The return of Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has not come a moment too soon for most of us who have interests in life outside of playground politics. The reports of alleged and unseemly plotting, the forming of factions and jockeying for positions while the leader of our country was receiving medical treatment in New Zealand is rather tacky, to say the least.
The manner in which the New Zealand government had made sure the country’s general elections would not be disrupted in any adverse way, as it was moving along relatively slowly over recent weeks for reasons that could not possibly be avoided, is the sort of performance the Samoan government should both learn from, and indeed emulate.
If the hype were anything to judge by, Mate Ma’a from Tonga would have already won the Rugby League World Cup. That much is undeniable. And they might too, who knows?
The good news is that Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi is reportedly recovering well. And if all goes according to plan he should be back in the country on Sunday.
And so the revolving door that is the Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.) continues to spin uncontrollably. The latest to have been ejected is the former Manager of the Manu Samoa Sevens, Leulua’iali’i Theresa Passi, whose fate was cemented last week when the Union announced her replacement.
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.
Dear Editor Re: Exploitation hurts You are so correct. Of course you have seen this from your place in the world. I have seen this in Latin America. It is despicable what the wealthy nations do to the poor nations.
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…Some young children were asked this question: “What is a conscience?” A 6-year-old boy said he thought it was “the bad feeling you get when you kick girls and puppies.” A 9-year-old said your conscience is “a voice inside that says ‘No’ when you want to beat up your little brother.”
The tropical heart was unendurable. Beyond the seldom cloudy, blue horizon, the sun stood undeterred at the sky’s apex. For three Alaskan tourists, this was a whole new experience from the arctic climes they have adapted to since they were children.
DEPENDS WHICH SIDE YOU’RE ON Does that adage "one swallow make a summer" apply to football? If you’re an Aussie rugby fan and have been waiting for a win for yonks, it’s a resounding yes.
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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