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Mata'afa Keni Lesa

P.M. Tuilaepa, midnight dramas and Pastors refusing to pay taxes

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi was the man of the hour in Japan last week. There is absolutely no doubt about that. All you have to do is read the story titled “Japan pledges $4.6 million aid for Samoa” on the front page of the Sunday Samoan.

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor Interesting story on the front page yesterday. In the story, the Associate Minister said: “I had a disagreement with my wife, and yes publicly.” The Associate Minister admitted that there was a disagreement between him and his wife.

Dear Editor, Re: $30million health costs under the gun Who cares what structures you ended up with if you can’t provide basic medical care and ongoing support to the daily working conditions?

Dear Editor, Re: Customary lands It appears that the government is smartly driving our people into poverty when they become desperate enough then it makes it easy for the government to sell their Trojan Horse plan, and as Nafanua said, the whole world is now speaking the same language of sustainable development and we are all in it for a rude awakening.

Columns

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Afamasaga Rico Tupa’i

Without soil, there is no life

Samoa in 1998 accessed the Convention to Combat Desertification or Land Degradation.

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Shinzo Abe

P.A.L.M. an unbroken stream that flows

My friends, the PALM8 Summit has now begun. May I ask the leaders of New Caledonia and French Polynesia to stand up?

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Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi

Time to consolidate our priorities

I bring you warm greetings from the people and Government of the Independent State of Samoa, and acknowledge the recognition of my chairmanship of the Pacific Islands Forum and the related invitation to co-chair with you Honourable Prime Minister Abe, this 8th Pacific Leaders Meeting.

Between the Lines

Banking whispers Whispers about the change of ownership for a major player in the banking industry in Samoa has been laughed off.

THE BEST A big fa’amalo to the skilled and courageous E.P.C. staff who braved the winds and rain to restore power from broken and dangerous power lines on Cross Island Road on Wednesday night in pitch darkness.

LEARNING THE AIRLINES LINGO Heard the term “close in bookings”? Chances are, you are one of the many Samoans who fall into that category used by airlines to describe your booking when you travel.

Think a Minute

Think a minute…Studies show that the average person puts only 25% of his energy and ability into his work? That means those who use 50% of their effort and ability stand out from the rest.

Street Talk

Public oppose new chicken tax

The recent passing of the Customs and Tariff Bill in Parliament means new tariff rates will be imposed on all imported chicken. This is a grave concern given that chicken is one of the most affordable meat for families living below the poverty line and middle income earners. Taxing such goods is no doubt a burden on these families because a decent meal every day is now being robbed from them with price increase. Our reporter, Ulimasao Fata asked the public on their opinion on Government’s move to tax imported frozen chicken. This is what they said:

Eseta Faasao, 42

Falelauniu

Lui Mareko, 34

Faleula

Vaine’a Faatafe, 65

Nu’u

Waldell Brown, 58

Leauva’a-Uta

Lima Salatielu, 38

Toamua

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