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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Norrie Lui, 25

Seeking solutions about child vendors

 A concerted effort by parents and government was just one of the solutions offered but many of those interviewed pointed to parents.

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Editorial

The written word and climate change

This year’s Short Story Competition run by the Samoa Observer and sponsored by Samoa Stationery and Books and Eveni Caruthers ended with its prize giving ceremony at S.S.A.B’s conference room. The writer was asked to say a few words about why the Samoa Observer values the competition and why the theme of this year, which is climate change, is especially important. This is what he said:

Letters to the Editor

In support of Olo Fiti’s views

Dear Editor Re: M.P. blasts Minister I agree wholeheartedly with Olo on this. Customs Officers like other public servants are paid by the Government to deliver services to members of the public and tips are not part of their remuneration.

Think a Minute

Be an original

Think a minute…It’s said that we human beings are the only creatures who refuse to be what we are. One writer put it: “When people are free to do as they want, they usually copy each other.”

Columns

New Zealand voters energised

Only a few more days to go before New Zealand voters find out whether the National Party will have a fourth term in government.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

NUMBERS PLEASE Is it our imagination or has there been a genuine upsurge in the number of tourists in Samoa? We say genuine, because we are not counting those who are our own ‘sons and daughters (and other aiga) for the return home’!

Sunday Reading

EMPOWERED NOFOTANE WOMEN: During the Teuila Festival 2017, the unemployed Nofotane women sold products at their own market stall set up at the Teuila Festival site in front of the government building.

Samoan women reap socio economic returns

While the celebration of Samoa’s culture and traditions as per the Teuila Festival for 2017 has come to an end, the empowered nofotane women used the festival to enjoy the socio-economic returns from being empowered.

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