When we think of trade and business opportunities, the words of a prominent businessman and former Cabinet Minister, Hans Joachim Keil, immediately spring to mind. The time was years ago when the nation was preparing to join the World Trade Organisation (W.T.O). It was when Mr. Keil was the Minister of Commerce, Industry and Labour and was heavily involved in the W.T.O negotiations.
This much is undeniable. The fate of the first super rugby match to be played in Samoa under the lights at Apia Park – in as far as the crowd goes - was clearly written on the wall from the start. Barring a miracle in terms of last minute ticket sales, which did not happen, the match was always going to be a hard sell.
And so is well that ends well. With the 55th Independence Day celebrations winding up, come tomorrow life will be back to normal for many of us who would have thoroughly enjoyed the extra long weekend. And how time flies when we are having fun.
This much is undeniable. If American President Donald Trump was not popular before, he would have to be the most hated person there is now following his decision to withdraw the United States from the landmark Paris climate agreement yesterday.
So there you have it. Another glorious celebration is done and dusted. Yesterday arrived quickly and like a breeze, we sit here today with nothing but plenty of photos on our smart phones and memories to share. Everyone will have their stories to tell.
And so today is our 55th Independence Day, which is why we should celebrate to the fullest this unity as a nation that is decidedly ours, as well as this freedom that we’re been taking for granted every day. Indeed, let’s also celebrate peace, unequivocal peace.
And so once again tomorrow is our Independence Day. It is when we celebrate our 55th year of political independence from colonial rule, as well as this profoundly unique feeling of freedom we’ve been taking for granted all that time up to now.
Let’s be totally frank about this one. The idea that someone had worked at the nation’s busiest hospital for more than 19 years as a “doctor” before it was discovered he is only “a traditional healer” is not just alarming; it is absolutely shocking.
As we head towards the first day of June on Thursday of this week to celebrate 55 years of Independence, let’s not forget that that is the underlying reason behind the many celebrations that will take place.
It was inevitable. The government’s plan to tax pastors and members of the clergy was always going to come up against some pretty stiffed opposition and today none more so than the biggest denomination in the country.
Climate change. While many people see the term and immediately turn the page, there is no denying the fact that on these shores, the impact is becoming more real by the day. The onset of heavy downpours despite the fact we are well and truly past the wet season, the ridiculously humid and hot temperatures we have been experiencing and much, much more.
Bad habits are sure hard to break. And when it comes to the ugly issue of domestic violence, while much has been said, written and done in an effort to eradicate it completely, the truth is that we have a long, long way to go.
Democracy, elections and all that is good about a freer and fairer election are on the agenda in Apia this week. Down at Tanoa Tusitala Hotel, relevant stakeholders have been taking part in the “Democracy and Development in Samoa: the Role of Elections” National Conference.
It’s happening just about every day. Everywhere we look in the world, there is suffering, losses and unimaginable pain. There are deaths right, left and centre. Terrorism has changed the way we live and the world we live in.
Well here’s the good news. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s government is in the good books of the International Monetary Fund (I.M.F) so that today, the orgsanisation established to “ensure the stability of the international monetary system” only has great things to say about Samoa.
While we expected it, the day we feared would soon arrive has finally been confirmed. On page 2 of your Sunday Samoan yesterday, the story titled “Cabinet confirms end of production for Yazaki” contained the bad news.
And so Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s government has made a decision. After more than 12 years of working with Virgin Australia in the joint venture to operate Virgin Samoa, the government is pulling out.
The statistics are extremely frightening. And although many of us don’t think too seriously about the trauma caused by road traffic crashes, the fact is these have far more implications than the burden it places on health care systems and national resources.
The Minister of Communications and Information Technology (M.C.I.T), Afamasaga Rico Tupa’i, is hard to miss these days. As one of the most energetic Ministers in Prime Minister Tuilaepa’s Cabinet, he is in the limelight all the time. For good reason.
Dear Editor, Thank you for your editorial in the Sunday Samoan titled “Has Samoa developed a denial mentality that makes us accept certain things as normal?” Personally, I don’t see Samoa as an aspirational society. If you were to as a bunch of 10 year old Aussie kids what they want to be when they grow up, you will get all sorts of answers like doctor, lawyer, fireman, astronaut, prime minister or simply what their dad does.
The growing number of alcohol-related deaths is alarming. Hardly a month goes by without several incidents where precious lives are wasted due to alcohol abuse and drinking sessions gone wrong. What can we as a country do to stop these unnecessary deaths? What is your solution? Ilia L. Likou asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:
Think a minute...This is the true story of a man named Sam who joined the American army in 1812. He was such a great military leader that he became a major general. Eventually he became successful in politics also and was elected governor of Tennessee.
I welcome you all to our shores for the 20th Pacific Immigration Directors Conference.
GREGOR PAUL FAN CLUB Don’t you just love the New Zealand Herald rugby writer, Gregor Paul?
Gundrun sat before the hearth with her child upon her knee. Her fingers were twined in the girl’s soft curls as the child’s head lay upon her shoulder.
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