While brainstorming sessions are no doubt a more focused and recognised way of coming up with ideas, there’s a lot to be said for casual, meandering conversations over coffee as well.
With the growing culture of bureaucratic corruption being manifested openly today throughout the government of the so-called Human Rights Protection Party, it seems inevitable that we’re reminded one more time about what the late MP and lawyer, Dr. Asiata A.V. Sale’imoa Va’ai, had written in connection with this very topic, obviously in the belief that his views would be publicly made one day when the need to do so arises.
We live in a sick nation. There is no doubt about that. All you have to do is check out our non-communicable diseases statistics and you will see just how bad it is.
Here is the good news. Two weeks ago, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi instructed Attorney General, Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff, to proceed with the necessary groundwork to set up a Sex Offenders Register.
Common sense has prevailed at long last. We are talking about the Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss the ridiculous second lot of charges against Police Commissioner, Fuiavaalili Egon Keil.
The government’s attitude towards Ele Opeloge’s historical Olympic medal – in particular its stingy reaction to talk about a monetary reward - highlights everything that is wrong with this country today.
Here’s a Monday thought. Tourism in Samoa – contrary to what the government will have you believe - is a stagnant swamp.
Some might have been wondering why the Samoa Observer was not represented at the Media Council Meeting last week, where members of the council were appointed, and their photograph was subsequently published in this paper’s edition yesterday.
And so is all well that ends well. The inaugural Marist International Sports Week is coming to an end today when the winner of the 29th Vailima Marist Sevens tournament proudly hoists the Vailima Marist Sevens trophy at Apia Park this afternoon.
Here’s the good news. In a few months time, Samoa this year is celebrating 55 years of political Independence. It’s an exciting time. It’s a milestone that’s well worth anticipating. After all, Samoa, relatively tiny compared to her Pacific neighbours, became the first country from hundreds of islands in the vast Pacific Ocean to break free from outside political interference.
Once upon a time, when Samoans think of New Zealand, they dreamt about the land of milk and honey. Many saw the land of the long white cloud as the land of opportunities, riches and fortune.
With a rugby story as our lead on our front page and several other rugby stories in the local news section, not to mention a sports section at the back of this newspaper, you could say we are a rugby mad nation.
Once again, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, is right. This is to say his worries about the impending threat of climate change on our low-lying homes in the Pacific Ocean, as a result of the world’s wealthy nations having brazenly heating up the atmosphere over the years with their hazardous greenhouse gas emissions, are quite justified.
We know. Watching the Manu Samoa Sevens during the past two weeks was quite the task, wasn’t it? It was an awfully difficult task that was too. By all means, we didn’t expect them to perform miracles.
When the going gets tough, we look for inspiration. We look to our leaders as role models for guidance, wisdom and to articulate vision and value. In Samoa today, we are going through a very interesting time.
The outpouring of support and admiration for the government’s push to amend the Constitution to declare Samoa officially as a Christian state has been overwhelming.
Dear Editor Re: Aura of reality on the wall I would say, as an extended-tourist who spent six months in Samoa, there are plenty of amazing, life-altering things to do in Samoa, yet little-to-no adequate marketing / advertising [at a Global standard] of viable options to tourists, from those who fly in to those who dock for a day.
Samoa’s Olympic medalist, Ele Opeloge, is unlikely to earn a lot of money – if any – from the government for her efforts. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s insists the government only awards monetary gifts to Olympic gold medal winners.
Think a minute…On this journey called life, do you sometimes feel like just pulling over and parking? You feel like you’ve done enough, worked enough, and learned enough.
WHAT A TEASER! If the Samoa Rugby Union needed some publicity for the upcoming game to be held at Apia Park later in the year, the Auckland Blues rugby side gave it to them by defeating the Melbourne Rebels 56-18 on Thursday night.
The mead hall of King Giuki was filled with the sounds of music and laughter. At his table, the king sat smiling, his horn in his hand and his eyes fixing themselves upon each of his sons in turn.
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