First impressions

Let’s hope Samoa is not judged on first impressions because if it is, we are in deep trouble. The tail end of the hundreds of passengers arriving at the weekend on a full flight from N.Z. were subjected to close to a two hour wait to be processed.

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BETWEEN THE LINES

Just for a coffee? So here’s the thing. We know those vehicles with DC number plates are driven by mostly expats.

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Give us a break

Many people, especially women, would have had a chuckle at an opinion piece in the Sunday Samoan commenting on our P.M.’s exhortation that we need more babies. As well as Bronnie suggesting he have them himself, she spoke for over half the population when she said,

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A TOURIST’S VIEW

With a beautiful, cruise ship at Apia wharf and one which was berthed overnight, locals were intrigued to see a group of tourists on the Vaisigano Bridge gazing up stream.

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ENDANGERED SPECIES?

With the current shortage of teachers, the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture and the National University of Samoa are now facing a new problem - a shortage of applicants enrolling to join the primary teaching profession.

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BETWEEN THE LINES

QUERY FROM FACEBOOK Why is there an expiration date for data in Samoa?

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WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

So the entry point for English for aspiring teachers at N.U.S.has gone UP to 50% for 2017? What?

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O.M.G.

Talk about the need to “Keep calm and carry on”.

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YOUR RESPONSIBILITY

C’mon Land Transport Authority!

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Why so paranoid?

What is it with Ministers having high security cameras in their tiny waiting rooms?

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You have got to be kidding me!

With the latest reports and video postings involving some child vendors in a nasty incident of physical abuse of an individual, it was astounding to hear a response from the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Fauono Talalelei Tapu reported in the Weekend Observer.

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Maybe we’re unique?

A friend of the B.T.L. was at the front desk of one of Samoa’s prestige hotels when he overheard a funny commotion.

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Government vehicles

My challenge to all the current C.E.O.s is to buy their own vehicles and ask for your transport allowance from the government.

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Sad, sad, sad

Don’t you think it’s kind of sad how some Cabinet Ministers and his highly esteemed colleagues in the telecommunication sector were posting photos on social media...

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“If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck …”

While the Samoa Rugby Union and the P.M. may call him the coach or Head Coach, we beg to differ.

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Keeping it sealed

So we now have the ludicrous and unsafe practice of a police officer taking it upon himself to take a revolver home from a police station because it “might go missing”.

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The Donald Trump of Australia

Oh my goodness, someone has had a severe case of “I can dish it out, but I can’t take it.”

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Get off the road

Could the driver of OOTR 01, a spanking brand new Ford Ranger I might add, please be mindful there are other cars on the road, especially when it’s a two-lane road.

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Answer the phone

Here’s a scenario. You spend so much money buying the cash power for your aigas in the rural areas and Savai’i right?

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Cut the excuses

So P.M. Tuilaepa reckons the hospital is not a paradise.

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Editorial

Maybe P.M. Tuilaepa is just tired

Prime Minster Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s week in London would have done him a world of good. It was a timely break from the pressures of home. Anyone who lives in this country would understand that now and then; you need to get away from “the rock” for some fresh air. The petty politics and the personalities can certainly be stifling at times.

Letters to the Editor

Samoan traditions are eroding

Dear Editor Re: Why child labour exists in Samoa? Samoa’s isolation in the heart of the Pacific has forged and maintained unique strong culture of sharing and family kinship in society for thousands of years, and this is the strength of any nation.

Street Talk

Eseta Faasao, 42

Public oppose new chicken tax

The recent passing of the Customs and Tariff Bill in Parliament means new tariff rates will be imposed on all imported chicken. This is a grave concern given that chicken is one of the most affordable meat for families living below the poverty line and middle income earners. Taxing such goods is no doubt a burden on these families because a decent meal every day is now being robbed from them with price increase. Our reporter, Ulimasao Fata asked the public on their opinion on Government’s move to tax imported frozen chicken. This is what they said:

Think a Minute

Your family tree

Think a minute...We’ve all heard the expressions: “Like father, like son” and “The fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree.” This is because they are so often true. Two families in America were studied for many generations.

Columns

A look at some features of South Pacific Constitutions

I have elsewhere contrasted two metaphors for the work of constitution-making.

Sunday Reading

HONOURING THE VOLUNTEER VETS: The members of the A.P.S. board alongside the 3 volunteers at Taumesina Island Resort.

The Howler: A.P.S. says thank you

Members of the Animal Protection Society (A.P.S.) board gathered at the beautiful Taumeasina Resort for a dinner to honor the volunteer vets that came over from Australia to help conduct the clinics.

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