Everyday stories, everyday struggles

Driving through Vaitele yesterday next to that multi-million-tala building the government had once promised as a “goldmine” for farmers was a sad experience.

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Success provides a solid platform to build upon

There is reason to be excited about the recent success of the Samoa Under 18 Sevens team during the Commonwealth Youth Games. Having conquered England in the final of the tournament, the La’auli Rudy Leavasa-coached team made up completely of local players returned home last week to a joyful welcome by the Samoa Rugby Union.

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Too soon to issue a M.E.S.C. report card

Things are happening, in the Education sector if the stories rolling out of the Ministry of Education Sports and Culture are anything to go by. And while many readers will no doubt be saying “and about time too”, before we schedule the parade and banners, it would be wise to take a careful look at the most recent pronouncements by the Minister, Loau Solamalemalo Keneti Sio.

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Let’s not stop with the Police, time to address corruption elsewhere

Attorney General, Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff, is absolutely correct. On Tuesday last week, he commended the outcome of a Cabinet-appointed Commission of Inquiry tasked to investigate the conduct of two senior Police officers with a very firm message to members of the public.

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Thank you, Peace Corps!

Congratulations and a thank you are in order today. And none more deserving than the great American men, women, the Samoan families and everyone who has played a role in the facilitation of the Peace Corps programme over the years.

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The questions we need to be answering

This much is undeniable. In Samoa today, we see so much evil. Just like there is in the world where we see the endless struggle between good and bad. Everyday we read and see stories of murders, rape, incest, robberies and all sorts of petty crimes being committed left right and centre.

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Much to like, much to learn

There is so much to like and to learn from the story of Fiji Airways. First of all they are still operating, having begun operations in 1952 trading as Air Pacific. Secondl, despite a brand change they have managed to stay afloat in the often challenging world where many airlines have figuratively speaking, fallen out of the skies.

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It’s a positive step but caution should still be exercised

The signing of an agreement between Polynesian Airlines and Fiji Airways on Monday is a positive step towards reviving the fortunes of Polynesian Airlines as a full international airline.

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What dictatorship? Samoa is a democracy!

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s decision to clarify claims that he runs the H.R.P.P government like a one-man band is reassuring.

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Addressing poverty and hardship a key step in dealing with wanton violence

This much is undeniable. The spate of gruesome crimes – including murders, rape, theft and many others - reported over recent months is quite frightening. So alarming we cannot help but wonder how much more we will allow this epidemic of unpremeditated violence to continue.

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A new era has certainly started

There is a time for everything. That much is undeniable about life. There is a time for the sun to rise and a time to set just as day and night will come no matter what. Indeed there is a time for new beginnings, a time to close an old chapter and there are seasons for changes.

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The bizarre and the ugly

Reading the Wednesday edition of your Samoa Observer newspaper sent chills down the spine. The headlines and stories on the first three pages alone were enough to send a shock wave throughout Samoa with the suggestion that a terrible illness has invaded this society.

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This is a dream come true

The Samoa Observer and the Chinese Embassy launched a Chinese version of The Samoa Observer Tusitala Short Story Competition’s book, “Our Heritage, the Ocean” yesterday at Vaitele. The writer was one of the speakers at the launch. This is what he said:

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Everyone needs help when it comes to mental toughness

There is a lot to be said about mental toughness and developing mental strength when it comes to all areas of life. In Samoa, we know this is an area where we sorely lag behind when it comes to sports development. And we’ve seen the results over the years.

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Different strokes for different folks

Now let’s see. As some of you probably already know; Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has strongly rejected calls from some members of the public to cap the number of terms for the holder of the Prime Minister position.

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In hindsight...

Hindsight and perspective are great assets. Sometimes when you step outside the circle and look in at what’s happening, you’ll find it’s a lot easier to understand and comprehend what’s going on. This is as opposed to when we become so caught up in the details we lose the bigger picture.

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All is not lost

It’s hugely disappointing. We know. Four losses from four test matches in as many weeks is inexcusable. It’s pathetic in fact. Nobody wants it and everyone should rightly be angry and disappointed. Who wouldn’t?

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“To strangle freedom of speech is to trample on human rights, stifle humanity and suppress truth” - late Liu Xiaobo, Nobel Peace Laureate

We did not know him, I guess the vast majority of us, anyway. Not only did he live far, far away, but for most of the time during the last 28 years, he was in jail. His name was Liu Xiaobo. A Chinese citizen who lived and studied in America, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and yet to those in China he was an intellectual renegade.

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Massive iceberg somewhere down south, those greenhouse gases and President Donald Trump

Early yesterday morning, the Associated Press reported that “one of the biggest icebergs ever recorded - a trillion-ton behemoth more than seven times the size of New York City - has broken off from the Antarctica Ice Shelf.”

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S.L.C.’s $4.4 million yesterday, MedCen’s $2.5 million today

Just last week, we talked about our government-owned Samoa Land Corporation (S.L.C.) looking for someone with $4.4 million to buy its headquarters at Tuana’imato, and as far as we were aware then, no buyer had fronted up.

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Letters to the Editor

Leave the media to do its job

Dear Editor, Re: P.M.’s attacks on the media That’s right. Sweep it all under the carpet. I have been appalled reading about these incest/rape cases in Samoa.

Street Talk

Rachael Iosu, 22

P.M.’s media call wrong

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has stopped the Police’s monthly press conference in a bid to control media reports about cases of rape, incest and other vile crimes, in Samoa. In doing so, he has also criticised the media for reporting such cases. He said they are lazy and they only want to be spoon-fed by the Police. What do you think? Do you think the media should stop reporting about rape, incest and other crimes, in Samoa? Talimalie Uta asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said.

Think a Minute

Women are from Venus

Think a minute…What do husbands and wives need from each other? A best-selling book, titled “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus”, explains how men and women are different creatures.

Columns

The foreword of Palemia; A Memoir*

Early in 2015, Dr Peter Swain paid me a courtesy visit at my office.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

NUMBERS PLEASE Is it our imagination or has there been a genuine upsurge in the number of tourists in Samoa? We say genuine, because we are not counting those who are our own ‘sons and daughters (and other aiga) for the return home’!

Sunday Reading

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY: B.B.L. Winners for fathers day promotion with B.B.L. Staff.

Bluebird celebrates Father’s Day

Seven lucky dads celebrated father’s day with Bluebirds Father’s Day Promotion Prize Giving held last week Friday.

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