MIRACLE or mirage It’s making big news in Samoa with media reports about a young woman with stigmata, which in Christian tradition claims body marks on her body correspond to those left on Christ’s body when he died about 2000 years ago. Both the head of the Roman Catholic Church in Samoa as well as the Samoan PM has hailed the stigmata of Toaipuapuaga Opapo, a 23 year old daughter of a religious pastor a miracle with a special mass held in her honour at the Catholic Cathedral in downtown Apia. Critics however lament against the media and the church and now leading politicians for preying on the young woman who is ill and in need of professional medical care.
CHANGE or perish Restructure of ports business in Solomon Islands took on a whole new level when social media reported that the new look SIPA, acronym for Solomon Islands Ports Authority has diversified into rice and noodle retail business. A popular Facebook page says the Honiara City Council has demanded an explanation from Port boss Colin Yow. The Singaporean tenure has been nothing less than dramatic with accusations of biased and termination of local workers who later turned up at a residence of senior manager, demanding compensation. The manager reportedly called the local police for help repeatedly, but the public enforcer of law and order did a no show. Not so long ago, the boss took his board members including some cabinet ministers and senior officials in the office of the PM to a meeting in his home country, prompting a call for deportation from local port union leaders.
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