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Mata'afa Keni Lesa

Health merger: A brave move or an epic fail?

There are two ways one can interpret the latest developments at the public Health sector detailed in a story titled “Govt. Health vision” on the front page of the Samoa Observer on Monday. The first pair of lens can see that the government is learning as they go along and that the merger between the National Health Services (N.H.S.) and Ministry of Health (M.O.H.) reflects a government that is not afraid to make tough decisions when it has to. That’s the good news.

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Re: First the E.U. blacklist and now the U.S. ban? What’s going on? U.S. noticed that Samoan P.M. and his government does a lot of meddling with China more than U.S. The move is an indirect way for Trump to say “send your people to China, not to the U.S.”

Dear Editor, Re: Govt. responds to U.S. ban C.E.O Agafili Shem Leo seems to be confused on this issue. The Visa status here is “temporary work visa.” This is for seasonal work. If these seasonal employees complete their work, they should return immediately, or face deportation.

Talofa Observer An opinion in regards to E.P.C’s attitude. The power was disconnected at Le Vai on Monday 23rd January 2018. The power bill was due Saturday 20th January 2018. Sunday was the following day and then the power was disconnected at 2-2.30pm.

Columns

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Lumepa Hald

The woman and her bones

Do you feel the earth would be kinder if Adam was Eve instead? When I look at the children of the streets, I feel sorrow only. There is not a bone in a loving mother which does not ache for the grief upon any child. I miss my own mother like I miss the rain.

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Ariel Fana’afi Ioane

Catch the right waves

Stop. Unplug your earphones, headphones, you know what, turn the phone off.

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Orlando Huaman*

Let us hire the best

A harmonious and happy society is one in which all its members are involved in a constructive activity that benefits the majority. Any deviation from this ideal accommodation brings imbalance and chaos depending of its deviation and gravity of it.

Between the Lines

LEARNING THE AIRLINES LINGO Heard the term “close in bookings”? Chances are, you are one of the many Samoans who fall into that category used by airlines to describe your booking when you travel.

SLOW DOWN PLEASE Those midnight rally drivers might want to be careful out there.

YOU’RE THE BEST! Admiration and thanks to the school pupils, supervised by teachers, for manning the pedestrian crossings near schools and keeping their many fellow students and drivers safe on our roads.

Think a Minute

Think a minute…”If you win all your arguments, you’ll probably lose all your friends.” Just imagine if we cut off our relationship with every person who disagreed with us, we would have almost no friends or family left! If we are around someone long enough, we will eventually disagree with them about something.

Street Talk

Your thoughts on China’s aid

According to the Lowy Institute, China has provided A$1.8 billion in aid and loans for the South Pacific nations between 2006 and 2016.The main recipients were Papua New Guinea, which received A$632 million, Fiji (A$360 million), Vanuatu (A$244 million) and Samoa (A$230 million). Last week, Ms. Fierravanti-Wells launched an unprovoked scathing attack on China’s aid to the Pacific countries – including Samoa. She accused the Chinese of building “roads to nowhere” and constructing “useless buildings” which will only leave Pacific countries with debts they cannot pay. What do you think of China’s aid to Samoa? We asked members of the public in today’s Street Talk and this is what they said:

Ioane Isa’ako, 72

Samatau

Manuia Savili, 45

Fasitoo’o Tai

Moana Fidow, 21

Falelauniu

Sam Samuelu, 23

Fasito’o Tai

Tu’ugamusu Ete Fuimaono, 54

Vaitele fou/Nu’usuatia

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