Here’s a fact. The majority of families in Samoa identify themselves as subsistent farmers. For all of them, their humble plantations, banana patch or vegetable garden is not only their source of daily sustenance – it is also their only income stream. In the absence of much-needed formal employment opportunities in this nation, this is what their survival depends upon. In essence, it’s their bread and butter.
The truth is simple enough. The public outrage among the Pacific community all over the world following Heather du Plessis-Allan’s “leeches” attack on Pacific countries is justified. It is not okay for anyone to abuse a privileged position in the media to demean and insult anyone else – or in this case an entire group of people – for whatever reason.
Two weeks ago, a story titled “$3.57 million contract awarded for new airport” was published on the front page of the Sunday Samoan. It certainly raised a few eyebrows. Firstly, very little has been said about the Tia’vea Airport project, certainly from the Government that is.
We live in an interesting time, one defined by countless challenges which require every member of our society, to step up to do their part. Everyone has a role to play. Whether you’re the Head of State, Prime Minister, Church Minister, matai or just an ordinary villager, each and everyone of us has a responsibility to make this a better place to live.
And so the Manu Samoa has new Coach. Last week, the Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.) announced the appointment of Steve Jackson as the man to take the national team to the Rugby World Cup in Japan next year, barring a disaster of epic proportion of course.
What is going on in Samoa today? What is with the Government’s obsession for these multi-million-tala projects we know will only end up being white elephants, while many poor people of this country continue to suffer from poverty and untold hardship?
It was only yesterday when the Samoa Observer ran a front page story, which quoted a politician and a cabinet minister admitting that he was wrong, in assuming that a Chief Executive Officer had been terminated.
Businessman Va’atuitui Apete Meredith has a legitimate point. It’s something the Government, especially the Ministry of Revenue and Liqour Board, and all the relevant authorities should investigate and take the necessary action with the idea of righting this wrong.
It’s a rare story but it’s true. Days before the General Election in March 2016, the Government couldn’t contain its excitement about a certain company that had mysteriously moved from Tonga to Samoa.
It will only be a matter of time before fishermen in Samoa catch fish with plastic in the stomach or see marine animals get trapped in abandoned plastic fishing nets. Last month 300 sea turtles were reportedly found dead off the coast of Mexico, with experts suspecting toxic algae attached to abandoned fishing nets or asphyxiation (the act of depriving something or someone of air).
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has got a valid point. For the safety and welfare of students, he said all schools should start at 9am. Pronto. Tuilaepa’s call is timely as the country prepares for daylight savings, which begins next Sunday 30 September and lasts until April next year.
Police Commissioner Fuiavai’ili’ili Egon Keil and his management team have a lot of work to do. If the list Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi announced last week is anything to judge by, their work has been cut out for the next 12 months - or more.
Making international commitments is one thing. Ensuring they are delivered and reflected locally is quite another. That much we know. Now during the past few weeks, some inspirational remarks were made publicly both locally and internationally. Coming from this nation’s leaders, some of them instill hope, others though demand scrutiny.
Let’s face it. A hundred and thirty years is a very, very long time, one during which testing challenges could have easily undone the strongest of desires and the will to persevere with a certain goal. Which means that for anything to survive this long and remain amicably strong for such a period of time must have surely been founded on a rock solid foundation.
He’s back. After a couple of weeks away to attend an official visit in Fiji, followed by Australia and then the Pacific Islands Forum meeting in Nauru, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi is back with a spring in his step ready to confront the issues awaiting him in Samoa.
Two years ago, the Government took a gigantic step forward as part of widespread efforts to address the scourge that is domestic violence in Samoa. It happened when Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi launched a National Public Inquiry on Family Violence at the T.A.T.T.E. Building.
A lot can change in a few days. Which is precisely what has happened on the big island of Savai’i today – and to an extent the whole of Samoa. From the highest of highs with the joyous celebrations of the Miss Samoa being held there for the first time last week to the extreme low of losing three precious lives in extremely tragic circumstances, it’s just so hard to fathom.
Last week, a story titled “E.F.K.S. Church elders’ decision questioned” was published on the front page of your newspaper. It made for some very interesting reading. That much we know.
The recently concluded 49th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Summit in Nauru would go down in history as one of the most controversial in recent times. There is a lot to like about the outcomes from the September 3-6 conference, which culminated with a Leader’s Retreat and the release of a Forum Communique, that highlighted the priority areas for the region’s heads of governments and commitment to pursue common goals and interests over the next 12 months until the next summit.
A cloud of sadness has been hovering over Samoa during the past week. It’s been hard to shake it to be quite honest. Amidst the celebration of the 2018 Teuila Festival, the Miss Samoa Pageant and a number of events held, it’s undeniable there was a touch of sadness in the air.
Dear Editor, A headless body loses its life. It is the reason why foreign military invaders historically go after the leaders first of the invaded communities. Take away the leadership and the community will scatter making it easier to defeat them.
*The Street Talk was done by Talaia Mika who is a N.U.S. diploma in journalism final year student.
Think a minute…Today’s world, from its large companies to entire countries, runs on the speed and power of computers. But when the computer breaks down, it causes serious loss, damage, even destruction.
Today marks the beginning of a new path and direction for you all our newly sworn in citizens. It is the affirmation of your allegiance and commitment to serve Samoa and its people to the best of your abilities, through the divine leadership of our Lord, whom this country worships and glorifies.
No media The British American Tobacco Company, previously known as Rothmans, celebrated a milestone at Robert Louis Stevenson Museum last night. It was their 40th birthday in Samoa.
The spears flew towards the youth on the hill, whistling as they cut through the air. Grinning, Queen Medb’s general drew his sword, eager to take back to his Queen the head of this warrior whom they called the Hound of Ulster. He had no doubt his spears would find their mark.
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