Robert Geoffrey Marfleet

Samoa Observer pays tribute to Robert Geoffrey Marfleet

This is our tribute to the late Robert Geoffrey Marfleet, the man who made it possible for the Samoa Observer to be born as a newspaper, and in doing so become the entity that it is today. On 16 February 2018, Mr. Marfleet passed away. He was 84.

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$10million bill could have easily been avoided

A large part of the $10million bill Cyclone Gita has slapped the Electric Power Corporation (E.P.C.) with is really unnecessary. That much is undeniable. It’s money that could have been easily saved had people used their common sense. That said, the responsibility goes both ways.

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“They call it economic success, I call it a disaster” – Pei Tauiliili

There is no denying this simple fact. While life in Samoa is not exactly problem free, it must be said that it is better than most places - near and far. We don’t have to look far. Following the recent devastation of Cyclone Gita, when we look across to the plight of our brothers, sisters and families in the Kingdom of Tonga, we can only be grateful.

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Colonialist attitudes and the need to raise our voices to set record straight

Colonialist attitudes towards products from small island states, which threaten the margins of major global corporate companies, are not new. They have been around since ancient times and will continue to exist for as long as our people try their very best to fulfill their God-given potential in all areas of life.

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Ghostwriters and the priorities for P.M. Tuilaepa’s administration

Poor Prime Minister Tuilaepa. It appears that he and his Government are obsessed with these Ghostwriters and what they are saying in their faceless blogs and social media pages.

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Lest we forget: “But what is happening is that the Samoa Observer has been publishing the truth,” Tuala Falenaoti.

On the front page of the Samoa Observer of 13 February 2018, Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, is pictured as he’s addressing the Samoa Institute of Directors on the topic of Leadership and Governance.

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You have been warned, Samoa!

Last week Friday, a story titled “Maldives faces Chinese ‘land grab’ over unpayable debts” surfaced on the front page of the Samoa Observer. In light of the recent debate and controversy about Samoa’s foreign debt, customary lands and concerns about the future of this country, the story couldn’t have arrived at a better time, in our humble opinion.

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After 24 years the government wakes up and Samoa Observer is still there

Let’s start with a couple of questions. First: Why is it that it looks as if certain Cabinet Ministers of the government of Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, are in the habit of stopping now and then to look, as if there is something out there in the past that is giving their consciences sleepless days and sleepless nights?

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Gita, Tonga and Marist Sports Week

How time flies. This time last week, our nation was just waking up to the devastation left by the fury of Cyclone Gita. Thank God it remained, at worst, a category 2 and it moved away quickly. That was perhaps the best part that it arrived earlier than expected and by daylight it had gone.

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When Cyclone Gita exposes more than it should

This much is undeniable. It is when we are tested through the fire and floods that we find out just how strong we are – and in some cases how solid certain projects are. Following the devastation of Cyclone Gita, it must be said that the quality of some aid funded and constructed projects are likely to come under scrutiny once more. Why? Well it’s simple really.

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Who is running the Prison? Government or Prisoners?

Something is terribly amiss about the way the Tafa’igata Prison is being managed. We’ve always known there have been a multitude of problems up there, for many years now. But a couple of incidents last weekend really confirm our suspicion that a lot of the problems we are seeing are the result of a really pathetic system that requires a complete overhaul. Immediately.

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Flooding devastation, retaining wall and the cost of deforestation

In the wake of the devastation caused by the Cyclone Gita flooding, all the attention and anger have been directed at the Government and the delay in the construction of a retaining wall along the path of the Vaisigano river.

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Heartless thieves in times of sorrow

Acts of looting and stealing by thugs taking advantage of the suffering of innocent members of the public and the business community during the cyclone is the kind of menace this country can definitely do without. We are talking about the high number of theft cases, robberies and people pilfering goods from businesses who are trying to get back on their feet.

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Tui Samoa Cable, benefits and what needs to be done now

The timing for the Tui Samoa Cable to go live could not have been more interesting. With the promise to lower the cost of internet technology, thus making it more accessible to the people of Samoa, the potential to help speed up development is endless.

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Cyclone Gita’s wrath and lessons from Ofa

Tropical Cyclone Gita left just as quickly as it arrived on Friday night and yesterday morning. Within six hours, it left hundreds of people devastated as a result of strong winds and flooding. Folks, it sends shivers down the spine to think what more damage it could have done if it stayed on a bit longer.

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Safety is our priority in times like these

In times like these, there are only a few things we can do. Stay safe, pray hard, look after our loved ones and don’t panic. Above all, our safety and that of people close to us should be our priority. At all times.

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Think safety and be prepared

At this time of the year, natural disasters are never far from our minds. Knowing the season that we are in and how vulnerable we are to climate calamities, we have come to expect that anything could happen.

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A timely warning for all of us

The warning from the Police about the need for teachers to refrain from smacking students as a way of disciplining them is a timely reminder. The fact is there are many School Principals and Teachers who don’t need to be reminded because they know their roles and where to draw the line when it comes to the issues.

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Forget the phone; let’s find our humanity and get our priorities right

This much is undeniable. We live in a sad world where judging by certain behaviours, you have to say there is something terribly amiss about the make up of the society we live in. It’s almost like some people have become so cold.

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Samoa’s cyber wars a lost political discourse

Let’s see. One could be forgiven for thinking that the political discourse in Samoa these days has become one big comedy. Well almost if only the issues were not so deadly serious.

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Letters to the Editor

The real issue with customary lands

Dear Editor, In response to Iona Tusa’s letter about the idle lands published in your paper earlier this week, let me say that the problem you noisy internet activists have is that you assume that leasing is as good as sold.

Street Talk

Lui Tamoto, 49

An act of God or nature?

In the wake of Cyclone Gita, one Pastor has claimed that the cyclone was a mild warning from God to the government over their decision to tax pastors. What do you think? Samoa Observer reporter, Nefertiti Matatia, asked members of the public in today’s Street Talk: Do you think Tropical Cyclone Gita was a sign from God? This is what they said:

Think a Minute

“Bread and butter”

Think a minute…There was a baker who bought his butter from a local farmer. One day the baker decided to weigh the butter. He was surprised that the farmer had been giving him less butter but still charging him the same price.

Columns

HEALTHY LIVING: Christina Robert switches to a plant based diet for a healthier lifestyle.

Changing lives: Reversing heart diseases in Samoa

Talofa Samoa! Someone asked me the other day whether the whole food, plant based (W.F.P.B.) diet that M.E.T.I. is promoting can help reverse heart disease. The answer is a loud YES.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

THE BEST A big fa’amalo to the skilled and courageous E.P.C. staff who braved the winds and rain to restore power from broken and dangerous power lines on Cross Island Road on Wednesday night in pitch darkness.

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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