The foolishness of the Cross

Martyrdom has always been God’s way of providing salvation for us, human beings.

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China in the Pacific

The brief news item with the heading “US claims better finance terms than China” in last week’s Sunday Samoan caught my eye for two reasons.

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“Mathology: the only sin is stupidity”

Sometimes when sitting next to learned ones and delving into their learned minds, you wonder. You wonder if they know of the thickness of their own learnedness.

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How to find your own gold

Why should you look into your past at the painful failures when it is your accomplishments that count?

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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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THE E.F.K.S. AT MALUA: The E.F.K.S. Church is standing up to the Government’s law to tax the alofa of church Ministers. File photo.

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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Member of Parliament, Olo Fiti Vaai.

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.”

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STROKE HAS BEEN REVERSED: Fonoiā Anzac Day Fitu tells his story.

Changing lives: Tackling the epidemic of obesity

Talofa Samoa! M.E.T.I. is thankful to N.H.S. for having invited us last year to open our Medical Clinic at Motootua. This has definitely allowed us to reach out to a larger segment of the population compared to the days when our Clinic was located at Tuanaimato.

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Why Bananas

Well, how does the morning break for you besides prayers? I am at a crossroads with words and waking up with birds chirping.

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Faife’aus employees of God?

Oh, when will this faife’aus’ tax saga end? In last Saturday’s Weekend Observer, the spokesperson for the E.F.K.S. was defiant in defending their stand on faife’aus paying income tax.

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How to find your own gold

Not where to go, but how to get there. Why should you look into your past at the painful failures when it is your accomplishments that count?

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Coconuts or not that is the question!

How much more coconut headed can we get? The fish in the sea are creating underwater war museums as we meddle with their environment, and by which they will categorize themselves into curators of course.

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We’re sitting on goldmine we didn’t know we had

I see that New Zealand’s acting Prime Minister Vaovasa Winston Peters is considering re-shaping his country’s aid to the Pacific “by redefining (its) spending by partnering with others, in projects which last 50 years or more, pointing to support for a Kiribati reclamation project (as an example)”.

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Taxes, God and meaninglessness

Of taxes and clergies, the point in the middle if you look downwards and upwards is the spread of the economy.

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To tax or not to tax

With apologies to Shakespeare, but this is no longer the question. Prime Minister Tuila’epa and his Government have made up their mind. Faife’aus will pay tax. The only question left is how they will get them to pay and what process will be used to ensure that the tax they pay is fairly assessed.

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A STORY TO TELL: Christina Robert.

Changing lives: The risk of dying at an early age

Talofa Samoa! We have emphasized in previous Columns that M.E.T.I’s strategy to tackle the ‘epidemic’ of obesity and N.C.D. is - instead of targeting the general population- to direct its health promoting messages to the thousands and thousands of N.C.D. sufferers, who feel miserable and incapacitated and are at a real risk of dying from their disease at an early age.

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Recognise, encourage and stimulate exports

I am honored and humbled to present the opening remarks at this very important event, the Samoa Exports Awards 2018.

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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.

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“Oi auē, ua maumau le vasa!” “What a pity, such a waste of ocean!”: Idiosyncrasy and wisdom in Samoan creation and funeral chants

June the 8th last week was World Ocean’s Day. I would like to dedicate this address to all those who have and are working tirelessly to protect our oceans. The ocean is family and we have a sacred responsibility to ensure that we protect and nurture it like family.

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Bad fats for you: Trans fats

On May 14 2018, the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) urged developing countries to eliminate man-made trans fatty acids from our food supplies. By doing so countries could reduce a tidal wave of heart disease and strokes that results in more than ½ million death annually.

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Editorial

The simple solution to those fears about daylight savings

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has got a valid point. For the safety and welfare of students, he said all schools should start at 9am. Pronto. Tuilaepa’s call is timely as the country prepares for daylight savings, which begins next Sunday 30 September and lasts until April next year.

Letters to the Editor

Rubbish

Re: A true man of God Rubbish. It’s not the church’s money, it’s my money, already being taxed and I’m giving it to the church or faifeau fully aware that he’s going to use it for his keeping. That’s why the Levites didn’t get an inheritance of the land.

Street Talk

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Savaii residents want 2019 Miss Samoa Pageant and Teuila Festival

Should the 2019 Miss Samoa Pageant and Teuila Festival be held in Savaii? Reporter Adel Fruean travelled to Savai’i to cover the pageant and also had the chance to speak to locals on what they thought of Samoa’s two premier events.

Think a Minute

The big decision

Think a minute…”Whom should I marry?” This decision is so big that it largely determines the life you live and person you become for the rest of your life. Here are seven vital areas that singles need to understand and evaluate before they choose whom to marry.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

Prime Minister’s health The Government’s media officials were unable to confirm or deny reports that Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi required urgent medical treatment when he arrived in China on Sunday.

Sunday Reading

Myths and Legends of the Ancient World

The spears flew towards the youth on the hill, whistling as they cut through the air. Grinning, Queen Medb’s general drew his sword, eager to take back to his Queen the head of this warrior whom they called the Hound of Ulster. He had no doubt his spears would find their mark.

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