Alcohol sales extension hours

With the extension of hours to sell alcohol in retail shops to 1.00 AM by the Liquor Board on October 25, 2018, our reporter Talaia Mika had to ask the public about their views on whether the extension was a positive move forward for Samoa, considering alcohol has been associated with many social crimes and domestic violence issues in the country. The response from some members of the public are highlighted below:

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Jimmy Lauina, 20

What do you think about the 4-hour E.P.C. power outage on Sunday afternoon?

Reporter Yolanda Lavata’i spoke to members of the public to get their views on the power outage that caught everyone by surprise.

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Fata Solomona, 39

Should the S.R.U. and Prime Minister apologise to sacked Manu Samoa head coach Fuimaono?

Members of the public have spoken out on the recent sacking of former Manu Samoa Head Coach, Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua, by the Samoa Rugby Union. Our reporter, Talaia Mika asked the public on whether the S.R.U. and its Chairman, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi should apologise to Fuimaono. Responses from some members of the public are outlined above: 

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Etisone Tuafono, 22

Should Seiuli ‘The Rock’ lead the push for a Pacific Island Super Rugby team?

Interviews done by Talaia Mika who is a final year NUS diploma program journalism student.

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Faaofonuu Iosefo Faamausili, 59

Should Ministers and Associate Ministers run private businesses while they are in the Government?

The interviews were done by Talaia Mika, a NUS diploma program final year student.

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Aloese Niupau, 23

Should the Manu Samoa play against the Samoa A team?

Members of the public were asked by Adel Fruean for their views.

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Eseta Levi, 38

Should the Government build another airport at Ti’avea?

*The Street Talk was done by Talaia Mika who is a N.U.S. diploma in journalism final year student.

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Epi Fania 35

Calls for Samoa A players to be included in the Manu Samoa

“The Samoa A has been crowned winners of the World Rugby Americas Pacific Challenge in Uruguay. But none of the players are in the Manu Samoa team for the Northern Hemisphere tour end of this year. Talaia Mika* asked members of the public if Samoa A players should be included in the Manu Samoa squad. This is what they said:

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Faaiuga Tusitala 46

Savaii residents want 2019 Miss Samoa Pageant and Teuila Festival

Should the 2019 Miss Samoa Pageant and Teuila Festival be held in Savaii? Reporter Adel Fruean travelled to Savai’i to cover the pageant and also had the chance to speak to locals on what they thought of Samoa’s two premier events.

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Ava’avau Ava’avau 53

Public thank and congratulate Samoa Observer

Today Samoa Observer celebrates its 40 years anniversary. Deidre Fanene asks people on the street on what they think of this newspaper and what Samoa Observer stands for.

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Faasisili Isaako, 58

Public against Government’s banana distribution decision

The decision made by Government to prioritise commercial farmers regarding the distribution of banana has received a backlash from members of the public. Our reporter, Adel Fruean asked the public about their opinion on the decision made by the Government and they responded:

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Michael Neemia, 42

Mixed reaction to parking meters

“Parking meters is the way of the future. That’s clearly the message from the Government after several parking meters were installed in different parts of the Apia Towship this week. What do you think about paying to park in Samoa? Our reporter, Adel Fruean, asked members of the public in today’s Street Talk and this is what they said:

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Anitelea Leuo, 43

Chinese influence, dominance in local retail outlets

“ It’s a fact. More and more retail stores in Samoa are being run by new Chinese immigrants. What do you think? Are you concerned about it? Are you worried that there will come a time when no Samoan will ever own and operate a local store? Adel Fruean asked members of the public in today’s Street Talk and this is what they said:

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Cathy Tavita, 36

Parker aftermath: Samoan fans demand change of Trainer

The future of former world heavyweight boxing champion, Lupesoliai La’auliolemalietoa Joseph Parker, has become one of the biggest talking points this week following his latest loss to Dillian Whyte on Sunday. Should he continue or not? And should he change his Trainer, Kevin Barry? Prime Minister Tuilaepa believes he should (see story). But do you and why? Adel Fruean asked people in today’s Street Talk and this is what they said:

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Mereane Evili 19

Public express views on new political party

The recent launching of the Samoa First Political Party has attracted a lot of interest from the public as well as the country’s political leadership. Our reporter Adel Fruean went out and asked people for their views on the establishment of the new political party.

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Rosemarie Ah Lin, 40

Mixed reactions to Samoa Airways and the $12 million loan

Samoa’s national carrier, Samoa Airways, has been operating since last November. Last week, it was revealed that it is taking out a $12 million loan from the Unit Trust of Samoa (U.T.O.S.) to fund its operations. What do you think of Samoa Airways so far? And what are your thoughts about the loan? Adel Fruean asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Ana Lealofi, 61

Mixed reaction to Prime Minister’s salary cut

There has been a mixed reaction to the decision by the Cabinet to cut the salary of Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi from $187,500 to $182,070. There was a split among members of the public on whether the Prime Minister deserved to get a pay cut or should have been paid more. Some members of the public praised his contribution to the success of Samoa as a nation, while others decried the level of poverty in the country and said the decision to cut his salary was proper.

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Asiata Sataraka

Public speak on vaccines controversy

The death of two one-year-old babies last Friday following their vaccination at Savai’i has led to independent investigations by authorities and galvanized debate throughout the nation. Health experts have come out defending vaccinations while urging patience until the inquiries are completed. The public was asked if they have confidence in the health system and the health of their children.

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Too Fineaso, 27

Mixed reaction on Ministers' tax

The issue of taxing of pastors between the Government and the Christian Congregational Church of Samoa has received mixed reactions from the public. Our reporter, Nefertiti Matatia asked if it is right for the Government to take the church ministers to Court despite the values and ethics that the country believes in and they responded:

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Kalifa Petena, 47

Manu Samoa’s losing streak

The poor performance of the Manu Samoa team has raised eyebrows for our rugby nation. Our reporter Adel Fruean asked if the Manu Samoa management team should be replaced. This is what they said:

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Editorial

Child vendors and embracing life’s building blocks

It is good to see progress being made this week on addressing a major issue facing Samoa – child vendors and the long-term implications of their lack of education. Seeing pictures taken yesterday of children vendors at an Apia conference ¬– whom we would normally see around shops with their plastic baskets trying to sell popcorn, match boxes, cotton buds and other items to the public – was an eye opener.

Letters to the Editor

Glimpse of hope for child vendors

An absolutely vital effort has to start at home. It was one of the things that struck me while on holiday there was the children selling goods, and you good see the look of hopelessness in their eyes.

Think a Minute

Successful Business Plan (Part 2)

Think a minute…”The reason some people are successful is that they put their plan and work together for a plan that truly works.” Yesterday we started a plan for success both in our job and career, as well as in our personal life, so today we will complete the course.

Columns

Attendants present to witness the generous handover supported by Tupuola Sione and Sissy Vuki.

Thank you for your generosity

Today we are gathered here in the Faleata Fire Station to witness another milestone for the National Emergency Call Centre, Ministry of Police and the Samoa Fire and Emergency Services Authority.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

A simple sign will do Samoans who support their national airline, Samoa Airways, want the management to know something.

Sunday Reading

Back on his feet: For Lopau Mapuinuumanaia (right), the 59-year-old farmer who was nearly swept away, life has improved.

Rebounding together from dual crises

Lopau Mapuinuumanaia remembers the day his village in southeastern Samoa was torn apart. On 29 September 2009, the 59-year- old farmer was up early planting banana and taro seedlings when he felt the earth shake violently.

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