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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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Person of the year

Re: Lemalu Mathew Mualia You are contradicting yourself here Samoa Observer. You have been writing critical articles the whole year about how bad the P.M. was, but now you picked him as the Person of the Year.

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Human Rights, Church and Samoa

Dear Editor, Although the idea that people have value and should be treated with dignity and respect has been with us for thousands of years, it was the twentieth century that use the language of human rights to express this.

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The poor treatment of Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua

Dear Editor, It is stunningly obvious the Samoa Rugby Union has neither respect nor Humanity in treating one of our Manu Samoa icon/legend (and I dare use this phrase sparingly!) He is one of only a dozen or so Manu Samoa Icons that has volunteered the majority of his Rugby Tautua here on island.

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About Christmas

Re: Christmas editorial Actually if you knew anything about Christian history you would know that Christmas celebrations have always been about commercialism and not about Jesus. It wasn’t even until the 4th century that some Pope pulled the day out and declared it Jesus’s birthday. All made up.

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Hold them accountable

Re: What’s happening between the church and Government? The Church ministers should be all accountable for every last scent scraped together by the congregation, while their poor children sell cotton buds in car parks and live on dirt floors.

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The difference between a panelist and a professional interviewer

Dear Editor, When it comes to the selection for a high responsible position in the Samoan government such as of a C.E.O. for the Ministry of Finance the way to arrive at the best qualified individual is flawed, in my opinion.

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S.R.U facing tough battle to keep Manu relevant on world stage

We are running empty on confidence we are losing and losing marginally. Winning is a great thing cause it builds team confidence, team unity, team cohesion, team positivity, team personality, team communication and team confidence.

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What’s happening between the church and Government?

Now we starting to use the Bible to destroy others. Oka, kalofa e, Mr Editor, “All scripture is useful for teaching (of us all, or any Christian who believes in God), rebuking (still talking to us), correcting (us again), and training (us always).” 2 Tim. 3:16

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What’s happening between the church and Government

Dear Editor Re: Ten more Church Ministers in Court I have already shared the observation that the Beast in the Biblical Book of Revelation is increasingly coming from the Samoan Parliament, in particular through the unconstitutional and unGodly and UnSamoan Law to tax Church Ministers.

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The question of father and son

Dear Editor, I was watching TV the other night when the TV1 interviewer shot the P.M. a perfectly legitimate and direct question on the MOF appointment of his son.

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Editorial

Market voices, small business owners matter. Listen to their concerns

Small shop owners in the villages, market vendors and ordinary Samoans who sell basic food items like pork buns on the streets for a living have a legitimate complaint. A few weeks before the Government’s ban on single-use plastic bags becomes effective, the question of a workable alternative to allow these small business owners to continue their operations has been raised. And rightly so.

Street Talk

Keli Poutasi, 55

Govt. should prioritise fixing roads

The heavy downpours of late have damaged a lot of road infrastructure in Samoa. Motorists in most parts of the country are having to navigate the multiple potholes and some of the more challenging road conditions that exist. This is not the first time this has happened in Samoa though. Bad roads at this time of the year is a common occurrence. What do you think the Government should do to improve our roads? Reporter Yumi Epati Tala’ave asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Think a Minute

Fathers of Orphans

Think a minute...Tragically, fathers are becoming a vanishing breed. Statistics show that millions of children are growing up like orphans because their fathers simply reproduce themselves and leave, rather than staying home to love and raise their son or daughter.

Columns

Getting the best people for the vacant government positions

With a couple of Chief Executive roles available in the Government, the closing time for those shooting to become a brand new C.E.O. and also those thinking that they can be re-appointed is up. They have thrown their hats in the ring now.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

P.M. on Church leaders It seems Prime Minister Tuilaepa can’t leave members of clergy alone. During a radio programme last week, he had plenty to say about Church Ministers. For instance, he reminded them that Church Ministers were only taught on spiritual matters, not on Economics.

Sunday Reading

Myths and Legends of the Ancient World

The spears flew towards the youth on the hill, whistling as they cut through the air. Grinning, Queen Medb’s general drew his sword, eager to take back to his Queen the head of this warrior whom they called the Hound of Ulster. He had no doubt his spears would find their mark.

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