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Mata'afa Keni Lesa

Time to get those “sumo wrestlers” in shape

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi is absolutely correct. This country needs fit and able-bodied Prison guards who can chase after prisoners who run away from Tafa’igata Prison. And even some Police officers need to get in shape so they can do their jobs properly.

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Re: Samoa’s $140m international gateway I keep seeing this argument and it is laughable. Hawaii has freeways, a massive naval base, 60 storey hotels, one million people.

Dear Editor, The Parliament of Samoa is governed by its own internal rules and procedures. The Parliament is operated under what is called “Standing Orders” or commonly known in Samoan as “Tulafono Tumau a le Palemene o Samoa”.

Dear Editor, Re: White elephants, economy and the need for cost benefit analysis Thank you for your editorial. These poor people just want basic necessities of life; water and electricity. Is that too much to ask for from the government?

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…A man told about an experience his family had visiting a museum. The tour guide led them through all the rooms and then returned to her desk. As the family was leaving, she said: “I must tell you that I’ve never seen such well-mannered children.”

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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