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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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YOU’RE THE BEST! Admiration and thanks to the school pupils, supervised by teachers, for manning the pedestrian crossings near schools and keeping their many fellow students and drivers safe on our roads.

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DEPENDS WHICH SIDE YOU’RE ON Does that adage "one swallow make a summer" apply to football? If you’re an Aussie rugby fan and have been waiting for a win for yonks, it’s a resounding yes.

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Con artist at work So there is apparently someone conning unsuspecting members of the public at the Land Transport Authority compound. In a public notice, L.T.A has warned members of the public to be alert.

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SAYING IT OUT LOUD Women, children and their loved ones from all over Samoa should be saying thank you to the Ombudsman and his team involved in the National Public Inquiry into Family Violence.

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NUMBERS PLEASE Is it our imagination or has there been a genuine upsurge in the number of tourists in Samoa? We say genuine, because we are not counting those who are our own ‘sons and daughters (and other aiga) for the return home’!

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LATER! So the new Tanumalala Prison will be finished in about July next year? Correct us if we’re wrong, but did we not hear our Prime Minister inviting a certain 60 Minutes reporter, Liam Bartlett to the opening of the new prison in June this year?

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Editorial

Remittances, Samoans abroad and the concept of tautua

Numbers don’t lie. If Samoa’s economy received $503.73 million in remittances from Samoans overseas last year, that is a massive contribution to the economy by any standard. Now let’s quickly take a look at the Government’s revenue collections during the past few years. In 2011, the Ministry of Revenue collected $420 million; it dropped to $377 million in 2012, and went up to $409 million in 2013. In 2014, it further increased to $421 million, $431 million in 2015 and for 2016 it was $485 million.

Letters to the Editor

Suppressing the voice of dissent

Dear Editor, You should embrace the thriving democratic principles now showing in the Samoan political system. The right to dissent is one of the corner stones of democracy.

Street Talk

Anesone Elama, 43

Govt. policy versus freedom of opinion

The Government’s decision to sack the Nofoali’i village mayor over his comments against the Government’s land law reforms has raised a rather interesting question. Can the Government sack village mayors who are appointed by the villages? What’s more, where does this leave Government employees when it comes to the question of freedom and rights? Talaia Mika and Misiona Simo discussed the issue with members of the public and these are their views:

Think a Minute

Fight by the Rules

28 June, 1997 was the date of the famous Bite Fight between world heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson. During the fight, Tyson completely lost control of his anger and actually bit off part of Holyfield’s ear! Tyson lost his license to box and paid a $3 million penalty for not fighting by the rules.

Columns

HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE WITH METI: Otara Eteru Autagavaia.

Changing lives: Prevention and reversal of obesity

Talofa Samoa! I am happy to start this Health Column by informing the Public that METI has now received official support from government for its Healthy Living programme.

Sunday Reading

Alpha Cafe and Chemist owners Nataivai Siitia and her husband Junior Siitia.

A café and a pharmacy - service with a difference

The Alpha Café and Chemist is not your everyday kind of pharmacy – it offers a service with a difference and is within the vicinity of the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital at Motootua.

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