He who laughs first laughs last!

Has it ever occurred to you that our Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, is perhaps the most written about and photographed individual, whose mugshot has been appearing quite consistently, on the front pages of the Samoa Observer over the years all the way to today?

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Celebrating the good and fabulous

Today in beautiful Samoa, there is so much to celebrate. Whether it’s educational milestones, professional achievements or developments that will benefit the wider community through businesses and public projects, the vibes are very positive as everyone gears up for Christmas and the New Year.

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March, customary lands and the future of Samoa

When it comes to the search for the truth, it’s not as simple as it appears. It is certainly not as easy as the saying goes that there are always two sides to a story. In some cases, there are often three sides. There is your side, another person’s argument and somewhere hopefully close by is the truth.

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Valley and mountain moments all part of journey called life

Life is what you make of it. What we become and how far we go depends on how we choose to deal with the cards that come our way. The truth is that this journey called life is not all roses.

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A sad reminder that not all is well in some corners of Samoa

As we move closer and closer towards Christmas and the New Year, it’s easy to get caught in the joyful mood of the moment that we forget not everyone is fortunate enough to enjoy the luxuries the season brings. Sometimes we take it for granted that everyone just revels in the mood of the season.

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Rejection of pregnant women heartless and condescending

It’s a hard one to accept – let alone comprehend. It’s difficult really to figure out what drives the decision making by some leaders of American Samoa. One day they are screaming from the top of the hill that we are one, the next they’re downright unkind.

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The other side of success

Not everyone travels in a straight line as they leave school and seek further education or enter the work force. One of our front page stories, “Hurdle after Hurdle …” is a wonderful story with a twist, in comparison with some of the others we have featured over the past weeks.

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Samoa, tax haven black listing and the fruits of ‘dirty money’

There is no doubt about it. The recent past has been a tough old time for Samoa, her veteran Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and the government. And as the clock winds down towards the end of 2017, we can’t help being nervous. Ladies and gentlemen, the future is unknown; it’s unpredictable.

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They are just simple questions from reporter Ilia L. Likou

On Thursday two weeks ago, reporter Ilia L. Likou sent the management of Samoa Airways some very simple questions. Addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, Seiuli Alvin Tuala and Marketing Manager, Dwayne Bentley, Ms. Likou’s email reads:

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, the fulcrum on which the wheel is turning, turning!

In the Independent State of Samoa, the law governing the role of the Controller and Auditor General, is quite clear. It says the “Controller and Chief Auditor may conduct a yearly audit report on any examination or investigation” that he finds appropriate, and necessary.

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Greater caution is needed in corporal punishment moves

The government needs to proceed with caution if they are serious about reviving corporal punishment as a way to deal with bad behaviour in schools. We accept that the issue is complex and there is no one size fits all kind of solution. But greater care is needed to ensure that in our haste to fix a problem, we do not unknowingly create more problems.

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Dengue fever death one too many

One life lost is one too many. And if reports are true that a young father, who had returned home to start rental business has died from dengue fever, we have every reason to be alarmed. Which makes the concerns expressed by Member of Parliament, Olo Fiti Vaai, on the front page of yesterday’s Samoa Observer extremely valid.

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Protest march, P.M.’s response and our customary land

On the front page of the Sunday Samoan of 03 December 2017, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi fired a warning shot at a group of Samoans planning a protest march in Apia later this month.

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And here is the news …

What do you want first? The good news or the bad news? The good news you say? The numbers of criminals who are reoffending, are down, according to the Assistant Commissioner for Prisons and Correction Services, Ulugia Sauafea Niuia Aumua.

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When P.M. Tuilaepa and H.R.P.P. can’t stop thinking about “Ole Palemia”

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has a lot on his mind. And judging from what he’s been saying lately in public, chief among his concerns is tracking down “O le Palemia” and all those anonymous bloggers.

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Sharing those joyful moments with the rest of us

It’s that time of the year again where there are smiles all around. And rightly so. As we begin the month of December, the wonderful season of prizegivings and end of year celebrations has descended upon us with a roar.

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Why is it that the almighty P.M. has been unable to sort out this little fracas?

And so the ongoing saga involving two senior members of the ruling Human Rights Protection Party (H.R.P.P.) continues to captivate attention in wonderful Samoa today. This week it took another interesting twist with the Supreme Court dismissing a civil claim brought by Peseta Tevaga Vaifou against La’aulialemalietoa Leuatea Schmidt and others.

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Addressing misconceptions – the power of the media

Greetings. I’m honoured to have been asked to say a few words for the purpose of this gathering this afternoon. The scourge of violence in all levels of society has become one of the biggest challenges of our time.

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Love can turn things around

How do we begin to address the scourge of violence in our community today? One of the best ways is to love. Yes we know it’s hard to accept this, especially if you have been a victim of any form of violence.

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Talking is okay but we’d prefer to see some results

The good thing about Samoa is that over the years, it has slowly developed into a formidable venue for national and international gatherings of all sorts.

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Letters to the Editor

Romans 13:1-7, Sacred Cow or White Elephant?

Faafetai tele Gatoaitele Savea Sano Malifa for your editorial ‘Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s’. Matthew 22:21 that was published online on November 18, 2017.

Street Talk

Aitasi Ugapō Aumua

Head of State or Governor General?

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s government has moved to amend the Constitution once more in relation to the position of the Head of State.

Think a Minute

Courageous compassion

Think a minute…In 2007 an amazing woman was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, but sadly then died at the age of 98. Her name was Irena Sendler from Warsaw, Poland. During World War II Irena worked as a plumbing and sewer specialist in the Jewish ghetto of Warsaw.

Columns

Why are you unemployed?

If you are unemployed, blame yourself. Nobody else. Almost. Let me explain. People say I need a job. Doesn’t anybody? Unfortunately, those who proclaim that way, and I don’t blame them, do not know, with all certainty, what kind of a job they want.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

LEARNING THE AIRLINES LINGO Heard the term “close in bookings”? Chances are, you are one of the many Samoans who fall into that category used by airlines to describe your booking when you travel.

Sunday Reading

PRESIDENT OF THE S.A.M.E.:Tagaloa Eddie Wilson with Happy Ava Farmers Tupai & Asoono- from Savaii.

Samoa’s Ava Exports expected to rise to prominence again

Samoa’s Ava Exports is looking promising, with exports expected to increase in the next couple of years. Ava exports was Samoa’s second largest export commidity from 1998 to 2001 until some European countries led by Germany imposed restrictions on the Pacific Kava Trade. Samoa’s exports of Ava in 1998 was just under $20m.

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