To Tialavea Hunt, thank you for setting up public consultations to look for new revenue sources to fund “development projects that will raise the welfare of our people”
So there we have it. The moment the world has been waiting for – or in some cases dreading - has finally arrived. And with much fanfare and aplomb yesterday, a man whose ability to hold what is arguably the most powerful political position in the world had come under so much scrutiny and criticism is today officially the President of the United States of America.
A story in the Village Voice section of the Samoa Observer yesterday caught this writer’s attention. It was published on page 18 under the headline “A friendly advice for the youth.”
And so once again the issue of millions of tala being wasted while so many people in this country continue to wallow in petty poverty and hardship has returned to the fore.
There is logic in Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s call for the leadership of the churches to play a more active role in promoting healthy living. That much is undeniable.
Here’s the truth. Driving on the roads in some of the villages on the outskirts of Apia today is not just unpleasant, it’s a nightmare. With some road workers doing a joke of job in filling in the potholes only to be washed away by the next heavy downpour, it’s disheartening to follow the headaches and heartaches caused by those pothole-ridden roads to poor members of the public.
We’ve said this before and we will say it again. If the government means what it says about education, it really is time to put money where its mouth is. Judging from what we are seeing today; the government is not walking the talk.
There’s no doubt about it. When it comes to the Arts, it is definitely one of the strengths of our people. Whether it is an innate thing – a product of our own strong Samoan culture and language it’s hard to say although some recent research backs this theory.
Well there you go. He’s done it again. Today Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, is back to his best brutal self. With eyes wide opened and that smug smile, he’s come out swinging at those defenseless media “idiots”.
It features poor old Peni Chan Sau of Falelauniu who woke up yesterday to find the stench emanating from the carcass of a dead pig that had been dumped there impossible to ignore.
It’s seven days before Donald Trump is sworn in as the next president of the United States of America, and yet the man has been described by the New York Times as a contemptible liar, and a person “with the maturity and the schoolyard viciousness, of an 8-year old.”
It might be a new year but it hasn’t changed some people. We are talking about fraudsters and scammers making rounds in the world hoping to fool anyone into giving them money or whatever they are after. Samoa is not immune and many of us will have stories to tell.
Let’s think about our children for a moment. Looking at what has been unfolding before our very eyes on the streets of Apia at the beginning of 2017, it’s disturbing. It’s time to sit down and ask ourselves some questions.
The Member of Parliament for Urban West, Faumuina Wayne Fong, is absolutely correct. Last week in light of a video showing three young boys beating up a helpless man at 3am on the streets of Apia, Faumuina became the voice and face of reason.
Can we dare to hope that tourism at last taking off as a viable industry in Samoa? Is the country formerly tagged ‘the best kept secret’ in the southern Pacific, a secret no more?
And so there goes the first week of 2017. Before we know it, we’ll soon be saying goodbye to January. But such is life. You see folks, nothing stops time. Not the joyful celebration of Christmas and New Year and not even the sadness we endure by having to say goodbye to all our loved ones whom we’ve had a memorable time with during the Festive season.
As a people, Samoans and American Samoans are one. We share the same language, similar culture and ancestors. When it comes to successes, we rejoice together. We also mourn as a family during the hard times.
New year, old problem. And so we find with the story titled “Street Vendors or future convicts” published on the front page of your newspaper yesterday that some things never change.
Here we are once again. This week we embrace and welcome the start of a brand new year. Wherever you were during the weekend, no doubt we all had a chance to reflect and bid farewell to 2016 just before the stroke of midnight on Saturday when we greeted the arrival of 2017.
Dear Editor Re: Use of Police vehicle questioned This Police Toyota Truck was received as part of Australia’s Aid and paid for by the Australian taxpayers. Now the police have abused this vehicle for personal use the day it arrived.
The $5.7million market at Vaitele once described as a “gold mine” by the former Minister of Finance, Faumuina Tiatia Liuga, has instead become a flop. Now the government is looking for someone to develop it. It is a last desperate attempt to recover the money spent on the multimillion-tala project.
Think a minute…A little boy was not obeying his mother. So she told him to sit down and stay there until she said he could stand up again. The little boy angrily sat down and said: “I’m sittin’ down, Mom…but inside I’m standing up!”
So the entry point for English for aspiring teachers at N.U.S.has gone UP to 50% for 2017? What?
The trees towered over her, their leaves rustling in hushed tones far above. She looked down at the bow in her hand, and realized that there was a quiver of arrows strapped to her back and a dagger in a golden sheath at her waist.
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