Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi is right. Quoted in the Sunday Samoan of 5 February 2017 as having said that “even the Samoa Observer, went and hired a very expensive lawyer from overseas” to defend itself against a government defamation claim, he is absolutely right.
Last week, we got a phone call from one of our readers reporting that the Vaisigano River had become something of a tourist attraction. Sadly it was not for any good reason.
The undeniable truth is this. Respect for the rule of law, justice and freedom of choice and association are paramount principles to adhere to if people of any country want to co-exist peacefully.
Make no mistake about it. The announcement that the Auckland Blues and the Queensland Reds are coming to Samoa for the first Super rugby fixture on these shores in June is an exciting opportunity. Why it has taken so long to make this happen though is a mystery.
Let’s see. There is probably a logical explanation for Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s consistent, bizarre attacks on the concept of family planning. The trouble is whatever that is it just sounds absurd, especially in a country where hardship, poverty, beggars and street vendors confront us everyday, in most places we look.
The truth is easy enough to see. We live in a world that’s getting smaller and smaller by the day. Even on these remote shores, accessibility to everything and anything has never been easier.
Concerns about the influx of a group commonly referred to as the ‘new Chinese’ are not new. They have been around for some time now and they are unlikely to go away in a hurry given the developments we are witnessing on these shores.
We value achievements. That much is undeniable. You see they are the stuff that motivates us. It’s what keeps us going when the going gets tough and when we simply don’t feel like we want to continue.
It’s that time of the year when you may be either breathing a sigh of relief because the school holiday period is drawing to a close or feeling hassled with the organization necessary to get the kids back to school.
And so the first session of Parliament for 2017 is done and dusted. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Members of Parliament gathered at their makeshift precinct at Tuana’imato to pass the Supplementary Budget and deal with a couple of other pertinent issues.
Time sure flies. This time last year, the nation was well in truly into the General Election mode. It was an exciting time, a nerve racking time for all involved – including the chosen members who today occupy the halls of power in our Parliament.
Everyone at some stage in life – especially if you are a Samoan citizen – will have to confront the reality that to travel anywhere in the world – you will need a visa. This is a given.
On page 14 of yesterday’s newspaper is a piece that should alarm us all. In fact reading Tony’s heartfelt plea for Samoa to start openly discussing the issues of petty theft and outright dishonesty among our population reminds us about what we’ve been saying for a long time now.
To Tialavea Hunt, thank you for setting up public consultations to look for new revenue sources to fund “development projects that will raise the welfare of our people”
So there we have it. The moment the world has been waiting for – or in some cases dreading - has finally arrived. And with much fanfare and aplomb yesterday, a man whose ability to hold what is arguably the most powerful political position in the world had come under so much scrutiny and criticism is today officially the President of the United States of America.
A story in the Village Voice section of the Samoa Observer yesterday caught this writer’s attention. It was published on page 18 under the headline “A friendly advice for the youth.”
And so once again the issue of millions of tala being wasted while so many people in this country continue to wallow in petty poverty and hardship has returned to the fore.
Dear Editor Re: Aura of reality on the wall I would say, as an extended-tourist who spent six months in Samoa, there are plenty of amazing, life-altering things to do in Samoa, yet little-to-no adequate marketing / advertising [at a Global standard] of viable options to tourists, from those who fly in to those who dock for a day.
Samoa’s Olympic medalist, Ele Opeloge, is unlikely to earn a lot of money – if any – from the government for her efforts. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s insists the government only awards monetary gifts to Olympic gold medal winners.
Think a minute…On this journey called life, do you sometimes feel like just pulling over and parking? You feel like you’ve done enough, worked enough, and learned enough.
WHAT A TEASER! If the Samoa Rugby Union needed some publicity for the upcoming game to be held at Apia Park later in the year, the Auckland Blues rugby side gave it to them by defeating the Melbourne Rebels 56-18 on Thursday night.
The mead hall of King Giuki was filled with the sounds of music and laughter. At his table, the king sat smiling, his horn in his hand and his eyes fixing themselves upon each of his sons in turn.
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