A timely warning from Leala

Concerns about the influx of a group commonly referred to as the ‘new Chinese’ are not new. They have been around for some time now and they are unlikely to go away in a hurry given the developments we are witnessing on these shores.

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Prioritise our children’s educational needs

We value achievements. That much is undeniable. You see they are the stuff that motivates us. It’s what keeps us going when the going gets tough and when we simply don’t feel like we want to continue.

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Taking it to the next level

It’s that time of the year when you may be either breathing a sigh of relief because the school holiday period is drawing to a close or feeling hassled with the organization necessary to get the kids back to school.

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Of hypocrites and Samoa becoming a Christian state

And so the first session of Parliament for 2017 is done and dusted. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Members of Parliament gathered at their makeshift precinct at Tuana’imato to pass the Supplementary Budget and deal with a couple of other pertinent issues.

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Patience is the virtue

It’s undeniable that today’s Wellington Sevens is a day hardcore Manu Samoa Sevens fans have been waiting for.

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Revisiting the issue of the minimum wage

Time sure flies. This time last year, the nation was well in truly into the General Election mode. It was an exciting time, a nerve racking time for all involved – including the chosen members who today occupy the halls of power in our Parliament.

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Exercise caution and be alert

Everyone at some stage in life – especially if you are a Samoan citizen – will have to confront the reality that to travel anywhere in the world – you will need a visa. This is a given.

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The pursuit for truth and justice

Well there you go. The war of words between the mighty government and the Land and Titles Court Judges is not going away in a hurry.

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The scourge of theft and dishonesty in church-going Samoa

On page 14 of yesterday’s newspaper is a piece that should alarm us all. In fact reading Tony’s heartfelt plea for Samoa to start openly discussing the issues of petty theft and outright dishonesty among our population reminds us about what we’ve been saying for a long time now.

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An open letter to the Minister for Revenue and the H.R.P.P. government

To Tialavea Hunt, thank you for setting up public consultations to look for new revenue sources to fund “development projects that will raise the welfare of our people”

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President Trump deserves a chance

So there we have it. The moment the world has been waiting for – or in some cases dreading - has finally arrived. And with much fanfare and aplomb yesterday, a man whose ability to hold what is arguably the most powerful political position in the world had come under so much scrutiny and criticism is today officially the President of the United States of America.

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Wise words the youth should keep in mind

A story in the Village Voice section of the Samoa Observer yesterday caught this writer’s attention. It was published on page 18 under the headline “A friendly advice for the youth.”

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Govt. must learn from these failed projects

And so once again the issue of millions of tala being wasted while so many people in this country continue to wallow in petty poverty and hardship has returned to the fore.

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Churches and healthy living

There is logic in Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s call for the leadership of the churches to play a more active role in promoting healthy living. That much is undeniable.

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Wasted millions on bad roads

Here’s the truth. Driving on the roads in some of the villages on the outskirts of Apia today is not just unpleasant, it’s a nightmare. With some road workers doing a joke of job in filling in the potholes only to be washed away by the next heavy downpour, it’s disheartening to follow the headaches and heartaches caused by those pothole-ridden roads to poor members of the public.

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Stop paying lip service to teachers

We’ve said this before and we will say it again. If the government means what it says about education, it really is time to put money where its mouth is. Judging from what we are seeing today; the government is not walking the talk.

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Let’s hear it for the Arts

There’s no doubt about it. When it comes to the Arts, it is definitely one of the strengths of our people. Whether it is an innate thing – a product of our own strong Samoan culture and language it’s hard to say although some recent research backs this theory.

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Do thy eyes deceive thee?

Well there you go. He’s done it again. Today Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, is back to his best brutal self. With eyes wide opened and that smug smile, he’s come out swinging at those defenseless media “idiots”.

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Treat it like your own

It features poor old Peni Chan Sau of Falelauniu who woke up yesterday to find the stench emanating from the carcass of a dead pig that had been dumped there impossible to ignore.

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A future President who is a liar with the “viciousness of an 8-year old”?

It’s seven days before Donald Trump is sworn in as the next president of the United States of America, and yet the man has been described by the New York Times as a contemptible liar, and a person “with the maturity and the schoolyard viciousness, of an 8-year old.”

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Letters to the Editor

Aura of reality on the wall

Dear Editor Re: Letter to Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegoi The debt incurred by this government is totally out of control.

Street Talk

Siaki Mafiti

Ele deserves money from Samoa

Samoa’s Olympic medalist, Ele Opeloge, is unlikely to earn a lot of money – if any – from the government for her efforts. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s insists the government only awards monetary gifts to Olympic gold medal winners.

Think a Minute

The unlocked door

Think a minute…This is a true story about a young lady who got so tired of living with her strict parents that she ran away from home.


Time’s Illusionist

Jorim–Paul Phillips is a new columnist for the Samoa Observer’s ‘Newspapers in Education’ feature.

Between the Lines

New airlines please

We really need another airline that is not affiliated to an existing one which is also flying in and out of Samoa. In other words, competition please, not a cosy relationship where you both maintain the status quo at the expense of the trapped customers

Sunday Reading

Myths and Legends of the Ancient World - The Charmed Drink

The mead hall of King Giuki was filled with the sounds of music and laughter. At his table, the king sat smiling, his horn in his hand and his eyes fixing themselves upon each of his sons in turn.

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