May you remain peaceful and free Samoa, God bless.

And so once again, it is that time of the year when the violent death of Jesus Christ 2016 years ago - having been celebrated once again in Samoa Sunday last week with the sharing of gifts and thanksgiving - is still also accepted as the most pacifying event ever in the world today.

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Well done, Ele Opeloge!

Good things come to those who wait patiently. For Ele Opeloge, the wait for her moment of truth and glory has taken eight long years.

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Only a complete elimination of bureaucratic corruption can solve Samoa’s little problem

Just three days before Christmas – on 22 December 2016 - Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi shocked everyone with an astounding proclamation that revealed “a bill to amend the Constitution to define Samoa as a Christian State”, had been tabled in Parliament the day before.

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Think peace, think hope

It’s undeniable. Everywhere we look today we see conflicts. At a time when there is so much celebration, it is sadly also marked by strife and wars near and far.

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Some pertinent questions for us

Well there goes another Christmas folks. With the presents opened, hangovers just about cured and all that glorious food finding its way to waste where it rightfully belongs, most of us are looking forward to the next big celebration.

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Tupua Friedrich Wilhelm Wetzell.

Our Christmas tribute to Fred, who confessed: “Mum, I left my heart in Samoa.”

Once in a while that feeling of profound inadequacy will drive us to question the reason we’re here, and yet despite the sadness and the pain the sun will soon rise so that the pain is stemmed, and once again all is well.

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The reason for the season

And so Christmas is upon us. This time tomorrow, most of us will be enjoying a time of giving and sharing as we celebrate the reason for the season with the people that matter the most to us.

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Plenty to ponder for Members of Parliament during Christmas

Well there you have it. Parliament is done and dusted for 2016. With Deputy Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa wishing Samoa a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, the curtains fell on this year’s proceedings on Tuesday after members convened for the last time at their make shift home at Tuana’imato.

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Welcome home, our champion!

Everyone loves a champion. And so it showed yesterday when thousands crowded to Beach Road to celebrate Samoa‘s very own Lupesoliai La’auliolemalietoa Joseph Parker’s world heavyweight title victory.

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Tuilaepa’s government was clearly warned about those “rubbish” vehicles

The truth is this. The government was clearly warned about Samoa becoming a dumping ground for cheap vehicles before it embarked on the controversial road switch a few years ago.

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Taking care of our loved ones in this festive season

It’s an exciting time of the year. There is absolutely no denying that. And as the countdown towards Christmas continues, the buzz is only going to get better and bigger. But there are dangers lurking around the corner we have to be aware of.

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Being a champion

Welcome home Lupesoliai Joseph Parker! In the uncertain world of sport and the even more uncertain world of peopleís opinions, we are sure that the very warm welcome you received at the airport and the villages along the way into town, would have reassured you of one thing.

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A time of reflection

Christmas is upon us. In a few days time, this nation will join millions around the world to mark one of the best times of the year in so far as celebrations go.

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Changing attitudes begin at home

Violence – especially the sort perpetrated against innocent women and children at the hands of husbands, fathers and men who are entrusted to protect them - is a menace we can definitely do without.

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Every dollar counts in fight against climate change

And so all is well that ends well. Yesterday evening, the largest climate finance meeting to be held in the Pacific, the 15th Global Climate Fund Board meeting, ended with joyous celebration at the T.A.T.T.E Building on Beach Road.

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Kids play an utter waste of public money

All this kerfuffle involving suspended Police Commissioner FuiavaililiEgonKeil and the suspended Director of the National Prosecution Office, Mauga Precious Chang, was just kids’ play.

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Leave our Samoan world champion alone

The negativity following Lupesoliai La’auliolemalietoa Joseph Parker’s world title win last weekend is almost amusing to follow if only the diatribe was not hurtful and downright silly.

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Watch those potholes

The arrival of long periods of rain is a wonderful thing. For many people without a steady supply of water and for those farmers who have been waiting for it, the rain is surely an answer to prayers.

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A victory for Samoa

Well there you have it Samoa. Lupesoliai La‘auliolemalietoa Joseph Parker has delivered what we’ve all been waiting for.

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Was the 2016 Anti-Corruption day conveniently forgotten in paradise?

And so it seemed that most countries remembered International Anti Corruption day – including other Pacific neighbours - but Samoa. 

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Letters to the Editor

Success equals positive, poor equals negative

Dear Editor Re: Wasted millions on bad roads F for Failure If you think of successful leadership as an equation because you obtain a positive result, then poor leadership is like an equation with a negative result.

Street Talk

What should become of the Vaitele market?

The $5.7million market at Vaitele once described as a “gold mine” by the former Minister of Finance, Faumuina Tiatia Liuga, has instead become a flop. Now the government is looking for someone to develop it. It is a last desperate attempt to recover the money spent on the multimillion-tala project.

Think a Minute

My way

Think a minute…A little boy was not obeying his mother. So she told him to sit down and stay there until she said he could stand up again. The little boy angrily sat down and said: “I’m sittin’ down, Mom…but inside I’m standing up!”

Columns

Do Samoans really need new cars?

I refer to your story titled “Minister stands by law change” published two weeks ago. Of course the Minister has to because the “boss’ says so. Mr. Niko Lee Hang states that in allowing newer cars -2009 made-or newer, into the country “will be for the benefit of our people.”

Between the Lines

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?

Sunday Reading

Myths, legends of ancient world - The Dream

The trees towered over her, their leaves rustling in hushed tones far above. She looked down at the bow in her hand, and realized that there was a quiver of arrows strapped to her back and a dagger in a golden sheath at her waist.

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