A sad reminder that not all is well in some corners of Samoa

As we move closer and closer towards Christmas and the New Year, it’s easy to get caught in the joyful mood of the moment that we forget not everyone is fortunate enough to enjoy the luxuries the season brings. Sometimes we take it for granted that everyone just revels in the mood of the season.

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Rejection of pregnant women heartless and condescending

It’s a hard one to accept – let alone comprehend. It’s difficult really to figure out what drives the decision making by some leaders of American Samoa. One day they are screaming from the top of the hill that we are one, the next they’re downright unkind.

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The other side of success

Not everyone travels in a straight line as they leave school and seek further education or enter the work force. One of our front page stories, “Hurdle after Hurdle …” is a wonderful story with a twist, in comparison with some of the others we have featured over the past weeks.

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Samoa, tax haven black listing and the fruits of ‘dirty money’

There is no doubt about it. The recent past has been a tough old time for Samoa, her veteran Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and the government. And as the clock winds down towards the end of 2017, we can’t help being nervous. Ladies and gentlemen, the future is unknown; it’s unpredictable.

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They are just simple questions from reporter Ilia L. Likou

On Thursday two weeks ago, reporter Ilia L. Likou sent the management of Samoa Airways some very simple questions. Addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, Seiuli Alvin Tuala and Marketing Manager, Dwayne Bentley, Ms. Likou’s email reads:

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, the fulcrum on which the wheel is turning, turning!

In the Independent State of Samoa, the law governing the role of the Controller and Auditor General, is quite clear. It says the “Controller and Chief Auditor may conduct a yearly audit report on any examination or investigation” that he finds appropriate, and necessary.

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Greater caution is needed in corporal punishment moves

The government needs to proceed with caution if they are serious about reviving corporal punishment as a way to deal with bad behaviour in schools. We accept that the issue is complex and there is no one size fits all kind of solution. But greater care is needed to ensure that in our haste to fix a problem, we do not unknowingly create more problems.

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Dengue fever death one too many

One life lost is one too many. And if reports are true that a young father, who had returned home to start rental business has died from dengue fever, we have every reason to be alarmed. Which makes the concerns expressed by Member of Parliament, Olo Fiti Vaai, on the front page of yesterday’s Samoa Observer extremely valid.

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Protest march, P.M.’s response and our customary land

On the front page of the Sunday Samoan of 03 December 2017, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi fired a warning shot at a group of Samoans planning a protest march in Apia later this month.

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And here is the news …

What do you want first? The good news or the bad news? The good news you say? The numbers of criminals who are reoffending, are down, according to the Assistant Commissioner for Prisons and Correction Services, Ulugia Sauafea Niuia Aumua.

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When P.M. Tuilaepa and H.R.P.P. can’t stop thinking about “Ole Palemia”

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has a lot on his mind. And judging from what he’s been saying lately in public, chief among his concerns is tracking down “O le Palemia” and all those anonymous bloggers.

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Sharing those joyful moments with the rest of us

It’s that time of the year again where there are smiles all around. And rightly so. As we begin the month of December, the wonderful season of prizegivings and end of year celebrations has descended upon us with a roar.

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Why is it that the almighty P.M. has been unable to sort out this little fracas?

And so the ongoing saga involving two senior members of the ruling Human Rights Protection Party (H.R.P.P.) continues to captivate attention in wonderful Samoa today. This week it took another interesting twist with the Supreme Court dismissing a civil claim brought by Peseta Tevaga Vaifou against La’aulialemalietoa Leuatea Schmidt and others.

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Addressing misconceptions – the power of the media

Greetings. I’m honoured to have been asked to say a few words for the purpose of this gathering this afternoon. The scourge of violence in all levels of society has become one of the biggest challenges of our time.

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Love can turn things around

How do we begin to address the scourge of violence in our community today? One of the best ways is to love. Yes we know it’s hard to accept this, especially if you have been a victim of any form of violence.

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Talking is okay but we’d prefer to see some results

The good thing about Samoa is that over the years, it has slowly developed into a formidable venue for national and international gatherings of all sorts.

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Samoa: Pacific centre of Arts tourism?

As a country which likes to play host to visitors who come here for many different reasons, it is a particular pleasure to welcome those of you who are here for the Pacific Arts Association conference.

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It’s just another passport scam folks, so who cares!

On 23 November 2017, the headline across the front page of the Samoa Observer, read: “Criminal charges to be laid in passport scam”; and up there on the top right hand corner, accompanying the story that followed was the photograph of Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.

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Samoa’s Honours and Awards, and the new Matai Title called “Tui Falevao”

What is it that this country’s Prime Minister, inexorably active Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, has done so that he’s become such a lovable rogue whom everyone wants to emulate, and be his friend? We have no idea.

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“It’s like using a thief to catch a thief,” reveals the thief hunter, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

Let’s face it. A lot has been said about the invisible chap called Ole Palemia - none of which is endearing to the ears of those he’s been teasing from wherever he’s hiding anyway - and yet it seems as if he’s just biding his time as he’s waiting patiently for the right moment when he knows, it’s safe to strike again and again.

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Letters to the Editor

In response to the A.G.’s assurance

Dear Editor, I write in reference to your story A.G. rejects land threat on the Sunday Samoan. Do any of you notice that he confirms that customary Land leases are registered under the L.T.R.A. 2008?

Street Talk

Aitasi Ugapō Aumua

Head of State or Governor General?

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s government has moved to amend the Constitution once more in relation to the position of the Head of State.

Think a Minute

Determination dies hard

Think a minute…This is the true story of a young lady who told all of her friends she was going to be an actress. At the young age of 16 she went off to drama school in New York City. Unfortunately after only a short time the school sent a letter to her mother saying, “Please take your daughter home.

Columns

Where is our dignity?

When I read poetry, in my solitude, I often think of my love for my country and yours too. I think of the beauty of it, and how the essence of it all is a sweet caress on a troubled mankind’s forehead.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

LEARNING THE AIRLINES LINGO Heard the term “close in bookings”? Chances are, you are one of the many Samoans who fall into that category used by airlines to describe your booking when you travel.

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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