Technology, especially the internet, is a wonderful tool. We don’t need to tell you how important they are. Suffice to say, they have transformed the way we live, the dynamics in our communities and the behavior of the people upon which it has found an unbreakable bond – or bondage.
It’s difficult to ignore some of the developments we see around us today. In Samoa, we see so many able-bodied men and women who are unemployed sitting around doing absolutely nothing. They congregate on street corners late at night and at all sorts of hours.
It was at the beginning of the year we were warned. It came from the Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Agafili Shem Leo, who cautioned that the rise of international crimes within the Pacific region means Samoa has become extremely vulnerable as the conduit of some of the criminal activities.
The truth about tonight’s test match at Apia Park is quite difficult to comprehend. Manu Samoa might be playing at home infront of their passionate supporters which normally should translate to a hefty advantage. To an extent that will certainly be the case.
We live in a great time. A time defined by amazing technology and super intelligent humans. Yes we have so many smart people with many brilliant ideas. There are experts in all sorts of different things – depending on what you’re after – there is always an expert to help you achieve it.
It’s been tough reading the paper during the past few days. Some headlines have certainly grabbed the attention with the lingering question being, what is wrong with some of our people today? The first story was in the Sunday Samoan under the headline “Brother and sister investigated for incest.” Well the headline says it all, doesn’t it?
Most of us would agree that Apia is a beautiful place. The wonderful thing about it is that it is slowly becoming the hub of international meetings, sporting events and all sorts of gatherings so that visitors to these shores will have lots of wonderful stories to tell when they return.
The Sunday Samoan’s front-page story titled “Govt. money missing” about the Police hunt for $50,000 that has mysteriously disappeared from the Samoa Land Corporation (S.L.C) is an interesting one. According to the Acting Police Assistant Commissioner, Sala’a Moananu Sale, was removed from the safe located inside the main office of the Corporation at Vaitele.
Let’s give a warm welcome home to our Manu Samoa today. In doing that, we applaud and acknowledge their effort against the All Blacks at Eden Park on Friday night. We thank God for his guidance and protection that no one was seriously injured and that despite the end result, the players and the management team have arrived safely on our shores.
They are becoming more complicated by the day. With advancing technology, criminals continue to find new ways of fooling the gullible and innocent members of the public. And although Samoa is remote and isolated in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean; we are not immune. Far from it.
There are two likely scenarios for the Manu Samoa when they run out onto Eden Park tonight for their opening test match against the All Blacks. The first and the best scenario is that the All Blacks will already be thinking about the Lions Series (not that they have much to worry judging by the Lions poor performance so far) so that they will be distracted.
The launch of the Samoa Law Reform Commission’s Report on the Sex Offenders Register yesterday is a step in the right direction. And with Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s use of such strong language in relation to repeated sex offenders, it certainly sends the message that there is no place in this country for such people.
Perhaps former Member of Parliament, Lefau Harry Schuster, really did have a point. A few years ago when he was a member of the Tautua Samoa Party when Parliament actually had an official opposition party, Lefau said the government had been in power long enough.
Theft and outright dishonesty are among some of the most prevalent problems in Samoa today. It is happening everywhere. You’ll find it in the government; churches, villages and families – the pillars of this country. There is widespread and ever growing penchant to steal anything and everything – the moment no one is looking.
As a nation, there is no doubt that Samoa has come a long way. We need to remind ourselves now and then. You see, sometimes when we are frustrated about the way things are and how some things have turned out, we forget that where we are today is not as merely as tough as it was.
I suppose we should now say thank you to Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, and Attorney General, Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff, for making sure that “freedom of religion” in this country is immune to “threat” today, and at any time in the future.
There is absolutely no reason why Samoa cannot become the fashion, arts and entertainment capital of the Pacific. We’ve certainly got the people to make it happen, they have the skills, know how and the expertise. And with a little bit of a push, they can go a long way to add one more dimension to Samoa’s array of baits to lure visitors to our beautiful shores.
We’ve said it time and time again. The people of this country need jobs and plenty of them. On top of that, something has to be done to change this ridiculous minimum wage of $2.30 an hour. It’s daylight robbery, if you ask me.
It wasn’t that long ago. A story titled “Fisherman worries about future” featured in the Village Voice section of your newspaper generated an interesting discussion about the health of our oceans and the future. The story in question highlighted the life of fisherman, Lata Asuelu, from the village of Luatuanu’u.
We are a proud people. So proud we sometimes – or most of the time – mask the grim reality of life. And when it comes to fa’alavelave, we are very good at doing the impossible even though we know very well we simply cannot afford it. Let’s face it; as Samoans, we are all guilty.
Dear Editor, Thank you for your editorial in the Sunday Samoan titled “Has Samoa developed a denial mentality that makes us accept certain things as normal?” Personally, I don’t see Samoa as an aspirational society.
The growing number of alcohol-related deaths is alarming. Hardly a month goes by without several incidents where precious lives are wasted due to alcohol abuse and drinking sessions gone wrong. What can we as a country do to stop these unnecessary deaths? What is your solution? Ilia L. Likou asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:
Think a minute...This is the true story of a man named Sam who joined the American army in 1812. He was such a great military leader that he became a major general. Eventually he became successful in politics also and was elected governor of Tennessee.
I welcome you all to our shores for the 20th Pacific Immigration Directors Conference.
GREGOR PAUL FAN CLUB Don’t you just love the New Zealand Herald rugby writer, Gregor Paul?
Gundrun sat before the hearth with her child upon her knee. Her fingers were twined in the girl’s soft curls as the child’s head lay upon her shoulder.
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