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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To’oa Vili, 38

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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Widespread support for new Cabinet

Now that Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has completed the announcement of his Cabinet line up with the naming of Associate Ministers, what do you think of the Cabinet make up? Do you agree? Deidre Fanene asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Siaki Paito

Country gets behind new Cabinet

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has finally announced his Cabinet. He spilled the beans on Friday when Parliament was officially opened at Tuanaimato. What do you think of the Cabinet Ministers?

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Aliimalemanu Simona

Who are your Cabinet Ministers?

The country will finally find out today who is on Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s Cabinet. The selection has been the subject of much debate and speculations during the past two weeks, since the General Election. Who do you think should be in Cabinet and in what capacity? Sarafina Sanerivi asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Lepoi Falevanu

Fiame gets backing as Deputy P.M.

By the end of the week, the country will know who the Deputy Prime Minister is.

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Su’a Aki Su’a

From hero to zero

They went from being heroes in the eyes of the Samoan rugby public to zero. We are talking about the Manu Samoa Sevens team at the Las Vegas Sevens.

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Editorial

An open letter to the Minister for Revenue and the H.R.P.P. government

To Tialavea Hunt, thank you for setting up public consultations to look for new revenue sources to fund “development projects that will raise the welfare of our people”

Letters to the Editor

Success equals positive, poor equals negative

Dear Editor Re: Wasted millions on bad roads F for Failure If you think of successful leadership as an equation because you obtain a positive result, then poor leadership is like an equation with a negative result.

Think a Minute

My way

Think a minute…A little boy was not obeying his mother. So she told him to sit down and stay there until she said he could stand up again. The little boy angrily sat down and said: “I’m sittin’ down, Mom…but inside I’m standing up!”

Columns

Do Samoans really need new cars?

I refer to your story titled “Minister stands by law change” published two weeks ago. Of course the Minister has to because the “boss’ says so. Mr. Niko Lee Hang states that in allowing newer cars -2009 made-or newer, into the country “will be for the benefit of our people.”

Between the Lines

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

So the entry point for English for aspiring teachers at N.U.S.has gone UP to 50% for 2017? What?

Sunday Reading

Myths, legends of ancient world - The Dream

The trees towered over her, their leaves rustling in hushed tones far above. She looked down at the bow in her hand, and realized that there was a quiver of arrows strapped to her back and a dagger in a golden sheath at her waist.

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