Dear Editor, First and foremost, congratulations to the matai Faleula and Lepā lau Afioga Lupesoliai Laaulialemalietoa Joseph Parker for your victory over Hughie Fury on Sunday though you did not knock him out.
Dear Editor, As a proud Kiwi, I am so, so saddened by our High Commission Office in Apia’s decision to go cashless as reported by Samoa Observer this week.
Dear Editor, Re: North Korea bomb threat Kim Jong Un has promised to immolate Trump with his nuclear toys hence the basis of Trumps counter. As Putin has said, no one will be alive when the nuclear triggers are pushed.
Dear Editor, Re: Parker beats Fury on points Frustrating fight to watch. Parker needs to be more dynamic in his approach to taller fighters. His style is predictable, he tends to lunge head first and has a swinging wide right which leaves him open.
Dear Editor, Re: Tipping and bribery The Minister’s comments about allowing and accepting tipping clearly violates on many fronts. His understanding of bribery requirements needs investigation. A clear conflict of interest, it undermines the integrity of whatever department or programme and service, the integrity of the public servant, and the whole country.
Dear Editor, The World Cup should return to South Africa, a traditional rugby heartland and super power of the game, with the second largest player community in the world, according to World Rugby’s own statistics, and the second most successful international record behind New Zealand.
Re: Samoa Airways eyes 777 Come on Lautafi please, you need to stop talking and see how things will work out with just one plane. You are already talking about getting this big plane, and Samoa Airways has not even made a “penny.”
Dear Editor Re: Stop being hysterical Thanks for the question Mr. Editor; I’m a retiree now, and transiting often between Palisi and Brisbane. And in my spare time, proud to acknowledge I’m still scavenging at tips in Queensland turning trash into gold.
Dear Editor Re: Samoa Founded on Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi of Lepa? If the Ministry of Health did their jobs and we could trust they are inspecting things properly, no disgruntled employee would be able to tell a story on social media that people might believe.
Dear Editor Re: M.P. blasts Minister So during the process, there may be discussion or reference to a tip while assessment of the shipments value for duty or tax purposes, but because the pay off happens after all is said and done, it is a tip and not a bribe.
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.
Dear Editor I’ve seen this argument from the politicians a couple of times on the Samoa Observer. They said that the Lord Jesus was the only honest businessman in the world because he paid his taxes.
RE: Tipping public servants Olo Vaai is absolutely right. Tipping government employees is widening the gate of corruption, which has already spread across all government organisations and the government itself.
RE: Courage needed to stop epidemic Good for you Ms. Wendt. This is a major problem with religious societies. They are sexually sick because of the denial they perpetuate about normal sexuality.
RE: Justice warns 15 years? Choohooooo ... now that’s justice! That’s like sweeping away the filth to expose its disgusting root to uproot it from its secured nurturing place. Well, I bet the only nutrients it’ll received now will be from tears.
Dear Editor, Re: Desperation knows no boundaries Hysterical you are! Just calm down your nerves for goodness sake. You sure remind me the year 2009 during that left hand drive shifting from left to right in Samoa when the Honourable Prime Minister of Samoa, the master Tuila’epa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi had responded to criticism from Tole’afoa Maposua To’ailoa Solomona.
Dear Editor, Re: Line blurred between tips and bribery It amazes me that this issue is being seriously discussed. How can any fair-minded individual even consider that tipping a public servant for doing their job can be anything other than a bribe.
And so the circus that is the world heavyweight boxing division continues. With yet another “controversial” decision adding fuel to the fire, it is typical of what we have come to expect from the sport over the years, isn’t it?
The difference between tipping and bribery has been spelt out by a Cabinet Minister who said public servants should not feel bad about accepting tips for doing their work. The Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tioniso Hunt, said it is only wrong when public servants accept bribes. What do you think? Should members of the public be encouraged to tip public servants, especially people like Customs officials? Ulimasao Fata asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:
Think a minute…A cemetery in Indiana, America has a gravestone with these words on it: “Stop stranger, when you pass me by. As you are now, so once was I.
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’!
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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