The biography of Samoa’s freedom fighter, protagonist, patriot and successful entrepreneur, Ta’isi O.F. Nelson, is without a doubt a work of dedication and love. Titled Tautai, Samoa, World History and the Life of Ta’isi O.F. Nelson, it was researched and written by Patrician O’Brien, an Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the School of History, at the Australian National University.
On the front page of yesterday’s Samoa Observer, the picture of Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, was published under the headline: “P.M. Tuilaepa attacks media for reporting on rape, incest!”
An email arrived three days ago. It said: “During a previous Parliamentary sitting, there was much debate over the Officers of Parliament Committee Report, in to the Controller and Chief Auditor’s Report for 2009 to 2011.
Put it this way. The rain is a blessing for many families featured in the Village Voice who do not have access to running water. So that during the past two days, they would’ve welcomed the precious onslaught of heaven’s gift to mankind with the sky opening up for a much-welcomed downpour.
The claims by the family of a prisoner found dead at Tafa’igata last week should be investigated. It’s imperative the relevant authorities get to the bottom of this matter, find out what happened and what led to the death of Siliva Auali’itia.
One thing about us here in Samoa, when you grab our attention with a catchy slogan or drop quote, we do remember it and furthermore are very happy to quote it back to you. One example is “Family First” put out by a Telco years ago which is still echoed from time to time although not in its original context.
We’ve come a long way. As a people, a nation, we have a lot to thank our forebears. You see with their God-given wisdom, they navigated the unknown, cracked mysteries only science and experts can explain these days and did so many things the mind can only marvel about.
Numbers tell a story. And if 64 percent of Samoa’s population, which is just below 200,000 people, are aged 35 years and younger, we obviously have a country that is predominantly young at heart.
Here’s the thing. The idea that a 10-year-old girl was fooled by a complete stranger, who claimed that her mother had sent him to pick her up from school, before he took her to a banana patch where she was raped, sends shivers down the spine.
Nothing and no one is perfect in this world. We know that much. In other words, wherever there is good, it is inevitable that the bad and evil will follow. And in our haste to do good; we don’t always get it right.
The truth is simple enough. The question being asked on the front page of your newspaper today by concerned local businesses is not an uncommon one. As sensitive as it sounds, the question has been asked before and will continued to be asked given the developments we are witnessing on these shores. You see it, I see it. Everyone sees what is going on.
Clean water and electricity are among some of life’s most basic necessities in this day and age. For a middle-income developing country like Samoa, we shouldn’t even have to mention it. These things should be a given. Unfortunately the reality is quite different on the ground.
It was mid 2016, when an horrific story flashed around the world about a prisoner who had escaped multiple times from Tafaigata Prison in Samoa. His victims were a young couple visiting from Tasmania, Australia.
It was inevitable, wasn’t it? After the failed campaign called the Manu Samoa international season thus far, it was only a matter of time before heads started rolling among the Manu Samoa management ranks.
Thank goodness. The return of interschool athletics to big time attention this week is a welcome change. Even better with the absence of interschool fights – or none that we know of yet – which means all the attention is focused on athletes’ performance which is what it should be about in the first place.
How far does one have to go in this country to get justice? Or how high up the ranking does one have to scale to even get noticed in the pursuit for such an ideal? Some of us might say all the way to almighty Prime Minister. Maybe.
Many of us have known this for a while. For this country’s economy to grow and for rural farmers to benefit, we need a strong foundation based on a sound, export-driven strategy.
Driving through Vaitele yesterday next to that multi-million-tala building the government had once promised as a “goldmine” for farmers was a sad experience.
There is reason to be excited about the recent success of the Samoa Under 18 Sevens team during the Commonwealth Youth Games. Having conquered England in the final of the tournament, the La’auli Rudy Leavasa-coached team made up completely of local players returned home last week to a joyful welcome by the Samoa Rugby Union.
Things are happening, in the Education sector if the stories rolling out of the Ministry of Education Sports and Culture are anything to go by. And while many readers will no doubt be saying “and about time too”, before we schedule the parade and banners, it would be wise to take a careful look at the most recent pronouncements by the Minister, Loau Solamalemalo Keneti Sio.
Dear Editor Re: Sorry PM, You Are Wrong With due respect to you Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi, your comment on blaming the media for reporting incest and rape in Samoa is wrong.
The Miss Samoa Pageant is billed as an event much more than simply a parade of physical attractiveness. There is a strong emphasis on confidence, culture, individual talent and general knowledge. Lizzy Hunt asked people to share their opinions about the pageant:
Think a minute…Do you wish you were somewhere else right now? At the beach? Away on a nice holiday? At Disneyland? Many of us spend a lot of our time wishing we were somewhere else.
Early in 2015, Dr Peter Swain paid me a courtesy visit at my office.
NUMBERS PLEASE Is it our imagination or has there been a genuine upsurge in the number of tourists in Samoa? We say genuine, because we are not counting those who are our own ‘sons and daughters (and other aiga) for the return home’!
Seven lucky dads celebrated father’s day with Bluebirds Father’s Day Promotion Prize Giving held last week Friday.
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