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Mata'afa Keni Lesa

Are we looking at a new political party in the making?

The truth should be told one way or another. When it comes to the ongoing saga involving former Speaker and Cabinet Minister, La’auli Leuatea Polata’ivao, the million tala question is this; now that the H.R.P.P. has publically declared he is no longer a member of the party, is he still then a Member of Parliament?

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Oh! How so comforting is it to know that while one Christian denomination is still head butting the pulpit over that simple thing called tax, along comes another Christian body with vision to go well out of their way to accommodate a request from the government of the day.

Dear Editor, Re: Issue of remittances I notice the initial report about the remittances by the Samoa Observer: 1) failed to identify the exact report from the Central Bank that “the figures” came from.

Re: Saute Sapolu a “terrorist,” says P.M. I don’t agree with the language on the video but it was clear that he was really frustrated with the government in Samoa. Now, making a video like this does not send his message in a positive way.

Columns

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Dr. Walter Vermeulen

Changing lives: Prevention and reversal of obesity

Talofa Samoa! I am happy to start this Health Column by informing the Public that METI has now received official support from government for its Healthy Living programme.

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Lumepa Hald

The bus artists inspire and those false promises

The rain drops on the road, pot holes, running children in front of the open houses, mothers and sisters sweeping the aftermath in the mornings and boys idly standing by, till the rubbish of leaves and dirt are ready to be collected.

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Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Ta’isi Efi

Lagimalie (heavenly harmony) in peace, security and human development

There is a Samoan saying, “E le sili le toa e a’ea le olo, i le toa e pulea lona loto”, meaning, “he who overcomes the fort is no less courageous than he who overcomes his impulses”. This is linked to the biblical saying in Proverbs 16, verse 32.

Between the Lines

A prominent member of the community had his house broken into where the thief ransacked it looking for valuables to take.

So as he gratefully accepted a donation of boots from an Australian Good Samaritan, Prime Minister thanked Jo Mikarna for 3000 pairs, only to learn there were 4000.

A simple sign will do Samoans who support their national airline, Samoa Airways, want the management to know something.

Think a Minute

28 June, 1997 was the date of the famous Bite Fight between world heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson. During the fight, Tyson completely lost control of his anger and actually bit off part of Holyfield’s ear! Tyson lost his license to box and paid a $3 million penalty for not fighting by the rules.

Street Talk

Public share views on remittances

“Remittances is Samoa’s largest form of foreign exchange earner with the 2017/18 financial year recording about $503.73 million tala in earnings. This shows the extent of the contribution by Samoans living abroad to the development of the nation. What do you think? Talaia Mika discussed the issue with members of the public and these are some of their views:

Afaatia Ataga, 21

Magiagi

Ioapo Samuelu, 25

Manono

Karanina Manuo, 38

Magiagi

Daniel Meki, 24

Fagalii

Renei Atonio, 20

Vaivase

Vaea Nakiso, 51

Faleasiu

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