The government’s announcement that the Overseas Medical Referral Programme (O.M.R.P.) has now been extended to India – with the likelihood of New Zealand being totally excluded - would without a doubt raise eyebrows.
The simmering dispute between First Solar and the government is a complex matter. And one thing is crystal clear; it’s a tough, tough situation for the government.
Oh the irony of all ironies. Barely a month after the church in Samoa praised the government ever so highly for making Samoa a Christian nation; the government has turned around and given the church the boot.
Conflict of interest seems to be the phrase of the moment. You see with the recent controversy about conflicts of interest in different government bodies, we are reminded about an interesting episode involving the former leader of the Tautua Samoa Party, Palusalue Faapo II and Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.
A tragedy is not a place to find a heartwarming story. It’s a place of mourning and sadness. It’s a place no one, not even the bravest among the living souls, would dare to venture.
This much is undeniable. Prime Minister Tuilaepa is a clever man. A holder of two doctorate awards and much, much more in terms of qualifications, he has no match in Samoa.
The plan by the Ministry of Revenue to change taxation laws to allow the government to tax officials who are currently exempted from PAYE is an interesting one.
Well there you have it Samoa. On the front page of the newspaper you are reading today is the response from the Chief Executive Officer of the Samoa National Provident Fund (S.N.P.F.) to questions about the activities of the Fund.
And so the issue of whether the Police should use firearms in performing their role to protect the people of this country has surfaced once more.
The truth is simple enough. Despite the strong push for gender equality, its undeniable that women are still marginalised. This is as true in the case of Samoa as it is in most countries – including the developed world.
Let’s see. The concerns expressed by a member of the business community in the Sunday Samoan about funds from the Samoa National Provident Fund (S.N.P.F.) being loaned to foreign business interests is a legitimate one.
Today, everyone knows the story behind the newly elected 45th President of the United States of America, the billionaire businessman named Donald Trump.
A story titled “Govt. outlines financial centre, air traffic focus” published on the Sunday Samoan of 5 February 2017 made for some very interesting reading.
Dear Editor, I am all for the Minister of Revenue in his plan to tax pastors. These Pastors should pay taxes to avoid them getting chronic disease, that’s a great effort.
The Police Commissioner, Fuiavailili Egon Keil has finally returned to work following a long suspension and an appearance in court. Now that he’s resumed his position, Sina Filifilia Sevaaetasi hit the streets of Apia asking the question “Is there a need to have changes in the police force?”
Think a minute…One of my favorite birds to watch is the beautiful white seagull. It looks so graceful and gentle floating on the soft sea breezes. But looks can be deceiving.
Samoan youth throughout years have been so well-mannered that there was an unlikelihood of any sort of crime sprouting up.
JUST CURIOUS A friend of BTL was looking through the coaching staff for the Samoa A team that’s in Fiji right now.
The horsemen left King Giuki’s burg at dawn, riding out through the forest to the distant mountains beyond.
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