On the front page of the Samoa Observer yesterday, the story titled Politician files $10 million lawsuit, was published. Filed by the Member of Parliament from the constituency of Gagaifomauga No. 3, La’aulialemalietoa Leuatea Schmidt, the suit targeted his former business colleague and fellow politician, Peseta Vaifou Tevaga.
We’ve been saying this for sometime now, but we will say it again. Looking at a lot of our problems in Samoa today, what the people of this country really need are jobs and more income generating opportunities. In other words, they need money.
Here’s the thing. To lose one child through death is excruciatingly painful enough. It’s something no parents should have to go through. But can you imagine losing two children under eerily similar circumstances? It’s simply unimaginable. No words can describe it. And yet that’ exactly what parents, Karl Joseph and Christine Laulu, of Apia, have had to go through.
When times are tough, the celebration of victories – whatever the size - is extremely important. It will go a long way to ensure future success. The same must be said for our beloved Manu Samoa today. Their two victories over Germany, starting with the win in Apia two weeks ago, and the one in Germany yesterday morning, are moments to savour.
And so it continues. The war of words between the Government and the biggest denomination in Samoa with close to 60,000 members, the E.F.K.S., rages on. If what is being said publically is anything go by, these parties are definitely on a collision course.
There is a widely held notion that Governments are not good at running businesses. That’s why in most parts of the world; the Government leaves that to the private sector to do. There are many reasons for this. One of them is bureaucratic ineptitude.
Criminals know no boundaries. They would do anything, hurt anyone in their selfish quest to rob and steal from innocent members of the community. They are so heartless, cruel and have been blinded by greed, covetousness and their criminal intentions; they have shut their minds from what is decent and moral.
During the past few days, a couple of stories published on the pages of your newspaper were pretty difficult to ignore. Printed at a time when internet-based crime and abuse is at the forefront of national and international attention as the world grabbles with how to handle cyber crime, the stories were certainly an eye opener for Samoa.
It’s hard to escape, let alone ignore the pain and the heartbreak two families are going through today, following the deaths of two one year olds last Friday. Indeed, the death and loss of a precious life is hard enough.
New year same old problem. We are talking about the plight of people living in Falelauniu, Vaitele-fou, Nu’u and nearby villages in relation to toxic fumes from the Tafa’igata landfill, which flared up again last week.
If the Police wanted the public to know the extent of the availability of illegal weapons in Samoa, they did a pretty good job last week. With such a public show of the destruction of guns – including a prayer and all where the media was invited to film – the pictures have since been etched into people’s memories, not just in Samoa but all over the world.
The past few weeks has been an interesting time to be in Samoa, especially if you have been following the headlines in relation to the public service. While Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has been doing his best to paint the picture of his Government being a well-oiled machine that’s sailing along ever so smoothly, some developments involving a number of senior government officials in the public service tell a different story.
Life is precious. That much is undeniable. Which means that every time a life is lost, we simply cannot ignore the pain it causes, especially when we know that the circumstances, which led to such loss, could have been prevented.
Last year, the President of Nauru, Baron Waqa, was among Pacific leaders who attended the 49th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders meeting hosted by Samoa. During the meeting, he made a specific promise to the media. He assured everyone that they would all be allowed into Nauru to cover this year’s Forum meeting.
The abuse of Government assets – especially vehicles – is nothing new. It has been happening as far back as we can remember and although a lot is said about reducing it from time to time, the issue remains a costly one for the Government.
Perhaps the former Speaker of Parliament La’aulialemalietoa Leuatea Schmidt should come clean and tell us exactly whom he was referring to in Parliament last week. We are talking about the claim he made that some Associate Ministers “get drunk and badmouth Samoa Airways.” It’s a very serious allegation, especially given the fact there are 13 Associate Ministers, which means anyone of them could be the target.
The issue of corporal punishment is back on the agenda. And with it comes the need to be careful that we don’t take half a step forward and five steps back. We say this being mindful that today’s challenges are unique and they need today’s solutions.
Last week, the investigation into claims of corruption at the Ministry of Works, Transport and Infrastructure (M.W.T.I.) took an interesting turn. While the initial allegations were raised by a former Member of Parliament of India, Sh.P.K. Bansal and his company called Ascent Navals against the Ministry’s Chief Executive Officer, Afamasaga Su’a Pou Onesemo, it emerged there was a lot more than meets the eye.
It showed up on 13 August 1999, when the Samoan Prime Minister, Tofilau Eti Alesana, sued the “Samoa Observer Newspaper” claiming he had been criminally libelled by it, PINA/IFEX* reminds. During the criminal libel action that followed, which was heard in the Supreme Court, Prime Minister, Tofilau Eti Alesana, passed away so that the trial discontinued.
Dear Editor, Re: MMR Vaccine & Samoa EPI Program It has been over a week since the tragic and sad events in Safotu and my deepest condolences to the families. It is imperative that the Ministry of Health completes its full investigations soon and be able to make an official statement to allay the public’s fears.
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…You’ve heard the expression, “Live and learn.” Sadly, some of us just live. But we don’t learn much. “We all make mistakes, but it’s the wise person who learns not to repeat them.”
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.
Jammed doors at Faleolo Airport This is a true story. So apparently a Samoa Airways Flight, OL 732, arrived last week and the auto doors at the Faleolo Airport’s arrival area were jammed.
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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