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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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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What are your plans for Independence?

With a three-day break this week we asked people what they would be doing during that time. Here is a sample of ideas:

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Are Manu fans keeping the faith?

Despite the disappointing result from the Manu Samoa 7’s team in the London leg last weekend, most of the country still have faith in the team and support our team. In our Street Talk today, Sarafina Sanerivi asked the people on the streets about what they think of the performance of the team and this is what they said:

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Do you support the call for a ban?

Samoa has attracted the world’s attention this week because of a call by the National Council of Churches to ban Islam in Samoa. The call follows an indication from the government that it might amend the Constitution to formalise Christianity as the official religion for Samoa. But that led to a call to ban Islam from the N.C.C, which recently celebrated its 50th birthday. What do you think? Ilia L. Likou asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Well done, Manu Samoa Sevens!

Tears of joy flowed freely for many passionate Manu Samoa Sevens fans yesterday when the men in blue did the unthinkable in Paris. The Falemiga Selesele captained team came back from the dead to beat Fiji and win their first HSBC Sevens title since 2014. How do you feel about their performance? Deidre Fanene asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what the people said:

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Is electricity expensive in Samoa?

The cost of electricity in Samoa remains far too high. So says the Electric Power Corporation’s (E.P.C) new Minister, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang. He has called on the Corporation to make electricity cheaper for all households in Samoa in the next five years.

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Tell us your thoughts about Samoa

Samoa as a tourism destination has been on the agenda all week at the 2016 Samoa Tourism Exchange in Apia. What do you think of Samoa as a destination? Why should people come to Samoa? And why would people not want to come to Samoa? Mathias Hukert asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Stigmata story gathers believers

The story of a young mother claiming to be carrying the marks of Jesus Christ’s suffering continues to dominate the national discussion. What do you think? Deidre Fanene asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Editorial

Say yes to a lifestyle of healthy living

We live in a sick nation. There is no doubt about that. All you have to do is check out our non-communicable diseases statistics and you will see just how bad it is.

Letters to the Editor

Spreading the prevention methods about AIDS

Dear Editor, Every time I watch TV scrolling up and down for a favorite programme to watch from the 6 or so local TV stations, I have noticed with disappointment that for the last two months until just 2 minutes ago...

Think a Minute

Lonely little girl

Think a minute…This is a true story about a famous woman whose mother’s name was Gladys. Gladys was a beautiful woman who was instantly attracted to a handsome man named Edward who rode a motorcycle.

Columns

Samoa, integrity and media freedom

I thank Dr. Falepo for his wise words for as we know we must be forever grateful to the Lord for the work we do. 

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

WHAT A TEASER! If the Samoa Rugby Union needed some publicity for the upcoming game to be held at Apia Park later in the year, the Auckland Blues rugby side gave it to them by defeating the Melbourne Rebels 56-18 on Thursday night.

Sunday Reading

Myths and Legends of the Ancient World - The Charmed Drink

The mead hall of King Giuki was filled with the sounds of music and laughter. At his table, the king sat smiling, his horn in his hand and his eyes fixing themselves upon each of his sons in turn.

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