Here is the chilling truth about life for some people in Samoa today. Looking at some of the pictures that have been published on the pages of the Samoa Observer, mostly in the Village Voice section, poverty is real in paradise. Indeed, for many of these people, to say life is tough is an understatement.
Samoa’s demise at the Sevens Rugby World Cup has once again raised the issue about the need for the officiating of these tournaments to be looked at and scrutinised a lot more carefully. If anything, judging from the way some of the games were handled on the first day of the tournament in San Francisco, there appears to be a group of these one-eyed referees who continue to demoralise teams, especially the ones outside the fat boys club’s usual circle.
There is always a man of the hour. In this case, there are three men: Reverend Vavatau Taufao, Olo Fiti Vaai and Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, are names to think about today.Just when we thought politics in Samoa has become rather dull given the one-party state nature of our Parliament, along come some interesting developments that should make us all sit down and think.
Life is precious. In some instances, it is too short for some people, way too short. So today, as you gather your loved ones for some much needed rest and relaxation after a tough week, spare a thought for the family of 16-year-old Orlando Maulelia.
This much is undeniable. The outspoken Member of Parliament Olo Fiti Vaai has never been popular with the Human Rights Protection Party (H.R.P.P.) administration. He never will.
On the front page of the Samoa Observer yesterday, the story titled Politician files $10 million lawsuit, was published. Filed by the Member of Parliament from the constituency of Gagaifomauga No. 3, La’aulialemalietoa Leuatea Schmidt, the suit targeted his former business colleague and fellow politician, Peseta Vaifou Tevaga.
We’ve been saying this for sometime now, but we will say it again. Looking at a lot of our problems in Samoa today, what the people of this country really need are jobs and more income generating opportunities. In other words, they need money.
Here’s the thing. To lose one child through death is excruciatingly painful enough. It’s something no parents should have to go through. But can you imagine losing two children under eerily similar circumstances? It’s simply unimaginable. No words can describe it. And yet that’ exactly what parents, Karl Joseph and Christine Laulu, of Apia, have had to go through.
When times are tough, the celebration of victories – whatever the size - is extremely important. It will go a long way to ensure future success. The same must be said for our beloved Manu Samoa today. Their two victories over Germany, starting with the win in Apia two weeks ago, and the one in Germany yesterday morning, are moments to savour.
And so it continues. The war of words between the Government and the biggest denomination in Samoa with close to 60,000 members, the E.F.K.S., rages on. If what is being said publically is anything go by, these parties are definitely on a collision course.
There is a widely held notion that Governments are not good at running businesses. That’s why in most parts of the world; the Government leaves that to the private sector to do. There are many reasons for this. One of them is bureaucratic ineptitude.
Criminals know no boundaries. They would do anything, hurt anyone in their selfish quest to rob and steal from innocent members of the community. They are so heartless, cruel and have been blinded by greed, covetousness and their criminal intentions; they have shut their minds from what is decent and moral.
During the past few days, a couple of stories published on the pages of your newspaper were pretty difficult to ignore. Printed at a time when internet-based crime and abuse is at the forefront of national and international attention as the world grabbles with how to handle cyber crime, the stories were certainly an eye opener for Samoa.
It’s hard to escape, let alone ignore the pain and the heartbreak two families are going through today, following the deaths of two one year olds last Friday. Indeed, the death and loss of a precious life is hard enough.
New year same old problem. We are talking about the plight of people living in Falelauniu, Vaitele-fou, Nu’u and nearby villages in relation to toxic fumes from the Tafa’igata landfill, which flared up again last week.
If the Police wanted the public to know the extent of the availability of illegal weapons in Samoa, they did a pretty good job last week. With such a public show of the destruction of guns – including a prayer and all where the media was invited to film – the pictures have since been etched into people’s memories, not just in Samoa but all over the world.
The past few weeks has been an interesting time to be in Samoa, especially if you have been following the headlines in relation to the public service. While Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has been doing his best to paint the picture of his Government being a well-oiled machine that’s sailing along ever so smoothly, some developments involving a number of senior government officials in the public service tell a different story.
Life is precious. That much is undeniable. Which means that every time a life is lost, we simply cannot ignore the pain it causes, especially when we know that the circumstances, which led to such loss, could have been prevented.
Last year, the President of Nauru, Baron Waqa, was among Pacific leaders who attended the 49th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders meeting hosted by Samoa. During the meeting, he made a specific promise to the media. He assured everyone that they would all be allowed into Nauru to cover this year’s Forum meeting.
The abuse of Government assets – especially vehicles – is nothing new. It has been happening as far back as we can remember and although a lot is said about reducing it from time to time, the issue remains a costly one for the Government.
Dear Sir, I don’t/won’t join in the forum and I apologise that I won’t be checking for follow up comments or letters due to the unrealistic, silly, side issues and unrelated biblical quotes that some sprout off with, they are just ridiculous.
“Parking meters is the way of the future. That’s clearly the message from the Government after several parking meters were installed in different parts of the Apia Towship this week. What do you think about paying to park in Samoa? Our reporter, Adel Fruean, asked members of the public in today’s Street Talk and this is what they said:
Think a minute…As the saying goes: “A leopard can’t change its spots.” This, of course, is true of leopards. But is it true of people? Can people change? Are we humans just creatures of habit? Or can we control our thinking, behavior and habits?
In 2012 Samoa, celebrated its 50th anniversary of Independence. The Government of Australia announced that it would co-fund with Samoa a significant infrastructure project to reconstruct the Maota Fono on its original site here at Mulinu’u.
Those parking meters A lot has been said about the Government’s move to install parking meters - good and bad.
The spears flew towards the youth on the hill, whistling as they cut through the air. Grinning, Queen Medb’s general drew his sword, eager to take back to his Queen the head of this warrior whom they called the Hound of Ulster. He had no doubt his spears would find their mark.
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