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’!
LATER! So the new Tanumalala Prison will be finished in about July next year? Correct us if we’re wrong, but did we not hear our Prime Minister inviting a certain 60 Minutes reporter, Liam Bartlett to the opening of the new prison in June this year?
LEARNING FROM OTHERS Oh no! First we got a lesson in rugby success from the visiting Flying Fijians and now we have to swallow our pride and learn from their successful airline, Fiji Airways.
7 QUESTIONS THAT ARE KEEPING US AWAKE 1. So come July 26, the day after the current Tui Atua is no longer the Head of State, is he still His Highness? 2. After being addressed as His Highness for 10 years, what new honorific if any, will he be known by?
WE DON’T GET IT How exactly does the Minister of Education’s suggestion of “implementing Christian values within families and villages” solve the situation of alarming numbers of students dropping out of school at an early age (under 14 years of age)?
ALL PUBLICITY IS GOOD PUBLICITY It was wonderful to see instant and very positive feedback to the ‘Clash of the Colours’ promotion of the Blues-Reds rugby game on the evening of June 2 at Apia Park.
WHAT A TEASER! If the Samoa Rugby Union needed some publicity for the upcoming game to be held at Apia Park later in the year, the Auckland Blues rugby side gave it to them by defeating the Melbourne Rebels 56-18 on Thursday night.
We really need another airline that is not affiliated to an existing one which is also flying in and out of Samoa. In other words, competition please, not a cosy relationship where you both maintain the status quo at the expense of the trapped customers
Let’s hope Samoa is not judged on first impressions because if it is, we are in deep trouble. The tail end of the hundreds of passengers arriving at the weekend on a full flight from N.Z. were subjected to close to a two hour wait to be processed.
Many people, especially women, would have had a chuckle at an opinion piece in the Sunday Samoan commenting on our P.M.’s exhortation that we need more babies. As well as Bronnie suggesting he have them himself, she spoke for over half the population when she said,
With the current shortage of teachers, the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture and the National University of Samoa are now facing a new problem - a shortage of applicants enrolling to join the primary teaching profession.
It says quite a lot when there is more passion displayed in the boxing ring after the announcement of the outcome of a 12 round bout, than during it. And that the passion didn’t come from either of the two boxers themselves.
Dear Editor, Re: Tipping and bribery The Minister’s comments about allowing and accepting tipping clearly violates on many fronts. His understanding of bribery requirements needs investigation. A clear conflict of interest, it undermines the integrity of whatever department or programme and service, the integrity of the public servant, and the whole country.
The difference between tipping and bribery has been spelt out by a Cabinet Minister who said public servants should not feel bad about accepting tips for doing their work. The Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tioniso Hunt, said it is only wrong when public servants accept bribes. What do you think? Should members of the public be encouraged to tip public servants, especially people like Customs officials? Ulimasao Fata asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:
Think a minute…A man named John bought a fancy new car loaded with modern technology. It included a recording of a voice that reminded him if he had forgotten to put on his seat belt, or warned him if he was running low on fuel.
Apaula Tafea of Vaiala Beach School, submitted this entry to take out the Year 8 English prize in the Samoa Observer’s 2017 National Short Story Competition. Read other prize winning stories in the coming Monday editions of the Samoa Observer.
While the celebration of Samoa’s culture and traditions as per the Teuila Festival for 2017 has come to an end, the empowered nofotane women used the festival to enjoy the socio-economic returns from being empowered.
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