“Rape and incest”, 400 sex workers, well done Prime Minister Tuilaepa, Dr Leao Tuitama!

On the front page of yesterday’s Samoa Observer, the picture of Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, was published under the headline: “P.M. Tuilaepa attacks media for reporting on rape, incest!”

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Once again dear Prime Minister Tuilaepa, with baited breath we are still waiting!

An email arrived three days ago. It said: “During a previous Parliamentary sitting, there was much debate over the Officers of Parliament Committee Report, in to the Controller and Chief Auditor’s Report for 2009 to 2011.

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Safety and protection is better than sorry

Put it this way. The rain is a blessing for many families featured in the Village Voice who do not have access to running water. So that during the past two days, they would’ve welcomed the precious onslaught of heaven’s gift to mankind with the sky opening up for a much-welcomed downpour.

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Truth matters in the death of Siliva Auali’itia

The claims by the family of a prisoner found dead at Tafa’igata last week should be investigated. It’s imperative the relevant authorities get to the bottom of this matter, find out what happened and what led to the death of Siliva Auali’itia.

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Water, more than a drop quote

One thing about us here in Samoa, when you grab our attention with a catchy slogan or drop quote, we do remember it and furthermore are very happy to quote it back to you. One example is “Family First” put out by a Telco years ago which is still echoed from time to time although not in its original context.

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Legacy, Samoa today and fathers

We’ve come a long way. As a people, a nation, we have a lot to thank our forebears. You see with their God-given wisdom, they navigated the unknown, cracked mysteries only science and experts can explain these days and did so many things the mind can only marvel about.

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Tomorrow starts today

Numbers tell a story. And if 64 percent of Samoa’s population, which is just below 200,000 people, are aged 35 years and younger, we obviously have a country that is predominantly young at heart.

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Greater care needed to protect our girls

Here’s the thing. The idea that a 10-year-old girl was fooled by a complete stranger, who claimed that her mother had sent him to pick her up from school, before he took her to a banana patch where she was raped, sends shivers down the spine.

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Well done, Minister Tuitama!

Nothing and no one is perfect in this world. We know that much. In other words, wherever there is good, it is inevitable that the bad and evil will follow. And in our haste to do good; we don’t always get it right.

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The question of the times

The truth is simple enough. The question being asked on the front page of your newspaper today by concerned local businesses is not an uncommon one. As sensitive as it sounds, the question has been asked before and will continued to be asked given the developments we are witnessing on these shores. You see it, I see it. Everyone sees what is going on.

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Such very basic needs

Clean water and electricity are among some of life’s most basic necessities in this day and age. For a middle-income developing country like Samoa, we shouldn’t even have to mention it. These things should be a given. Unfortunately the reality is quite different on the ground.

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Prisons and priorities

It was mid 2016, when an horrific story flashed around the world about a prisoner who had escaped multiple times from Tafaigata Prison in Samoa. His victims were a young couple visiting from Tasmania, Australia.

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Another one bites the dust

It was inevitable, wasn’t it? After the failed campaign called the Manu Samoa international season thus far, it was only a matter of time before heads started rolling among the Manu Samoa management ranks.

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A breath of fresh air

Thank goodness. The return of interschool athletics to big time attention this week is a welcome change. Even better with the absence of interschool fights – or none that we know of yet – which means all the attention is focused on athletes’ performance which is what it should be about in the first place.

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What do Mr. Meredith’s concerns and inaction from relevant government bodies tell us?

How far does one have to go in this country to get justice? Or how high up the ranking does one have to scale to even get noticed in the pursuit for such an ideal? Some of us might say all the way to almighty Prime Minister. Maybe.

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Govt. should invest more to develop frozen taro market

Many of us have known this for a while. For this country’s economy to grow and for rural farmers to benefit, we need a strong foundation based on a sound, export-driven strategy.

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Everyday stories, everyday struggles

Driving through Vaitele yesterday next to that multi-million-tala building the government had once promised as a “goldmine” for farmers was a sad experience.

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Success provides a solid platform to build upon

There is reason to be excited about the recent success of the Samoa Under 18 Sevens team during the Commonwealth Youth Games. Having conquered England in the final of the tournament, the La’auli Rudy Leavasa-coached team made up completely of local players returned home last week to a joyful welcome by the Samoa Rugby Union.

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Too soon to issue a M.E.S.C. report card

Things are happening, in the Education sector if the stories rolling out of the Ministry of Education Sports and Culture are anything to go by. And while many readers will no doubt be saying “and about time too”, before we schedule the parade and banners, it would be wise to take a careful look at the most recent pronouncements by the Minister, Loau Solamalemalo Keneti Sio.

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Let’s not stop with the Police, time to address corruption elsewhere

Attorney General, Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff, is absolutely correct. On Tuesday last week, he commended the outcome of a Cabinet-appointed Commission of Inquiry tasked to investigate the conduct of two senior Police officers with a very firm message to members of the public.

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Letters to the Editor

She wrote to the Editor of the Samoa Observer.

Dear Editor, As the lead author of the report on HIV and STI risk and vulnerability among key populations in Samoa I would respectfully like to respond to the Honourable Minister of Health, Tuitama Dr Leao Talalelei Tuitama and the Honourable Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.

Street Talk

Luna Gautolu, 16

Miss Samoa Pageants: Love them or hate them?

The Miss Samoa Pageant is billed as an event much more than simply a parade of physical attractiveness. There is a strong emphasis on confidence, culture, individual talent and general knowledge. Lizzy Hunt asked people to share their opinions about the pageant:

Think a Minute

Discipline dominates

Think a minute…During a football game of Augsburg University in the U.S., Augsburg was losing. Then late in the game, defensive tackle David Stevens was put in to play and sparked a comeback in his Augsburg teammates.


The foreword of Palemia; A Memoir*

Early in 2015, Dr Peter Swain paid me a courtesy visit at my office.

Between the Lines


LATER! So the new Tanumalala Prison will be finished in about July next year? Correct us if we’re wrong, but did we not hear our Prime Minister inviting a certain 60 Minutes reporter, Liam Bartlett to the opening of the new prison in June this year?

Sunday Reading

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY: B.B.L. Winners for fathers day promotion with B.B.L. Staff.

Bluebird celebrates Father’s Day

Seven lucky dads celebrated father’s day with Bluebirds Father’s Day Promotion Prize Giving held last week Friday.

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