The equation appears straightforward. Beat Germany today at Apia Park and in the second game on their home soil and we are through to the Rugby World Cup.
The principle is simple. You will not understand until you ask. And so it goes that last week, Member of Parliament, Olo Fiti Vaai, asked the Government to explain why an amount of up to U.S.$866,000 (T$2.2m) gained from fishing rights has not been included in the budget.
Two weeks ago, a story titled “Justice slams parole for career criminal” was published on the front page of your newspaper. Now the term “career criminal” is something that caught the eye. You see when we think about the word career, all these positive images and ideas immediately spring to mind about a prosperous and bright future.
Everyday habits are hard to break, especially when they become second nature. That’s because we don’t think about them anymore, we just do it. They become part of the fabric that makes us who we are so to speak. Our attitude, more or less love affair with the use of everything plastic, has become a bit like that.
It’s a big week for our Manu Samoa. As such, we need to get behind our team and give them as much support as we can as they eye a much-needed win that will help them secure a place in the Rugby World Cup in Japan next year.
Come to think of it, the verbal sparring between the Speaker, Leaupepe Toleafoa Fa’afisi, former Speaker Laaulialemalietoa Leuatea Schmidt and Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi in Parliament was really unnecessary. As senior leaders of the country, it wasn’t a good look at all.
And so once more, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, has issued a veiled threat to the E.F.K.S. Church in connection to the ongoing dispute over the taxing of the alofa received by Church Ministers.
Poor Prime Minister Tuilaepa! We really do feel for him. As the Chairman of the Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.), he must be running out of excuses in a bid to appease members of the public who are obviously upset and angry about the performance of our national teams. It doesn’t help that he leads a broke Union where he is then required to front up to the nation and beg for more money.
And so the Minister of Finance, Sili Epa Tuioti’s 2018/19 Budget tabled in Parliament two weeks ago was passed last night. Guided by the theme “The Right Path,” the passing of the budget will no doubt come as music to the ears of Government bodies and businesses whom the Government owes money to.
We live in an increasingly sick society. Not just physically but morally too. All you have to do is read some of the stories that have been published in the recent past to know that something is terribly amiss somewhere. It has everything to do with the rising number of rape, incest and vile crimes committed against innocent young girls – and sometimes boys.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa’s obsession with O.L.P. hit a new level last week when he reportedly named two members of the public as people behind the infamous blog. He apparently coughed up the names during his weekly programme with Talamua Media, which immediately posted a story on its website.
Two Sundays ago, the Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, issued a thundering warning to Ministers of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa.
Now and then, people come along and things happen near us we can’t quite work out, let alone explain. You see it’s natural for us as mere mortals to always try to rationalise, reason and figure out everything that happens near us. It’s just the way we were created.
Two weeks ago a reporter brought a document and landed it on the desk. It was bundled up, stapled and quite a thick one too. Upon closer examination, it was revealed that the document was the Report on Irregularities in the Ministries and Parliamentary Offices reported to the Audit Office for several years. For 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 in fact. Quite a lot of bed time reading.
It wasn’t a perfect start, let alone a winning one, but if we are honest with ourselves, many of us were quietly happy with the effort from the Manu Samoa last week during their opening game of the Pacific Nations Cup. You see new beginnings are always exciting. Anxious times too. Which is what it was last week.
Here’s a fact. Not many tertiary institutions can lay claim to the title of ‘regional and international university’ at the same time. But at the University of the South Pacific (U.S.P.) at all its campuses across the region, this is truly the case. Set up in 1968 to serve its member countries’ tertiary education needs – including Samoa – U.S.P. has gone beyond that to also service the educational needs of people from all walks of life, across the globe.
Two days ago, Samoa joined the rest of the world to commemorate the World Day against Child Labour. Driven by the local office of the International Labour Organisation (I.L.O.) and its partners in Samoa, the occasion was marked with a gathering at Tuana’imato where the work being done so far to address the issue was acknowledged.
Several years ago, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s Government ordered residents of Sogi to relocate. With the offer of a quarter acre land at Falelauniu they could lease to own for $30,000 and $3,000 relocation cost, residents were given a few years to make the move. At first many of them opposed the decision. But as time wore on, some residents decided to accept the offer, packed up and headed inland to what they now call home.
The facts are clear. Samoa and her Pacific neighbours occupy the biggest ocean in the world. In fact, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (N.O.A.A.), the Pacific Ocean covers 30 percent of the Earth’s surface, making it the largest water mass on the planet.
The inevitable is about to happen. A few nights ago, what many people who fought and expressed views in a bid to preserve the old Courthouse feared, has come true with the announcement that work will soon begin to demolish one of the last remaining historical buildings in Samoa.
Dear Editor Re: Control spending, E.F.K.S. advises Govt. I totally agree with this pastor on the Associate Minister position. What a colossal waste of taxpayer money.
The death of two one-year-old babies last Friday following their vaccination at Savai’i has led to independent investigations by authorities and galvanized debate throughout the nation. Health experts have come out defending vaccinations while urging patience until the inquiries are completed. The public was asked if they have confidence in the health system and the health of their children.
Think a minute…Not long ago the biggest-selling book in America was about the end of the world. Watching the world’s news is sometimes like watching a horror film. The 20th century had far more people killed in wars than any century in history.
It’s great for travellers like yours truly to compare airfares on line to find that Samoa Airways offers the cheapest fare for the Auckland to Apia route.
Go Samoa Airways Well Samoa Airways is getting some good press this week. Take this one from the only Cindy of Samoa who posted on Facebook about her wonderful experience flying our national carrier.
On the 11-14th June 2018, the inaugural Pacific Philosophy Conference (I.P.P.C.) was held in Suva, Fiji. The Pacific Theological College, the University of the South Pacific, Pacific Islands Association of N.G.Os, and Fiji National University were the four hosting partners who sponsored the event.
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