Esera Tu’iala

Opinions turn away from rugby

Should the old pattern of the Samoa Rugby Union decision-making be followed and the Manu Samoa coach be sacked? Some of our former coaches were let go for fewer than four losses in a row. Ilia Likou asked the general public yesterday for their opinions and she got some surprising responses.

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Tina Vaipua

Should the P.M.’s term be limited?

Do you think there should be a limit on the number of terms for the Prime Minister? The question has surfaced following the government’s decision to change the Head of State after two terms in office. Deidre Fanene asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Moe Faaifo Fuifatu (55)

Opinions differ over Head of State

The nation is set to officially welcome the new Head of State, Tuimaleali’ifano Sualauvi Vaaletoa II, at the end of the week. Following the announcement in Parliament last week, Tuimaleali’ifano will replace the outgoing Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi who has held the post for the past 10 years. What do you think of the change? Deidre Fanene asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Ioane Isaia, 19

Here’s to you Manu Samoa

On Saturday is an important day for our country. Samoa will be witnessing a crucial game between Manu Samoa and the Flying Fijians, a game where if we win, we can earn a place in the upcoming Rugby World Cup. In situations like this, our team deserves to hear words of encouragement and feedback from their fans. Reporters Fetalai Tuiluluu and Aruna Lolani went around yesterday asking the public what advice they would give to Coach Alama and the Manu boys before Saturday.

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Imelda Afuie, 19

Incest on the rise in Samoa?

Incest has become one of the most common subjects the Police are investigating and so far there have been three cases in three weeks. It is such a shame for us, because our country is one that is founded on God, after all Samoa has recently been declared a Christian State. Samoa Observer’s reporters Aruna Lolani and Fetalai Tuilulu’u have asked people on the street, what they think about this? Do they agree or disagree?

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Ali Fa’afetai, 37

How do we address number of alcohol-related deaths?

The growing number of alcohol-related deaths is alarming. Hardly a month goes by without several incidents where precious lives are wasted due to alcohol abuse and drinking sessions gone wrong. What can we as a country do to stop these unnecessary deaths? What is your solution? Ilia L. Likou asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Mui Ioane 33

Learning in schools: Samoan? English or both?

Fetalai Tuilulu’u and Aruna Lolani asked the people on the street whether they thought their kids should be taught in Samoan, English or both languages Here are their thoughts:

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Malia Tili, 27

Is it really necessary to find ‘O LE PALEMIA’?

The name of the person known as ‘O le Palemia’ has been cause for conjecture on social media for weeks. With the police now involved in a search, Ilia L Likou asked the people on the street whether they thought it was worth the effort. Here are their thoughts:

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Ruta, 45

What changes in the police ministry are needed?

The Police Commissioner, Fuiavailili Egon Keil has finally returned to work following a long suspension and an appearance in court. Now that he’s resumed his position, Sina Filifilia Sevaaetasi hit the streets of Apia asking the question “Is there a need to have changes in the police force?”

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Kalameli Iakopo, 40

Taxing pastors?

The Minister for Revenue is proposing to tax pastors as a way of getting extra revenue for Government development. Ilia L Likou did a quick survey to ask people what they thought of this idea and got a strong response.

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Fatima Afamasaga 40

S.N.P.F.’s lending slammed

The decision by the Samoa National Provident Fund (S.N.P.F.) to lend millions to foreign-owned companies has come under heavy scrutiny from members of the public. They want to know why the Fund has loaned these millions to foreigners and what guarantee they have the money will be paid back. What do you think? Do you support the Fund’s decision to lend these millions. Fetalai Tuilulu’u, Se’ia Soloi and Aruna Lolani asked some members of the public in today’s Street Talk and this is what they said:

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Amuia Ioane

Is a village ban a fair decision?

Ilia L Likou asked people what they thought of the decision by Siumu and Salelologa villages to ban foreign-owned businesses from their customary land. Read their views in today’s Street Talk.

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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.

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Luisa Key, 50

Who is more dangerous? Christians or Muslims?

The government’s move to amend the Constitution to make Samoa an official Christian state has revived the debate about other religions in Samoa. Throughout the past few weeks, references have been during the general debate to Muslims posing a danger to Samoa. What do you think? Who is more dangerous to Samoans? Muslims or Christians? Ilia L. Likou asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Leota mailei, 55

When the P.M. wants more babies

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi wants Samoans to make more babies. He has criticised the concept of family planning, saying this has slowed the growth of Samoa’s population. What do you think? Opinions vary on the subject. Today, Misiona Simo asked people on the streets for their opinion on the issue and this is what they said:

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Adrian Roma, 16

As the 2017 academic year begins

It’s back to school time and for secondary students about to undertake tertiary education at the National University of Samoa, it’s an extra special time. Reporters, Aruna Lolani, Seia Soloi and Fetalai Tuilulu’u conducted a ‘Q and A’ with some of the students to find out where they have come from and where they are heading.

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Do you support the church’s decision?

The father of a woman who claims to be carrying the marks of Jesus Christ’s suffering has been stripped of his roles by the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S). Reverend Opapo So’ana’i, who currently looks after the Siufaga C.C.C.S parish, confirmed the decision during an interview with the Sunday Samoan. What do you think about the decision? Misiona Simo asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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What should become of the Vaitele market?

The $5.7million market at Vaitele once described as a “gold mine” by the former Minister of Finance, Faumuina Tiatia Liuga, has instead become a flop. Now the government is looking for someone to develop it. It is a last desperate attempt to recover the money spent on the multimillion-tala project.

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Paila Tavita

With Sir Gordon Tietjens at the helm, expectations heightened

At the beginning of the year, Sir Gordon Tietjens took over the Manu Samoa Sevens.

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Iakopo Agafili, 42

Police slammed for keeping 3-year-old girl at station

A 65-year-old father of Vini fou and his 3-year-old daughter were held in the Police interview room for almost three hours on Tuesday. Eti Sapolu went with his daughter Malu Sapolu to the Police station inquiring about a matter he was asked to give evidence when they were held there.

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Editorial

Men, you have been warned!

One of the most bizarre incidents to have surfaced in this place we call home reared its ugly head last week. It did when a story titled “Angry wife pours boiling water on sleeping husband” was published on the front page of your Samoa Observer last Wednesday.

Letters to the Editor

Let’s help our own people first

Dear Editor Re: Refugees talk in Samoa First of all to anyone who has at least one drop of *True Samoa Love*, or a drop of *Samoa Integrity*, you would not be talking about how to “properly assist refugees” because the Simple truth is, there are enough people in Samoa, right now, suffering from serious “poverty problems” such as health poverty, or financial poverty…enough to keep any humanitarian busy for the next 100 years.

Think a Minute

Hard Habit to Break

Think a minute…Are you in the habit of putting salt on your food? Maybe you have a habit of thinking you’re not smart and that you’ll never succeed in life. Don’t forget, your habits control your life. What we keep doing every day becomes our life!

Columns

The entire shoreline of the beach just a few feet before her, was completely sullied by fragments of rubbish.

The Sullied Coast

The tropical heart was unendurable. Beyond the seldom cloudy, blue horizon, the sun stood undeterred at the sky’s apex. For three Alaskan tourists, this was a whole new experience from the arctic climes they have adapted to since they were children.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

DEPENDS WHICH SIDE YOU’RE ON Does that adage "one swallow make a summer" apply to football? If you’re an Aussie rugby fan and have been waiting for a win for yonks, it’s a resounding yes.

Sunday Reading

OUR HERO IS HOME: Our very own W.B.O. Heavyweight Champion visits the sick children and bringing them smiles of which were signs of temporary relief.

When a World Champion drops by

The smiles on their faces said it all. Although many of them were in pain, W.B.O heavyweight champion, Lupesoliai Laauli Joseph Parker, brought temporary relief when he paid an unexpected visit on Friday.

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