Legal threat on P.M. an interesting move

For a long time now, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has enjoyed the freedom of saying anything to anyone and everyone in this country. What from colourful words like “idiots”, “fools”, “kids”, “stupid” and “stinking pigs” used to describe critics of the Government to veiled verbal threats, we’ve heard it all before.

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Just another case of wrong doing, just like another prisoner skipping jail

In December last year, four prisoners escaped from Tafa’igata Prison. Among them was a notorious criminal convicted of tying up a man while raping his wife at knifepoint at Tiavi the year before. The good news at the time was that Lauititi Tualima was immediately recaptured.

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Tax on chicken cruel, cold and heartless

The Government’s plan to slap an extra tax on imported chicken is cold and heartless. That much cannot be denied. While Tuilaepa’s administration is riding on the health ticket in a bid to make this newest tax discussed in Parliament last week easy to swallow, nothing can be further from the truth.

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Facebook, church and corruption

It’s back to business as usual today now that everyone has had a decent break during the past few days. Indeed, Good Friday and Easter Sunday came just in time for many of us to take a much-needed breather and unwind.

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There is no disgrace in defeat for our champion, Parker!

This might sound a bit repetitive but the truth is quite simple folks. Despite the result at the end of yesterday’s sold out heavyweight fight at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Lupesoliai Laauliolemalietoa Joseph Parker, is still our champion. By a long, long way.

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For God so loved the world

Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday are not just any other public holidays. If anything, they have got to be most important days in the lives of Christians anywhere in the world, let alone this Christian nation of Samoa.

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Why Lupesoliai Joseph Parker is already a winner

Win or lose, Samoa should be very proud of Lupesoliai La’auliolemalietoa Joseph Parker. The way he has conducted himself in the spotlight this week ahead of the much-anticipated fight against Anthony Joshua on Sunday morning shows the class of a true world champion.

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A week of sadness

A lot can happen in a week. And in Samoa today, there is reason to be sad. The obvious one is the passing of a great yet humble man who is on the front page of the newspaper you are reading today. There will never be another La’auli Alan Grey. God Almighty only creates originals.

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TOFA ALENI: The late La’auli Alan Grey.

Once in a while, a good man!

Time stopped Saturday afternoon last week when the news that La’auli Alan Grey was gone arrived. It stopped so that Samoa could say goodbye to the man who’d helped build the nation to what is it today.

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Have they forgotten that “o Samoa ua uma ona tofi?”

What is it with Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s administration these days? Are they in such a rush to get somewhere? And what is so wrong with Samoa today that they feel they need to change everything?

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Learning from the past

Former Cabinet Minister Faumuina Tiatia Liuga has been in fine form lately. Judging from what he’s been saying in Parliament, he seems to have found a renewed vigour so that he has been on fire in Samoa’s hall of power at their makeshift headquarters at Tuanaimato.

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So who is the ‘Father of the Nation’ today?

On Friday last week, when Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, told Parliament: “I am not the ‘Father of the Nation’,” right away we sensed the feeling, that he’d known all along he had done enough for this country, so that it was now time for him to think about stepping out.

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Change the focus of health messages so that it’s not about taxes but love

Judging from the deliberations in Parliament during the past two days, especially yesterday, there is no shortage of ideas on healthy living. Whether it was addressing the scourge of obesity, smoking or alcohol use, every Member of Parliament who had an opinion about the laws being debated, which were all health related, knew what needed to be done

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Truth, customary lands and what the Constitution tells us to do

The truth will eventually be revealed. That much we know. Whether that happens in this lifetime or the next, the fact is the truth cannot be hidden forever.

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Doping awareness needs to reach grassroots level

Doping and sports in Samoa is an odd combination. But it is not impossible. Come to think of it, it’s an issue that we should be thinking a lot more carefully about given recent developments involving some of our athletes. One case that immediately comes to mind is that of young weightlifter Iuniarra Sipaia.

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Let this be a warning Samoa

It takes the smallest of sparks to start a fire. If that small fire finds fuel and if it is not contained properly, it has the potential to develop into an inferno destroying everything in its wake. Such is the picture of what has been unfolding at the village of Luatuanu’u during the past couple of days. It started from a very small spark.

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“The Government will terminate (the services of) anyone who steals from the Government”

Last week, the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture (M.E.S.C.) terminated the services of four employees. From what we’ve been told, the former employees allegedly helped themselves to $15,000 of the Ministry’s petty cash money

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Preying on love and generosity of others

It’s a tragedy when people prey on the generosity and the good-hearted nature of others. While it’s something we’d like not to happen, the reality is that it happens all the time. In some cases, it is very blunt too

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P.M. Tuilaepa, Samoa Airways and fake news

It’s been a remarkable week for Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi. Being the mother hen when it comes to the Government’s newest baby called Samoa Airways, the Prime Minister has not held back, letting rip at anything and everything that comes across as a threat.

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Use common sense, treat it like your own

We know this much. In the bigger scheme of things, it is our attitude towards the small things that makes a huge difference. This truth applies to everything in life. Yes folks, small things do matter.

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Letters to the Editor

Tui Atua should be the leader of Samoa

Dear Editor Re: Tofaeono says “I would never follow a weak leader who cries.” When 20 children were murdered at Newtown in a U.S. elementary school, President Obama while speaking to America on the media blinked and paused perhaps trying to fight back tears.

Street Talk

Eseta Faasao, 42

Public oppose new chicken tax

The recent passing of the Customs and Tariff Bill in Parliament means new tariff rates will be imposed on all imported chicken. This is a grave concern given that chicken is one of the most affordable meat for families living below the poverty line and middle income earners. Taxing such goods is no doubt a burden on these families because a decent meal every day is now being robbed from them with price increase. Our reporter, Ulimasao Fata asked the public on their opinion on Government’s move to tax imported frozen chicken. This is what they said:

Think a Minute

The Greatest Job

Think a minute…A Greek philosopher said that when a son behaves wrongly it is the father who should be punished, since he is the one who failed to do his job. When the wealthy man Friedrich Flick died, he had built a fortune of $1½ billion (worth much more today)! He owned 300 companies and was respected as one of the world’s smartest businessmen.

Columns

The decision between processed and local food

We all know that this planet have problems of hunger and malnutrition, about 900 million people. Remember obesity is malnutrition, an illness. All United Nations members have committed themselves to eradicate hunger and malnutrition in all its forms by 2030.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

Banking whispers Whispers about the change of ownership for a major player in the banking industry in Samoa has been laughed off.

Sunday Reading

HONOURING THE VOLUNTEER VETS: The members of the A.P.S. board alongside the 3 volunteers at Taumesina Island Resort.

The Howler: A.P.S. says thank you

Members of the Animal Protection Society (A.P.S.) board gathered at the beautiful Taumeasina Resort for a dinner to honor the volunteer vets that came over from Australia to help conduct the clinics.

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