A double murder in a peaceful paradise? Something is terribly amiss somewhere

At the beginning of the week, a young man was jailed for life for one of the most gruesome killings to have taken place in this country in recent memory. On Monday, 24-year-old Simanu’a Manuele, of Falefa and Toamua, was jailed over the “horrific” double killing of two men, one aged 69 while another 42 at Leulumoega in November last year.

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Joining the dots in the minimum wage debate and hoping for the best for Samoa

$2.30 is legally the minimum wage in Samoa – not even enough for a loaf of bread in an Apia supermarket. One would need another .20 sene to buy bread, and even more to get a tin of mackerel.

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Something doesn’t make sense about Hilton’s resignation

Another one bites the dust. Indeed and so the revolving door for coaches and senior officials at the Samoa Rugby Union continues to spin uncontrollably. Only a few months after the most recent embarrassing public spat over the sacking of the man who helped to get the Manu Samoa to the World Cup, Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua, another senior official has called it quits.

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Market voices, small business owners matter. Listen to their concerns

Small shop owners in the villages, market vendors and ordinary Samoans who sell basic food items like pork buns on the streets for a living have a legitimate complaint. A few weeks before the Government’s ban on single-use plastic bags becomes effective, the question of a workable alternative to allow these small business owners to continue their operations has been raised. And rightly so.

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The critical role of Komiti Tumama and the challenge of containing non-communicable diseases

Local solutions for local problems. That is what the article “Experts call for ‘Komiti Tumama’ role to tackle non-communicable disease crisis” in today’s edition of the Samoa Observer basically highlights.

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A Samoa woman as the next U.S. President? Nothing is impossible.

Tulsi Gabbard is a name to remember. She has dominated news around the globe for the past few years, and has become especially prominent in the past few days. Having announced her intention to run for the President of the United States of America, she will continue to dominate the news for months and years to come. It will be both positive and negative.

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P.M. Tuilaepa, President Trump and Samoa’s wonderful controversy

What do Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and the U.S. President Donald Trump have in common? After the events of the past couple of days in Samoa, we can confidently say they love the use of the term “fake news.” Let’s just park this here for now, we’ll come back to it later this in this piece.

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A week of “fake news” and missing the opportunity for dialogue

It has been a long week in Samoa, which started with the first ever visit to the country by the Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Nakao, and ended with a verbal tirade by the Prime Minister. Just over a week after the New Year, and Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi was back to his best or worst — depending on which side of the political spectrum you sit when it comes to Samoan politics.

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Those are real Samoans. And their concerns are not “fake news”

On the front page of the Samoa Observer yesterday was an interesting photograph. Spread across the page, it showed protesters holding placards with different messages, who had gathered for two days in Apia and Faleolo.

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Why P.M. Tuilaepa’s comments are irresponsible and condescending

Here is the cold hard truth. The Government, starting from Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, should feel duty bound to ensure every living soul in Samoa has access to clean drinking water. That access must come through systems installed by the Government, and paid for by taxpayers and monies from development partners, which this country has plenty of.

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Mr. A.D.B. President Nakao, we don’t want the unborn generations of Samoa to be exiles in their own country

Samoa has started the New Year with a bang by welcoming the President of the Asian Development Bank (A.D.B.) Takehiko Nakao on his first official visit to these shores. The A.D.B., being the powerful and influential institution around the world especially where lending and development are concerned, the President’s visit is as high profile as they come.

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Govt.’s Samoa Airways plan, Florence Palamo and the question of funding

On page 2 of the Weekend Observer, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi made a wonderful announcement in relation to Samoa’s national flag carrier, Samoa Airways. A year and a few months into the Airline’s operations, the Government is moving to expand its services by acquiring much-needed additional aircraft.

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Extreme weather conditions, and the need to be smart about it in Samoa

Tropical Cyclone Mona in Fiji, severe flooding in the Solomon Islands, flash floods in Papua New Guinea, unseasonal storms in Kiribati and Marshall Islands, and heavy rains and strong wind in Samoa — we have entered 2019 with uncertainty and a cause for concern at the impact of these extreme weather on the lives of the people.

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Inflight death, Savai’i tragedies and mourning at Luatuanu’u

This much is undeniable. The festive season has been a bit of a mixed bag in terms of stories of joy and sadness. While there has been a lot to celebrate, the past couple of weeks have also been marred by some extremely tragic occurrences. Events that should make us appreciate the gift of life, and how we are today able to share it with others we love.

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Elections, fake news and what our leaders can do

Now that the Christmas festivities are behind us and the New Year is well and truly underway as we knew it would, it’s time to get back to those wonderful problems that are existing gleefully as if to remind us that there is much work to be done.

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Education and saving the planet, and saving lives!

Just four days into the New Year and events in the last couple of days should give you an indication of another busy year ahead for the education sector.

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The New Year, celebrations in Samoa and questions of our time

Three days into 2019, one can say that this nation – and perhaps many other nations - are nursing a massive hang over from the Festive Season celebrations. It’s something that is unlikely to be fully cured until next week. Which is expected of course.

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Happy New Year, Samoa!

Well here we are today on the last day of 2018 Samoa. What a year it has been. As we reflect on the past 12 months, we rejoice in many gloriously wonderful moments, we remember with sadness the tough times and some extremely tragic events that have unfolded before us.

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Crimes targeting Chinese and other races sad, sad development. Stop it please!

The headline “Chief Justice alarmed at crime targeting Chinese” published on the front page of this newspaper earlier this month raised eyebrows. Not only was it concerning that crime has become a major issue in Samoa, the idea that certain criminals are picking their targets based on race and ethnicity, is extremely frightening. We cannot ignore it.

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Armed robbery, drunks on the road and evil in times of joy

This much is undeniable. Wherever there is good, evil will be lurking around the corner looking for an opportunity to strike. And in happy times like the festive season, it’s a given that there will always be sour experiences.

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Letters to the Editor

Say something positive, more productive

Dear Editor, The Prime Minister needs to stop his sarcastic and arrogant comments towards people as he is putting the whole country in jeopardy in the eyes of the foreigners and potential investors and donors.

Street Talk

Fa’apaia Motu, 61

Why minimum wage should increase

The issue of the minimum wage is back on the agenda. While most people agree that $2.30 an hour is not enough, the Government says the decision to increase is totally dependent on the private sector and whether they can afford it. What do you think? And if there were an increase, why? Soli Wilson asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Think a Minute

Rise to the Challenge (Part 2)

Think a minute...”Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” We are facing the most challenging time in human history. Our world population has exploded to 7.7 billion people! With far more people on the planet, we are running out of clean air and clean water.

Columns

Changing lives: Now that the Festive season is finished

Talofa Samoa! In the first week of last year, I was looking for one of METI ‘champions’: someone, who had been following the whole foods, plant based (WFPB) diet that METI promotes and who had been successful in reversing his diabetes condition, which had been crippling him for years.

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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