Samoa: Pacific centre of Arts tourism?

As a country which likes to play host to visitors who come here for many different reasons, it is a particular pleasure to welcome those of you who are here for the Pacific Arts Association conference.

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It’s just another passport scam folks, so who cares!

On 23 November 2017, the headline across the front page of the Samoa Observer, read: “Criminal charges to be laid in passport scam”; and up there on the top right hand corner, accompanying the story that followed was the photograph of Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.

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Samoa’s Honours and Awards, and the new Matai Title called “Tui Falevao”

What is it that this country’s Prime Minister, inexorably active Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, has done so that he’s become such a lovable rogue whom everyone wants to emulate, and be his friend? We have no idea.

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“It’s like using a thief to catch a thief,” reveals the thief hunter, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

Let’s face it. A lot has been said about the invisible chap called Ole Palemia - none of which is endearing to the ears of those he’s been teasing from wherever he’s hiding anyway - and yet it seems as if he’s just biding his time as he’s waiting patiently for the right moment when he knows, it’s safe to strike again and again.

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P.M. Tuilaepa attacks media for reporting on incest and rape! Why? Is he worried that without tourists, his baby Samoa Airways would repeat the horror that’s still haunting him today?

Around three months ago during a press conference, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi apparently vented his rage against the media and the Police, accusing them of giving Samoa a bad name around the world with what he claimed, were repeated media reports on incest and rape right here in Samoa.

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Such fantastic fun up at the ‘technically bankrupt’ Samoa Rugby Union

Someone is not telling the truth. Which ironically is the only truth we know in the ongoing dispute between the Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.) and World Rugby. Who that is, you can be the judge.

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Of course he’s not a “dictator,” he is only the leader of a “one-party state”

We’ve got to feel for Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi. He appears to be suffering from that condition nobody wants called paranoia. You can’t really blame him though.

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Getting past the gloom and doom

Apologies to our readers for our rather gloomy group of stories on Page 1 of today’s edition. It would be great to start the week with something more uplifting but you’ll need to flick over to Pages 2 and 3 and the rest of the paper to start to get yourself into that kind of mindset.

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“Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s”. Matthew 22:21.

Something that is so rare we believe it’d never happened before in this country actually happened yesterday morning. It did when while glancing across the front page of yesterday’s Weekend Observer, right there was that headline, saying: “Pay your taxes, P.M. tells Church Ministers.”

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What’s going on at prison? It sure sounds like a death bed

And so once again, the death of another prisoner has come under scrutiny. It surfaced on the front page of the Samoa Observer yesterday under the headline “Wife calls for investigation into husband’s death.” At a quick glance, it has become almost normal to say ‘another one at the prison.’ Except it is not normal.

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Is this government now asking God to pay taxes too?

The power struggle between the government and the church over the issue of taxes is an intriguing one to follow. It certainly adds a new dimension to the political climate of the moment. And while it appears insidious, it is nonetheless a first for Samoa and perhaps a sign of things to come.

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Let the past be Prime Minister Tuilaepa’s guide; Polynesian Airlines then, Samoa Airways today!

Let’s face it. The launching on Monday of Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s pride and joy, his government’s new airline company called Samoa Airways, had somehow managed to stir back to life all those fond memories that we’d thought, had been buried permanently away.

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The one amendment they should make that will solve all our problems

Here’s an idea. Since Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s government just can’t stop meddling with the once sacred office of the Head of State, they should come up with one supreme law to end all madness.

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A new era for Samoa

So there you have it ladies and gentlemen. After all the talk and the excitement of the past few days, with Samoa Airways inaugural flight from Faleolo International Airport to Auckland this morning, a new era has started for Samoa.

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Where’s the fairness?

So, in the rugby sense, are we on the road to redemption? Can we dare believe that after improved performances from our Manu Samoa 15’s in Scotland and 7’s team at the Oceania tournament at the weekend?

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What happens when “Ole Palemia” is found? Will he be thrown in the dungeon as they did in the U.K. some 700 years ago?

And so finally, it looks as if Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, has had enough of the “Online Hacker” who’s been gleefully calling himself, “Ole Palemia”. Indeed, it looks as if he’s made up his mind that “Ole Palemia” would be tracked down, and then when he’s found he would be severely punished, and be shown who exactly is the boss here.

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The best thing that could happen this weekend

We know it’s hard to be positive. What with the Samoa Rugby Union declaring itself bankrupt, reducing this once proud rugby nation to the butt of ridicule and jokes from all over the world, it’s not a good time for many of us.

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Change, new ideas perhaps?

So there you have it ladies and gentlemen. One of the worst kept secrets in Samoa has finally been let out of the bag. It happened on Tuesday afternoon during an interview between this newspaper and Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, as the Chairman of the Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.).

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Matters of interest, private citizen and the line often blurred, abused

The front-page story on the Sunday Samoan titled “Tension in the halls of Justice” was certainly an interesting read. Not just because of the people involved but there are legitimate questions that must be asked in relation to the scenario at hand.

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Stop pretending that things are okay. Clearly they are not

Think about this for a moment. Judging from the number of serious crimes reported in small Samoa, something is terribly amiss somewhere. The truth is that people talk so much about progress and how far we’ve come as a country, which is true to an extent.

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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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