Many visitors to Apia land at the Fagali’I Airport. This airport is only used by Polynesian Airlines and they fly routes exclusively between Apia and Pago Pago in American Samoa. However, this airline does offer chartered flights for sightseeing as well as doing emergency evacuations for those in severe medical conditions.
Fagali’I Airport just has a single airstrip for planes to land on and take off from. In the past other airlines have also used it such as Talofa Airways, Samoa Air, and South Pacific Island Airways. Its international airport code is FGI and it is in the Pacific/Apia time zone which means it is 14 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. The airport consists of one large room in which you can book or pick up your tickets, if you haven’t already done so. You also wait in this room for your flight. The airport is air-conditioned and does have fans which are very helpful as it is located in the tropics.
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The Fagali’I Airport is central to most of the hotels on the island of Upolu. Depending on how nice of a hotel you want you can expect to pay somewhere between $24 to $180 a night with the average nightly cost being $70 on expedia.com.
There are seven museums that are within miles of the Fagali’I Airport. These are the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, Plantation House Samoa, The Vanya Taule’alo Gallery, EFKS Museum, the Tiapapata Art Centre, the Museum of Samoa, and the Samoa Culture Centre according to cheapflights.com. These are all inexpensive to visit and feature historical artifacts of Samoa and are a celebration of its 3500 years of history of being populated.
When you’re staying in a hotel near the Fagali’I Airport, you will also have a large number of restaurants to choose from of every price range. Some of the “cheap eats” restaurants are Lynn’s Takeaway and the EziBro Juice Bar. Moderately priced places are the Nourish Cafe, Pacific Jewell’s Garden Cafe, and the Kokobanana Bar & Grill. Upscale dining options are Paddles Restaurant, Scalinis Restaurant, Amanaki Restaurant, and A Feast Restaurant by Sheraton among other options.
Search more about Fagali’I Airport: http://www.dohop.com/travel-guide/airports/FGI/Fagali’I Airport
Beginning with a moment of silence for the students, teachers, and all the people who were impacted by the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos addressed the Conservative Political Action Conference as she was interviewed by Kay Coles James, Heritage Foundation President. The subject of the speech was empowerment in the areas concerning freedom of choice for education and freedom to express ideas in college.
Among the items discussed by Secretary DeVos were the steps her office is taking to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The Every Student Succeeds Act will help to ensure that all students and schools are successful. Secretary DeVos encouraged the decision makers at the State level to empower parents in the education of their children by offering them more educational opportunities, especially military parents. A new plan that the Department of Education and the Heritage Foundation are working to help military parents is to offer education savings accounts for military dependents. Military families with school-age children make decisions regarding whether they serve based on where their children will attend school.
Secretary DeVos explained that school vouchers are not just about considering whether to send your child to private schools. Vouchers are simply a mechanism of how to choose a school. She serves on a task force that focuses on elevating and increasing the opportunities involving apprenticeship. In this country we must realize that obtaining a four-year college or university degree is not the only way to become successful. Millions of jobs go unfilled because people do not have the required skills to fill those jobs.
Secretary DeVos believes college students should be able to express their opinions and test their ideas, which is something that she had a chance to do when she was in college. Without mentioning any specific incidents, Secretary DeVos acknowledged that there have been attempts to silence free speech and the expression of conservative ideas on college campuses. Secretary DeVos told listeners that the place to have disagreements, which she refers to as “the battle of ideas” is on the college campuses. Therefore, Secretary DeVos pledged to work towards ensuring that students will continue to have the opportunity to freely express their ideas. She explained that for college students, support for higher education is a significant role of the Office of Secretary of Education.
Secretary DeVos reiterated her goal of wanting to see that all parents be able to choose what school their child attend. Kay Coles James compared Secretary DeVos to Margaret Thatcher, who was described as, “an iron fist and a velvet glove.” At times, in the face of opposition, Secretary DeVos has championed the cause for equal educational opportunities for children. She was appointed Secretary of the Department of Education by President Donald Trump.
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