The “stingray ship” and its message for the future

There is a strange looking vessel docked at Matautu wharf in Apia, which has raised eyebrows since it entered Samoan waters last Saturday. Fly over the top of the ship from 20,000 feet and you would think it was a giant stingray flying over the ocean, the solar panels on top of the vessel easily passing for the marine animals’ pectoral fins!

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Intellectual property and Samoa’s traditional knowledge

Perhaps it is not a coincidence that a sub-regional intellectual property workshop convened at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel concluded at the end of last week. The workshop—which was facilitated by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour (MCIL) and hosted delegates from a few Pacific Island nations—was funded by the World Intellectual Property Organisation.

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A critical 10 months, the Pacific Games

Finally, a win to restore some much needed pride in that blue jersey¬, and to end the Northern Hemisphere Tour on a high. The Manu Samoa victory has had a mixed reaction from fans back in the motherland—if the public comments on social media here and abroad is any indication—with some even asking whether the 28-10 victory over a team ranked 20 on world rugby rankings is worth it.

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Increasing dialysis cases, Samoa’s failing health and that Sunday toanai

Here’s a thought. There are times when we think we are moving forward when we are not. The reality is that we really are going backwards. It happens a lot more frequently than we care to think. The thought came to mind after reading the story titled “Kidney dialysis services to expand” published on page 5 of the Samoa Observer on Thursday 22 November 2018.

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What can the church do? Talk about love, teach love and give love

It’s one of the most asked questions of today. How do we begin to address the scourge of violence, particularly family violence, in Samoa? During a public forum this week, the problem was labelled as a “disease” by the Chairman of the National Council of Churches, Deacon Kasiano Leaupepe. And rightly so.

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P.M. Tuilaepa’s rare endeavour

Twenty years. That’s how long Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has steered Samoa’s ship as the Prime Minister and the leader for the ruling Human Rights Protection Party. Today, Tuilaepa has arguably become the longest serving Prime Minister in the Pacific, if not the world. Whichever way you look at it, this is a milestone for anyone, quite an endeavour.

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Church has critical role to play in ending gender-based violence

The writer was invited by Samoa’s National Human Rights Institution and U.N. Women as the Moderator for a session on the topic “Engaging with Religion and Faith-Based Actors to Address Family Violence” at the Ending Violence in Samoa (EViS) roundtable. The Panelists included Dr. Mercy Ah Siu-Maliko, Maiava Iulai Toma, Judge Talasa Lumepa Saaga, Afamasaga Faauiga Mulitalo-Afamasaga and Deacon Dr. Kasiano Leaupepe. This is what Mata’afa said:

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Agritourism Park: A genius idea or another waste of money?

Listen up good folks. In the Sunday Samoan of 18th November 2018, a series of stories about agritourism were published. A central theme of the stories is the Government’s plan to open an Agritourism Park, taking up 10 acres at Nu’u, and the reaction from members of the community.

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Police, L.T.A. and P.M. Tuilaepa

The tussle between the Police and the Land Transport Authority (L.T.A.) over the enforcement of traffic infringements and the collection of fines is an interesting one. Purely from an outside perspective, it appears to be a show of who has the biggest muscles and how far one can flex them.

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P.M. and leaders should note that times have changed… and so have our people

Times have changed and so have people. There is absolutely no doubt about that regardless of whether we are talking about Samoans or any other ethnic group. Here on these shores, while we’d like to think that Samoans are civilised people and that our actions will always be dictated by fa’aaloalo, ava fatafata and alofa, we must accept it’s not all that way anymore. For some people.

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Chequebook diplomacy, promise of millions and the reality

All eyes are on Papua New Guinea this weekend as it hosts what is arguably one of the biggest meetings a Pacific nation would have to accommodate in recent memory, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (A.P.E.C.) Summit.

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Opportunities, APEC PNG and Samoa

Google “apec papua new guinea” and you will get over 3 million entries in seconds, confirming how the 2018 APEC Leaders Summit now underway in Port Moresby has put the Pacific Islands’ largest nation in the global spotlight. The leaders of the grouping’s 21 member economies are making their way to Port Moresby for the November 17-18 international conference.

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Attack on P.M. Tuilaepa cowardly, shameful and unacceptable

This much we know. The attack on Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi in Brisbane on Wednesday night was unacceptable (see front page story). It was a cowardly act and regardless of what reasons or motives that might have triggered it, whoever is responsible should be ashamed.

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“Stupid editor”, “stupid reporter” and public company called Samoa Airways

This much we know. Questions surrounding the performance of one of the Government’s grand inventions called Samoa Airways are not new. They have been around since the plan was announced to reinvent the airline’s international operations under the Samoa Airways brand and they will continue to surface until the Government comes clean about its performance.

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If cryptocurrency is illegal, why hasn’t the Government outlawed it already?

The issue of cryptocurrency is back on the agenda this week. It follows a public presentation at the National University of Samoa (N.U.S.), where an independent cryptocurrency entrepreneur from Zambia, Mapanza Nkwilimba, talked up the scheme as the way of the future. From that presentation, a story titled “Entrepreneur defends bitcoins, cryptocurrency” was published on yesterday’s front page.

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How fares Samoa Airways one year on?

A year ago today, a new era in the modern history of aviation in Samoa started. It began when Samoa Airways new aircraft, flown all the way from Europe, touched down at Faleolo International Airport to a thunderous applause from guests invited to witness the event.

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Cruise Tourism, Fiji elections and APEC in PNG

Apia played host to another cruise ship and its passengers of tourists yesterday morning — the second vessel to visit our shores in five days. The word at Matautu wharf yesterday is that another cruise ship is due in Apia today, which if true would make it vessel # 3 in six days. Apia residents would probably be unfazed with the increasing regularity of visiting cruise ships, but ask a tourism expert and they would probably make reference to “cruise tourism”.

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Unprofessional? Give the overworked and underpaid nurses a break

Across page 2 of the Samoa Observer yesterday, the story titled “Unprofessional” nurses irritate P.M. Tuilaepa” was published. Just down below the headline, the Prime Minister is being quoted from his weekly media programme, slamming the attitude of certain nurses whom he was clearly unhappy with.

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“I’m employed to get results, and I don’t like to lose”

Let’s face it. Steve Jackson’s enthusiasm for his new role as the Head Coach of the Manu Samoa and his team’s chances of winning as they begin their end of year Northern Hemisphere tour is commendable. He needs to. When a team’s fortunes have hit rock bottom, as the Manu Samoa has sitting 16th on the world rankings, you need some positivity.

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Don’t shoot the messenger, Mr. President!

It’s easy enough to understand. The President of the United States Donald Trump might be a little flustered given the results of the midterm elections, where the people of America have spoken, and given a sobering assessment of his tenure thus far.

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Letters to the Editor

Dealing with land

Re: LTRA protest A worthy protest against the Feudalisation Torrens system but the Torrens system was meant to simplify the myriad of land tenure claims by Proprietary claimants.

Street Talk

Ea Ban, 49

Lupesoliai Parker is back

Lupesoliai Joseph Parker’s third round knockout of American-Mexican heavyweight boxer Alexander Flores last Saturday night in Christchurch, New Zealand got him back into the winner’s circle. Our reporter Soli Wilson talks to members of the public on what they thought of the victory.

Think a Minute

Finding a lost masterpiece

Think a minute… you are not one person but three: the person you think you are, the person others think you are, and the person you truly are.

Columns

Opinions. They are wretched things. World is full of them.

It’s late night. Three a.m. Times like these are sacred. Except for the swirling fan, the sound of rain and darkness outside is revolving.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

P.M. on Church leaders It seems Prime Minister Tuilaepa can’t leave members of clergy alone. During a radio programme last week, he had plenty to say about Church Ministers. For instance, he reminded them that Church Ministers were only taught on spiritual matters, not on Economics.

Sunday Reading

Myths and Legends of the Ancient World

The spears flew towards the youth on the hill, whistling as they cut through the air. Grinning, Queen Medb’s general drew his sword, eager to take back to his Queen the head of this warrior whom they called the Hound of Ulster. He had no doubt his spears would find their mark.

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