Concerns about the influx of a group commonly referred to as the ‘new Chinese’ are not new. They have been around for some time now and they are unlikely to go away in a hurry given the developments we are witnessing on these shores.
We value achievements. That much is undeniable. You see they are the stuff that motivates us. It’s what keeps us going when the going gets tough and when we simply don’t feel like we want to continue.
It’s that time of the year when you may be either breathing a sigh of relief because the school holiday period is drawing to a close or feeling hassled with the organization necessary to get the kids back to school.
And so the first session of Parliament for 2017 is done and dusted. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Members of Parliament gathered at their makeshift precinct at Tuana’imato to pass the Supplementary Budget and deal with a couple of other pertinent issues.
Time sure flies. This time last year, the nation was well in truly into the General Election mode. It was an exciting time, a nerve racking time for all involved – including the chosen members who today occupy the halls of power in our Parliament.
Everyone at some stage in life – especially if you are a Samoan citizen – will have to confront the reality that to travel anywhere in the world – you will need a visa. This is a given.
On page 14 of yesterday’s newspaper is a piece that should alarm us all. In fact reading Tony’s heartfelt plea for Samoa to start openly discussing the issues of petty theft and outright dishonesty among our population reminds us about what we’ve been saying for a long time now.
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.”
Dear Editor Re: Letter to Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegoi The debt incurred by this government is totally out of control.
Samoa’s Olympic medalist, Ele Opeloge, is unlikely to earn a lot of money – if any – from the government for her efforts. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s insists the government only awards monetary gifts to Olympic gold medal winners.
Think a minute…This is a true story about a young lady who got so tired of living with her strict parents that she ran away from home.
Jorim–Paul Phillips is a new columnist for the Samoa Observer’s ‘Newspapers in Education’ feature.
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
The mead hall of King Giuki was filled with the sounds of music and laughter. At his table, the king sat smiling, his horn in his hand and his eyes fixing themselves upon each of his sons in turn.
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