Much to like, much to learn

There is so much to like and to learn from the story of Fiji Airways. First of all they are still operating, having begun operations in 1952 trading as Air Pacific. Secondl, despite a brand change they have managed to stay afloat in the often challenging world where many airlines have figuratively speaking, fallen out of the skies.

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It’s a positive step but caution should still be exercised

The signing of an agreement between Polynesian Airlines and Fiji Airways on Monday is a positive step towards reviving the fortunes of Polynesian Airlines as a full international airline.

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What dictatorship? Samoa is a democracy!

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s decision to clarify claims that he runs the H.R.P.P government like a one-man band is reassuring.

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Addressing poverty and hardship a key step in dealing with wanton violence

This much is undeniable. The spate of gruesome crimes – including murders, rape, theft and many others - reported over recent months is quite frightening. So alarming we cannot help but wonder how much more we will allow this epidemic of unpremeditated violence to continue.

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A new era has certainly started

There is a time for everything. That much is undeniable about life. There is a time for the sun to rise and a time to set just as day and night will come no matter what. Indeed there is a time for new beginnings, a time to close an old chapter and there are seasons for changes.

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The bizarre and the ugly

Reading the Wednesday edition of your Samoa Observer newspaper sent chills down the spine. The headlines and stories on the first three pages alone were enough to send a shock wave throughout Samoa with the suggestion that a terrible illness has invaded this society.

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This is a dream come true

The Samoa Observer and the Chinese Embassy launched a Chinese version of The Samoa Observer Tusitala Short Story Competition’s book, “Our Heritage, the Ocean” yesterday at Vaitele. The writer was one of the speakers at the launch. This is what he said:

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Everyone needs help when it comes to mental toughness

There is a lot to be said about mental toughness and developing mental strength when it comes to all areas of life. In Samoa, we know this is an area where we sorely lag behind when it comes to sports development. And we’ve seen the results over the years.

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Different strokes for different folks

Now let’s see. As some of you probably already know; Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has strongly rejected calls from some members of the public to cap the number of terms for the holder of the Prime Minister position.

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In hindsight...

Hindsight and perspective are great assets. Sometimes when you step outside the circle and look in at what’s happening, you’ll find it’s a lot easier to understand and comprehend what’s going on. This is as opposed to when we become so caught up in the details we lose the bigger picture.

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All is not lost

It’s hugely disappointing. We know. Four losses from four test matches in as many weeks is inexcusable. It’s pathetic in fact. Nobody wants it and everyone should rightly be angry and disappointed. Who wouldn’t?

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“To strangle freedom of speech is to trample on human rights, stifle humanity and suppress truth” - late Liu Xiaobo, Nobel Peace Laureate

We did not know him, I guess the vast majority of us, anyway. Not only did he live far, far away, but for most of the time during the last 28 years, he was in jail. His name was Liu Xiaobo. A Chinese citizen who lived and studied in America, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and yet to those in China he was an intellectual renegade.

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Massive iceberg somewhere down south, those greenhouse gases and President Donald Trump

Early yesterday morning, the Associated Press reported that “one of the biggest icebergs ever recorded - a trillion-ton behemoth more than seven times the size of New York City - has broken off from the Antarctica Ice Shelf.”

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S.L.C.’s $4.4 million yesterday, MedCen’s $2.5 million today

Just last week, we talked about our government-owned Samoa Land Corporation (S.L.C.) looking for someone with $4.4 million to buy its headquarters at Tuana’imato, and as far as we were aware then, no buyer had fronted up.

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It was made through a secret whisper from God, Prime Minister Tuilaepa reveals

During his weekly press conference on Monday, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, told reporters the appointment of Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II, as Samoa’s next Head of State, was a calling from God. He also told reporters that he believed Tuimaleali’ifano “is now ready for the Head of State post.”

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Now that the U.S.S.R. and the U.S.A. are friends, perhaps it’s time to deal with North Korea?

Well, it’s been an exciting week all right. As a relatively small country squatting peacefully on the South Pacific Ocean, with President Donald Trump of the United States of America, and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, meeting for the first time Friday last week in Hamburg, Germany, and rogue North Korea up the road, testing its intercontinental ballistic missiles that could potentially hit Alaska on the other side of the ocean, when will this flagrant display of naked madness end?

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At last; innovative thinking in sports

While watching the All Blacks British and Irish Lions game on Saturday evening was at first exciting and then not at the end, sports news on the home front still holds out reasons for hope for rugby fans. First, that Manu Samoa gets to beat Fiji for a place in the World Cup this weekend.

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Why is S.L.C.’s $4.4 m complex still vacant?

Why is it that it seems our government is always reveling in the task of embarking on projects, that cost scores of millions of dollars in public funds, and yet along the way those projects are invariably deemed bankrupt, so that soon they are abandoned.

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Co-operation not fingerpointing

In a response from American Samoa’s Deputy Treasurer, Keith Gebauer, who is currently overseeing Customs in the Territory, we have a sensible response to what was fast escalating into a blame game. Mr Gebauer is calling upon Customs and Border Control of the two Samoas to work together.

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China and Samoa’s friendship, and the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Liu Xiaobo

Everybody is talking worriedly about freedom today. The idea that there is so much violence in the world these days - so that the worry that freedom is heading quietly and yet inexorably towards an extinction of one sort or another - is perhaps the biggest fear that’s torturing people’s minds everywhere, it’s quite scary.

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Letters to the Editor

A note for the S.W.A.

Dear Editor, The front page of your issue of Tuesday 15/08/17 has an article under the heading: S.W.A. boss urges public to call in water problems The Samoa Water Authority relocated our water meter to outside our fence.

Street Talk

Tai Faapito, 26

Do you support Moata’a’s decision?

The village of Moata’a is standing by its decision to ban a Chinese man from operating a store in their village. Village paramount chief, Asi Semisi Blakelock, said they will not change their village foundation which prohibits outsiders from running shops there. What do you think? Lizzy Hunt had a chance to interview a few people for today’s Street Talk and this is what they said.

Think a Minute

Life’s surprises

Think a minute…Remember Christopher Columbus? The bold explorer from Europe who intended to sail across the Atlantic Ocean to find Asia but failed. Well, he didn’t fail completely.

Columns

The foreword of Palemia; A Memoir*

Early in 2015, Dr Peter Swain paid me a courtesy visit at my office.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

LATER! So the new Tanumalala Prison will be finished in about July next year? Correct us if we’re wrong, but did we not hear our Prime Minister inviting a certain 60 Minutes reporter, Liam Bartlett to the opening of the new prison in June this year?

Sunday Reading

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY: B.B.L. Winners for fathers day promotion with B.B.L. Staff.

Bluebird celebrates Father’s Day

Seven lucky dads celebrated father’s day with Bluebirds Father’s Day Promotion Prize Giving held last week Friday.

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