Election talks, outstanding taxes and that helicopter

It’s a rare story but it’s true. Days before the General Election in March 2016, the Government couldn’t contain its excitement about a certain company that had mysteriously moved from Tonga to Samoa.

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Banning plastic to save our island communities

It will only be a matter of time before fishermen in Samoa catch fish with plastic in the stomach or see marine animals get trapped in abandoned plastic fishing nets. Last month 300 sea turtles were reportedly found dead off the coast of Mexico, with experts suspecting toxic algae attached to abandoned fishing nets or asphyxiation (the act of depriving something or someone of air).

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The simple solution to those fears about daylight savings

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has got a valid point. For the safety and welfare of students, he said all schools should start at 9am. Pronto. Tuilaepa’s call is timely as the country prepares for daylight savings, which begins next Sunday 30 September and lasts until April next year.

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Extra marital affairs don’t just happen in the Police. What about the rest of the public service? And Samoa?

Police Commissioner Fuiavai’ili’ili Egon Keil and his management team have a lot of work to do. If the list Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi announced last week is anything to judge by, their work has been cut out for the next 12 months - or more.

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Such a waste of precious lives. What’s being done to ensure it doesn’t happen again?

Making international commitments is one thing. Ensuring they are delivered and reflected locally is quite another. That much we know. Now during the past few weeks, some inspirational remarks were made publicly both locally and internationally. Coming from this nation’s leaders, some of them instill hope, others though demand scrutiny.

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Congratulations to the Marist Education system in Samoa

Let’s face it. A hundred and thirty years is a very, very long time, one during which testing challenges could have easily undone the strongest of desires and the will to persevere with a certain goal. Which means that for anything to survive this long and remain amicably strong for such a period of time must have surely been founded on a rock solid foundation.

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The cash-strapped Samoa Rugby Union, “undernourished, hungry journalists” and professional politicians

He’s back. After a couple of weeks away to attend an official visit in Fiji, followed by Australia and then the Pacific Islands Forum meeting in Nauru, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi is back with a spring in his step ready to confront the issues awaiting him in Samoa.

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Enough is enough, Samoa!

Two years ago, the Government took a gigantic step forward as part of widespread efforts to address the scourge that is domestic violence in Samoa. It happened when Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi launched a National Public Inquiry on Family Violence at the T.A.T.T.E. Building.

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Three lives lost is a tragedy, let’s pray for peace, comfort

A lot can change in a few days. Which is precisely what has happened on the big island of Savai’i today – and to an extent the whole of Samoa. From the highest of highs with the joyous celebrations of the Miss Samoa being held there for the first time last week to the extreme low of losing three precious lives in extremely tragic circumstances, it’s just so hard to fathom.

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Church, Govt., taxes and Leta’a

Last week, a story titled “E.F.K.S. Church elders’ decision questioned” was published on the front page of your newspaper. It made for some very interesting reading. That much we know.

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How relevant has the Pacific Islands Forum become to us?

The recently concluded 49th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Summit in Nauru would go down in history as one of the most controversial in recent times. There is a lot to like about the outcomes from the September 3-6 conference, which culminated with a Leader’s Retreat and the release of a Forum Communique, that highlighted the priority areas for the region’s heads of governments and commitment to pursue common goals and interests over the next 12 months until the next summit.

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A legacy of hard work, love for family and generosity

A cloud of sadness has been hovering over Samoa during the past week. It’s been hard to shake it to be quite honest. Amidst the celebration of the 2018 Teuila Festival, the Miss Samoa Pageant and a number of events held, it’s undeniable there was a touch of sadness in the air.

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Pride in Savai’i. Pride in Samoa. Pride in our cleanliness and ourselves.

Every good thing must end. And so today we say goodbye to the fun that has been the 28th Annual Teuila Festival, which was officially closed yesterday at the Malaefatu Park in Sogi by the Minister of Tourism, Sala Fata Pinati.

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Children of Samoa deserve love, care and protection

It’s been a wonderful week in sunny Samoa. With tourists, visitors, returning Samoans and locals alike basking in the glory of the 2018 Teuila Festival celebration and all the other sporting activities, it’s nice to see life and culture being celebrated with so much vigour and passion. Which is what it is all about.

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Bolt’s below the belt attack “utterly stupid”

Andrew Bolt’s personal and below the belt attack on Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, in his column for the Herald Sun in Australia, is unlikely to bother the Prime Minister too much.

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Death of Chinese man on seawall, petty crime and Samoa today

What we feared for and continued to warn the relevant authorities about for quite some time now has happened. We are talking about the story of a Chinese man being found dead on the seawall, which was published on the front page of the Sunday Samoan.

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Open sky policy good for Samoa’s tourism

The majestic singing at the E.F.K.S. Hall in Sogi, the military-like precision of fire knife dancers, and the cultural splendor on display at the 28th Teuila Festival confirms Samoa’s place in the region as a premier tourism destination.

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It’s Teuila Festival time. And time to bring back the fautasi race!

Well how time flies. It feels like it was only this time last year we were welcoming regional and global leaders for the 48th Pacific Islands Forum Meeting and celebrating the 27th Annual Teuila Festival at the same time.

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About Prime Minister Tuilaepa, climate change, and the truth!

Every time Prime Minister, Dr Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, accuses someone of being an “idiot and a fool”, my mind winces and refuses to think. The reason, I suppose, is that over the years all that the insults had done was made the mind wonder whether Samoa was the right place to be.

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Fix the issues at home and there will be no need for teachers to discipline students

Let’s talk about the Ombudsman Maiava Iulai Toma and his Office. They have become the latest public officials to call on the Government to slow down with the plan to bring back corporal punishment for disciplinary reasons.

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Letters to the Editor

The real problem

Re: Helicopter owners owes govt. I figured that was wrong with this helicopter. The reason why the government is holding the helicopter for tax payment that the owner owed to the government of Samoa.

Street Talk

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Savaii residents want 2019 Miss Samoa Pageant and Teuila Festival

Should the 2019 Miss Samoa Pageant and Teuila Festival be held in Savaii? Reporter Adel Fruean travelled to Savai’i to cover the pageant and also had the chance to speak to locals on what they thought of Samoa’s two premier events.

Think a Minute

Feeling, Faith, and Fact

Think a minute…A young man was discouraged and depressed about the problems he was going through. His wise father asked him: “Son, have you ever gone through a tunnel?” “Yes,” his son answered. His father continued, “When you were in the tunnel, did you think the sun no longer existed?” “No, of course not,” said the young man.

Columns

Climate justice denied

By now the Samoa and indeed the Pacific delegations will have returned home after participating in climate meetings held in Bangkok, Thailand, a week ago 4 to 9 September.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

Don’t be a tosser, keep Samoa clean Sometimes when driving around our beautiful island admiring the lush green vegetation and gardens, - you get the shock of your life when you see young people and sometimes older people casually chuck their food packaging or whatever waste they have in their hands aside onto the path or in someone's garden and continue walking.

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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