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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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Banking whispers Whispers about the change of ownership for a major player in the banking industry in Samoa has been laughed off.

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THE BEST A big fa’amalo to the skilled and courageous E.P.C. staff who braved the winds and rain to restore power from broken and dangerous power lines on Cross Island Road on Wednesday night in pitch darkness.

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LEARNING THE AIRLINES LINGO Heard the term “close in bookings”? Chances are, you are one of the many Samoans who fall into that category used by airlines to describe your booking when you travel.

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SLOW DOWN PLEASE Those midnight rally drivers might want to be careful out there.

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Editorial

Robots at the plantation? In Samoa? Now we’re really talking technology

Whenever we think of the humble plantation we immediately conjure up images of the trusty sapelu (machete), gumboots (if you have some), pea ato (baskets woven from coconut fronds), amo and the weed eater.

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

“Give to live”

Think a minute…You may have heard the saying, “Joy shared is joy doubled.” Giving isn’t a sacrifice, it’s an investment. We actually get back much more than we give. So don’t give until it hurts, give until it feels good.

Columns

Teak: Grow your own money tree

On 9 July 2008, Mr. Aaron Kama, a Lecturer at the U.S.P. Alafua Campus presented to the interested public a very stimulating topic titled: Growing money on trees.

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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