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Mata'afa Keni Lesa

A double murder in a peaceful paradise? Something is terribly amiss somewhere

At the beginning of the week, a young man was jailed for life for one of the most gruesome killings to have taken place in this country in recent memory. On Monday, 24-year-old Simanu’a Manuele, of Falefa and Toamua, was jailed over the “horrific” double killing of two men, one aged 69 while another 42 at Leulumoega in November last year.

Letters to the Editor

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.

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.

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.

Columns

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Dr. Walter Vermeulen

Changing lives: Now that the Festive season is finished

Talofa Samoa! In the first week of last year, I was looking for one of METI ‘champions’: someone, who had been following the whole foods, plant based (WFPB) diet that METI promotes and who had been successful in reversing his diabetes condition, which had been crippling him for years.

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Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi

What the P.M. said at opening of Vailoa Hydro

We are gathered here today for the Commissioning Ceremony to mark the Completion of the construction and installation of the 200 Kilowatt Vailoa New Hydro Power Plant.

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Fiu Mata’ese Elisara

Invasive species for biomass threatens palusami and food security

In Tuesday’s Samoa Observer, 15 January 2019, I read with interest a report by Alexander Rheeney titled “Biomass plant progresses to next stage” referring to the proposed development of a biomass gasification plant at Mulifanua!

Between the Lines

P.M. on Church leaders It seems Prime Minister Tuilaepa can’t leave members of clergy alone. During a radio programme last week, he had plenty to say about Church Ministers. For instance, he reminded them that Church Ministers were only taught on spiritual matters, not on Economics.

No media The British American Tobacco Company, previously known as Rothmans, celebrated a milestone at Robert Louis Stevenson Museum last night. It was their 40th birthday in Samoa.

Is this Samoa’s Manu Samoa? Two issues stand out like a sore thumb in the selection of the Manu Samoa. Firstly, there is not a single player picked from the competitions in Samoa.

Think a Minute

Think a minute...”Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” We are facing the most challenging time in human history. Our world population has exploded to 7.7 billion people! With far more people on the planet, we are running out of clean air and clean water.

Street Talk

Why minimum wage should increase

The issue of the minimum wage is back on the agenda. While most people agree that $2.30 an hour is not enough, the Government says the decision to increase is totally dependent on the private sector and whether they can afford it. What do you think? And if there were an increase, why? Soli Wilson asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Fa’apaia Motu, 61

Auala

Grace Pauga, 26

Vaimoso

Larry Kalolo Aokusotino, 39

Lalovaea

Nu’u Milo, 22

Vailele

Pastor Taeauga R. Frost & Saeseese R. Frost

Iva and Tanugamanono

Rev. Falevi Petana, 55

Maota

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