Obesity is an ugly problem in Samoa. It’s not just an ugly problem; it’s an expensive one too. Just ask the government who has to spend thousands of tala that should be set aside for other developments simply to deal with non-communicable diseases, which are largely caused by obesity.
Well there you have it, Samoa. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi was finally prompted by a “secret whisper” yesterday so that the new Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries is now no longer a secret. Thank goodness for that.
The question pops up now and then. Why canoeing is not our national sport given our proud history of being seafarers and navigators does baffle the mind. How rugby took over as the national sport is certainly a mystery. But then there are many things that puzzle us here on these beautiful shores.
Economic empowerment is important. It is critical in fact. In this day and age, where money talks, the question of economic empowerment using natural resources is always a controversial issue.
It’s a well-known story. Our once proud flag carrier Polynesian Airlines has a very interesting history. Simply put, the last time the government tried to run such a huge commercial operation, it nearly bankrupted the country.
The gripe from certain sectors of the community about companies carrying out heavy labour work on Sunday is not new. The topic has been heavily debated before and it will continue to be so as long as nothing is done to appease these concerns.
Sins of the past are sure hard to get rid of. They can be forgiven but there is always a price to pay. Ask the Samoa Land Corporation (S.L.C.) and they should have a long and interesting story to tell. It’s a story that should clearly end with a warning about how not to spend public monies.
It has been an interesting week locally and regionally. Whereas all the attention in Samoa is fixed on the resignation of the former Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, La’auli Leuatea Polataivao, over a longstanding feud with a fellow H.R.P.P member, a few hours from Faleolo International Airport in Tonga, something quite spectacular was unfolding there as this edition of the paper was going to print last night.
Today is undoubtedly a sad day for Samoa. While we’ve known for sometime now, this is a day we dreaded. It’s a day we did not want to arrive at all. After 25 years of operations in Samoa, the country’s biggest private employer, Yazaki Samoa Eds, is officially shutting shop.
Some important positive developments in rural education are worth celebrating. We say this because when it comes to secondary schools, the focus is more often than not on the performance and the achievements of the more popular affluent schools in the Apia town area.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has a legitimate concern. Judging from a string of headlines about some of the criminal developments in Samoa recently, the image of Samoa being created in the minds of people who don’t know us better will certainly not be flattering.
People who live in glasshouses shouldn’t throw stones. The old adage comes to mind when one stops to carefully observe the recent comments by the Prime Minister in relation to the work of the media – especially this newspaper.
The biography of Samoa’s freedom fighter, protagonist, patriot and successful entrepreneur, Ta’isi O.F. Nelson, is without a doubt a work of dedication and love. Titled Tautai, Samoa, World History and the Life of Ta’isi O.F. Nelson, it was researched and written by Patrician O’Brien, an Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the School of History, at the Australian National University.
On the front page of yesterday’s Samoa Observer, the picture of Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, was published under the headline: “P.M. Tuilaepa attacks media for reporting on rape, incest!”
An email arrived three days ago. It said: “During a previous Parliamentary sitting, there was much debate over the Officers of Parliament Committee Report, in to the Controller and Chief Auditor’s Report for 2009 to 2011.
Put it this way. The rain is a blessing for many families featured in the Village Voice who do not have access to running water. So that during the past two days, they would’ve welcomed the precious onslaught of heaven’s gift to mankind with the sky opening up for a much-welcomed downpour.
The claims by the family of a prisoner found dead at Tafa’igata last week should be investigated. It’s imperative the relevant authorities get to the bottom of this matter, find out what happened and what led to the death of Siliva Auali’itia.
One thing about us here in Samoa, when you grab our attention with a catchy slogan or drop quote, we do remember it and furthermore are very happy to quote it back to you. One example is “Family First” put out by a Telco years ago which is still echoed from time to time although not in its original context.
We’ve come a long way. As a people, a nation, we have a lot to thank our forebears. You see with their God-given wisdom, they navigated the unknown, cracked mysteries only science and experts can explain these days and did so many things the mind can only marvel about.
Dear Editor Re: M.P. blasts Minister I agree wholeheartedly with Olo on this. Customs Officers like other public servants are paid by the Government to deliver services to members of the public and tips are not part of their remuneration.
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…It’s said that we human beings are the only creatures who refuse to be what we are. One writer put it: “When people are free to do as they want, they usually copy each other.”
Only a few more days to go before New Zealand voters find out whether the National Party will have a fourth term in government.
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’!
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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