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Money from Samoa for Parker fight

The news that Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has donated SAT$230.000 from Samoa for the heavyweight boxing title fight featuring Lupesoliai Joseph Parker in Auckland next month, has hit the headlines. In return, Samoa will be promoted as a tourist destination and as an investment opportunity to millions of viewers. Natasha Schmidt asked the people what they thought about the donation and this is what they said:

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Karene Titi Esau

Clinton favoured on streets of Apia

It’s come down to this. By tonight, the world will know who will become the next U.S. President to replace Barack Obama. It’s choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. On the streets of Apia yesterday, Deidre Fanene asked people about their thoughts and who they think would win. This is what they said:

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Lauao Taualagi, 26

Increasing numbers of meetings and seminars in Samoa every week

Meetings, conferences, seminars – not a week goes by without hearing about them all over town and in the villages. But are they just talk fests without tangible outcomes or are they valuable opportunities for the sharing of information leading to real change and improvements? Ilia L. Likou asked people in today’s street talk and this is what they said:

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The abuse of Government vehicles

Despite a raft of rules about the use of Government vehicles after work, there still appears to be a problem.

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Amosa Polima, 33

Your thoughts on closure of Yazaki

It’s official. More than 700 employees of the country’s biggest employer in the private sector will soon find themselves without jobs following the announcement that Yazaki Eds Samoa is set to be officially shut by the end of 2017.

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Toaipuapuaga with her husband Patrick Ah Chong.

Toa: To believe or not to believe

A young woman who claims to be carrying the marks of Jesus Christ’s suffering has converted to the Catholic Church.

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Fiti Ioane, 71

Has our culture contributed to our hardship today?

The pressures of increased traditional contributions and gift giving have been cited as reasons for people suffering hardships as they struggle to meet cultural obligations. Ilia Likou asked for opinions from the community and she got some very frank responses.

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A question of safety on buses

The bus crash at Tiavi last week, which has claimed one man’s life, has again raised questions about the safety of public transportation in Samoa. In particular, the issue of wooden versus ready-made buses has resurfaced. Is it not time to get rid of the wooden buses now? Why? Why not? Ilia Likou asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Mixed opinions on Lupesoliai’s preparedness

Lupesoliai Joseph Parker scored a 4th round knock out against Solomon Haumono on Thursday night. The victory means he is a step closer to his much-anticipated world heavyweight title fight against Anthony Joshua. Is Lupesoliai Joseph Parker ready for Joshua? Sarafina Sanerivi asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Is Samoa safe or not?

The 60 Minutes coverage of the rape of an Australian tourist in Samoa last year has raised questions about the safety of Samoa as a destination. Do you think Samoa is still a safe destination for visitors? Why? Or why not? Sarafina Sanerivi asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Addressing sex crimes crisis

The Supreme Court blasted the behavior of a 40-year-old father who impregnated his 13-year-old stepdaughter last week. The man was jailed for two years and six months. The crime is the latest in a growing number of sexual related cases involving young girls. They range from rape, incest, molestation, sexual harassment and indecent assault. What is your solution to these problems? Ilia L. Likou asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Competing in business

What’s your take on the issue of the growing number of businesses run by foreigners in Samoa? Should anything be done to curb the increasing numbers?

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Does the Church have a role to play?

We live in a challenging time. It’s a time defined by so many social problems, which have manifested themselves in the rise of crime and other evil acts. But the church is not silent. With a number of church meetings happening in Apia this week, does the church have a role? And how can the church help solve some of the problems today? Ilia L. Likou asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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What is your take on Toa’s story?

The Chairman of the National Council of Churches, Deacon Kasiano Leaupepe, has become the latest official to voice his opinion on the story of a young girl claiming to be carrying the marks of Jesus Christ’s suffering. He has urged everyone against judging Toa Opapo since he believes God is using her to send a message to Samoa. What do you think? Vatapuia Maiava asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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The rising cost of living

The cost of living continues to increase in Samoa. Since the weekend, the price for basic food items like bread, sugar, salt among a range of other products have increased. And with the minimum wage remaining the same, the increase in the cost of living has been branded as another kick in the gut for the poor in Samoa. What do you think? Deidre Fanene asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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“He”, “she”, “shim” Part II

We’ve asked members of the public what they think the fa’afafine should be referred to. Most of them in our previous Street Talk said fa’afafine should be referred to as “he.” Today, Deidre Fanene speaks with some members of the fa’afafine community about the issue. What do you they want to be called? He or shve? This is what they said:

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Toni Amoa, 70

“He,” “she” or “shim”?

It’s the most asked question following the outrage over the death of Jeanine Tuvaiki. Should faafafine be called “he” or “she”? Some people have coined a new term called “shim.” What do you think? Is it appropriate to refer to faafafine as “she.” If yes, why? If no, why? Mathias Huckert asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Tali Lino, 43

What is the solution to our youth problems?

Ilia Likou was told by those interviewed that lax discipline, failing families, the diminishing authority of the church and the failure of government to create opportunities for jobs are some of the contributing factors.

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Lamese Taule’ale’ausumai

Manu fans have their say

Today is the day we’ve all been waiting for. This afternoon, Manu Samoa Team will go out to battle Georgia at the Apia Park Stadium. Coach Namulauulu Alama Ieremia has named a relatively young team for the assignment. How do you see the game and where do you think the match will be won and lost? We asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Vaoau Taula , 46

The most pressing issue in Samoa

Samoa as a country is grabbling with a number of social and economic issues. There is increasing hardship as families struggle to make ends meet, there is poverty, the rising number of street vendors among many other social problems. What do you think is the most pressing issue for Samoa today?

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Editorial

Come on Samoa, we’re better than that!

Technology, especially the internet, is a wonderful tool. We don’t need to tell you how important they are. Suffice to say, they have transformed the way we live, the dynamics in our communities and the behavior of the people upon which it has found an unbreakable bond – or bondage.

Letters to the Editor

Balance would be a mix of both lifestyles

Dear Editor, Thank you for your editorial in the Sunday Samoan titled “Has Samoa developed a denial mentality that makes us accept certain things as normal?” Personally, I don’t see Samoa as an aspirational society.

Think a Minute

Sam the changed man

Think a minute...This is the true story of a man named Sam who joined the American army in 1812. He was such a great military leader that he became a major general. Eventually he became successful in politics also and was elected governor of Tennessee.

Columns

Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi Address to officially  open the 20th Pacific  Immigration Directors Conference;  Taumesina Island Resort

Samoa commits to address security challenges

I welcome you all to our shores for the 20th Pacific Immigration Directors Conference.

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

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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