If cryptocurrency is illegal, why hasn’t the Government outlawed it already?

The issue of cryptocurrency is back on the agenda this week. It follows a public presentation at the National University of Samoa (N.U.S.), where an independent cryptocurrency entrepreneur from Zambia, Mapanza Nkwilimba, talked up the scheme as the way of the future. From that presentation, a story titled “Entrepreneur defends bitcoins, cryptocurrency” was published on yesterday’s front page.

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How fares Samoa Airways one year on?

A year ago today, a new era in the modern history of aviation in Samoa started. It began when Samoa Airways new aircraft, flown all the way from Europe, touched down at Faleolo International Airport to a thunderous applause from guests invited to witness the event.

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Cruise Tourism, Fiji elections and APEC in PNG

Apia played host to another cruise ship and its passengers of tourists yesterday morning — the second vessel to visit our shores in five days. The word at Matautu wharf yesterday is that another cruise ship is due in Apia today, which if true would make it vessel # 3 in six days. Apia residents would probably be unfazed with the increasing regularity of visiting cruise ships, but ask a tourism expert and they would probably make reference to “cruise tourism”.

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Unprofessional? Give the overworked and underpaid nurses a break

Across page 2 of the Samoa Observer yesterday, the story titled “Unprofessional” nurses irritate P.M. Tuilaepa” was published. Just down below the headline, the Prime Minister is being quoted from his weekly media programme, slamming the attitude of certain nurses whom he was clearly unhappy with.

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“I’m employed to get results, and I don’t like to lose”

Let’s face it. Steve Jackson’s enthusiasm for his new role as the Head Coach of the Manu Samoa and his team’s chances of winning as they begin their end of year Northern Hemisphere tour is commendable. He needs to. When a team’s fortunes have hit rock bottom, as the Manu Samoa has sitting 16th on the world rankings, you need some positivity.

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Don’t shoot the messenger, Mr. President!

It’s easy enough to understand. The President of the United States Donald Trump might be a little flustered given the results of the midterm elections, where the people of America have spoken, and given a sobering assessment of his tenure thus far.

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The birth of a nation and building on the foundations

The cruise ship Emerald Princess Hamilton docked at the Matautu wharf in Apia yesterday, with hundreds of tourists disembarking to enjoy the beauty of Samoa and bring much needed tourism revenue to Samoa. Not far from the wharf, a solemn memorial service led by Head of State His Highness Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvii II and Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr Sailele Malielegaoi was underway at Vaimoso.

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“My blood has been spilt for Samoa. I am proud to give it. Do not dream of avenging it, as it was spilt in peace.” Tupua Tamasese.

Today marks 100 years since the arrival from New Zealand of the cargo ship, Talune, whose passengers were suffering from the highly infectious disease, pneumonic influenza. According to reports, around 8500 people had died from the disease then, and for that reason Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, has declared today, a public holiday.

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The Chinese proverb and the story of the sewing machines

There is a famous Chinese proverb that has been doing the rounds over the years amongst those who work in the development cooperation sector. “You give a poor man a fish and you feed him for a day. You teach him to fish and you give him an occupation that will feed him for a lifetime.”

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Termination of Afamasaga’s services, allegations of corruption and the need to be consistent

And so the saga involving the Chief Executive Officer of Ministry of Works, Transport and Infrastructure, Afamasaga Su’a Pou Onesemo, has taken another turn. Since the allegations of corruption leveled against the C.E.O. by a former Member of Parliament of the Government of India, Sh.P.K. Bansal, surfaced at the beginning of the year, this matter has taken several interesting twists leading up to the newest development.

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“This is where we belong. This land is our grave.”

This is an old story that would just not go away. First published in the Samoa Observer on 8 August 2016, under the headline So sad a story it could make a tyrant break down and cry, it is that kind of story you can neither belittle nor ignore.

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Ticking the boxes and undoing the good work

It has been a busy week for everyone and most of our international visitors, who came to our shores as delegates at the recent SAMOA Pathway Inter-Regional Conference, are perhaps on their way home to the 50-plus nations that they represent.

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Fuel prices, power outages and failed promises

And so the Government has increased the cost of fuel once again. The increase announced by the Minister of Finance, Sili Epa Tuioti, this week is the latest in a year where fuel prices have continued to rise. You wonder if they will decrease ever again. Probably not before Christmas.

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Christian principles, Samoan Customs and “six million Jews”, Part II.

This is an interesting story. Remember the man of God from Germany who said his name was Dr. Karl-Heinz Kuhlmann? Well, if you’ve gone hazy in the head all of a sudden for whatever reason, please let me rattle your memory.

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Opportunity for Samoa to rise and be counted

It may only be a speck in the large expanse of the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and New Zealand. But the opportunity is there for Samoa to rise up to the occasion and become the regional hub that its leaders espouse it to be, with a wave of uncertainty now descending in Fiji with the country set to hold its general election next month, and the region’s largest nation Papua New Guinea (P.N.G.) strangled by an economic and governance crisis.

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Export plan, banana breakthrough and the role Govt. must play

This much is undeniable. This country of ours needs a solid export plan to make good use of the products being manufactured in Samoa and the produce harvested from the fertile soil we have been blessed with. There is great potential but we also know there is also a lot of work that needs to be done.

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Hold the funeral boys and girls, Cabinet meets Wednesday

Last week, an interesting letter penned by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi surfaced. Samoa being a small place, the content of the letter had already been the subject of much discussions among the inside circle of the Government. You see, in this place we call home, even walls have ears; they talk. Trust me.

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Christian principles, Samoan Customs and “six million Jews”

On 25 October 2018 an email arrived. Sent by a person who said his name was Rev. Dr. Karl-Heinz Kuhlmann, he revealed he was staying at the Piula Theological College out there at Anoama’a. In his letter, Dr.Karl-Heinz Kuhlmann, said in verbatim:

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The link between Audit Reports and the Fourth Estate

It has been a busy week with the Samoa Observer continuing to publish details of the Ministry of Finance and Audit Office’s various reports into the financial affairs of various Government agencies. Most of the reports are from the 2016-2017 financial years with some of them also making reference to the previous one to two years, due to the carrying over of various financial transactions into the new financial year.

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Invest wisely not white elephants

Think about this. Imagine if the “millions” being wasted on all these publicly funded projects that end up failing are spent instead to encourage the replanting of coconut trees? Think of what could happen if every village in Samoa received say $50,000 per village to get the aumaga (untitled men) to go out and plant at least 100,000 new coconuts per month?

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Letters to the Editor

You worldview is flawed, grotesque if not dangerous

Dear Editor, I write in response to Ropeti Ale’s article titled “Samoan cultural traditions, the controversy and the God in us…” Mr. Ale, I am not sure whether to grimace, giggle, guffaw or be profoundly awed by your rhetoric.

Street Talk

Ake Moleli, 53

Public keep the faith in Samoa Airways

National airline Samoa Airways is celebrating its one-year anniversary this month. Our reporter Yolanda Lavata’i talked to members of the public to get their views on the performance of the airline and its services.

Think a Minute

Get Up on the Right Side

Think a minute…If you are not having a good day, people sometimes humorously say that you “got up on the wrong side of the bed.” Amazingly, brain surgeons discovered that the brain actually has two sides and that each side thinks differently.

Columns

Spanking and respect: What is our purpose?

The problem with ideals is that we are disappointed almost every time. So to wish for better things is to be hopeless too.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

P.M. on Church leaders It seems Prime Minister Tuilaepa can’t leave members of clergy alone. During a radio programme last week, he had plenty to say about Church Ministers. For instance, he reminded them that Church Ministers were only taught on spiritual matters, not on Economics.

Sunday Reading

Myths and Legends of the Ancient World

The spears flew towards the youth on the hill, whistling as they cut through the air. Grinning, Queen Medb’s general drew his sword, eager to take back to his Queen the head of this warrior whom they called the Hound of Ulster. He had no doubt his spears would find their mark.

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