P.M.’s obsession with O.L.P.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa’s obsession with O.L.P. hit a new level last week when he reportedly named two members of the public as people behind the infamous blog. He apparently coughed up the names during his weekly programme with Talamua Media, which immediately posted a story on its website.

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Government and Church Ministers tax law threat

Two Sundays ago, the Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, issued a thundering warning to Ministers of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa.

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What Baby Miracle’s life told us

Now and then, people come along and things happen near us we can’t quite work out, let alone explain. You see it’s natural for us as mere mortals to always try to rationalise, reason and figure out everything that happens near us. It’s just the way we were created.

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Who said there was no corruption in Government?

Two weeks ago a reporter brought a document and landed it on the desk. It was bundled up, stapled and quite a thick one too. Upon closer examination, it was revealed that the document was the Report on Irregularities in the Ministries and Parliamentary Offices reported to the Audit Office for several years. For 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 in fact. Quite a lot of bed time reading.

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Try doing the basics right … like catching the ball

It wasn’t a perfect start, let alone a winning one, but if we are honest with ourselves, many of us were quietly happy with the effort from the Manu Samoa last week during their opening game of the Pacific Nations Cup. You see new beginnings are always exciting. Anxious times too. Which is what it was last week.

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Mālō le folau, U.S.P!

Here’s a fact. Not many tertiary institutions can lay claim to the title of ‘regional and international university’ at the same time. But at the University of the South Pacific (U.S.P.) at all its campuses across the region, this is truly the case. Set up in 1968 to serve its member countries’ tertiary education needs – including Samoa – U.S.P. has gone beyond that to also service the educational needs of people from all walks of life, across the globe.

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Hardship, desperation, poverty and denial

Two days ago, Samoa joined the rest of the world to commemorate the World Day against Child Labour. Driven by the local office of the International Labour Organisation (I.L.O.) and its partners in Samoa, the occasion was marked with a gathering at Tuana’imato where the work being done so far to address the issue was acknowledged.

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‘I ask P.M. Tuilaepa’s Govt. to dig a hole and throw us all in there’

Several years ago, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s Government ordered residents of Sogi to relocate. With the offer of a quarter acre land at Falelauniu they could lease to own for $30,000 and $3,000 relocation cost, residents were given a few years to make the move. At first many of them opposed the decision. But as time wore on, some residents decided to accept the offer, packed up and headed inland to what they now call home.

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We need to wake up and see why the ocean is so valuable to us all

The facts are clear. Samoa and her Pacific neighbours occupy the biggest ocean in the world. In fact, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (N.O.A.A.), the Pacific Ocean covers 30 percent of the Earth’s surface, making it the largest water mass on the planet.

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Old Court house, letter from a friend and S.I.F.A.

The inevitable is about to happen. A few nights ago, what many people who fought and expressed views in a bid to preserve the old Courthouse feared, has come true with the announcement that work will soon begin to demolish one of the last remaining historical buildings in Samoa.

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“Church’s decision is like someone putting a gun on the Government’s head” - Prime Minister Tuilaepa.

Well, it’s Sunday again today, so perhaps Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, should slow down on his plan to tax church ministers in Samoa. Perhaps he should sit down and rethink his decision, and yes, much harder this time, if he would. From what we’ve discovered, there are 195,979 members of all churches in Samoa. Of that number, 56,818 are members of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.), who has 201 churches.

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World Cup qualification should matter the most for Samoa

It’s an uphill battle for Samoa. That much we know. During the next few weeks, the Manu Samoa has a lot to do, not just to restore some pride in Samoan rugby but most importantly to secure a spot in next year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan. If anything, it will be nice to win over Fiji, Tonga and Georgia in the Pacific Nations Cup, which begins today. Make no mistake about that. How we would love to see the Manu Samoa get back to their winning ways.

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Who is telling the truth here, who is telling lies?

On Wednesday this week a press statement from the Attorney General, Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff, arrived. Explaining that the statement was merely addressing media inquiries alleging government corruption, it seemed the writer was either being evasive or perhaps he was being diplomatic, we could not tell.

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Tupou suspension should be the template for all players and officials

The suspended Manu Samoa Sevens captain, Alatasi Tupou, is not the first rugby player to misbehave – in Samoa or anywhere in the world for that matter. But he is certainly the first player in Samoa the Samoa Rugby Union has chosen to make an example of – publically at least – of how they are moving to deal with bad behaviour that soil the sport’s reputation.

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Let the Police do their job

Let’s see. This country has been politically independent for 56 years now. Throughout that time, although there have been a few skirmishes here and there, we’ve been largely blessed to have been able to enjoy an environment of peace and mutual respect driven by our culture, Christian values and protected by the rule of law.

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Think health, think prosperity

Here is something positive we should all think about. The goal of making Samoa healthier is something everyone should insist upon. You see, when we are healthier, we are able to do a lot more and contribute positively to the developments of our families, villages, churches and country.

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Beggars, kids on the streets and Samoa today

And so once again, we are done with another celebration of our Independence Day. Today all is well that ends well. With our special guests making their way back to their countries with great stories and memories to share, we ourselves will look back with fondness and remember with joy the events of the past few days.

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Why tomorrow’s public holiday is bitter sweet

The private sector and members of the Chamber of Commerce have a legitimate complaint. Since Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malieleaoi’s Government often refers to them as the “engine of economic growth,” they should stop paying lip service to their concerns and start taking them very seriously.

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On top of all else, insist on transparency, accountability and good governance

What a glorious day it was yesterday. From dawn to dusk, we couldn’t have asked for a better day and better conditions to enjoy the celebration of another year added to our journey as a politically independent nation.

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A time of reflection: The past, present and future

Today is a day of celebration. Throughout the country – and especially noticeable in front of the Government building this morning – our people will take a moment to pause and reflect on the importance of our political independence, 56 years after that historical day when the late Malietoa Tanumafili II and the late Tupua Tamasese Meaole hoisted Samoa’s flag of freedom for the first time, in 1962.

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Letters to the Editor

Factoids and assumptions vs. facts and truth

Dear Editor, Re: An open letter to E.F.K.S. Ministers A.S’s open letter to Church Ministers of E.F.K.S. about tax is sadly a letter about dishonoring of God, God’s commandments and God’s law. It is just about more productions of factoids and assumptions produced from the Minister of Revenue’s mistake.

Street Talk

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Public express views on Pacific Games 2019 logo

With a few months left for Samoa to host the Pacific Games 2019, expectations are high. In the lead up to the region’s biggest sporting event, the Pacific Games logo was unveiled on Friday evening. Our reporter, Adel Fruean asked the views of the Samoan people on the new Pacific Games logo, which people responded to.

Think a Minute

“The Unlocked Door”

Think a minute…This is a true story about a young lady who got so tired of living with her strict parents that she ran away from home. But she soon found out that life was not easy on her own. She couldn’t find a job, and it didn’t take long for her friends to get sick of her living off of their kindness so they kicked her out.

Columns

FIRST IN HISTORY: Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has declared that the Miss Samoa Pageant 2018 will be held in Savaii.

‘History in the making’

This evening is history in the making. It marks the 33rd anniversary since the Government of Samoa launched the Miss Samoa Pageant in 1985.

Between the Lines

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.

Sunday Reading

HONOURING THE VOLUNTEER VETS: The members of the A.P.S. board alongside the 3 volunteers at Taumesina Island Resort.

The Howler: A.P.S. says thank you

Members of the Animal Protection Society (A.P.S.) board gathered at the beautiful Taumeasina Resort for a dinner to honor the volunteer vets that came over from Australia to help conduct the clinics.

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