Some of our aspirations for 2018

Welcome to the New Year. It might be three days old today, but the novelty of the change from 2017 to 2018 is still new and that’s reason enough to rejoice, especially if you are still on holidays.

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Happy New Year, Samoa!

And so here we are again. Another new year is upon us. On the last day of 2017, it’s a moment for each and every one of us to sit down and look back on the one we‘ve been passing through with a mixture of joy, sorrow and perhaps regret.

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Welcome back home, Champ!

It’s a big ask. We know that of the challenge ahead for Samoa’s favourite son, Lupesoliai La’auliolemalietoa Joseph Parker, in going toe-to-toe with Anthony Joshua in a titles unification fight. The contest has been the talking point of the sporting world for the past few months and weeks. And of course everyone has something to say.

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When it comes to corruption, let us be reminded that no one is above the law

As 2017 draws to an end, perhaps now is the time for our leaders to make a serious and a more meaningful decision to eliminate this rot called corruption from our nation.

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Christmas joy, sadness of Taulapapa Fa’amanatu’s passing and hardship

And so another Christmas has come and gone. Apart from some minor skirmishes reported from here and there around the country, by all accounts it appears that everyone had an enjoyable time. Which is great to hear.

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Rather than wasting time on Ole Palemia, why can’t government do something to keep Tualima in prison?

It’s the cold truth. Reading the story “Mother tells of escaped prisoners attack horror” published in the Weekend Observer last week immediately sent shivers down the spine. It wasn’t just for the graphic details of what unraveled at Ululoloa that morning.

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Amidst hardships, we have a lot to be thankful for

Christmas is upon us. For many of us, it is time to take stock of our blessings, whisper a prayer of thanksgiving and reach out to appreciate those who have touched our lives in many different ways.

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Why Samoa should stand with Trump and Israel

Two days away from Christmas, Samoa should join the Christian world in rejoicing. And we are not just talking about the fact we are gearing up to commemorate Jesus Christ’s birthday. No it’s much more than that. The decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is a critical moment in the history of Christianity.

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Criminal Libel, Ole Palemia and corruption in high places

It’s a done deal. Prime Minister Tuilaepa and Samoa’s one-party state Parliament have gleefully brought back the Criminal Libel Act into the law books of Samoa. They did this with ease during this year’s last Parliament session at Tuana’imato where hardly a soul objected during the discussion of the Crimes Amendment Bill.

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Appreciation for love and giving

This much we know. They are the unsung heroes of many families, villages, churches and to an extent Samoa as a whole. They are among the strongest pillars of economic stability and social harmony in this country. Who are they?

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Tomorrow is another day

As the countdown towards Christmas and the New Year continues, it’s easy to get caught up in the joyful mood of the moment that we forget not everyone is able to enjoy the highs the season brings.

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If P.M. Tuilaepa’s govt. picks on Police, they should do the same to all others in the public service

Some time a while ago, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi issued an order to all Police officers. To avoid cases of conflict of interest and for the sake of transparency and good governance within the Ministry, as the Minister of Police he banned couples from working together.

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Thinking safety as Christmas excitement builds

A week away from Christmas, the message from the Police on the front page of the newspaper you are reading about the need for everyone to think safety first is timely. With the nation in generally a happy mood, there is no room for complacency when it comes to safety because disasters and tragedies often strike without warning.

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He who laughs first laughs last!

Has it ever occurred to you that our Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, is perhaps the most written about and photographed individual, whose mugshot has been appearing quite consistently, on the front pages of the Samoa Observer over the years all the way to today?

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Celebrating the good and fabulous

Today in beautiful Samoa, there is so much to celebrate. Whether it’s educational milestones, professional achievements or developments that will benefit the wider community through businesses and public projects, the vibes are very positive as everyone gears up for Christmas and the New Year.

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March, customary lands and the future of Samoa

When it comes to the search for the truth, it’s not as simple as it appears. It is certainly not as easy as the saying goes that there are always two sides to a story. In some cases, there are often three sides. There is your side, another person’s argument and somewhere hopefully close by is the truth.

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Valley and mountain moments all part of journey called life

Life is what you make of it. What we become and how far we go depends on how we choose to deal with the cards that come our way. The truth is that this journey called life is not all roses.

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A sad reminder that not all is well in some corners of Samoa

As we move closer and closer towards Christmas and the New Year, it’s easy to get caught in the joyful mood of the moment that we forget not everyone is fortunate enough to enjoy the luxuries the season brings. Sometimes we take it for granted that everyone just revels in the mood of the season.

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Rejection of pregnant women heartless and condescending

It’s a hard one to accept – let alone comprehend. It’s difficult really to figure out what drives the decision making by some leaders of American Samoa. One day they are screaming from the top of the hill that we are one, the next they’re downright unkind.

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The other side of success

Not everyone travels in a straight line as they leave school and seek further education or enter the work force. One of our front page stories, “Hurdle after Hurdle …” is a wonderful story with a twist, in comparison with some of the others we have featured over the past weeks.

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Letters to the Editor

Airport is the catalyst for economic growth

Dear Editor, Re: Samoa’s $140m international gateway I keep seeing this argument and it is laughable. Hawaii has freeways, a massive naval base, 60 storey hotels, one million people.

Street Talk

Ioane Isa’ako, 72

Your thoughts on China’s aid

According to the Lowy Institute, China has provided A$1.8 billion in aid and loans for the South Pacific nations between 2006 and 2016.The main recipients were Papua New Guinea, which received A$632 million, Fiji (A$360 million), Vanuatu (A$244 million) and Samoa (A$230 million). Last week, Ms. Fierravanti-Wells launched an unprovoked scathing attack on China’s aid to the Pacific countries – including Samoa. She accused the Chinese of building “roads to nowhere” and constructing “useless buildings” which will only leave Pacific countries with debts they cannot pay. What do you think of China’s aid to Samoa? We asked members of the public in today’s Street Talk and this is what they said:

Think a Minute

More is caught than taught

Think a minute…A man told about an experience his family had visiting a museum. The tour guide led them through all the rooms and then returned to her desk. As the family was leaving, she said: “I must tell you that I’ve never seen such well-mannered children.”

Columns

The woman and her bones

Do you feel the earth would be kinder if Adam was Eve instead? When I look at the children of the streets, I feel sorrow only. There is not a bone in a loving mother which does not ache for the grief upon any child. I miss my own mother like I miss the rain.

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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