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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Editorial

A double murder in a peaceful paradise? Something is terribly amiss somewhere

At the beginning of the week, a young man was jailed for life for one of the most gruesome killings to have taken place in this country in recent memory. On Monday, 24-year-old Simanu’a Manuele, of Falefa and Toamua, was jailed over the “horrific” double killing of two men, one aged 69 while another 42 at Leulumoega in November last year.

Street Talk

Fa’apaia Motu, 61

Why minimum wage should increase

The issue of the minimum wage is back on the agenda. While most people agree that $2.30 an hour is not enough, the Government says the decision to increase is totally dependent on the private sector and whether they can afford it. What do you think? And if there were an increase, why? Soli Wilson asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Think a Minute

Rise to the Challenge (Part 2)

Think a minute...”Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” We are facing the most challenging time in human history. Our world population has exploded to 7.7 billion people! With far more people on the planet, we are running out of clean air and clean water.

Columns

Changing lives: Now that the Festive season is finished

Talofa Samoa! In the first week of last year, I was looking for one of METI ‘champions’: someone, who had been following the whole foods, plant based (WFPB) diet that METI promotes and who had been successful in reversing his diabetes condition, which had been crippling him for years.

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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