soil this week. Since Monday, the Government through the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and their partners have been drilling home the message that “without soil, without land (there is) no life.”

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P.M. Tuilaepa, midnight dramas and Pastors refusing to pay taxes

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi was the man of the hour in Japan last week. There is absolutely no doubt about that. All you have to do is read the story titled “Japan pledges $4.6 million aid for Samoa” on the front page of the Sunday Samoan.

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An utter waste of public monies

Here is the truth. When the Government through the Minister of Health, Tuitama Dr. Leao Tuitama, talked up the merger between the National Health Services and the Ministry of Health, we said that the decision was yet another one in a long list of screw-ups by this Government costing poor taxpayers too much money.

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Love remains one of the most powerful forces for change

Royal wedding? Big deal. That’s what I thought anyway as I tried to understand why there was such a big fuss about two people getting married. It happens everyday when people wed, doesn’t it? And some weddings last less than a day, so who cares?

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Aid galore Samoa, what a wonderful world!

Two weeks ago, the Government officially opened a new and improved Faleolo International Airport in grand style. The $147 million tala facility is fully funded by China – one of many projects in Samoa that are only made possible by China’s endless streams of monies.

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Not all idiots are fools: Why punish Samoa for sins of others?

Let’s face it. Samoan rugby has been dealt another classic from World Rugby. It’s laughable if only the issue wasn’t funny. This time it came through the announcement earlier this week about the new path Manu Samoa will take to reach the World Cup in Japan next year.

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Letters to the Editor

Tuilaepa insulting the fa’afafine community when it suits him

Dear Editor, Re: “That’s what a fa’afafine would say,” Tuilaepa hits back The P.M. shows again what a fool he is with his fa’afafine statement. What on earth is he talking about?

Street Talk

Asiata Sataraka

Public speak on vaccines controversy

The death of two one-year-old babies last Friday following their vaccination at Savai’i has led to independent investigations by authorities and galvanized debate throughout the nation. Health experts have come out defending vaccinations while urging patience until the inquiries are completed. The public was asked if they have confidence in the health system and the health of their children.

Think a Minute

No place like home

Think a minute…It is true: “There’s no place like home.” In fact, who we are, what we think about ourselves, others, and life, mostly comes from our family with whom we grew up as children and teenagers. That is why they say, “The apple does not fall far from the tree.”

Columns

THE E.F.K.S. AT MALUA: The E.F.K.S. Church is standing up to the Government’s law to tax the alofa of church Ministers. File photo.

Tuila’epa and taxing the clergies

I have been watching with great interest from afar the development of this issue in our beloved country. Interestingly, many, including the highly credentialed Rev Vaiao Eteuati, have been fooled by the apparent simplicity of the issue. But I do not see the issue as simply about the clergies paying taxes.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

Of ‘Papa Stui’ and fa’afafines Well it looks like some customers have kicked up a big stink about McDonald’s Unisex toilet.

Sunday Reading

Rev. Dr. Upolu Lumā Vaai (PhD)

'Why a Pacific Philosophy Conference: Rewriting a Pacific Development Narrative'

On the 11-14th June 2018, the inaugural Pacific Philosophy Conference (I.P.P.C.) was held in Suva, Fiji. The Pacific Theological College, the University of the South Pacific, Pacific Islands Association of N.G.Os, and Fiji National University were the four hosting partners who sponsored the event.

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