$2.30 is legally the minimum wage in Samoa – not even enough for a loaf of bread in an Apia supermarket. One would need another .20 sene to buy bread, and even more to get a tin of mackerel.
Another one bites the dust. Indeed and so the revolving door for coaches and senior officials at the Samoa Rugby Union continues to spin uncontrollably. Only a few months after the most recent embarrassing public spat over the sacking of the man who helped to get the Manu Samoa to the World Cup, Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua, another senior official has called it quits.
Small shop owners in the villages, market vendors and ordinary Samoans who sell basic food items like pork buns on the streets for a living have a legitimate complaint. A few weeks before the Government’s ban on single-use plastic bags becomes effective, the question of a workable alternative to allow these small business owners to continue their operations has been raised. And rightly so.
Local solutions for local problems. That is what the article “Experts call for ‘Komiti Tumama’ role to tackle non-communicable disease crisis” in today’s edition of the Samoa Observer basically highlights.
Tulsi Gabbard is a name to remember. She has dominated news around the globe for the past few years, and has become especially prominent in the past few days. Having announced her intention to run for the President of the United States of America, she will continue to dominate the news for months and years to come. It will be both positive and negative.
What do Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and the U.S. President Donald Trump have in common? After the events of the past couple of days in Samoa, we can confidently say they love the use of the term “fake news.” Let’s just park this here for now, we’ll come back to it later this in this piece.
It has been a long week in Samoa, which started with the first ever visit to the country by the Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Nakao, and ended with a verbal tirade by the Prime Minister. Just over a week after the New Year, and Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi was back to his best or worst — depending on which side of the political spectrum you sit when it comes to Samoan politics.
On the front page of the Samoa Observer yesterday was an interesting photograph. Spread across the page, it showed protesters holding placards with different messages, who had gathered for two days in Apia and Faleolo.
Here is the cold hard truth. The Government, starting from Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, should feel duty bound to ensure every living soul in Samoa has access to clean drinking water. That access must come through systems installed by the Government, and paid for by taxpayers and monies from development partners, which this country has plenty of.
Samoa has started the New Year with a bang by welcoming the President of the Asian Development Bank (A.D.B.) Takehiko Nakao on his first official visit to these shores. The A.D.B., being the powerful and influential institution around the world especially where lending and development are concerned, the President’s visit is as high profile as they come.
On page 2 of the Weekend Observer, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi made a wonderful announcement in relation to Samoa’s national flag carrier, Samoa Airways. A year and a few months into the Airline’s operations, the Government is moving to expand its services by acquiring much-needed additional aircraft.
Tropical Cyclone Mona in Fiji, severe flooding in the Solomon Islands, flash floods in Papua New Guinea, unseasonal storms in Kiribati and Marshall Islands, and heavy rains and strong wind in Samoa — we have entered 2019 with uncertainty and a cause for concern at the impact of these extreme weather on the lives of the people.
This much is undeniable. The festive season has been a bit of a mixed bag in terms of stories of joy and sadness. While there has been a lot to celebrate, the past couple of weeks have also been marred by some extremely tragic occurrences. Events that should make us appreciate the gift of life, and how we are today able to share it with others we love.
Now that the Christmas festivities are behind us and the New Year is well and truly underway as we knew it would, it’s time to get back to those wonderful problems that are existing gleefully as if to remind us that there is much work to be done.
Just four days into the New Year and events in the last couple of days should give you an indication of another busy year ahead for the education sector.
Three days into 2019, one can say that this nation – and perhaps many other nations - are nursing a massive hang over from the Festive Season celebrations. It’s something that is unlikely to be fully cured until next week. Which is expected of course.
Well here we are today on the last day of 2018 Samoa. What a year it has been. As we reflect on the past 12 months, we rejoice in many gloriously wonderful moments, we remember with sadness the tough times and some extremely tragic events that have unfolded before us.
The headline “Chief Justice alarmed at crime targeting Chinese” published on the front page of this newspaper earlier this month raised eyebrows. Not only was it concerning that crime has become a major issue in Samoa, the idea that certain criminals are picking their targets based on race and ethnicity, is extremely frightening. We cannot ignore it.
This much is undeniable. Wherever there is good, evil will be lurking around the corner looking for an opportunity to strike. And in happy times like the festive season, it’s a given that there will always be sour experiences.
The last Parliament session for the year on Monday was very short. As if the cancellation of the session prior to the final sitting of the year was not concerning enough in as far as Parliament’s workload goes, there was obviously no rush from the Speaker of the House, Leaupepe Toleafoa Faafisi and the Government to get on with their work – the ones that require them to perform in session.
Re: P.M. on minimum wage If you increase the wages, doesn’t that give enough money for people to put back to the economy. There will be more money for people to spend on goods, food, fa’alavelave, schooling and church donations.
An Associate Minister, Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi, has called for tougher penalties for anyone charged and found guilty of first-degree murder. His comments follow the sentencing of Simanu’a Manuele of Falefa and Toamua — who pleaded guilty to two charges of murder — and was given a life imprisonment sentence by the Supreme Court. Leala said in many cases, murder convicts are placed on parole after ten years. This is not fair considering the seriousness of the offending. What do you think? Yumi Epati Tala’ave and Misiona Simo asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:
Think a minute… The statesman and financer Cecil Rhodes who started his world-famous Rhodes Scholarships was also known for being a fine dresser. He once invited a young man to his home for dinner.
In Tuesday’s Samoa Observer, 15 January 2019, I read with interest a report by Alexander Rheeney titled “Biomass plant progresses to next stage” referring to the proposed development of a biomass gasification plant at Mulifanua!
P.M. on Church leaders It seems Prime Minister Tuilaepa can’t leave members of clergy alone. During a radio programme last week, he had plenty to say about Church Ministers. For instance, he reminded them that Church Ministers were only taught on spiritual matters, not on Economics.
The spears flew towards the youth on the hill, whistling as they cut through the air. Grinning, Queen Medb’s general drew his sword, eager to take back to his Queen the head of this warrior whom they called the Hound of Ulster. He had no doubt his spears would find their mark.
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