Asiata Sataraka

Public speak on vaccines controversy

The death of two one-year-old babies last Friday following their vaccination at Savai’i has led to independent investigations by authorities and galvanized debate throughout the nation. Health experts have come out defending vaccinations while urging patience until the inquiries are completed. The public was asked if they have confidence in the health system and the health of their children.

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Too Fineaso, 27

Mixed reaction on Ministers' tax

The issue of taxing of pastors between the Government and the Christian Congregational Church of Samoa has received mixed reactions from the public. Our reporter, Nefertiti Matatia asked if it is right for the Government to take the church ministers to Court despite the values and ethics that the country believes in and they responded:

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Kalifa Petena, 47

Manu Samoa’s losing streak

The poor performance of the Manu Samoa team has raised eyebrows for our rugby nation. Our reporter Adel Fruean asked if the Manu Samoa management team should be replaced. This is what they said:

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Mumu Elia 55

Should the Govt. listen to plea from E.F.K.S. Church?

“The Elders of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) are urging Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and his administration to reconsider the law to tax the alofa received by Church Ministers. This is the gist of a letter from the Church to Prime Minister Tuilaepa, dated 15 June 2018. The 11-page letter, written in Samoan, highlights the church’s position on the issue. It was submitted to Tuilaepa prior to their much-anticipated meeting on Monday. Do you think the Government should reconsider based on the request from the church? Adel Fruean asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Ata Laban, 37

Public express views on Pacific Games 2019 logo

With a few months left for Samoa to host the Pacific Games 2019, expectations are high. In the lead up to the region’s biggest sporting event, the Pacific Games logo was unveiled on Friday evening. Our reporter, Adel Fruean asked the views of the Samoan people on the new Pacific Games logo, which people responded to.

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Peteru Taoipi, 53

Mixed opinions about arming Police officers

The recent violence in Savai’i involving, which led to Salelologa men interfering with the work of the Police, has revived the question about the need to arm the Police Force to deal with such issues. Do you think the Police Force should be armed, to allow them to deal with incidents where their lives are under threat in carrying out their work? Adel Fruean asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Eti Seumanutafa, 38

Parents, alcohol and lack of education blamed

The violence in Savai’i last weekend has been a major talking point for the past few days. Even the Head of State referred to the incident during his Independence Day address. What do you think is causing all this? Adel Fruean asked members of the public in today’s Street Talk and this is what they said:

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Havira Masoe, 56

Workers delighted with two public holidays, not business owners

The Government has declared two public holidays to commemorate Samoa’s 56th Independence Day at the end of the week. The holidays are Friday, 1 June 2018 and Monday 4 June 2018. While workers are delighted, the private sector is not happy. What do you think? Was it necessary to extend the public holidays to Monday or would it have been sufficient to celebrate on Friday and Saturday? Adel Fruean asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Niko Temo

Church gets backing on tax position

The biggest denomination in Samoa, the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) has reportedly rejected the Government’s new law to tax the Head of State and Church Ministers. Although the church has yet to confirm its official position, reports from the Malua annual conference indicate that the church will continue to reject the law. Despite this, the Government has put out a notice that after 30 June 2018, they will start enforcing the law on people who continue to disobey. What do you think? Reporter, Adel Fruean asked members of the public today and this is what they said:

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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:

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Yu Felise, 20

Opinions differ over Facebook threat

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has threatened to ban Facebook as the Government continues to crack down on anonymous writers on social media who attack the Government. What do you think? Do you support the Prime Minister’s threat? Our reporter, Nefertiti Matatia, asked people in today’s Street Talk and this is what they said:

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Eseta Levi, 37

Village curfews vs. public roads

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has reminded that it is illegal for villages guarding evening curfews to interfere with members of the public using public roads. Our reporter, Nefertiti Matatia, asked the public: Do you think villages should focus on vehicles on the road or should they concentrate more on what is happening in their village during the curfew? This is what they said:

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Faaofonuu Iosefo Faamausili, 57

N.Z. govt. urged to change law

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is standing by her country’s immigration laws requiring Samoans to go through a stringent screening process to obtain a visa to visit New Zealand. This is despite the two countries sharing a Treaty of Friendship. Do you think this is fair? Reporter, Nefertiti Matatia, asked the public in today’s Street Talk and this is what they said:

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Alosio Gasio, 55

Mandatory voting in Samoa

“By the 2021 General Election, it will be mandatory for every registered voter to vote”. The move by the Election Commission is strongly supported by the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi. Our reporter, Ilia L Likou asked the public: Should there be compulsory voting in Samoa? Here are the responses.

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Ricky Faamui,  58

Parents cop blame for child slavery

An article published on the front page of the Samoa Observer this week with the headline “Samoa shamed in ‘worst forms of child labour’” has exposed the issue of child slavery in Samoa once more. The article details the findings of a United States Bureau of International Labour Affairs study which highlighted forms of child labour in Samoa. In today’s Street Talk, Reporter, Nefertiti Matatia, asked: Is it the parents or the Government’s responsibility to alleviate child labour? This is what they said:

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Lui Tamoto, 49

An act of God or nature?

In the wake of Cyclone Gita, one Pastor has claimed that the cyclone was a mild warning from God to the government over their decision to tax pastors. What do you think? Samoa Observer reporter, Nefertiti Matatia, asked members of the public in today’s Street Talk: Do you think Tropical Cyclone Gita was a sign from God? This is what they said:

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Aulalo Mulitalo, 44

Devastated by Cyclone Gita

Tropical Cyclone Gita devastated a number of Pacific island countries last week. In Samoa, it left many families at Lelata, Ma’agao and Vini devastated. What was going through your mind during the cyclone? And what would you do differently if another cyclone comes? Nefertiti Matatia asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Norma Matatia, 37

How can Govt. address social media abuse?

“ The Government is facing a new threat. It comes in the form of anonymous bloggers using fake names to attack senior Government leaders – including Prime Minister Tuilaepa – on Facebook and other social media sites. What do you think the Government should do? Would you support the Government regulating the use of social media sites – and to some extent blocking them altogether – like they do in China? Nefertiti Matatia asked the public in today’s Street Talk and this is what they said:

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Faamoe Ma’anaima, 57

Should we outlaw wooden buses?

“The deadly bus crash at Puipa’a last Saturday, which claimed three lives instantly, has revived questions around the safety of wooden buses. Even the Chief Executive Officer of the Land Transport Authority, Leasi John Galuvao, has called for them to be phased out. What do you think? Should the Government phase out wooden buses? Nefertiti Matatia asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Peresiteine Lokeni, 25

$20m prison project

The Minister of Finance defended the decision by the Government to invest in a $20m prison which will be built at Tanumalala. Our reporter, Nefertiti Matatia asked the public: What do you think about the Government’s decision on a $20m prison investment? This is what they said:

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Editorial

Why it’s crucial we appreciate these small victories

When times are tough, the celebration of victories – whatever the size - is extremely important. It will go a long way to ensure future success. The same must be said for our beloved Manu Samoa today. Their two victories over Germany, starting with the win in Apia two weeks ago, and the one in Germany yesterday morning, are moments to savour.

Letters to the Editor

About the truth

Re: Beliefs, politics and truth Your belief in your religious truth holds no evidence that it is in fact the truth. A biblical education is not necessarily a measure of whether one is educated or uneducated either. No more than it would make sense to refer to a Dr. of medicine as uneducated because he/she is not an expert in political theory.

Think a Minute

Survival skill

Think a minute…It is amazing how the Jewish people have survived thousands of years as slaves, outcasts, and the despised targets of Hitler’s attempted genocide of their entire race and culture.

Columns

THE E.F.K.S. AT MALUA: The E.F.K.S. Church is standing up to the Government’s law to tax the alofa of church Ministers. File photo.

Tuila’epa and taxing the clergies

I have been watching with great interest from afar the development of this issue in our beloved country. Interestingly, many, including the highly credentialed Rev Vaiao Eteuati, have been fooled by the apparent simplicity of the issue. But I do not see the issue as simply about the clergies paying taxes.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

Of ‘Papa Stui’ and fa’afafines Well it looks like some customers have kicked up a big stink about McDonald’s Unisex toilet.

Sunday Reading

Rev. Dr. Upolu Lumā Vaai (PhD)

'Why a Pacific Philosophy Conference: Rewriting a Pacific Development Narrative'

On the 11-14th June 2018, the inaugural Pacific Philosophy Conference (I.P.P.C.) was held in Suva, Fiji. The Pacific Theological College, the University of the South Pacific, Pacific Islands Association of N.G.Os, and Fiji National University were the four hosting partners who sponsored the event.

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