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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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Nervous times The development in Savai’i last week where two babies died after taking their vaccines will only deepen the public’s mistrust in the health system – when it comes to the issue of vaccines anyway.

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Local but no niu Here’s the thing. You go to a some local restaurants and they make a big deal out of them using local ingredients for their food.

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Helpline soon So far so good for Samoa Airways, or so we’ve told. But a good source told B.T.L. that the airline could soon be asking for some financial help to cushion the blows of the tough aviation industry it is trying desperately to crack.

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Vanuatu sold Chinese-made planes Just for the record. The three Harbin Y12F aircraft that the Vanuatu government bought from the Chinese in 2009 were sold in 2015, ironically to make way for new Twin Otter aircraft.

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Let’s see proof If you had listened to Parliament two weeks ago, you would’ve noticed that a certain Cabinet Minister was immodestly praised for turning around the results at the Ministry under his portfolio.

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Sevens winners The Sevens team might not have had much luck on the field lately but if the behaviour of some of the players off it is anything to go by, they are definitely winners.

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Editorial

An independent judiciary absolutely critical

We live in an interesting time, one defined by countless challenges which require every member of our society, to step up to do their part. Everyone has a role to play. Whether you’re the Head of State, Prime Minister, Church Minister, matai or just an ordinary villager, each and everyone of us has a responsibility to make this a better place to live.

Letters to the Editor

Why airport at Tiavea is necessary

Dear Editor, Re: Waste of money Faleolo inter-Samoa flights - They flew the American Samoan airlines from Faleolo because the aircraft were too big to land at Fagali’i. Polynesian airlines eventually re-opened Fagali’i as their planes were the perfect size for the runway there.

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

Recognising royalty

Think a minute…Successful country singer Lonzo Green was visiting his relatives. His teenage nephew Jim and all his friends gathered in Jim’s house to meet his famous uncle.

Columns

E.P.C. must be more transparent on the proposed Alaoa Multi Purpose Dam Project

Together with six other non-government organizations (NGOs), Ole Siosiomaga Society (OLSSI) was invited on 25 July 2018 by the Manager of the proposed EPC Alaoa Multi Purpose Dam Project to a related meeting with representatives of a few government Ministries and institutions, project consultants, ADB officials, and EPC staff.

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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