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P.M. on Church leaders It seems Prime Minister Tuilaepa can’t leave members of clergy alone. During a radio programme last week, he had plenty to say about Church Ministers. For instance, he reminded them that Church Ministers were only taught on spiritual matters, not on Economics.

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No media The British American Tobacco Company, previously known as Rothmans, celebrated a milestone at Robert Louis Stevenson Museum last night. It was their 40th birthday in Samoa.

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Is this Samoa’s Manu Samoa? Two issues stand out like a sore thumb in the selection of the Manu Samoa. Firstly, there is not a single player picked from the competitions in Samoa.

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Think global act local Hats off to the Prime Minister for joining his Pacific colleagues in alerting world leaders to the effects of climate change in the Pacific. But it is time for Samoa to think globally and act locally so can the Government advise if there will be subsidies for businesses and individuals who want to use alternative electricity sources to light up their homes?

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Domestic violence hole Now you’d think this will happen naturally given all the noise about domestic violence in Samoa lately. A friend of BTL took a victim of domestic violence who was badly bruised and beaten to the hospital.

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Daughter of Cabinet Minister Sources tell BTL that the daughter of a senior Cabinet Minister was involved in an incident where six-year-old girl was killed on Sunday morning. The little girl was returning home from Sunday school when she was hit and killed.

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Who sponsored trip? The Miss Samoa pageant earlier this month ensured all eyes were on the big island of Savai’i. So much so that the checking-in of two ministers, a C.E.O. and an A.C.E.O. into a hotel there raised eyebrows. Their ministry has no connection to the pageant’s administration so just wondering who funded their trip over?

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An S.O.S. visit to Facebook? The public surely appreciates the transparency shown by the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Afamasaga Rico Tupai and the Attorney General, Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff, when they posted pictures of themselves recently outside the headquarters of Facebook in Silicon Valley in America.

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Don’t be a tosser, keep Samoa clean Sometimes when driving around our beautiful island admiring the lush green vegetation and gardens, - you get the shock of your life when you see young people and sometimes older people casually chuck their food packaging or whatever waste they have in their hands aside onto the path or in someone's garden and continue walking.

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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.

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

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How bizarre! Get this; the Ministry of Revenue guys have been going around to the local bars and restaurants asking them to remove certain spirits from the shelves.

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Fiji Airways delay A flight from Fiji to Samoa yesterday was among the flights affected by delays at Nadi International Airport. The culprit?

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Go swing somewhere else The playground at Sogi is for children. And those swings there can only handle the weight of young kids.

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Alcohol at primary school Strange things are happening in Samoa. Take for instance a recent case at one local Primary School were students were caught sharing a bottle of spirit among themselves.

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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.

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Jammed doors at Faleolo Airport This is a true story. So apparently a Samoa Airways Flight, OL 732, arrived last week and the auto doors at the Faleolo Airport’s arrival area were jammed.

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

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

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Of ‘Papa Stui’ and fa’afafines Well it looks like some customers have kicked up a big stink about McDonald’s Unisex toilet.

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Editorial

A rural electrification program and sharing in Samoa’s wealth

Just four weeks into the new year and 2019 already has the hallmarks of another busy 12 months ahead – if events in recent weeks are any indication. The Government set the agenda in renewable energy in the last fortnight – in Samoa’s strive to become 100 per cent reliant on clean energy 2025 – by commissioning multimillion tala hydro plants on Upolu and Savai’i.

Letters to the Editor

Don’t be fooled - Apology in order

Dear Editor, Re: Don’t be easily fooled P.M. says “About claims that customary lands are under threat, Tuilaepa said it was foolish to compare Samoa to New Zealand and Australia.

Street Talk

Fa’apaia Motu, 61

Why minimum wage should increase

The issue of the minimum wage is back on the agenda. While most people agree that $2.30 an hour is not enough, the Government says the decision to increase is totally dependent on the private sector and whether they can afford it. What do you think? And if there were an increase, why? Soli Wilson asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Think a Minute

Successful Business Plan (Part 1)

Think a minute...Do you know the secret to a successful business? Even if you do not own your own business, these principles work in both your professional and personal life. Following these priorities will guide you to success in this business called life.

Columns

Changing lives: Now that the Festive season is finished

Talofa Samoa! In the first week of last year, I was looking for one of METI ‘champions’: someone, who had been following the whole foods, plant based (WFPB) diet that METI promotes and who had been successful in reversing his diabetes condition, which had been crippling him for years.

Sunday Reading

Back on his feet: For Lopau Mapuinuumanaia (right), the 59-year-old farmer who was nearly swept away, life has improved.

Rebounding together from dual crises

Lopau Mapuinuumanaia remembers the day his village in southeastern Samoa was torn apart. On 29 September 2009, the 59-year- old farmer was up early planting banana and taro seedlings when he felt the earth shake violently.

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