Prime Minister Tuilaepa is no ordinary tyke

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi is right. Quoted in the Sunday Samoan of 5 February 2017 as having said that “even the Samoa Observer, went and hired a very expensive lawyer from overseas” to defend itself against a government defamation claim, he is absolutely right.

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Rubbish, floods and tourists

Last week, we got a phone call from one of our readers reporting that the Vaisigano River had become something of a tourist attraction. Sadly it was not for any good reason.

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Foreign beliefs and religions don’t enslave us. We are our own worst enemies

The undeniable truth is this. Respect for the rule of law, justice and freedom of choice and association are paramount principles to adhere to if people of any country want to co-exist peacefully. 

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A positive step for rugby as a global sport

Make no mistake about it. The announcement that the Auckland Blues and the Queensland Reds are coming to Samoa for the first Super rugby fixture on these shores in June is an exciting opportunity. Why it has taken so long to make this happen though is a mystery.

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Forget hardship, struggles and poverty. Just make those babies

Let’s see. There is probably a logical explanation for Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s consistent, bizarre attacks on the concept of family planning. The trouble is whatever that is it just sounds absurd, especially in a country where hardship, poverty, beggars and street vendors confront us everyday, in most places we look.

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The pros and cons of wonderful technology

The truth is easy enough to see. We live in a world that’s getting smaller and smaller by the day. Even on these remote shores, accessibility to everything and anything has never been easier.

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A timely warning from Leala

Concerns about the influx of a group commonly referred to as the ‘new Chinese’ are not new. They have been around for some time now and they are unlikely to go away in a hurry given the developments we are witnessing on these shores.

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Prioritise our children’s educational needs

We value achievements. That much is undeniable. You see they are the stuff that motivates us. It’s what keeps us going when the going gets tough and when we simply don’t feel like we want to continue.

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Taking it to the next level

It’s that time of the year when you may be either breathing a sigh of relief because the school holiday period is drawing to a close or feeling hassled with the organization necessary to get the kids back to school.

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Of hypocrites and Samoa becoming a Christian state

And so the first session of Parliament for 2017 is done and dusted. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Members of Parliament gathered at their makeshift precinct at Tuana’imato to pass the Supplementary Budget and deal with a couple of other pertinent issues.

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Patience is the virtue

It’s undeniable that today’s Wellington Sevens is a day hardcore Manu Samoa Sevens fans have been waiting for.

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Revisiting the issue of the minimum wage

Time sure flies. This time last year, the nation was well in truly into the General Election mode. It was an exciting time, a nerve racking time for all involved – including the chosen members who today occupy the halls of power in our Parliament.

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Exercise caution and be alert

Everyone at some stage in life – especially if you are a Samoan citizen – will have to confront the reality that to travel anywhere in the world – you will need a visa. This is a given.

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The pursuit for truth and justice

Well there you go. The war of words between the mighty government and the Land and Titles Court Judges is not going away in a hurry.

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The scourge of theft and dishonesty in church-going Samoa

On page 14 of yesterday’s newspaper is a piece that should alarm us all. In fact reading Tony’s heartfelt plea for Samoa to start openly discussing the issues of petty theft and outright dishonesty among our population reminds us about what we’ve been saying for a long time now.

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An open letter to the Minister for Revenue and the H.R.P.P. government

To Tialavea Hunt, thank you for setting up public consultations to look for new revenue sources to fund “development projects that will raise the welfare of our people”

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President Trump deserves a chance

So there we have it. The moment the world has been waiting for – or in some cases dreading - has finally arrived. And with much fanfare and aplomb yesterday, a man whose ability to hold what is arguably the most powerful political position in the world had come under so much scrutiny and criticism is today officially the President of the United States of America.

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Wise words the youth should keep in mind

A story in the Village Voice section of the Samoa Observer yesterday caught this writer’s attention. It was published on page 18 under the headline “A friendly advice for the youth.”

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Govt. must learn from these failed projects

And so once again the issue of millions of tala being wasted while so many people in this country continue to wallow in petty poverty and hardship has returned to the fore.

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Churches and healthy living

There is logic in Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s call for the leadership of the churches to play a more active role in promoting healthy living. That much is undeniable.

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Letters to the Editor

Make it easy for tourists, Samoa

Dear Editor Re: Aura of reality on the wall I would say, as an extended-tourist who spent six months in Samoa, there are plenty of amazing, life-altering things to do in Samoa, yet little-to-no adequate marketing / advertising [at a Global standard] of viable options to tourists, from those who fly in to those who dock for a day.

Street Talk

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.

Think a Minute

No Parking

Think a minute…On this journey called life, do you sometimes feel like just pulling over and parking? You feel like you’ve done enough, worked enough, and learned enough.

Columns

The Pearl From You

Strange, I felt I saw something strange

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

WHAT A TEASER! If the Samoa Rugby Union needed some publicity for the upcoming game to be held at Apia Park later in the year, the Auckland Blues rugby side gave it to them by defeating the Melbourne Rebels 56-18 on Thursday night.

Sunday Reading

Myths and Legends of the Ancient World - The Charmed Drink

The mead hall of King Giuki was filled with the sounds of music and laughter. At his table, the king sat smiling, his horn in his hand and his eyes fixing themselves upon each of his sons in turn.

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