As Members of Parliament, whether they belong to the H.R.P.P. or the Opposition Party, we know they have a sacred responsibility to do what is right in the eyes of the people they serve. Not to mention God who sees everything.
On the front page of the Sunday Samoan of 15 October 2017, the headline read: “Member hits out at dirty H.R.P.P. politics.” The “Member” in question is Parliamentarian Faumuina Wayne Fong, of the Human Rights Protection Party, who claimed that members of his party “are engaged in dirty politics.”
Welcome to the Toa Samoa squad and coach, Matt Parish! The arrival yesterday of the squad for a week’s preparation has given sports fans and followers some welcome relief from negative sports reports and a chance to get excited about Samoa’s chances in the upcoming Rugby League World Cup.
It has been a great couple of weeks for families whose cries for help have been featured in the Village Voice Section of this newspaper. While some of us might take having food, water, money and other items deemed as luxury goods for granted, others are not so lucky.
There’s no doubt about it. It has been an eventful week for some of us, painful for others. The onslaught of precious rain yesterday and last night is much to the relief of so many of us who are happy to see Samoa’ lush green return.
When will it ever end? When will we stop reading about these grievances? And when will things ever change for the better in Samoa? Come to think of it, is change possible at all? Can it be better or should we just settle down and say this is as good – or in this case bad – as it gets?
Let’s take a trip down memory lane. Now several years ago, a couple of Sri Lankans came to Samoa and saw an opportunity. They had a few beers and came up with a plan to set up a company called Desico Samoa Ltd.
At a time when the world is grappling with the issue of food security, Samoa and most Pacific countries are blessed. You see in as far as critical food sources and crops go, we are well placed. Trees commonly identified as “trees of life” grow wildly on these shores. In other words, they are everywhere. Coconut trees for instance are found in abundance all across Samoa.
It seems that while Samoans can boast one of the highest levels of mobile phone coverage in the Pacific, we still have a long way to go in terms of benefitting from e-commerce. In 2013, 99887 Samoans had mobile phones. This leapt to a staggering 134,619 in 2016 according to the telecommunications research site Budde.
Today is a very special day. For thousands of children across Samoa, White Sunday is an occasion to behold. And rightly so. You see, it’s great to be able to celebrate our children now and then.
Funny how things change when the shoe changes foot; doesn’t it? The controversy about Jason Taumalolo and Andrew Fifita choosing Tonga over New Zealand and Australia respectively is not only intriguing, it certainly sets a new benchmark in what can be and cannot be done when it comes to international sport.
Everyone has a teacher, or several teachers to thank. That much is undeniable. Whether you are the Head of State or a subsistent farmer in the remotest part of Samoa, at some point in this life, you would have had to be educated by a teacher of some sort.
And so Samoa’s most iconic landmark has turned pink. For the first time in history, the Town Clock, in the heart of Apia, has been repainted for a very special campaign. October, as some of us would know, is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
On the front page of yesterday’s Samoa Observer the main headline screamed: “Passport decision final, says P.M.” The acronym P.M. stood for Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, who is understood to be also the Minister of Immigration.
Heartless con people making the rounds and swindling money from unsuspecting victims has become a major issue in Samoa. You’d think that just because we live in Samoa where it’s small and people know each other such a menace wouldn’t exist.
It’s not often that we give our young people a chance to lead, to make decisions and to know that with this leadership and decision-making, comes other responsibilities.
Poor Prime Minister, Tuilapea Sa’ilele Malielegaoi. One day he’s Donald Trump’s buddy, the next day he’s getting swamped in the head with trivial tales about people fooling around with his country’s bashed about, venerable passports.
Yesterday, Samoa paused once more to pay tribute to the work of the public service. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi led the tribute with an inspirational speech we have published on page 7 of the newspaper you are reading.
On 13 September 2017, the Samoa Observer published a story that looked profoundly perplexing, so that the first thought that came to mind was that perhaps someone, somewhere had made a silly mistake.
We will not stop calling this out. If this government is serious about improving education and health, it should put its money where its mouth is. How? When it comes to education, pay teachers what they are worth.
Re: H.R.P.P. rift emerges Seeing Leala Rimoni Aiafi’s comments about what’s happening in the H.R.P.P. reminds me of the saying: “If you hadn’t opened your mouth we wouldn’t have known you were stupid.”
The administration of sports in Samoa has come under the microscope once more. American-based Samoan Sprinter, Jeremy Dodson, has raised serious questions about the way sports are run. “From the three years I have represented Samoa, I have seen officials do nothing but get free trips, trips spent lounging in sponsored hotels while athletes eat processed food,” he said. “I have seen officials get elected not off merits, but friendships.
Think a minute…A woman worried for 40 years that she would die of cancer. She never got cancer and eventually died of old age. She wasted more than half of her life worrying about the wrong thing. Today we will continue our strategy for winning over worry.
If you are worried about the number of Chinese coming to Samoa, well, you should look at what’s happening to New Zealand, Australia, Canada and every other country in the world.
Con artist at work So there is apparently someone conning unsuspecting members of the public at the Land Transport Authority compound. In a public notice, L.T.A has warned members of the public to be alert.
The smiles on their faces said it all. Although many of them were in pain, W.B.O heavyweight champion, Lupesoliai Laauli Joseph Parker, brought temporary relief when he paid an unexpected visit on Friday.
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