And so once again, the death of another prisoner has come under scrutiny. It surfaced on the front page of the Samoa Observer yesterday under the headline “Wife calls for investigation into husband’s death.” At a quick glance, it has become almost normal to say ‘another one at the prison.’ Except it is not normal.
The power struggle between the government and the church over the issue of taxes is an intriguing one to follow. It certainly adds a new dimension to the political climate of the moment. And while it appears insidious, it is nonetheless a first for Samoa and perhaps a sign of things to come.
Let’s face it. The launching on Monday of Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s pride and joy, his government’s new airline company called Samoa Airways, had somehow managed to stir back to life all those fond memories that we’d thought, had been buried permanently away.
Here’s an idea. Since Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s government just can’t stop meddling with the once sacred office of the Head of State, they should come up with one supreme law to end all madness.
So there you have it ladies and gentlemen. After all the talk and the excitement of the past few days, with Samoa Airways inaugural flight from Faleolo International Airport to Auckland this morning, a new era has started for Samoa.
So, in the rugby sense, are we on the road to redemption? Can we dare believe that after improved performances from our Manu Samoa 15’s in Scotland and 7’s team at the Oceania tournament at the weekend?
And so finally, it looks as if Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, has had enough of the “Online Hacker” who’s been gleefully calling himself, “Ole Palemia”. Indeed, it looks as if he’s made up his mind that “Ole Palemia” would be tracked down, and then when he’s found he would be severely punished, and be shown who exactly is the boss here.
We know it’s hard to be positive. What with the Samoa Rugby Union declaring itself bankrupt, reducing this once proud rugby nation to the butt of ridicule and jokes from all over the world, it’s not a good time for many of us.
So there you have it ladies and gentlemen. One of the worst kept secrets in Samoa has finally been let out of the bag. It happened on Tuesday afternoon during an interview between this newspaper and Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, as the Chairman of the Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.).
The front-page story on the Sunday Samoan titled “Tension in the halls of Justice” was certainly an interesting read. Not just because of the people involved but there are legitimate questions that must be asked in relation to the scenario at hand.
Think about this for a moment. Judging from the number of serious crimes reported in small Samoa, something is terribly amiss somewhere. The truth is that people talk so much about progress and how far we’ve come as a country, which is true to an extent.
An interesting story jumped out for attention on page 3 of the Weekend Observer of 4 November 2017. Titled “P.M. deflects criticisms of taxing envelopes for pastors,” we say it was unusual for the simple reason that P.M. Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi is not one to dodge anything.
Saturday night’s earthquake was a not-so-gentle reminder of how much we are at the mercy of nature. At 6.7 on the Richter scale it was not the biggest ‘quake we have experienced but while it was happening, it certainly felt like the longest
Across the front page of the Samoa Observer on 3 November 2017, the story titled “Govt. brings back Criminal Libel law in hunt for ‘Ghost writers’,” was published. Down below, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi is quoted as having said, his government is reviving this law so that it can use it to hunt down some jokers whom he describe as ‘Ghost writers’, one of whom is “Ole Palemia” (The Prime Minister).
Put it this way. If we were able to control how other people behave, it would have been nice to just let the Tongan fans go crazy. Sure they can burn our flags, taunt us, challenge our people to a noisy parade and they can say whatever they like. Let them be.
Everyone should take notice. And we mean everyone. With the heavy rain settling in and the onset of the wet season, we need your attention for a moment. It could save your life and that of people close to you. We cannot afford to be complacent.
Being patriotic is one thing. Being stupid is quite another. And when it comes to burning another nation’s flag of freedom under the guise of patriotism; that is definitely beyond stupid.
Oh how gullible we are! Just when we started to think the government has finally got it right by allowing free flowing competition among airlines – if and when Samoa Airways eventually hits the skies in 13 days – we get a reality check chucked in our faces.
Let’s face it folks. Scott Brown was never going to be your average diplomat. The Ambassador of the United States of America to Samoa and New Zealand made that quite clear from the moment he arrived.
Dear Editor, If all things I read on the news are true then we are witnessing a modern-day ‘slave-trade’ at the expense of our very own Pacific players. As nasty as this comparison is, I believe, this is the most fitting way to describe the current set-up of the World Ruby Union.
The announcement by the Ministry for Revenue of taxes on the incomes of the Head of State and church ministers, has generated much discussion. Particularly when church ministers found out that not only was the money given by the congregation on Sundays to be taxed but also envelopes given when they attend weddings, funerals and other functions. One aggrieved church minister then suggested that Cabinet Ministers should be similarly taxed when they receive money in envelopes when attending functions. What do you think? Neretiti Matatia asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:
Think a minute…I know a woman who gets sad when her husband sends her roses! She says: “The only reason my husband gives me flowers is because it’s Valentine’s Day and he thinks he’s expected to.
Talofa Lava and Welcome to this important and historical occasion for our people and our country.
SLOW DOWN PLEASE Those midnight rally drivers might want to be careful out there.
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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