The death of Faiva Tagatauli is a real tragedy. The 27-year-old father of one died at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital from a suspected head injury during a club rugby competition at Tuana’imato two Saturdays ago.
Having worked for Her Majesty’s diplomatic service in my former life as Second Secretary (Political & Public Affairs) at the British Embassy in Port Moresby, P.N.G., a statement from the Chinese Ambassador – His Excellency Wang Xuefeng – literally knocked me off my chair!
Now listen up folks. Let’s talk about our Prime Minister, Dr. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, and why he’s screaming all the time, even though there is really nothing of real consequence, to scream about. And if you really want to know, every time he accuses the “Samoa Observer” of being a piece of rag that’s being put together by “idiots and fools” the mind winches, and then it refuses to think.
In Parliament this week, two villages lodged petitions against the Government’s Electoral Constituencies Bill 2018. Whereas the Ali’i ma Faipule of Saleaula and Salamumu are against the plan to divide the territorial constituency of Gagaemauga No. 2, which currently comprises of Saleaula in Savai’i and Salamumu in Upolu, the Ali’i ma Faipule of Tafua, Savai’i want to remain in the Palauli le Falefa electoral constituency.
The first few days of Parliament for 2019 have been action-packed to say the least. The $19.4 million Supplementary budget by the Minister of Finance, Sili Epa Tuioti, which has been the focus of debate the past few days is not the biggest budget we’ve seen.
It is good to see progress being made this week on addressing a major issue facing Samoa – child vendors and the long-term implications of their lack of education. Seeing pictures taken yesterday of children vendors at an Apia conference ¬– whom we would normally see around shops with their plastic baskets trying to sell popcorn, match boxes, cotton buds and other items to the public – was an eye opener.
Listen up folks. This Government needs to stop meddling with other people’s business and concentrate on doing its job so the people of this country are protected from harm.
This is the undeniable truth. The Prime Minister’s public address to Government representatives in the villages at the To’oa Salamasina Hall last week sounded more like a parent scolding his children.
Just four weeks into the new year and 2019 already has the hallmarks of another busy 12 months ahead – if events in recent weeks are any indication. The Government set the agenda in renewable energy in the last fortnight – in Samoa’s strive to become 100 per cent reliant on clean energy 2025 – by commissioning multimillion tala hydro plants on Upolu and Savai’i.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi appears to be a worried man. How else do you explain the way he’s been behaving lately, especially in relation to the opposition his administration is beginning to get? From “small lawyers” to online critics to village chiefs, the Government is definitely feeling the heat so it’s impossible to deny that perhaps we are beginning to see a small shift in the political climate.
At the beginning of the week, a young man was jailed for life for one of the most gruesome killings to have taken place in this country in recent memory. On Monday, 24-year-old Simanu’a Manuele, of Falefa and Toamua, was jailed over the “horrific” double killing of two men, one aged 69 while another 42 at Leulumoega in November last year.
$2.30 is legally the minimum wage in Samoa – not even enough for a loaf of bread in an Apia supermarket. One would need another .20 sene to buy bread, and even more to get a tin of mackerel.
Another one bites the dust. Indeed and so the revolving door for coaches and senior officials at the Samoa Rugby Union continues to spin uncontrollably. Only a few months after the most recent embarrassing public spat over the sacking of the man who helped to get the Manu Samoa to the World Cup, Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua, another senior official has called it quits.
Small shop owners in the villages, market vendors and ordinary Samoans who sell basic food items like pork buns on the streets for a living have a legitimate complaint. A few weeks before the Government’s ban on single-use plastic bags becomes effective, the question of a workable alternative to allow these small business owners to continue their operations has been raised. And rightly so.
Local solutions for local problems. That is what the article “Experts call for ‘Komiti Tumama’ role to tackle non-communicable disease crisis” in today’s edition of the Samoa Observer basically highlights.
Tulsi Gabbard is a name to remember. She has dominated news around the globe for the past few years, and has become especially prominent in the past few days. Having announced her intention to run for the President of the United States of America, she will continue to dominate the news for months and years to come. It will be both positive and negative.
What do Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and the U.S. President Donald Trump have in common? After the events of the past couple of days in Samoa, we can confidently say they love the use of the term “fake news.” Let’s just park this here for now, we’ll come back to it later this in this piece.
It has been a long week in Samoa, which started with the first ever visit to the country by the Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Nakao, and ended with a verbal tirade by the Prime Minister. Just over a week after the New Year, and Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi was back to his best or worst — depending on which side of the political spectrum you sit when it comes to Samoan politics.
On the front page of the Samoa Observer yesterday was an interesting photograph. Spread across the page, it showed protesters holding placards with different messages, who had gathered for two days in Apia and Faleolo.
Here is the cold hard truth. The Government, starting from Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, should feel duty bound to ensure every living soul in Samoa has access to clean drinking water. That access must come through systems installed by the Government, and paid for by taxpayers and monies from development partners, which this country has plenty of.
Dear Editor, Oh! How so comforting is it to know that while one Christian denomination is still head butting the pulpit over that simple thing called tax, along comes another Christian body with vision to go well out of their way to accommodate a request from the government of the day.
“Remittances is Samoa’s largest form of foreign exchange earner with the 2017/18 financial year recording about $503.73 million tala in earnings. This shows the extent of the contribution by Samoans living abroad to the development of the nation. What do you think? Talaia Mika discussed the issue with members of the public and these are some of their views:
28 June, 1997 was the date of the famous Bite Fight between world heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson. During the fight, Tyson completely lost control of his anger and actually bit off part of Holyfield’s ear! Tyson lost his license to box and paid a $3 million penalty for not fighting by the rules.
Talofa Samoa! I am happy to start this Health Column by informing the Public that METI has now received official support from government for its Healthy Living programme.
A prominent member of the community had his house broken into where the thief ransacked it looking for valuables to take.
The Alpha Café and Chemist is not your everyday kind of pharmacy – it offers a service with a difference and is within the vicinity of the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital at Motootua.
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