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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A wonderful puzzle called Samoa

Samoa is such a wonderful puzzle. That much we cannot deny. It has got so much potential in many areas of life yet it just cannot seem to find what it does best so that as a people, nation and most importantly an independent country, we get the feeling we take one step forward and two backwards.

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Pacific nations must proceed with care

The so-called secret plan by New Zealand Rugby (N.Z.R.) and the New Zealand government to establish a ‘Pacific Force’ team to enter Super Rugby in a couple of years is an interesting development. While it presents an exciting opportunity for cash-strapped Pacific rugby nations like Samoa, it might have come a little too late; possibly missing the boat in as far as Super Rugby excitement goes.

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A year after dumping Virgin Australia, how fares P.M. Tuilaepa’s Govt.’s airline dreams today

About a year ago, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s Government made a critical decision. After more than 12 years of working with Virgin Australia in the joint venture to operate Virgin Samoa, they pulled the plug on the deal. The decision was relayed by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi to the Chief Executive Officer of Virgin Australia Pty Ltd, John Borghetti.

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Why China’s growing influence is attracting global attention

Whether you love or loathe the work of China in Samoa and the Pacific, this one thing cannot be denied. The Pacific Island nations owe them a big vote of thanks for drawing the world’s attention back to the region – which some of the bigger nations had ignored for some time.

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Take a moment to say thank you mum!

There is no doubt about it. Today is a special day for all the mothers of this country – and everywhere else in the world where Mother’s Day is celebrated. And on that note, we want to wish all the mothers a very happy Mother’s Day. It is probably fair to say that the role of motherhood is not acknowledged often enough.

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P.M. Tuilaepa can learn from Ardern in dealing with those “faceless writers”

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s perennial nagging about “faceless writers” who use social media, especially Facebook, to attack their unsuspecting victims is a legitimate point.

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Congratulations on the new airport

So there you have it folks. Samoa’s international gateway took another step forward yesterday when Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi officially opened the Arrivals Area of the Faleolo International Airport. The opening is the latest milestone in the $147 million Falelolo International Airport facelift project, which started in November 2015.

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Constant flooding and the real cost of developments

Here is the thing. We’ve known for some time now that the rate of development going on up in the highlands of Samoa has something to do with the growing number of flooding, devastating people living in lowlands and flood-prone areas. We were especially suspicious in the case of the Vaisigano River and the whole Vailima, Malololelei, Tiapapata and Tiavi area.

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Samoa doesn’t need these criminal minds – even if they are in jail

This time last year, two Chinese men were convicted of stealing money to the tune of $70,000 from Automated Teller Machines belonging to the Bank of South Pacific. Zhong Shuiming and Yang Quigreen were convicted by Judge Fepulea’i Ameperosa Roma for charges including intentionally accessing A.T.M. without authority and theft.

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Honesty still the best policy

The story titled “Recruitment of foreign workers scrutinized” published on page 3 was an interesting read in yesterday’s Samoa Observer. Taken from the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour’s Annual report for 2016-2017, the story highlighted the unquestionable rise in the demand for foreigners working in Samoa.

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Safety and security under threat

This much is undeniable. There is a crime wave slowly but surely sweeping over this country. There are growing incidents of petty theft, worsening violence, rape and the alarming number of drug cases namely ice.

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Nothing new? Then what is being done about it?

Let’s see. Two weeks ago, the Minister of Justice and Courts Administration (M.J.C.A.), Fa’aolesa Katopau Ainu’u, flatly denied allegations he was the recipient of Land and Titles Court files removed from the Court’s premises. Said Minister Faaolesa when he was asked for a comment: “That is not true. I cannot respond to the questions if you will not tell me who said these things to you.”

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Thank you. It’s the thought that counts.

The Government’s decision to honour our Commonwealth medalists with financial rewards deserves a loud applause. On Wednesday evening this week, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s Government awarded cash bonuses to recognise excellence at the Commonwealth Games.

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A paradise we call home and safety

The front-page story titled “Mother fears for son’s life” published on the front page of the Samoa Observer on Wednesday is alarming. The photograph that accompanied it which showed a young man with a fractured nose and a bruised face was also very disturbing. It’s hard to ignore it.

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Long live press freedom!

Today is World Press Freedom day. All around the world, the media and people who believe in the importance of such a fundamental principle in democracy and our lives will take a moment to pause and reflect on the importance of the day.

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Letters to the Editor

Public figure and fight in public

Dear Editor Interesting story on the front page yesterday. In the story, the Associate Minister said: “I had a disagreement with my wife, and yes publicly.” The Associate Minister admitted that there was a disagreement between him and his wife.

Street Talk

Eseta Faasao, 42

Public oppose new chicken tax

The recent passing of the Customs and Tariff Bill in Parliament means new tariff rates will be imposed on all imported chicken. This is a grave concern given that chicken is one of the most affordable meat for families living below the poverty line and middle income earners. Taxing such goods is no doubt a burden on these families because a decent meal every day is now being robbed from them with price increase. Our reporter, Ulimasao Fata asked the public on their opinion on Government’s move to tax imported frozen chicken. This is what they said:

Think a Minute

Make your job work for you

Think a minute…Studies show that the average person puts only 25% of his energy and ability into his work? That means those who use 50% of their effort and ability stand out from the rest.

Columns

Without soil, there is no life

Samoa in 1998 accessed the Convention to Combat Desertification or Land Degradation.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

Banking whispers Whispers about the change of ownership for a major player in the banking industry in Samoa has been laughed off.

Sunday Reading

HONOURING THE VOLUNTEER VETS: The members of the A.P.S. board alongside the 3 volunteers at Taumesina Island Resort.

The Howler: A.P.S. says thank you

Members of the Animal Protection Society (A.P.S.) board gathered at the beautiful Taumeasina Resort for a dinner to honor the volunteer vets that came over from Australia to help conduct the clinics.

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