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.
Here’s the irony of it all. If the Ministry of Education cannot get a simple thing like the exam results correct, how foolish are we to expect students who are part of that education system to flourish?
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi is right. Quoted in the Sunday Samoan of 5 February 2017 as having said that “even the Samoa Observer, went and hired a very expensive lawyer from overseas” to defend itself against a government defamation claim, he is absolutely right.
Last week, we got a phone call from one of our readers reporting that the Vaisigano River had become something of a tourist attraction. Sadly it was not for any good reason.
The undeniable truth is this. Respect for the rule of law, justice and freedom of choice and association are paramount principles to adhere to if people of any country want to co-exist peacefully.
Make no mistake about it. The announcement that the Auckland Blues and the Queensland Reds are coming to Samoa for the first Super rugby fixture on these shores in June is an exciting opportunity. Why it has taken so long to make this happen though is a mystery.
Re: Samoa ‘Founded on God’ and Samoa ‘Founded on the Trinity’: Are they One and the Same Thing? Personally, I’m conflicted on this amendment, the original Constitution was sufficient enough, no need to amend the Constitution.
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… Someone said, “The problem with fairytale marriages is the young lady who waits for her prince on a white horse does not yet know that she’s the one who cleans up after the horse!”
Jorim–Paul Phillips is a new columnist for the Samoa Observer’s ‘Newspapers in Education’ feature.
We really need another airline that is not affiliated to an existing one which is also flying in and out of Samoa. In other words, competition please, not a cosy relationship where you both maintain the status quo at the expense of the trapped customers
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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