Why land concerns are indeed fake news

Dear Editor, Unasa Iuni Sapolu should be questioned about what Samoa First’s policy is regarding leasing on customary land. Everything she is saying so far points to her wanting to make it illegal to even lease customary land in Samoa.

884 Hits

What the A.D.B. President’s trip was about

Dear Editor, Re: Fiu Elisara decries lack of opportunity The A.D.B. President’s trip to Samoa was to meet the government leadership only. One has to understand that simple fact of life.

469 Hits

Oriana Netball Academy loses in friendlies

Well done to Oriana Netball for stepping up to the plate and taking on the opposition. It’s always hard to see your child’s team come out the other end of a game with such results, but I commend Samoa as a community for embracing Netball more than I have ever seen before recent times.

49 Hits

How it can be fixed

Re: Minister unhappy with exam results Step 1: Get teachers that want to teach, rather than the many babysitters that permeate the Samoan school system. Step 2: Stop teachers cheating on results to hide their incompetence.

156 Hits

Missing the point

Re: Samoa Airways flight cancellation C’mon guys. Some of you miss the point here. Ok forget about the weather if that’s the case. The argument here is, those poor elderly people and young children were sitting and sleeping on the floor like homeless people for 24 hours while waiting for the next available flight without food.

404 Hits

A protest in Apia yesterday to highlight fears about the risk of customary lands being alienated.

Group of chiefs write to A.D.B.

The crusade by a group of matai (chiefs) to highlight their concerns about the risk of customary lands being alienated as a result of Asian Development Bank (A.D.B.) project is continuing. The chiefs include Lilomaiava Dr. Ken Lameta, of Vaimoso, Telei’ai Dr. Sapa Saifaleupolu, of Samatau, Leuluaiali’i Tasi Malifa, of Afega, and Fiu Mataese Elisara, of Sili Savai’i...

996 Hits

The issue with flights cancellation

Dear Editor I would like to respond to your article regarding Samoa Air and its cancelled flights. First and foremost, all airlines are contractually obligated to accommodate their passengers when the carrier cancels it’s flights due to mechanical, they are to provide hotels, meals and flight options with no charge to the passengers.

1169 Hits

Customer service

Re: Samoa Airways cancelation I’m staying put with Virgin Australia. Believe you me us all everybody if this is Virgin Australia, no one is left hanging on the thread; no excuses no blaming games but Virgin Australia would have taken care of each and everyone being affected.

275 Hits

Don’t be afraid to pursue your rights

Re: Flight cancellations Flight delays happen, but that doesn’t mean you have to accept them. Ask the airline to confirm the reason for the delay in writing. Speaking from experience, the airline that I was booked to go on was delayed.

544 Hits

New Year resolutions in Samoa

Dear Editor, Some great new year resolutions printed in the paper. Well thought out guys! I sincerely hope that through your prayers, hard work and determination to achieve your goal and fulfill your dreams will be accomplished in future.

103 Hits

Tip to help travellers

Re: Samoa Airways flight cancellations Traveling on a different airline wouldn’t make a difference too. But here’s a tip from years of travel experience - purchase travel insurance. And always remember, if your flight is delayed / cancelled due to weather, the airlines ARE NOT bound to compensate you as the weather itself is something the airlines do not have control of.

38 Hits

How is it possible?

Re: We are our own enemy in this respect How is it possible that Samoa has a problem with violence if you follow the flawed rational of the many Samoan Christian apologists out there, both living in Samoa and living abroad?

35 Hits

Travel smarter Samoa

Dear Editor, Fiji Airways cancelled there flights over the weekend due to Cyclone Mona no vouchers or hotels provided and Samoan people are ok with it and do what they’ve got to do.

1074 Hits

Great news for Samoa

Re: N.U.S. sets up foundation programmes for doctors That’s great news for Samoa. My only advise is to make sure your Medicine programme is accredited by a recognized accreditation Programme in other countries so when the student wants to continue to become doctors they will give credits to some of the courses they complete.

183 Hits

The solution

Re: Festive season rocked by deaths Samoa should introduce a tax on alcohol to make it so expensive so that people can’t afford to buy it if they can’t control their drinking. Too many innocent lives have been taken because of excessive consumption of alcohol.

137 Hits

Thank you Lemalu for being there

Dear Editor Re: Lemalu Mathew Mualia Experiencing death isn’t on everybody’s wish-list so as lending a helping hand. Not every person wishes to help out, as we all know we are lacking good Samaritans.

540 Hits

Say no to family violence

Re: Ombudsman family violence I sincerely hope the findings and recommendations of this report will be implemented by the Ministries concerned and championed by our leaders and Parliament.

77 Hits

It’s better this way

Re: Wendy Wonder and Christmas So, you’re saying life was completely blissful in Samoa before Christians arrived? Dude, Samoans worshipped many gods, including spirits. Sometimes they’d impose a curfew on certain days in honor of demons, and if you did not obey, they’d kill you.

177 Hits

The political conundrum in Samoa

Dear Editor, Re: P.M. Person of the Year Whilst that may be so it is rather difficult to ascertain whether he can be comparable to anyone else since he has been the only PM Samoa has had for the past two decades. Two things come to mind:

600 Hits

A brilliant human being

Re: Dr. Ueta Solomona Thank you Samoa Observer for this piece. Humble and brilliant he was. Always remembered when he combines with the Fiji Military Band for some exhilarating moments.

179 Hits

Editorial

The inspirational, menial and downright bizarre

This is the undeniable truth. The Prime Minister’s public address to Government representatives in the villages at the To’oa Salamasina Hall last week sounded more like a parent scolding his children.

Street Talk

Luavalu Paulo, 36

Govt. applauded for hydro power

The Government has in the last two weeks been commissioning hydro power plants on both Upolu and Savai’i as it continues the push to become 100 percent reliant on renewable energy by 2025. Our reporter Yolanda Lavatai went and met members of the public to get their views on the issue.

Think a Minute

Sam the changed man

Think a minute...This is the true story of a man named Sam who joined the American army in 1812. He was such a great military leader that he became a major general.

Columns

BEAUTIFUL LIFE IN SAMOA: Wives of Church Ministers enjoying a game of volleyball. Photo: Aufa’i Areta Areta

What is life without happy moments and drama?

Now that the New Year celebration is beginning to get old, we may as well look forward to some real problems.

Between the Lines

Unprofessional, unexpected

Imagine this. It’s been six months since your family’s case had been given a date by the Land and Titles Court.

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.

© Samoa Observer 2016

Developed by Samoa Observer in Apia