Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II, is Samoa’s new Head of State

Yesterday in Samoa’s House of Representatives history was made. It was when Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, dispelled all doubts when he confirmed that a new Head of State for Samoa, had indeed been appointed.

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Is the “Fourth of July” safe with Donald Trump in control?*

Today is the Fourth of July. So what is the Fourth of July? To Americans everywhere, it’s Independence Day. It marks the birth of America as a nation, and the day the United States of America secured its independence from the British Empire.

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Samoa Founded on Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi of Lepa?

On Monday last week, 26 June 2017, Parliament passed the law aimed at taxing pastors of all church denominations, around Samoa. It was endorsed by the Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, on 30 June 2017.

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It’s about time we talk about parking metres

The government can never win when it talks about adding more charges on the shoulders of members of the public. Whether it’s justifiable or not, critics will always find a way to accuse public officials of doing everything they can to milk members of the public dry of their hard-earned money. 

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Unfair competition. Corruption at worst

Competition – whether its business or anything in life - is always good when it is fair and played by the rules. But when one competitor gets unfair advantage over another, the competition turns into a joke and the competitors – especially the one at the receiving end of the bad treatment – becomes cranky, loses hope and sometimes they might just walk away completely. 

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The ultimate focus should be to qualify for the World Cup

The equation is quite straight forward today. Manu Samoa must win. Failure is not an option. While they will still get another chance to qualify for the Rugby World Cup against Fiji, they must surely target Tonga as the more realistic option given their form of late.

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Prisoners, prisons and security

Not many people – if any at all – will disagree with Justice Lei’ataualesa Daryl Clarke’s frustrations expressed on the front page of your newspaper today about the Prison system. Anyone who cares about the safety of members of the general public will feel a huge sense of relief that someone of Justice Lei’ataualesa’s caliber has seen it fit to raise this matter.

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Farewell dear Allan Alo, you were indeed an inspiration!

Life is not fair. Good people, in fact great people, somehow always end up leaving us so soon. For some of us, it’s been a tough few months with the loss of lives of dear ones. Multiple losses too. Trust me, I know.

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That does sound desperate, doesn’t it?

The war of words between the lone Opposition voice in Parliament, Olo Fiti Vaai, and the Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, over the state of the government’s financial affairs has been interesting to follow. Whether you and I agree or not, the issue being debated is important and we believe we should all take notice.

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It’s time for some accountability

Now that we’ve had a bit more time to absorb and accept the bitter disappointment of Manu Samoa’s loss to a considerably weakened Wales team at Apia Park last weekend, it’s time to demand some accountability from the Manu Samoa in terms of our recent results. Yes it’s disappointing that from two test matches; we’ve had no win.

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Come on Samoa, we’re better than that!

Technology, especially the internet, is a wonderful tool. We don’t need to tell you how important they are. Suffice to say, they have transformed the way we live, the dynamics in our communities and the behavior of the people upon which it has found an unbreakable bond – or bondage.

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Has Samoa developed a denial mentality that makes us accept certain things as normal?

It’s difficult to ignore some of the developments we see around us today. In Samoa, we see so many able-bodied men and women who are unemployed sitting around doing absolutely nothing. They congregate on street corners late at night and at all sorts of hours.

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Working together to fight transnational crimes

It was at the beginning of the year we were warned. It came from the Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Agafili Shem Leo, who cautioned that the rise of international crimes within the Pacific region means Samoa has become extremely vulnerable as the conduit of some of the criminal activities.

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The complicated truth about tonight’s Apia Park clash

The truth about tonight’s test match at Apia Park is quite difficult to comprehend. Manu Samoa might be playing at home infront of their passionate supporters which normally should translate to a hefty advantage. To an extent that will certainly be the case.

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The challenges of our time

We live in a great time. A time defined by amazing technology and super intelligent humans. Yes we have so many smart people with many brilliant ideas. There are experts in all sorts of different things – depending on what you’re after – there is always an expert to help you achieve it.

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A growing rot that needs to be dealt with urgently

It’s been tough reading the paper during the past few days. Some headlines have certainly grabbed the attention with the lingering question being, what is wrong with some of our people today? The first story was in the Sunday Samoan under the headline “Brother and sister investigated for incest.” Well the headline says it all, doesn’t it?

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Stop exploiting our children

Most of us would agree that Apia is a beautiful place. The wonderful thing about it is that it is slowly becoming the hub of international meetings, sporting events and all sorts of gatherings so that visitors to these shores will have lots of wonderful stories to tell when they return.

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Missing money and the S.L.C’s past

The Sunday Samoan’s front-page story titled “Govt. money missing” about the Police hunt for $50,000 that has mysteriously disappeared from the Samoa Land Corporation (S.L.C) is an interesting one. According to the Acting Police Assistant Commissioner, Sala’a Moananu Sale, was removed from the safe located inside the main office of the Corporation at Vaitele.

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Welcome home, Manu Samoa!

Let’s give a warm welcome home to our Manu Samoa today. In doing that, we applaud and acknowledge their effort against the All Blacks at Eden Park on Friday night. We thank God for his guidance and protection that no one was seriously injured and that despite the end result, the players and the management team have arrived safely on our shores.

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Beware of con artists

They are becoming more complicated by the day. With advancing technology, criminals continue to find new ways of fooling the gullible and innocent members of the public. And although Samoa is remote and isolated in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean; we are not immune. Far from it.

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Letters to the Editor

Parliamentary report an old record

Dear Editor Re: What dictatorship? Samoa is a democracy! And depends on which democracy you are blowing hot air about. The question being; is Samoa Observer really operating democratically?

Street Talk

Esera Tu’iala

Opinions turn away from rugby

Should the old pattern of the Samoa Rugby Union decision-making be followed and the Manu Samoa coach be sacked? Some of our former coaches were let go for fewer than four losses in a row. Ilia Likou asked the general public yesterday for their opinions and she got some surprising responses.

Think a Minute

Man of the house

Think a minute…Chris Spielman was a professional football player in the U.S. for 10 years. He was famous for his aggressive playing and tough tackling. But just before the 1998 professional football season, his wife discovered she had cancer.

Columns

Remarks from the Commonwealth Broadband Pacific forum

The Chief Guest, Her Excellency Honourable Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, Acting Prime Minister of Samoa; Deputy Prime Minister of Tonga, Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni; Hon. Ministers; Dr. Shola Taylor, Secretary General of CTO; Mr. Sione Veikoso, President of PITA; Excellencies and members of the diplomatic corps; Distinguished speakers; participants; ladies and gentlemen.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

LEARNING FROM OTHERS Oh no! First we got a lesson in rugby success from the visiting Flying Fijians and now we have to swallow our pride and learn from their successful airline, Fiji Airways.

Sunday Reading

WATER POWER TOP-UP INITIATIVE: The Prime Minister's response confirms that the government will keep the best interest of the country and may revisit the initiative.

Govt. receptive to Water Power System

Government has taken on board suggestions for a Water Power top-up initiative identical to the Cash Power top-up for electricity.

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