Is electricity affordable?

Making electricity affordable and more accessible is on the agenda in Samoa this week. The issue is at the centre of the Pacific Power Association’s (P.P.A) 26th Annual Conference held at Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel. At the opening ceremony, the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Meg Taylor, called for an innovative approach to cheaper electricity for the Pacific region.

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Rebecca Faaumuina, 21

Widespread support for Pacific Games bid

Samoa is one of three Pacific countries vying to host the 2019 Pacific Games. As of yesterday, Guam and Tahiti have also put in bids after Tonga withdrew. Do you support the government’s bid for the Games? And why? Talimalie Uta asked people in today’s Street Talk and this is what they said:

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Opinions differ over corporal punishment

The government is looking to re-introduce corporal punishment as a measure to curb the number of school–related violence in the country. The plan was revealed by the Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Loau Keneti Sio, during an interview with the Samoa Observer on Sunday. Minister Loau said discipline and ‘tough Samoan love’ has always worked and he does not see why it shouldn’t work again. What do you think? Should we bring back corporal punishment? Talimalie Uta asked people in today’s Street Talk and this is what they said:

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Leiua Lausi’i, 26

A Christian society?

Every week, we see our justice system dealing with cases of theft, murder, rape, and incest. If research is to be believed, and many cases go unreported, these cases are just the tip of the iceberg. So in this Christian country of ours, where many of our values come from the Bible, why are there escalating numbers filling up our courtrooms? Is this simply a reflection of our society nowadays? Ilia L. Likou spoke to people in the street.

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Esera Tu’iala

Opinions turn away from rugby

Should the old pattern of the Samoa Rugby Union decision-making be followed and the Manu Samoa coach be sacked? Some of our former coaches were let go for fewer than four losses in a row. Ilia Likou asked the general public yesterday for their opinions and she got some surprising responses.

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Tina Vaipua

Should the P.M.’s term be limited?

Do you think there should be a limit on the number of terms for the Prime Minister? The question has surfaced following the government’s decision to change the Head of State after two terms in office. Deidre Fanene asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Moe Faaifo Fuifatu (55)

Opinions differ over Head of State

The nation is set to officially welcome the new Head of State, Tuimaleali’ifano Sualauvi Vaaletoa II, at the end of the week. Following the announcement in Parliament last week, Tuimaleali’ifano will replace the outgoing Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi who has held the post for the past 10 years. What do you think of the change? Deidre Fanene asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Ioane Isaia, 19

Here’s to you Manu Samoa

On Saturday is an important day for our country. Samoa will be witnessing a crucial game between Manu Samoa and the Flying Fijians, a game where if we win, we can earn a place in the upcoming Rugby World Cup. In situations like this, our team deserves to hear words of encouragement and feedback from their fans. Reporters Fetalai Tuiluluu and Aruna Lolani went around yesterday asking the public what advice they would give to Coach Alama and the Manu boys before Saturday.

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Imelda Afuie, 19

Incest on the rise in Samoa?

Incest has become one of the most common subjects the Police are investigating and so far there have been three cases in three weeks. It is such a shame for us, because our country is one that is founded on God, after all Samoa has recently been declared a Christian State. Samoa Observer’s reporters Aruna Lolani and Fetalai Tuilulu’u have asked people on the street, what they think about this? Do they agree or disagree?

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Ali Fa’afetai, 37

How do we address number of alcohol-related deaths?

The growing number of alcohol-related deaths is alarming. Hardly a month goes by without several incidents where precious lives are wasted due to alcohol abuse and drinking sessions gone wrong. What can we as a country do to stop these unnecessary deaths? What is your solution? Ilia L. Likou asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Mui Ioane 33

Learning in schools: Samoan? English or both?

Fetalai Tuilulu’u and Aruna Lolani asked the people on the street whether they thought their kids should be taught in Samoan, English or both languages Here are their thoughts:

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Malia Tili, 27

Is it really necessary to find ‘O LE PALEMIA’?

The name of the person known as ‘O le Palemia’ has been cause for conjecture on social media for weeks. With the police now involved in a search, Ilia L Likou asked the people on the street whether they thought it was worth the effort. Here are their thoughts:

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Ruta, 45

What changes in the police ministry are needed?

The Police Commissioner, Fuiavailili Egon Keil has finally returned to work following a long suspension and an appearance in court. Now that he’s resumed his position, Sina Filifilia Sevaaetasi hit the streets of Apia asking the question “Is there a need to have changes in the police force?”

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Kalameli Iakopo, 40

Taxing pastors?

The Minister for Revenue is proposing to tax pastors as a way of getting extra revenue for Government development. Ilia L Likou did a quick survey to ask people what they thought of this idea and got a strong response.

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Fatima Afamasaga 40

S.N.P.F.’s lending slammed

The decision by the Samoa National Provident Fund (S.N.P.F.) to lend millions to foreign-owned companies has come under heavy scrutiny from members of the public. They want to know why the Fund has loaned these millions to foreigners and what guarantee they have the money will be paid back. What do you think? Do you support the Fund’s decision to lend these millions. Fetalai Tuilulu’u, Se’ia Soloi and Aruna Lolani asked some members of the public in today’s Street Talk and this is what they said:

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Amuia Ioane

Is a village ban a fair decision?

Ilia L Likou asked people what they thought of the decision by Siumu and Salelologa villages to ban foreign-owned businesses from their customary land. Read their views in today’s Street Talk.

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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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Editorial

Of course he’s not a “dictator,” he is only the leader of a “one-party state”

We’ve got to feel for Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi. He appears to be suffering from that condition nobody wants called paranoia. You can’t really blame him though.

Letters to the Editor

From Mugabe to Tuilaepa, what is really hurting Samoa

Dear Editor, Re: “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s”. Matthew 22:21. Section 40 of the Audit Act 2013 (Samoa) requires audits every year. Section 42 of the Act says these are to become public documents.

Think a Minute

A tricky problem

Think a minute.Have you ever stood by a fire when the smoke was so thick you almost thought you could grab it with your hands. But if you try, the smoke just disappears right through your fingers.

Columns

FACE OF THE MOMENT: N.Z. Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern.

The N.Z. connection and capitalism with an ugly face

New Zealand, a member of the Pacific family of nations, has an exemplary record in the development and the maintenance of democratic governance in its modern history.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

SLOW DOWN PLEASE Those midnight rally drivers might want to be careful out there.

Sunday Reading

PRESIDENT OF THE S.A.M.E.:Tagaloa Eddie Wilson with Happy Ava Farmers Tupai & Asoono- from Savaii.

Samoa’s Ava Exports expected to rise to prominence again

Samoa’s Ava Exports is looking promising, with exports expected to increase in the next couple of years. Ava exports was Samoa’s second largest export commidity from 1998 to 2001 until some European countries led by Germany imposed restrictions on the Pacific Kava Trade. Samoa’s exports of Ava in 1998 was just under $20m.

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