The abuse of Government vehicles

Despite a raft of rules about the use of Government vehicles after work, there still appears to be a problem.

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Amosa Polima, 33

Your thoughts on closure of Yazaki

It’s official. More than 700 employees of the country’s biggest employer in the private sector will soon find themselves without jobs following the announcement that Yazaki Eds Samoa is set to be officially shut by the end of 2017.

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Toaipuapuaga with her husband Patrick Ah Chong.

Toa: To believe or not to believe

A young woman who claims to be carrying the marks of Jesus Christ’s suffering has converted to the Catholic Church.

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Fiti Ioane, 71

Has our culture contributed to our hardship today?

The pressures of increased traditional contributions and gift giving have been cited as reasons for people suffering hardships as they struggle to meet cultural obligations. Ilia Likou asked for opinions from the community and she got some very frank responses.

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A question of safety on buses

The bus crash at Tiavi last week, which has claimed one man’s life, has again raised questions about the safety of public transportation in Samoa. In particular, the issue of wooden versus ready-made buses has resurfaced. Is it not time to get rid of the wooden buses now? Why? Why not? Ilia Likou asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Mixed opinions on Lupesoliai’s preparedness

Lupesoliai Joseph Parker scored a 4th round knock out against Solomon Haumono on Thursday night. The victory means he is a step closer to his much-anticipated world heavyweight title fight against Anthony Joshua. Is Lupesoliai Joseph Parker ready for Joshua? Sarafina Sanerivi asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Is Samoa safe or not?

The 60 Minutes coverage of the rape of an Australian tourist in Samoa last year has raised questions about the safety of Samoa as a destination. Do you think Samoa is still a safe destination for visitors? Why? Or why not? Sarafina Sanerivi asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Addressing sex crimes crisis

The Supreme Court blasted the behavior of a 40-year-old father who impregnated his 13-year-old stepdaughter last week. The man was jailed for two years and six months. The crime is the latest in a growing number of sexual related cases involving young girls. They range from rape, incest, molestation, sexual harassment and indecent assault. What is your solution to these problems? Ilia L. Likou asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Competing in business

What’s your take on the issue of the growing number of businesses run by foreigners in Samoa? Should anything be done to curb the increasing numbers?

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Does the Church have a role to play?

We live in a challenging time. It’s a time defined by so many social problems, which have manifested themselves in the rise of crime and other evil acts. But the church is not silent. With a number of church meetings happening in Apia this week, does the church have a role? And how can the church help solve some of the problems today? Ilia L. Likou asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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What is your take on Toa’s story?

The Chairman of the National Council of Churches, Deacon Kasiano Leaupepe, has become the latest official to voice his opinion on the story of a young girl claiming to be carrying the marks of Jesus Christ’s suffering. He has urged everyone against judging Toa Opapo since he believes God is using her to send a message to Samoa. What do you think? Vatapuia Maiava asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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The rising cost of living

The cost of living continues to increase in Samoa. Since the weekend, the price for basic food items like bread, sugar, salt among a range of other products have increased. And with the minimum wage remaining the same, the increase in the cost of living has been branded as another kick in the gut for the poor in Samoa. What do you think? Deidre Fanene asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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“He”, “she”, “shim” Part II

We’ve asked members of the public what they think the fa’afafine should be referred to. Most of them in our previous Street Talk said fa’afafine should be referred to as “he.” Today, Deidre Fanene speaks with some members of the fa’afafine community about the issue. What do you they want to be called? He or shve? This is what they said:

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Toni Amoa, 70

“He,” “she” or “shim”?

It’s the most asked question following the outrage over the death of Jeanine Tuvaiki. Should faafafine be called “he” or “she”? Some people have coined a new term called “shim.” What do you think? Is it appropriate to refer to faafafine as “she.” If yes, why? If no, why? Mathias Huckert asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Tali Lino, 43

What is the solution to our youth problems?

Ilia Likou was told by those interviewed that lax discipline, failing families, the diminishing authority of the church and the failure of government to create opportunities for jobs are some of the contributing factors.

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Lamese Taule’ale’ausumai

Manu fans have their say

Today is the day we’ve all been waiting for. This afternoon, Manu Samoa Team will go out to battle Georgia at the Apia Park Stadium. Coach Namulauulu Alama Ieremia has named a relatively young team for the assignment. How do you see the game and where do you think the match will be won and lost? We asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Vaoau Taula , 46

The most pressing issue in Samoa

Samoa as a country is grabbling with a number of social and economic issues. There is increasing hardship as families struggle to make ends meet, there is poverty, the rising number of street vendors among many other social problems. What do you think is the most pressing issue for Samoa today?

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To’oa Vili, 38

What are your plans for Independence?

With a three-day break this week we asked people what they would be doing during that time. Here is a sample of ideas:

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Are Manu fans keeping the faith?

Despite the disappointing result from the Manu Samoa 7’s team in the London leg last weekend, most of the country still have faith in the team and support our team. In our Street Talk today, Sarafina Sanerivi asked the people on the streets about what they think of the performance of the team and this is what they said:

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Do you support the call for a ban?

Samoa has attracted the world’s attention this week because of a call by the National Council of Churches to ban Islam in Samoa. The call follows an indication from the government that it might amend the Constitution to formalise Christianity as the official religion for Samoa. But that led to a call to ban Islam from the N.C.C, which recently celebrated its 50th birthday. What do you think? Ilia L. Likou asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Editorial

Another blunder? Or is it desperation?

The government’s announcement that the Overseas Medical Referral Programme (O.M.R.P.) has now been extended to India – with the likelihood of New Zealand being totally excluded - would without a doubt raise eyebrows.

Letters to the Editor

In support of the Minister of Revenue

Dear Editor, I am all for the Minister of Revenue in his plan to tax pastors. These Pastors should pay taxes to avoid them getting chronic disease, that’s a great effort.

Think a Minute

Goose or gull?

Think a minute…One of my favorite birds to watch is the beautiful white seagull. It looks so graceful and gentle floating on the soft sea breezes. But looks can be deceiving.

Columns

Should we punish all juvenile criminals like adults?

Samoan youth throughout years have been so well-mannered that there was an unlikelihood of any sort of crime sprouting up.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

JUST CURIOUS A friend of BTL was looking through the coaching staff for the Samoa A team that’s in Fiji right now.

Sunday Reading

Myths and Legends of the Ancient World

The horsemen left King Giuki’s burg at dawn, riding out through the forest to the distant mountains beyond.

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