Politicians are not above the law

Democracy, elections and all that is good about a freer and fairer election are on the agenda in Apia this week. Down at Tanoa Tusitala Hotel, relevant stakeholders have been taking part in the “Democracy and Development in Samoa: the Role of Elections” National Conference.

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Peaceful Samoa the place to be

It’s happening just about every day. Everywhere we look in the world, there is suffering, losses and unimaginable pain. There are deaths right, left and centre. Terrorism has changed the way we live and the world we live in.

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Praise from the I.M.F and the simple plight of the poor

Well here’s the good news. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s government is in the good books of the International Monetary Fund (I.M.F) so that today, the orgsanisation established to “ensure the stability of the international monetary system” only has great things to say about Samoa.

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Yazaki closure will be a disaster unless there is a concrete plan

While we expected it, the day we feared would soon arrive has finally been confirmed. On page 2 of your Sunday Samoan yesterday, the story titled “Cabinet confirms end of production for Yazaki” contained the bad news.

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Many questions about air transport

And so Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s government has made a decision. After more than 12 years of working with Virgin Australia in the joint venture to operate Virgin Samoa, the government is pulling out.

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Road safety begins with you and me

The statistics are extremely frightening. And although many of us don’t think too seriously about the trauma caused by road traffic crashes, the fact is these have far more implications than the burden it places on health care systems and national resources.

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A Minister on the move

The Minister of Communications and Information Technology (M.C.I.T), Afamasaga Rico Tupa’i, is hard to miss these days. As one of the most energetic Ministers in Prime Minister Tuilaepa’s Cabinet, he is in the limelight all the time. For good reason.

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We need to proceed with caution

It’s true that the chance to host the Pacific Games in 2019 could potentially be a great opportunity for Samoa. And given the short time frame remaining, the government and local authorities will have to move quickly and be proactive.

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Crime wave, safety and unemployment

Whether it’s petty theft, violence, rape or stealing someone’s mobile phone, the crime wave sweeping over Samoa is a menace this country can surely do without.

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Any improvement is great progress

It has taken a while but at the tail end of the World Rugby Sevens Series, we are at last seeing the Manu Samoa Sevens play like the team we know they can.

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We cannot place a value on our mothers. They are priceless

And so it’s Mother’s Day once again. Today is a special day for all the mothers of this country and when it comes to such a day, we all have mothers and different stories to tell.

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Of Lupesoliai Joseph Parker’s doubters

There is no doubt about it. The court of public opinion is a vicious one. It’s also contradictory in nature. You see it’s as hard to fathom where the pendulum will swing just as it is easy to predict what people will say about certain developments.

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The government, the truth and 400 sex workers

Let’s face it. Whether or not Prime Minister Tuilaepa would admit it, the truth is that there’s a big problem facing him. And that problem is called prostitution. Now already 400 women are reported to be already involved in it, the indications are that the number is growing, and yes, there is no doubt it will continue to grow.

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Youth, employment and tourism

Yesterday, our lead story on the front page may have seemed like a departure from many of our previous leads. However despite other competing articles for the front page, it was decided that it was deserving of that front spot.

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Why is the sky always dark and covered with clouds? Where is the sun hiding?*

Almost every morning over recent weeks now, the sky is covered under a cloak of menacingly dark clouds which, once in a while they’d unleash those cascading buckets of pouring rain, so that for quite sometime there you begin to wonder if the sun would remain forever hidden, behind those dark, menacing clouds.

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Is Samoa still a democracy? What is there for the poor?

Is Samoa still a democracy, the way of life that ensures fairness, classlessness, consensus and social equality, will always prevail no matter what? We’re not sure.

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‘Stuff ups’ and ‘Mr Fixit’

He has been handed one of the most unenviable jobs in government but it’s also possibly he is the only Cabinet Minister capable of pulling it off. As well as managing two important portfolios, he is starting to address the Government ‘stuff ups’ by incompetent Government Ministers and unskilled Departmental Heads of years past.

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When Police officers are too powerful they frown on the law!

It’s a never-ending road. Or is it a never-ending punishment, we’re not sure. Still, over the last 30 years or so, we’ve been publishing the Samoa Observer starting as a weekly, and now that we’ve been a daily for the last 26 years or so, we are still persecuted by our government for doing the only thing we know how; and that is telling the truth and nothing but the truth, the only way we know how.

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Go Toa Samoa and Joseph Parker!

It’s an exciting weekend for Samoan sports. And most sports fanatics can hardly wait until tonight. First we’ve got the Toa Samoa taking on England in Sydney and then of course the much-talked about Lupesoliai Laauli Joseph Parker’s first title defense in Auckland.

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Put people first

It’s undeniable. In our humble view, it has to be said that one of the major obstacles for Samoa today is that the leadership seems to have lost touch with the realities of our people and our world. We are talking about the sort of leadership that has its priorities upside down.

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Letters to the Editor

It’s just not working

Re: Study hits out at violence Really, the church obviously isn’t working - look around Samoa, people are merely hiding behind it and everyone knows it. It’s the desperation of people stressed out by all the stupid monetary customs putting pressure on the family budget.

Street Talk

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:

Think a Minute

A great son and father

Think a minute…This is a true story about a boy who dreamed of sailing around the world living a life of adventure on the sea.

Columns

Mothers Day

A Mother loves right from the start. She holds her baby close to her heart.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

GREGOR PAUL FAN CLUB Don’t you just love the New Zealand Herald rugby writer, Gregor Paul?

Sunday Reading

Myths and Legends of the Ancient World

Guttorm stooped down and took the wild flower gently between his thumb and forefinger taking care not to bruise it.

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