A new era has certainly started

There is a time for everything. That much is undeniable about life. There is a time for the sun to rise and a time to set just as day and night will come no matter what. Indeed there is a time for new beginnings, a time to close an old chapter and there are seasons for changes.

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The bizarre and the ugly

Reading the Wednesday edition of your Samoa Observer newspaper sent chills down the spine. The headlines and stories on the first three pages alone were enough to send a shock wave throughout Samoa with the suggestion that a terrible illness has invaded this society.

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This is a dream come true

The Samoa Observer and the Chinese Embassy launched a Chinese version of The Samoa Observer Tusitala Short Story Competition’s book, “Our Heritage, the Ocean” yesterday at Vaitele. The writer was one of the speakers at the launch. This is what he said:

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Everyone needs help when it comes to mental toughness

There is a lot to be said about mental toughness and developing mental strength when it comes to all areas of life. In Samoa, we know this is an area where we sorely lag behind when it comes to sports development. And we’ve seen the results over the years.

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Different strokes for different folks

Now let’s see. As some of you probably already know; Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has strongly rejected calls from some members of the public to cap the number of terms for the holder of the Prime Minister position.

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In hindsight...

Hindsight and perspective are great assets. Sometimes when you step outside the circle and look in at what’s happening, you’ll find it’s a lot easier to understand and comprehend what’s going on. This is as opposed to when we become so caught up in the details we lose the bigger picture.

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All is not lost

It’s hugely disappointing. We know. Four losses from four test matches in as many weeks is inexcusable. It’s pathetic in fact. Nobody wants it and everyone should rightly be angry and disappointed. Who wouldn’t?

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“To strangle freedom of speech is to trample on human rights, stifle humanity and suppress truth” - late Liu Xiaobo, Nobel Peace Laureate

We did not know him, I guess the vast majority of us, anyway. Not only did he live far, far away, but for most of the time during the last 28 years, he was in jail. His name was Liu Xiaobo. A Chinese citizen who lived and studied in America, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and yet to those in China he was an intellectual renegade.

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Massive iceberg somewhere down south, those greenhouse gases and President Donald Trump

Early yesterday morning, the Associated Press reported that “one of the biggest icebergs ever recorded - a trillion-ton behemoth more than seven times the size of New York City - has broken off from the Antarctica Ice Shelf.”

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S.L.C.’s $4.4 million yesterday, MedCen’s $2.5 million today

Just last week, we talked about our government-owned Samoa Land Corporation (S.L.C.) looking for someone with $4.4 million to buy its headquarters at Tuana’imato, and as far as we were aware then, no buyer had fronted up.

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It was made through a secret whisper from God, Prime Minister Tuilaepa reveals

During his weekly press conference on Monday, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, told reporters the appointment of Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II, as Samoa’s next Head of State, was a calling from God. He also told reporters that he believed Tuimaleali’ifano “is now ready for the Head of State post.”

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Now that the U.S.S.R. and the U.S.A. are friends, perhaps it’s time to deal with North Korea?

Well, it’s been an exciting week all right. As a relatively small country squatting peacefully on the South Pacific Ocean, with President Donald Trump of the United States of America, and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, meeting for the first time Friday last week in Hamburg, Germany, and rogue North Korea up the road, testing its intercontinental ballistic missiles that could potentially hit Alaska on the other side of the ocean, when will this flagrant display of naked madness end?

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At last; innovative thinking in sports

While watching the All Blacks British and Irish Lions game on Saturday evening was at first exciting and then not at the end, sports news on the home front still holds out reasons for hope for rugby fans. First, that Manu Samoa gets to beat Fiji for a place in the World Cup this weekend.

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Why is S.L.C.’s $4.4 m complex still vacant?

Why is it that it seems our government is always reveling in the task of embarking on projects, that cost scores of millions of dollars in public funds, and yet along the way those projects are invariably deemed bankrupt, so that soon they are abandoned.

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Co-operation not fingerpointing

In a response from American Samoa’s Deputy Treasurer, Keith Gebauer, who is currently overseeing Customs in the Territory, we have a sensible response to what was fast escalating into a blame game. Mr Gebauer is calling upon Customs and Border Control of the two Samoas to work together.

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China and Samoa’s friendship, and the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Liu Xiaobo

Everybody is talking worriedly about freedom today. The idea that there is so much violence in the world these days - so that the worry that freedom is heading quietly and yet inexorably towards an extinction of one sort or another - is perhaps the biggest fear that’s torturing people’s minds everywhere, it’s quite scary.

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Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II, is Samoa’s new Head of State

Yesterday in Samoa’s House of Representatives history was made. It was when Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, dispelled all doubts when he confirmed that a new Head of State for Samoa, had indeed been appointed.

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Is the “Fourth of July” safe with Donald Trump in control?*

Today is the Fourth of July. So what is the Fourth of July? To Americans everywhere, it’s Independence Day. It marks the birth of America as a nation, and the day the United States of America secured its independence from the British Empire.

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Samoa Founded on Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi of Lepa?

On Monday last week, 26 June 2017, Parliament passed the law aimed at taxing pastors of all church denominations, around Samoa. It was endorsed by the Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, on 30 June 2017.

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It’s about time we talk about parking metres

The government can never win when it talks about adding more charges on the shoulders of members of the public. Whether it’s justifiable or not, critics will always find a way to accuse public officials of doing everything they can to milk members of the public dry of their hard-earned money. 

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Letters to the Editor

Samoa’s current political predicament

Dear Editor, Re: Politics today Again the people have no choice but to put a majority of H.R.P.P in power that will never vote against the PM because of that pathetic election rule that allows 5 H.R.P.P people to run in one district.

Street Talk

Tina Vaipua

Should the P.M.’s term be limited?

Do you think there should be a limit on the number of terms for the Prime Minister? The question has surfaced following the government’s decision to change the Head of State after two terms in office. Deidre Fanene asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Think a Minute

Let go

Think a minute…When 2 wolves fight over a place and territory, they end their fight in a very unusual way. The wolf that finally knows he can’t win, surrenders by rolling over on his back and sticking out his neck to the teeth of the other wolf.

Columns

Minister La’auli Leuatea Schmidt.

Such partnership is essential

Did the Minister of Agriculture just realize that it is “essential” for both to work together?

Between the Lines

Between The Lines

7 QUESTIONS THAT ARE KEEPING US AWAKE 1. So come July 26, the day after the current Tui Atua is no longer the Head of State, is he still His Highness? 2. After being addressed as His Highness for 10 years, what new honorific if any, will he be known by?

Sunday Reading

Myths and Legends of the Ancient World

“I am her mother,” the woman said, looking King Alf squarely in the eye as she spoke. “Surely you will not deny me the right to see my precious daughter.”

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