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Gatoaitele Savea Sano Malifa

Samoa Observer pays tribute to Robert Geoffrey Marfleet

This is our tribute to the late Robert Geoffrey Marfleet, the man who made it possible for the Samoa Observer to be born as a newspaper, and in doing so become the entity that it is today. On 16 February 2018, Mr. Marfleet passed away. He was 84.

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, In response to Iona Tusa’s letter about the idle lands published in your paper earlier this week, let me say that the problem you noisy internet activists have is that you assume that leasing is as good as sold.

Dear Editor, Let me lay this out clearly for everyone. I’m writing about PS Jeffrey’s criticisms of the editorial about P.M. Tuilaepa spending too much time on O.L.P.

Dear Editor, Re: Mother desperate for better home I still can’t figure out why they would have to use the bushes when they could always have a pit latrine, or even a peace Corp type of latrine.

Columns

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Sir Walter Vermeulen

Changing lives: Reversing heart diseases in Samoa

Talofa Samoa! Someone asked me the other day whether the whole food, plant based (W.F.P.B.) diet that M.E.T.I. is promoting can help reverse heart disease. The answer is a loud YES.

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Fiu Mata’ese Elisara

“Law, Custom and Constitutionalism: Customary Land Tenure in Samoa”

Ladies and Gentlemen, Talofa lava! As an Indigenous Samoan, Let me first pay my respect to the Indigenous Owners of this land and thank their ancestors, past present and future, for letting me stand before you on these sacred cultural lands!

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Orlando Huaman*

In response to the Samoa First Union

This piece is in reference to “About those “lazy” Samoan workers” by the Samoa First Union. Laziness is a habit inherent in any human being. And it is a bad habit. Period.

Between the Lines

THE BEST A big fa’amalo to the skilled and courageous E.P.C. staff who braved the winds and rain to restore power from broken and dangerous power lines on Cross Island Road on Wednesday night in pitch darkness.

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.

SLOW DOWN PLEASE Those midnight rally drivers might want to be careful out there.

Think a Minute

Think a minute…There was a baker who bought his butter from a local farmer. One day the baker decided to weigh the butter. He was surprised that the farmer had been giving him less butter but still charging him the same price.

Street Talk

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:

Lui Tamoto, 49

Saleaumua, Aleipata

To’afa Ualika, 38

Malie

Tuiava Faamausili, 64

Malie

Sauaga Niumata, 48

Aleisa

Folesi Solomona, 72

Tiavea

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