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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We have come a long way as a sovereign nation

On behalf of His Highness the Head of State, I wish to convey our heartfelt appreciation to you all for joining us for the celebration of the 56th anniversary of independence of Samoa. We acknowledge especially the presence of His Excellency the President of the Republic of Fiji, and His Excellency the President of the Republic of Nauru.

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My Jerusalem

Eh. Koe fa a laga kala ga. Oh well. Let’s roll. She sat there knowing very well she was going to be on the plane. But maybe if she got them up to speed, God would work it out. Sigh. Probably not, but hey - worth a try.

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Gafa Silipa suffered from diabetes but he has managed to reverse his condition thanks to a plant based diet.

Changing lives: No wonder we have an obesity problem

Talofa Samoa! As mentioned in our last Health Column, last month, M.E.T.I. attended a Regional Forum meeting in Suva focusing on ‘Promoting Nutritious Food systems in the Pacific Islands’.

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Manamea “Mana” Apelu Schwalger.

My sister, her strength and Palliative care

Manamea Apelu-Schwalger is my sister. My name is Lumepa, in short mepa. Ever since I can remember, I am often referred to as Mana’s sister. Her name in short is mana. Yin and yang, she wrote about us.

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The fastest way to find a job

As we all very much know, having a job is or must be an integral part of our everyday life. We all yearn for one. That is for sure. What we don’t know is, how do we go about getting “our” job. Period. That is the purpose of this article.

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Without soil, there is no life

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

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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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Japanese Prime Minister Shizo Abe poses for photos with leaders of Pacific island countries in Iwaki, Japan.

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.

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Tricky devices and the Samoan customary Land

Today I record my thoughts regarding the protections placed within Samoa’s Constitution by Samoa’s leaders in 1961 so that Samoa’s customary land might remain held by the aiga of Samoa as our birthright gifted to us by our ancestors.

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Editorial

Attack on David Main, organised crime and criminals of Samoa

An innocent and hard working member of the community was brutally beaten in Apia last week. David Main was going about his business, as any ordinary member of the community would do, when two men dragged him out of his vehicle, beat him and left him for dead in front of the old Chan Mow supermarket before they took off in his vehicle.

Letters to the Editor

Get real

Re: The question of debt Loans are how developing countries develop. Without them, Samoa would be back in the 19th century with no roads, no airport, no wharf, no hospital, no nothing.

Street Talk

Michael Neemia, 42

Mixed reaction to parking meters

“Parking meters is the way of the future. That’s clearly the message from the Government after several parking meters were installed in different parts of the Apia Towship this week. What do you think about paying to park in Samoa? Our reporter, Adel Fruean, asked members of the public in today’s Street Talk and this is what they said:

Think a Minute

Mistakes make money

Think a minute…A young man bought a plane ticket to Auckland, New Zealand. Later when he got home and looked closely at his ticket, he saw the travel agent had sold him a ticket to Oakland, California.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

Those parking meters A lot has been said about the Government’s move to install parking meters - good and bad.

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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