Sometimes when we become so hung up with the daily grind and when we are overwhelmed by the multiple challenges of life, we lose sight of the bigger picture. That much is undeniable.
A story titled “Govt. moves to change law for Cabinet to appoint A.C.E.Os” published two weeks ago on the pages of this newspaper raised some very interesting question. We believe they are worth revisiting.
Why is it that every time we’re thinking about the term bureaucratic corruption, the first name that comes to mind is that of the late lawyer and Member of Parliament, Dr. Asiata A.V. Sale’imoa Va’ai?
Two months, two deaths, similar circumstances. But this is just the tip of the iceberg folks! The fact is there are many more problems out there escaping the radar and under reported in relation to the abuse of alcohol in this country.
There is no such thing as a sleepy Samoa. While the pace of life in this slice of paradise is certainly slower than other places near and far, there is definitely never a dull moment.
The government’s announcement that the Overseas Medical Referral Programme (O.M.R.P.) has now been extended to India – with the likelihood of New Zealand being totally excluded - would without a doubt raise eyebrows.
The simmering dispute between First Solar and the government is a complex matter. And one thing is crystal clear; it’s a tough, tough situation for the government.
Oh the irony of all ironies. Barely a month after the church in Samoa praised the government ever so highly for making Samoa a Christian nation; the government has turned around and given the church the boot.
Conflict of interest seems to be the phrase of the moment. You see with the recent controversy about conflicts of interest in different government bodies, we are reminded about an interesting episode involving the former leader of the Tautua Samoa Party, Palusalue Faapo II and Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.
A tragedy is not a place to find a heartwarming story. It’s a place of mourning and sadness. It’s a place no one, not even the bravest among the living souls, would dare to venture.
This much is undeniable. Prime Minister Tuilaepa is a clever man. A holder of two doctorate awards and much, much more in terms of qualifications, he has no match in Samoa.
The plan by the Ministry of Revenue to change taxation laws to allow the government to tax officials who are currently exempted from PAYE is an interesting one.
Well there you have it Samoa. On the front page of the newspaper you are reading today is the response from the Chief Executive Officer of the Samoa National Provident Fund (S.N.P.F.) to questions about the activities of the Fund.
A letter titled “Stop this madness” published on page 13 of the Samoa Observer of 29 March 2017 contained a claim we would like to retract.
The Police Commissioner, Fuiavailili Egon Keil has finally returned to work following a long suspension and an appearance in court. Now that he’s resumed his position, Sina Filifilia Sevaaetasi hit the streets of Apia asking the question “Is there a need to have changes in the police force?”
Think a minute…Recently a successful, famous man told about a surprising gift he received in the mail. It was from his old high school. When he was a teenager his love and passion was tennis.
I read with interest the plan by the P.M. and Cabinet to appoint the A.C.E.Os.
JUST CURIOUS A friend of BTL was looking through the coaching staff for the Samoa A team that’s in Fiji right now.
The horsemen left King Giuki’s burg at dawn, riding out through the forest to the distant mountains beyond.
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