Siaki Mafiti

Ele deserves money from Samoa

Samoa’s Olympic medalist, Ele Opeloge, is unlikely to earn a lot of money – if any – from the government for her efforts. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s insists the government only awards monetary gifts to Olympic gold medal winners.

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Luisa Key, 50

Who is more dangerous? Christians or Muslims?

The government’s move to amend the Constitution to make Samoa an official Christian state has revived the debate about other religions in Samoa. Throughout the past few weeks, references have been during the general debate to Muslims posing a danger to Samoa. What do you think? Who is more dangerous to Samoans? Muslims or Christians? Ilia L. Likou asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Leota mailei, 55

When the P.M. wants more babies

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi wants Samoans to make more babies. He has criticised the concept of family planning, saying this has slowed the growth of Samoa’s population. What do you think? Opinions vary on the subject. Today, Misiona Simo asked people on the streets for their opinion on the issue and this is what they said:

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Adrian Roma, 16

As the 2017 academic year begins

It’s back to school time and for secondary students about to undertake tertiary education at the National University of Samoa, it’s an extra special time. Reporters, Aruna Lolani, Seia Soloi and Fetalai Tuilulu’u conducted a ‘Q and A’ with some of the students to find out where they have come from and where they are heading.

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Do you support the church’s decision?

The father of a woman who claims to be carrying the marks of Jesus Christ’s suffering has been stripped of his roles by the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S). Reverend Opapo So’ana’i, who currently looks after the Siufaga C.C.C.S parish, confirmed the decision during an interview with the Sunday Samoan. What do you think about the decision? Misiona Simo asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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What should become of the Vaitele market?

The $5.7million market at Vaitele once described as a “gold mine” by the former Minister of Finance, Faumuina Tiatia Liuga, has instead become a flop. Now the government is looking for someone to develop it. It is a last desperate attempt to recover the money spent on the multimillion-tala project.

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Paila Tavita

With Sir Gordon Tietjens at the helm, expectations heightened

At the beginning of the year, Sir Gordon Tietjens took over the Manu Samoa Sevens.

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Iakopo Agafili, 42

Police slammed for keeping 3-year-old girl at station

A 65-year-old father of Vini fou and his 3-year-old daughter were held in the Police interview room for almost three hours on Tuesday. Eti Sapolu went with his daughter Malu Sapolu to the Police station inquiring about a matter he was asked to give evidence when they were held there.

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Norrie Lui, 25

Seeking solutions about child vendors

 A concerted effort by parents and government was just one of the solutions offered but many of those interviewed pointed to parents.

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Allen Xiang

Christmas experience in paradise

The weather might not be exactly tropical at this time of the year but many people from around the world have come to paradise to spend Christmas.

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Wesley,

Half day holiday raises questions

This has been the concern for the private sector that we have too many public holidays. So this is one public holiday that we will restrict to the government employees only while allowing our private sector people to keep working, slugging it out for the future of boxing in Samoa.” Sina Seava’aetasi asked members of the public about what about they think. This is what they said:

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Andrew Tupa’i

Now that we have the title, when is the public holiday?

The new favourite son of Samoa, Lupesoliai Joseph Parker, has created history by winning the WBO heavyweight title. The victory at the Vector Arena has brought so much joy to Samoa as the nation celebrates one of her finest sporting moments. On the streets yesterday, the question of when the government will declare a public holiday was not far from people’s minds. Josefa Steven Maiava spoke to some of them and this is what they said:

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Irwin Pauga

Parker all the way for Samoa

Lupesoliai Laauliolemalietoa Joseph Parker’s date with destiny is only a few hours away now. In Samoa, the WBO title fight fever has gripped the nation. Josefa Steven Maiava took to the streets to find out what people think and how far this fight will go. This is what they said:

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Tanaleaid Malouamaua Lusiano

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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Editorial

Pride in Ele

While brainstorming sessions are no doubt a more focused and recognised way of coming up with ideas, there’s a lot to be said for casual, meandering conversations over coffee as well.

Letters to the Editor

Make it easy for tourists, Samoa

Dear Editor Re: Aura of reality on the wall I would say, as an extended-tourist who spent six months in Samoa, there are plenty of amazing, life-altering things to do in Samoa, yet little-to-no adequate marketing / advertising [at a Global standard] of viable options to tourists, from those who fly in to those who dock for a day.

Think a Minute

No Parking

Think a minute…On this journey called life, do you sometimes feel like just pulling over and parking? You feel like you’ve done enough, worked enough, and learned enough.

Columns

The Pearl From You

Strange, I felt I saw something strange

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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