You have been warned, Samoa!

Last week Friday, a story titled “Maldives faces Chinese ‘land grab’ over unpayable debts” surfaced on the front page of the Samoa Observer. In light of the recent debate and controversy about Samoa’s foreign debt, customary lands and concerns about the future of this country, the story couldn’t have arrived at a better time, in our humble opinion.

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After 24 years the government wakes up and Samoa Observer is still there

Let’s start with a couple of questions. First: Why is it that it looks as if certain Cabinet Ministers of the government of Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, are in the habit of stopping now and then to look, as if there is something out there in the past that is giving their consciences sleepless days and sleepless nights?

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Gita, Tonga and Marist Sports Week

How time flies. This time last week, our nation was just waking up to the devastation left by the fury of Cyclone Gita. Thank God it remained, at worst, a category 2 and it moved away quickly. That was perhaps the best part that it arrived earlier than expected and by daylight it had gone.

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When Cyclone Gita exposes more than it should

This much is undeniable. It is when we are tested through the fire and floods that we find out just how strong we are – and in some cases how solid certain projects are. Following the devastation of Cyclone Gita, it must be said that the quality of some aid funded and constructed projects are likely to come under scrutiny once more. Why? Well it’s simple really.

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Who is running the Prison? Government or Prisoners?

Something is terribly amiss about the way the Tafa’igata Prison is being managed. We’ve always known there have been a multitude of problems up there, for many years now. But a couple of incidents last weekend really confirm our suspicion that a lot of the problems we are seeing are the result of a really pathetic system that requires a complete overhaul. Immediately.

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Flooding devastation, retaining wall and the cost of deforestation

In the wake of the devastation caused by the Cyclone Gita flooding, all the attention and anger have been directed at the Government and the delay in the construction of a retaining wall along the path of the Vaisigano river.

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Heartless thieves in times of sorrow

Acts of looting and stealing by thugs taking advantage of the suffering of innocent members of the public and the business community during the cyclone is the kind of menace this country can definitely do without. We are talking about the high number of theft cases, robberies and people pilfering goods from businesses who are trying to get back on their feet.

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Tui Samoa Cable, benefits and what needs to be done now

The timing for the Tui Samoa Cable to go live could not have been more interesting. With the promise to lower the cost of internet technology, thus making it more accessible to the people of Samoa, the potential to help speed up development is endless.

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Cyclone Gita’s wrath and lessons from Ofa

Tropical Cyclone Gita left just as quickly as it arrived on Friday night and yesterday morning. Within six hours, it left hundreds of people devastated as a result of strong winds and flooding. Folks, it sends shivers down the spine to think what more damage it could have done if it stayed on a bit longer.

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Safety is our priority in times like these

In times like these, there are only a few things we can do. Stay safe, pray hard, look after our loved ones and don’t panic. Above all, our safety and that of people close to us should be our priority. At all times.

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Think safety and be prepared

At this time of the year, natural disasters are never far from our minds. Knowing the season that we are in and how vulnerable we are to climate calamities, we have come to expect that anything could happen.

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A timely warning for all of us

The warning from the Police about the need for teachers to refrain from smacking students as a way of disciplining them is a timely reminder. The fact is there are many School Principals and Teachers who don’t need to be reminded because they know their roles and where to draw the line when it comes to the issues.

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Forget the phone; let’s find our humanity and get our priorities right

This much is undeniable. We live in a sad world where judging by certain behaviours, you have to say there is something terribly amiss about the make up of the society we live in. It’s almost like some people have become so cold.

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Samoa’s cyber wars a lost political discourse

Let’s see. One could be forgiven for thinking that the political discourse in Samoa these days has become one big comedy. Well almost if only the issues were not so deadly serious.

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A sleeping giant is nearly awake

Yes folks that was all so close. Excruciatingly so. Today, it is absolutely undeniable that we all feel so gutted. Who wouldn’t be after such a close game against Fiji?

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Thirty-six years of H.R.P.P. rule and Govt’s renewed vigour to stop “election corruption”

On Wednesday’s Samoa Observer, a story titled “Govt. moves to stop election corruption” was published on page 2. The story naturally attracted attention for the simple reason that as far as we know elections and corruption go hand in hand regardless of where in the world they are held.

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Wouldn’t it just be wonderful if the “millions” wasted through corruption could be used to raise the minimum wage instead?

The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Nafo’itoa Talaimanu Keti, raised a legitimate point in Parliament last week. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and his leadership should take a moment to hear him out.

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Right decision today could save lives tomorrow

This much we know. The conversation about whether wooden buses are still road worthy given this country’s changing dynamics in terms of road usage is one that needs to happen now. And it cannot remain just a conversation.

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It is the future generations of Samoa we should be thinking about

A lot has been said about Samoa’s debt, aid and why we shouldn’t be panicking about the state of the economy during the recent past. Take for example last week in Parliament where Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, his Cabinet Ministers and certain Members of Parliament made a concerted effort to drum up the country’s financial position and how each and every one of us should be grateful to the government for where we are today.

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Ghost writers! O le Palemia!  And yes, Prime Minister Tuilaepa’s  gift from American Samoa!

About a month ago, on 18 December 2017 that was, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi shocked everyone when he did something that was quite inconceivable at the time, so that it seemed pretty clear that no one in his right mind would have known what to do in response.

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Letters to the Editor

Fix the simple things

Dear Editor, Re: P.M. blames bus drivers Driver is one factor. The other would be the competition of who has the best sounds on their bus. Public safety should be a priority over pride and entertainment - which is not what we’re seeing.

Street Talk

Aulalo Mulitalo, 44

Devastated by Cyclone Gita

Tropical Cyclone Gita devastated a number of Pacific island countries last week. In Samoa, it left many families at Lelata, Ma’agao and Vini devastated. What was going through your mind during the cyclone? And what would you do differently if another cyclone comes? Nefertiti Matatia asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Think a Minute

The sweat of success

Think a minute…Former Prime Minister of England, Winston Churchill, became so famous for his speeches that he was called the Greatest Speaker of the Century. He was also famous for his quick wit.

Columns

“Law, Custom and Constitutionalism: Customary Land Tenure in Samoa”

Ladies and Gentlemen, Talofa lava! As an Indigenous Samoan, Let me first pay my respect to the Indigenous Owners of this land and thank their ancestors, past present and future, for letting me stand before you on these sacred cultural lands!

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

THE BEST A big fa’amalo to the skilled and courageous E.P.C. staff who braved the winds and rain to restore power from broken and dangerous power lines on Cross Island Road on Wednesday night in pitch darkness.

Sunday Reading

PRESIDENT OF THE S.A.M.E.:Tagaloa Eddie Wilson with Happy Ava Farmers Tupai & Asoono- from Savaii.

Samoa’s Ava Exports expected to rise to prominence again

Samoa’s Ava Exports is looking promising, with exports expected to increase in the next couple of years. Ava exports was Samoa’s second largest export commidity from 1998 to 2001 until some European countries led by Germany imposed restrictions on the Pacific Kava Trade. Samoa’s exports of Ava in 1998 was just under $20m.

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