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Public express views on new political party

The recent launching of the Samoa First Political Party has attracted a lot of interest from the public as well as the country’s political leadership. Our reporter Adel Fruean went out and asked people for their views on the establishment of the new political party.

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Rosemarie Ah Lin, 40

Mixed reactions to Samoa Airways and the $12 million loan

Samoa’s national carrier, Samoa Airways, has been operating since last November. Last week, it was revealed that it is taking out a $12 million loan from the Unit Trust of Samoa (U.T.O.S.) to fund its operations. What do you think of Samoa Airways so far? And what are your thoughts about the loan? Adel Fruean asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Ana Lealofi, 61

Mixed reaction to Prime Minister’s salary cut

There has been a mixed reaction to the decision by the Cabinet to cut the salary of Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi from $187,500 to $182,070. There was a split among members of the public on whether the Prime Minister deserved to get a pay cut or should have been paid more. Some members of the public praised his contribution to the success of Samoa as a nation, while others decried the level of poverty in the country and said the decision to cut his salary was proper.

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Asiata Sataraka

Public speak on vaccines controversy

The death of two one-year-old babies last Friday following their vaccination at Savai’i has led to independent investigations by authorities and galvanized debate throughout the nation. Health experts have come out defending vaccinations while urging patience until the inquiries are completed. The public was asked if they have confidence in the health system and the health of their children.

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Too Fineaso, 27

Mixed reaction on Ministers' tax

The issue of taxing of pastors between the Government and the Christian Congregational Church of Samoa has received mixed reactions from the public. Our reporter, Nefertiti Matatia asked if it is right for the Government to take the church ministers to Court despite the values and ethics that the country believes in and they responded:

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Kalifa Petena, 47

Manu Samoa’s losing streak

The poor performance of the Manu Samoa team has raised eyebrows for our rugby nation. Our reporter Adel Fruean asked if the Manu Samoa management team should be replaced. This is what they said:

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Mumu Elia 55

Should the Govt. listen to plea from E.F.K.S. Church?

“The Elders of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) are urging Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and his administration to reconsider the law to tax the alofa received by Church Ministers. This is the gist of a letter from the Church to Prime Minister Tuilaepa, dated 15 June 2018. The 11-page letter, written in Samoan, highlights the church’s position on the issue. It was submitted to Tuilaepa prior to their much-anticipated meeting on Monday. Do you think the Government should reconsider based on the request from the church? Adel Fruean asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Ata Laban, 37

Public express views on Pacific Games 2019 logo

With a few months left for Samoa to host the Pacific Games 2019, expectations are high. In the lead up to the region’s biggest sporting event, the Pacific Games logo was unveiled on Friday evening. Our reporter, Adel Fruean asked the views of the Samoan people on the new Pacific Games logo, which people responded to.

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Peteru Taoipi, 53

Mixed opinions about arming Police officers

The recent violence in Savai’i involving, which led to Salelologa men interfering with the work of the Police, has revived the question about the need to arm the Police Force to deal with such issues. Do you think the Police Force should be armed, to allow them to deal with incidents where their lives are under threat in carrying out their work? Adel Fruean asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Eti Seumanutafa, 38

Parents, alcohol and lack of education blamed

The violence in Savai’i last weekend has been a major talking point for the past few days. Even the Head of State referred to the incident during his Independence Day address. What do you think is causing all this? Adel Fruean asked members of the public in today’s Street Talk and this is what they said:

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Havira Masoe, 56

Workers delighted with two public holidays, not business owners

The Government has declared two public holidays to commemorate Samoa’s 56th Independence Day at the end of the week. The holidays are Friday, 1 June 2018 and Monday 4 June 2018. While workers are delighted, the private sector is not happy. What do you think? Was it necessary to extend the public holidays to Monday or would it have been sufficient to celebrate on Friday and Saturday? Adel Fruean asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Niko Temo

Church gets backing on tax position

The biggest denomination in Samoa, the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) has reportedly rejected the Government’s new law to tax the Head of State and Church Ministers. Although the church has yet to confirm its official position, reports from the Malua annual conference indicate that the church will continue to reject the law. Despite this, the Government has put out a notice that after 30 June 2018, they will start enforcing the law on people who continue to disobey. What do you think? Reporter, Adel Fruean asked members of the public today and this is what they said:

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Eseta Faasao, 42

Public oppose new chicken tax

The recent passing of the Customs and Tariff Bill in Parliament means new tariff rates will be imposed on all imported chicken. This is a grave concern given that chicken is one of the most affordable meat for families living below the poverty line and middle income earners. Taxing such goods is no doubt a burden on these families because a decent meal every day is now being robbed from them with price increase. Our reporter, Ulimasao Fata asked the public on their opinion on Government’s move to tax imported frozen chicken. This is what they said:

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Yu Felise, 20

Opinions differ over Facebook threat

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has threatened to ban Facebook as the Government continues to crack down on anonymous writers on social media who attack the Government. What do you think? Do you support the Prime Minister’s threat? Our reporter, Nefertiti Matatia, asked people in today’s Street Talk and this is what they said:

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Eseta Levi, 37

Village curfews vs. public roads

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has reminded that it is illegal for villages guarding evening curfews to interfere with members of the public using public roads. Our reporter, Nefertiti Matatia, asked the public: Do you think villages should focus on vehicles on the road or should they concentrate more on what is happening in their village during the curfew? This is what they said:

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Faaofonuu Iosefo Faamausili, 57

N.Z. govt. urged to change law

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is standing by her country’s immigration laws requiring Samoans to go through a stringent screening process to obtain a visa to visit New Zealand. This is despite the two countries sharing a Treaty of Friendship. Do you think this is fair? Reporter, Nefertiti Matatia, asked the public in today’s Street Talk and this is what they said:

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Alosio Gasio, 55

Mandatory voting in Samoa

“By the 2021 General Election, it will be mandatory for every registered voter to vote”. The move by the Election Commission is strongly supported by the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi. Our reporter, Ilia L Likou asked the public: Should there be compulsory voting in Samoa? Here are the responses.

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Ricky Faamui,  58

Parents cop blame for child slavery

An article published on the front page of the Samoa Observer this week with the headline “Samoa shamed in ‘worst forms of child labour’” has exposed the issue of child slavery in Samoa once more. The article details the findings of a United States Bureau of International Labour Affairs study which highlighted forms of child labour in Samoa. In today’s Street Talk, Reporter, Nefertiti Matatia, asked: Is it the parents or the Government’s responsibility to alleviate child labour? This is what they said:

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Lui Tamoto, 49

An act of God or nature?

In the wake of Cyclone Gita, one Pastor has claimed that the cyclone was a mild warning from God to the government over their decision to tax pastors. What do you think? Samoa Observer reporter, Nefertiti Matatia, asked members of the public in today’s Street Talk: Do you think Tropical Cyclone Gita was a sign from God? This is what they said:

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Aulalo Mulitalo, 44

Devastated by Cyclone Gita

Tropical Cyclone Gita devastated a number of Pacific island countries last week. In Samoa, it left many families at Lelata, Ma’agao and Vini devastated. What was going through your mind during the cyclone? And what would you do differently if another cyclone comes? Nefertiti Matatia asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Editorial

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.

Letters to the Editor

I just wanted to show the other side

Dear Editor, Just for the record, I didn’t dish out this information just to insult the “believers”. I did it to enlighten those that want to know the other side of the coin if you will.

Think a Minute

Mama’s boys

Think a minute…In 1946, the United States Army showed to the public its brand new 30-ton computer called the ENIAC. All the credit for this invention was given to two men, John Mauchly and J. Eckert.

Columns

It’s about kinship, love, remorse and forgiveness

I want to share a reflection on suicide by quoting from a speech I made in 2002 because it is relevant and topical. Rituals also express meaning, nuance and metaphor. During (former) Prime Minister’s Helen Clark’s wreathe presentation at Tamasese’s grave, 4 June 2002, Lufi Falefa and Salani could have chanted the funeral chants, the birth chants, the war chants, the victory chants.

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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