This much is undeniable. In Samoa today, we see so much evil. Just like there is in the world where we see the endless struggle between good and bad. Everyday we read and see stories of murders, rape, incest, robberies and all sorts of petty crimes being committed left right and centre.
There is so much to like and to learn from the story of Fiji Airways. First of all they are still operating, having begun operations in 1952 trading as Air Pacific. Secondl, despite a brand change they have managed to stay afloat in the often challenging world where many airlines have figuratively speaking, fallen out of the skies.
The signing of an agreement between Polynesian Airlines and Fiji Airways on Monday is a positive step towards reviving the fortunes of Polynesian Airlines as a full international airline.
This much is undeniable. The spate of gruesome crimes – including murders, rape, theft and many others - reported over recent months is quite frightening. So alarming we cannot help but wonder how much more we will allow this epidemic of unpremeditated violence to continue.
There is a time for everything. That much is undeniable about life. There is a time for the sun to rise and a time to set just as day and night will come no matter what. Indeed there is a time for new beginnings, a time to close an old chapter and there are seasons for changes.
Reading the Wednesday edition of your Samoa Observer newspaper sent chills down the spine. The headlines and stories on the first three pages alone were enough to send a shock wave throughout Samoa with the suggestion that a terrible illness has invaded this society.
The Samoa Observer and the Chinese Embassy launched a Chinese version of The Samoa Observer Tusitala Short Story Competition’s book, “Our Heritage, the Ocean” yesterday at Vaitele. The writer was one of the speakers at the launch. This is what he said:
There is a lot to be said about mental toughness and developing mental strength when it comes to all areas of life. In Samoa, we know this is an area where we sorely lag behind when it comes to sports development. And we’ve seen the results over the years.
Now let’s see. As some of you probably already know; Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has strongly rejected calls from some members of the public to cap the number of terms for the holder of the Prime Minister position.
Hindsight and perspective are great assets. Sometimes when you step outside the circle and look in at what’s happening, you’ll find it’s a lot easier to understand and comprehend what’s going on. This is as opposed to when we become so caught up in the details we lose the bigger picture.
It’s hugely disappointing. We know. Four losses from four test matches in as many weeks is inexcusable. It’s pathetic in fact. Nobody wants it and everyone should rightly be angry and disappointed. Who wouldn’t?
We did not know him, I guess the vast majority of us, anyway. Not only did he live far, far away, but for most of the time during the last 28 years, he was in jail. His name was Liu Xiaobo. A Chinese citizen who lived and studied in America, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and yet to those in China he was an intellectual renegade.
Early yesterday morning, the Associated Press reported that “one of the biggest icebergs ever recorded - a trillion-ton behemoth more than seven times the size of New York City - has broken off from the Antarctica Ice Shelf.”
Just last week, we talked about our government-owned Samoa Land Corporation (S.L.C.) looking for someone with $4.4 million to buy its headquarters at Tuana’imato, and as far as we were aware then, no buyer had fronted up.
During his weekly press conference on Monday, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, told reporters the appointment of Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II, as Samoa’s next Head of State, was a calling from God. He also told reporters that he believed Tuimaleali’ifano “is now ready for the Head of State post.”
Well, it’s been an exciting week all right. As a relatively small country squatting peacefully on the South Pacific Ocean, with President Donald Trump of the United States of America, and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, meeting for the first time Friday last week in Hamburg, Germany, and rogue North Korea up the road, testing its intercontinental ballistic missiles that could potentially hit Alaska on the other side of the ocean, when will this flagrant display of naked madness end?
While watching the All Blacks British and Irish Lions game on Saturday evening was at first exciting and then not at the end, sports news on the home front still holds out reasons for hope for rugby fans. First, that Manu Samoa gets to beat Fiji for a place in the World Cup this weekend.
Why is it that it seems our government is always reveling in the task of embarking on projects, that cost scores of millions of dollars in public funds, and yet along the way those projects are invariably deemed bankrupt, so that soon they are abandoned.
In a response from American Samoa’s Deputy Treasurer, Keith Gebauer, who is currently overseeing Customs in the Territory, we have a sensible response to what was fast escalating into a blame game. Mr Gebauer is calling upon Customs and Border Control of the two Samoas to work together.
Dear Editor, Re: a Bunch of Hogwash Wendy, your lack of understanding of simple mathematics is truly mindboggling! You keep quoting this instance of 5 H.R.P.P candidates running as a significant factor in the return of the government. This is faulty logic and, if anything, the example disproves your theory.
Should the old pattern of the Samoa Rugby Union decision-making be followed and the Manu Samoa coach be sacked? Some of our former coaches were let go for fewer than four losses in a row. Ilia Likou asked the general public yesterday for their opinions and she got some surprising responses.
Think a minute…Imagine every morning that somebody put $86,400 in your bank account; then every night, whatever you did not spend that day was taken out of your account and burned. I’m quite certain you would spend every cent of your $86,400 every single day—so none of it is thrown away and destroyed!
The Chief Guest, Her Excellency Honourable Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, Acting Prime Minister of Samoa; Deputy Prime Minister of Tonga, Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni; Hon. Ministers; Dr. Shola Taylor, Secretary General of CTO; Mr. Sione Veikoso, President of PITA; Excellencies and members of the diplomatic corps; Distinguished speakers; participants; ladies and gentlemen.
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.
Government has taken on board suggestions for a Water Power top-up initiative identical to the Cash Power top-up for electricity.
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