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Mata'afa Keni Lesa

Heartbreak at San Francisco

Samoa’s demise at the Sevens Rugby World Cup has once again raised the issue about the need for the officiating of these tournaments to be looked at and scrutinised a lot more carefully. If anything, judging from the way some of the games were handled on the first day of the tournament in San Francisco, there appears to be a group of these one-eyed referees who continue to demoralise teams, especially the ones outside the fat boys club’s usual circle.

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Re: Church tax issues Reverend Vavatau and C.C.C.S. Church are the last people in Samoa to be giving advice on controlling spending. Have a look at the mirror Rev. Vavatau and the E.F.K.S. and you will find the huge cost overruns on the Fale Iupeli church ballooning out from what was supposed to be $2 million to having to get a $15 million loan from the people of Samoa (via the N.P.F.) to meet the overblown costs of the church

Dear Editor, Re: Church vs Govt. The wedge that is purposely being driven to create division at the heart of Samoa is one that’ll cause “her” own downfall. Divide and conquer is plain evident and the self-righteousness of those who purport to be just and for the people are simply “acts” of foaming at the mouth and the gnashing of teeth at best.

Dear Editor, Re: Doors at the new Airport What a bunch of rubbish. What liability? Samoa and the government own this airport and should be named on this so call insurance as well as its own assurance coverage hence forward.

Columns

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Mika Kelekolio*

Samoa Airways – a brave decision or what?

It’s great for travellers like yours truly to compare airfares on line to find that Samoa Airways offers the cheapest fare for the Auckland to Apia route.

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Rev. Apelu Tielu*

Tuila’epa and taxing the clergies

I have been watching with great interest from afar the development of this issue in our beloved country. Interestingly, many, including the highly credentialed Rev Vaiao Eteuati, have been fooled by the apparent simplicity of the issue. But I do not see the issue as simply about the clergies paying taxes.

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Orlando Huaman*

P.M., P.S.C. and Olo Fiti Vaai

I found two very interesting stories in the paper recently. One was titled “Govt. considers removing hire and fire powers from P.S.C” and the other was “Board members qualifications in spotlight.”

Between the Lines

Go Samoa Airways Well Samoa Airways is getting some good press this week. Take this one from the only Cindy of Samoa who posted on Facebook about her wonderful experience flying our national carrier.

No outside food In the tourism industry, Samoans are known for our hospitality. Warm, friendly and all so welcoming.

Three is a crowd One Minister with three Secretaries? A colleague of BTL walked into the office of one Cabinet Minister.

Think a Minute

Think a minute…A young woman named Cherie was telling about her childhood. Both her parents worked outside their home from the time she was a little girl. Her mother was an ambitious actress and only interested in her own career, so she spent very little time with her kids.

Street Talk

Public speak on vaccines controversy

The death of two one-year-old babies last Friday following their vaccination at Savai’i has led to independent investigations by authorities and galvanized debate throughout the nation. Health experts have come out defending vaccinations while urging patience until the inquiries are completed. The public was asked if they have confidence in the health system and the health of their children.

Asiata Sataraka

Solosolo

Josie Mansfield

Vaipuna

Silia Samuelu

Saleimoa

Susana Simone

Vailele

Vaiana Afemata

Manono

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