World Rugby picture

Re: Not all idiots are fools There is a picture on the World Rugby site of the expanded council meeting for the first time, and guess what: It is almost exclusively white. This in spite of the fact 30% of the players at the last World Cup were of Pacific Island origin.

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Quite moving

Re: Royal wedding Quite moving seeing Meghan Markle and her mother riding towards Windsor Castle down what they call “the Long Walk” with tens of thousands of flag waving people lining the route.

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Who are you talking to?

So in other words, if you say the same words then it’s not pathetic, insulting, or offensive. But if say them, then it’s pathetic, insulting, and offensive? Man, you sound like our dumocrat Party.

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The idea of a Pacific team

Dear Editor, I think the idea of a New Zealand funded Pacific team has been blown well out of proportion by certain sections of the NZ media. It was an idea for a feasibility study funded by the last (outgoing) NZ government.

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The difference between free and hate speech

Dear Editor, Re: Standing up for Folau No Fili, when someone of his stature stands up and pontificates on the sinfulness of an alternative lifestyle of an already marginalized group of people, it is hate speech not free speech as all the Christians who also hate people who live an alternative lifestyle are arguing is his right.

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Sir Gordon Tietjens, where art thou?

Dear Editor, A few months ago, I found out an unusual arrangement between S.R.U. and the genius-of-a-coach in Sir Gordon Tietjens. Apparently, S.R.U. leadership agreed to have Sir Tietjens coach our beloved Sevens team from a distance, very distant!

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Why Pacific Force wouldn’t work

Dear Editor, Re: Pacific nations must proceed with care Just my view, but I think there is a degree of naivety outside of the Pacific Islands that Fiji, Samoa and Tonga have an homogenous culture and are only separated by a few hundred miles of ocean. But Fiji is Melanesian and very different to Polynesian Samoa and Tonga.

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Totally irresponsible

Dear Editor, With the ongoing violence between friends, husbands and wives that is in the Courts attributed to drinking, why on earth is a new alcoholic Product being released to the Public with an eight percent alcohol content.

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It’s an authoritarian state

Dear Editor, Re: Where Samoa is in China’s big scheme If you knew anything about Marxism, China long ago abandoned Marxism. Even when the Chinese communist state was born in 1949, there were differences in how they carried out their revolution (peasant/rural-led) as opposed to the way Marx wrote it was supposed to be carried out (intellectuals/urban worker-led).

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Seeing things from God’s perspective

Dear Editor Re: Folau cops flak in Samoa No, we are to see things from God’s perspective alone so that we then can understand other people’s view and opinions. There’s only one Truth and that is Jesus Christ alone.

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Samoa and the world’s super powers

Dear Editor, Interesting editorial about Virgin Samoa and the Government’s airline dreams. I will venture off to the other scale of things. When reality bites, it is the Commonwealth “yoke” (financial institutions) that I would demolish first, and Communism second. Not to suggest the “Lesser of two Evils” scenario.

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China is everywhere in the world

Dear Editor, Re: Where Samoa is in China’s big scheme Wake up Wendy. China’s is everyone’s friend. All nations, big or small. Australia and NZ as well.

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People’s choices

Re: Folau cops flak in Samoa I commend the courage of Israel Folau to his freedom of expression for a topic that once was wrong and is making it today to have become right. Israel Folau is entitled to his opinion and there is no need for the world to be alarmed or concerned as the guy is what he is; honest and not afraid to say what he wants to say.

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The plan

Re: War of a different type Yes, about Samoa and it’s fate, all roads lead to China. Our Samoa Airways will be a joint venture with China as well, it’s all in good timing, well it was all planned from the beginning lol… the reason Virgin venture ended.

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This is insanity

Re: Virgin Samoa and Samoa Airways Insanity is what again? Doing the same thing over and over expecting different results!

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The independent state of Samoa

Dear Editor, Re: Why China’s growing influence is attracting global attention Is it possible that Samoa can live sustainably and as a matter of principle, independently by herself, despite the so-called prosperity in Europe and other areas virtually unknown to Samoa at the time.

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Stay focused, work hard and you’ll get there Samoa Airways

Dear Editor, Re: A year after dumping Virgin Australia, how fares P.M. Tuilaepa’s Govt.’s airline dreams today Don’t lose hope Samoa. Samoa Airways is one of the best decisions to come out from the Tuilaepa government. It’s cut-throat in the airlines business but given the performance of the JV with Virgin in the last 12 years, it’s a no-brainer to ditch it.

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You’re kidding

Re: Where Samoa is in China’s big scheme Cheap labour? Most of the labour is from China. Once the project ends, they return to China. Your point is ridiculous as usual Wendy. By the way, the “cheap labour” is now moving to growing South East Asian economies like Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Indonesia and Myanmar.

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The solution

Re: Trouble in the Gaza The two-state solution is the solution. Everyone knows this except for the deplorable, Jared Kushner, Donald Trump and Netanyahu.

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The catch for Samoa

Re: About China The catch is Samoa’s votes at the UN for the One China Policy (non-recognition of Taiwan). There is an ongoing competition between China and Taiwan for UN votes going on for years now. It manifests itself in the competition to “sign up” Pacific nations for their side.

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Editorial

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?

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

Under the Surface

Think a Minute…Remember Greg Louganis? He was the young superstar diver who won gold medals in all of his events at both the 1984 and 1988 Olympics. He was the first athlete in history to do it, and was elected to the Olympic Hall of Fame.

Columns

Japanese Prime Minister Shizo Abe poses for photos with leaders of Pacific island countries in Iwaki, Japan.

Time to consolidate our priorities

I bring you warm greetings from the people and Government of the Independent State of Samoa, and acknowledge the recognition of my chairmanship of the Pacific Islands Forum and the related invitation to co-chair with you Honourable Prime Minister Abe, this 8th Pacific Leaders Meeting.

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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