Desperation knows no boundaries

The front-page story titled “No poverty in Samoa? Check out the children at Tafaigata landfill” is another sad reminder about the chilling reality for some of the poorest people in this country today.

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I just don’t get it

It’s not that often I agree with the opinion of Salega East Member of Parliament, Olo Fiti Va’ai and I’m sure he could care less about me saying so. And while I am not convinced we should just go ahead and can the Green Lane List system, like many others now that there is obviously a problem, I would like to know more about why it was set up.

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Greed poisons the mind, destroys great intentions

The past couple of weeks have been great for Samoa. There is absolutely no doubt about it. Some wonderful things have been said about this country that we should all take pride in.

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Tough road ahead for Fuimaono

At long last. The appointment of Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua as the Head Coach of the Manu Samoa has been confirmed. The confirmation from the Chairman of the Samoa Rugby Union, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, though came a bit late.

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Conflicts, containers, tipping and bribery in paradise

Visibility is not hard in this paradise we call home. Samoa, being a small place, it’s difficult to escape if you are a prominent person or someone of importance to members of the public. It’s just the way it is.

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It’s a cold, cold world we live in

Ladies and gentlemen, we live in a very interesting time. It is one defined by many problems with the global economy, environment and in many other areas of life.

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Samoa’s praises, P.M. Tuilaepa and abuse in the public service

Well, the 48th Pacific Islands Forum Meeting has come and gone. All we are left with today is a communiqué and fond memories from what was a very busy time for Samoa, last week.

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This is Samoa; it’s a free country

The fight for West Papua might be far from a victory for people there but at last week’s 48th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting; the vocal local protesters who made the issue known can claim a moral victory.

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Be nice to someone, you might just save a life

As Samoans, we’re known as friendly and happy people. Visitors to these shores are impressed and marvel at our ability to offer a smile, acknowledge them and wave simply because that is who we are.

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Happy, smiling faces everywhere, and assault on media too

Last week was definitely a memorable time for us all. It was when we played host to the 48th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting right here in Apia, where as the Forum’s Chairman, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, was without a doubt the man of the moment.

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Taking pride in Samoa’s cleanliness

Now that the 27th Annual Teuila Festival has closed, we join the Minister of Tourism, Sala Fata Pinati, in acknowledging and congratulating everyone involved in making the weeklong festivities possible.

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Don’t forget issue of customary lands and West Papua

Today, the 48th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders meeting -- and all other related meetings -- come to an end. With the Leaders Retreat and the closing ceremony at Taumeasina Island Resort tonight, we can safely say all is well that ends well.

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Tell me there is method in thy madness. Please.

There is no doubt about it. The leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum in Apia have their work cut out for the next two days. Or so we hope. As they do at these meetings, it has everything to do with trying to save our people and our part of the planet from eternal damnation.

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“We can dream all we want but it is what we do that we get”

Well, there you go ladies and gentlemen. The 48th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting is now officially underway. It follows a very colourful opening ceremony at the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum last night, where our visitors were accorded the best of Samoan hospitality with Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi welcoming everyone.

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Regionalism and the blue Pacific Ocean

The theme of this week’s 48th Pacific Islands Forum leaders meeting could not have been more fitting. “The Blue Pacific, our Sea of islands, our Security through Sustainable development, management and conservation” sums up quite well the challenges facing the leaders and delegates who are gathering in Apia today.

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Now the real hard work begins

It’s a great week to be in Samoa. The vibes are positive and there is definitely plenty of excitement and anticipation in the air. With the nation welcoming regional and global leaders for the 48th Pacific Islands Forum Meeting, the fact it is happening simultaneously with the 27th Annual Teuila Festival, which officially opened last night, is an added bonus.

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How about some simple remedies, to fight rampant corruption and poverty we’re seeing everywhere today, Mr Prime Minister?

Poor Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi. What exactly happens when someone he’s close to – such as a Cabinet Minister for instance – is alleged to have broken the law and now he, Tuilaepa, is waiting for a “divine whisper from the heavens” to tell him what he should do?

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Obesity is ugly, wake up Samoa!

Obesity is an ugly problem in Samoa. It’s not just an ugly problem; it’s an expensive one too. Just ask the government who has to spend thousands of tala that should be set aside for other developments simply to deal with non-communicable diseases, which are largely caused by obesity.

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Of secret whispers and Lopao’o’s new role

Well there you have it, Samoa. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi was finally prompted by a “secret whisper” yesterday so that the new Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries is now no longer a secret. Thank goodness for that.

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We should try and make Samoa paddling capital of the Pacific

The question pops up now and then. Why canoeing is not our national sport given our proud history of being seafarers and navigators does baffle the mind. How rugby took over as the national sport is certainly a mystery. But then there are many things that puzzle us here on these beautiful shores.

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Letters to the Editor

‘Enough already,’ said God

Dear Editor, I’ve been reading a lot lately about our Prime Minister talking about his divine whispers and secret communications with God. When I came across the following piece, I thought I’d share it with your readers because it seems like Tuilaepa is not the only one.

Street Talk

Mele Maulolo Iasoni, 47

Line blurred between tips and bribery

The difference between tipping and bribery has been spelt out by a Cabinet Minister who said public servants should not feel bad about accepting tips for doing their work. The Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tioniso Hunt, said it is only wrong when public servants accept bribes. What do you think? Should members of the public be encouraged to tip public servants, especially people like Customs officials? Ulimasao Fata asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Think a Minute

Let go

Think a minute…When 2 wolves fight over a place and territory, they end their fight in a very unusual way. The wolf that finally knows he can’t win, surrenders by rolling over on his back and sticking out his neck to the teeth of the other wolf.

Columns

The truth behind the ‘Bio-Bag’.

It’s no secret that plastic is bad for the environment and unfortunately for us, we consume far more than we should. From plastic food wrappers to plastic buckets, it can be safe to say that plastic plays a big part of our everyday lives.

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

EMPOWERED NOFOTANE WOMEN: During the Teuila Festival 2017, the unemployed Nofotane women sold products at their own market stall set up at the Teuila Festival site in front of the government building.

Samoan women reap socio economic returns

While the celebration of Samoa’s culture and traditions as per the Teuila Festival for 2017 has come to an end, the empowered nofotane women used the festival to enjoy the socio-economic returns from being empowered.

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