A tribute to our public servants

Yesterday, Samoa paused once more to pay tribute to the work of the public service. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi led the tribute with an inspirational speech we have published on page 7 of the newspaper you are reading.

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All that Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi is asking for, is a diplomatic passport

On 13 September 2017, the Samoa Observer published a story that looked profoundly perplexing, so that the first thought that came to mind was that perhaps someone, somewhere had made a silly mistake.

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Let’s think about the basics. Think teachers and doctors.

We will not stop calling this out. If this government is serious about improving education and health, it should put its money where its mouth is. How? When it comes to education, pay teachers what they are worth.

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Decisions today will matter tomorrow

Amidst the excitement and chaos of some local and global developments of the past couple of weeks, a very interesting issue flew by the radar. The issue is of national significance, which is why we believe it is worth revisiting with the idea that the government needs to clarify the parameters so that all is clear in terms of moving forward.

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He’s still the world champion and it is all that matters

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?

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Something’s missing

It says quite a lot when there is more passion displayed in the boxing ring after the announcement of the outcome of a 12 round bout, than during it. And that the passion didn’t come from either of the two boxers themselves.

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Bomb threat, world crisis and the power of prayers

We know technology has reduced the world to the size of a global village. But not many of us really believe how small that village has become and how this could actually have such a real and profound impact on everyone – including the isolated populations in the middle of the vast Pacific ocean.

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Lupesoliai Parker shouldn’t let the occasion get the better of him

It’s not heavyweight boxing without the drama. That’s for sure. And so it’s hardly surprising to see Segiali’i David Higgins’ shenanigans in London on the eve of one of Lupesoliai Joseph Parker’s biggest fights in his career.

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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:

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One more reminder to protect our young girls

Every parent who has a girl child at school – including in colleges and tertiary education – should read Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Warren’s comments on page 3 of the Samoa Observer yesterday.

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Dealing with unemployment should be a matter of urgency

We know this much is undeniable. A lot of our social and criminal problems of today could easily have been resolved if there were sufficient employment opportunities made available to the population of this island nation.

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Desperation knows no boundaries

The front-page story titled “No poverty in Samoa? Check out the children at Tafaigata landfill” is another sad reminder about the chilling reality for some of the poorest people in this country today.

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I just don’t get it

It’s not that often I agree with the opinion of Salega East Member of Parliament, Olo Fiti Va’ai and I’m sure he could care less about me saying so. And while I am not convinced we should just go ahead and can the Green Lane List system, like many others now that there is obviously a problem, I would like to know more about why it was set up.

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Greed poisons the mind, destroys great intentions

The past couple of weeks have been great for Samoa. There is absolutely no doubt about it. Some wonderful things have been said about this country that we should all take pride in.

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Tough road ahead for Fuimaono

At long last. The appointment of Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua as the Head Coach of the Manu Samoa has been confirmed. The confirmation from the Chairman of the Samoa Rugby Union, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, though came a bit late.

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Conflicts, containers, tipping and bribery in paradise

Visibility is not hard in this paradise we call home. Samoa, being a small place, it’s difficult to escape if you are a prominent person or someone of importance to members of the public. It’s just the way it is.

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It’s a cold, cold world we live in

Ladies and gentlemen, we live in a very interesting time. It is one defined by many problems with the global economy, environment and in many other areas of life.

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Samoa’s praises, P.M. Tuilaepa and abuse in the public service

Well, the 48th Pacific Islands Forum Meeting has come and gone. All we are left with today is a communiqué and fond memories from what was a very busy time for Samoa, last week.

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This is Samoa; it’s a free country

The fight for West Papua might be far from a victory for people there but at last week’s 48th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting; the vocal local protesters who made the issue known can claim a moral victory.

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Be nice to someone, you might just save a life

As Samoans, we’re known as friendly and happy people. Visitors to these shores are impressed and marvel at our ability to offer a smile, acknowledge them and wave simply because that is who we are.

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Letters to the Editor

Exploitation hurts

Re: Why countries remain poor Because the rich and powerful countries exploit them, and invade them when they fail to play ball.

Street Talk

Fa’afetai Timo, 29

Questions over sports administration

The administration of sports in Samoa has come under the microscope once more. American-based Samoan Sprinter, Jeremy Dodson, has raised serious questions about the way sports are run. “From the three years I have represented Samoa, I have seen officials do nothing but get free trips, trips spent lounging in sponsored hotels while athletes eat processed food,” he said. “I have seen officials get elected not off merits, but friendships.

Think a Minute

Fight by the rules

Think a minute…28 June, 1997 was the date of the famous Bite Fight between world heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson.

Columns

Poverty holds more secrets than you think

Waking up at dawn to the sound of roosters calling each other, the small birds chirping from below the window, and the rustle of leaves in the breeze is perhaps like the waking up of a “nemo” fish in the coral reef. I love the sound of nature, as it not only soothes me, but it takes me away to a dreamy place

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

Con artist at work So there is apparently someone conning unsuspecting members of the public at the Land Transport Authority compound. In a public notice, L.T.A has warned members of the public to be alert.

Sunday Reading

OUR HERO IS HOME: Our very own W.B.O. Heavyweight Champion visits the sick children and bringing them smiles of which were signs of temporary relief.

When a World Champion drops by

The smiles on their faces said it all. Although many of them were in pain, W.B.O heavyweight champion, Lupesoliai Laauli Joseph Parker, brought temporary relief when he paid an unexpected visit on Friday.

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