Glimpse of hope for child vendors

An absolutely vital effort has to start at home. It was one of the things that struck me while on holiday there was the children selling goods, and you good see the look of hopelessness in their eyes.

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“I see the kids in the streets, with not enough to eat, who am I to be blind?”

Dear Editor, Regarding: Business support lifting the minimum wage There you are the good people of the nation! The cracks are starting to appear in the latest claim by the honourable Prime Minister of the country aiming the pendulum to swing the wrong direction.

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You don’t get it

Re: P.M. and villager leaders Wendy, you will remain confused if you jump to conclusions. Nowhere in the report does it say the mayors are the last word in the village. The P.M. did not elevate the mayors as the head of the villages.

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Sowing discord

Re: P.M. and village chiefs “Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi has challenged Village Mayors not to be afraid of making hard decision – even if it is against paramount chiefs.”

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You can still make things right

Dear Editor, Re: Don’t be easily fooled You know very well these changes to land ownership does not happen overnight. The negative impact of L.T.R.A. will only be fully understood many years from now, but you probably won’t be around to see it hence why you don’t care. It’s a slow trickling effect and more customary land issues will surface.

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Criticism misguided

Re: Pastor says minimum wage is abuse of youth Your views on church ministers having to pay tax are on point. However, the criticism of Samoa’s minimum wage is misguided. Your comparison parameters are so off the mark it gives the minimum wage earners in Samoa false hope that they too can earn around $10 an hour.

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Lots of maybes

Re: Missing the point Hey Mr. PS Jeffery, how did you know they were told by the Tower to divert unless you’re one of the Tech crew on the day or you were the Controller working in the Tower? Hit a little nerve there I see “BS “Jeffery? Are you part of the unqualified ones in the airline?.

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Don’t be fooled - Apology in order

Dear Editor, Re: Don’t be easily fooled P.M. says “About claims that customary lands are under threat, Tuilaepa said it was foolish to compare Samoa to New Zealand and Australia.

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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.

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Seeking a better direction for Samoa

Dear Editor, Re: Chamber behind Govt. on minimum wage What an absolutely stupid approach to moving the economy forward fairly, by asking business if they think the minimum wage should go up.

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Samoa leads the way again!

Dear Editor, Congratulations to Samoa for again showing leadership to the world in protecting our planet! Working and living in Samoa for 3 years, I’ve applauded the Prime Minister’s strength and leadership in making world leaders accountable for taking action for climate change resilience.

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Don’t be fooled

Re: Don’t be easily fooled, P.M. says “About claims that customary lands are under threat, Tuilaepa said it was foolish to compare Samoa to New Zealand and Australia.”

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Well done, Faleomavaega!

Re: S.R.U. doing well Well done, Faleomavaega! I always knew you were the right person to run the day-to-day affairs of the Union. Keep steering the good ship of S.R.U. to sound waters.

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Cycle the money in economy

Re: P.M. on minimum wage If you increase the wages, doesn’t that give enough money for people to put back to the economy. There will be more money for people to spend on goods, food, fa’alavelave, schooling and church donations.

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“My children are not valea, your education system is”

Dear Editor, Re: Disappointing results The long awaited results for national exams this year have again come with great disappointment. For a few years now our national examinations have been a nightmare.

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It won’t make a difference

Re: Gabbard’s strong support in Samoa That’s an interesting conclusion to assume because Gabbard was born in American Samoa that this would be a good thing for Samoa. Obama’s father was born in Kenya, his relatives still lived there, but what did Obama do for Kenya or any country in Africa.

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Samoa needs this

Re: A.D.B. breached own policies The processes need to be followed and if they were, then fine with me. This Dam really is a huge game-changer for Apia’s annual flooding issues.

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Look to other countries

Re: Small businesses share concerns Typical, this law has been discussed for about a year, so it should come as no surprise to anyone that has been using plastic bags.

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Fake news, Prime Minister Tuilaepa and garbage

Dear Editor, Fake news is everywhere every day every so long and one had to stay calm not hysteria as only small fishes jump at every sprinkle in the water.

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The gist of customary land fight

Dear Editor, Re: Why land concerns are indeed fake news This guy Petelo Suaniu is one of Stui’s biggest supporters. How else should we explain to this donkey what many of our patriots are fighting for?

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Editorial

Child vendors and embracing life’s building blocks

It is good to see progress being made this week on addressing a major issue facing Samoa – child vendors and the long-term implications of their lack of education. Seeing pictures taken yesterday of children vendors at an Apia conference ¬– whom we would normally see around shops with their plastic baskets trying to sell popcorn, match boxes, cotton buds and other items to the public – was an eye opener.

Street Talk

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Govt. applauded for hydro power

The Government has in the last two weeks been commissioning hydro power plants on both Upolu and Savai’i as it continues the push to become 100 percent reliant on renewable energy by 2025. Our reporter Yolanda Lavatai went and met members of the public to get their views on the issue.

Think a Minute

Successful Business Plan (Part 2)

Think a minute…”The reason some people are successful is that they put their plan and work together for a plan that truly works.” Yesterday we started a plan for success both in our job and career, as well as in our personal life, so today we will complete the course.

Columns

Attendants present to witness the generous handover supported by Tupuola Sione and Sissy Vuki.

Thank you for your generosity

Today we are gathered here in the Faleata Fire Station to witness another milestone for the National Emergency Call Centre, Ministry of Police and the Samoa Fire and Emergency Services Authority.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

A simple sign will do Samoans who support their national airline, Samoa Airways, want the management to know something.

Sunday Reading

Back on his feet: For Lopau Mapuinuumanaia (right), the 59-year-old farmer who was nearly swept away, life has improved.

Rebounding together from dual crises

Lopau Mapuinuumanaia remembers the day his village in southeastern Samoa was torn apart. On 29 September 2009, the 59-year- old farmer was up early planting banana and taro seedlings when he felt the earth shake violently.

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