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Mata'afa Keni Lesa

Senior politicians and the issue of conflict of interest

Two weeks ago, a story titled “$3.57 million contract awarded for new airport” was published on the front page of the Sunday Samoan. It certainly raised a few eyebrows. Firstly, very little has been said about the Tia’vea Airport project, certainly from the Government that is.

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Let me reply in short Diana Pai as obviously you are of Chinese descendant. 1. You may have notice you’re allowed to say anything you wan to say free of charge. You don’t get to go to prison for disagreeing. 2. Most of the foreign exchange we are getting from our aigas overseas or earn through the little and limited trade our poor country is earning is being remitted to China to keep the Chinese businesses operating in the country.

Dear Editor I wish to correct a misinterpretation/misquote by your reporter in an article titled “Magiagi church dedicates $500,000 Pastor’s house” in the Sunday Samoan. Your story said that: While there was success in terms of raising funds, Tupuivao revealed that there were many who could not put up with the pressure of the project and left.

Re: Confucius institute in Samoa We are a Christian Nation, Confucius ideologies are different, and mostly oppose Christian values. This is like establishing a new church in Samoa from a different approach. How smart is that for the Chinese Govt. to use these developments confuse our Govt/HRPP and our people.

Columns

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Fiu Mata’ese Elisara

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.

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Lumepa Hald

This is Goshier than Gosh!

There in the village, giants sleep on the mountains as you pass them by. And the fog of dawn leaves the landscape like a mother of heaven is rising to make breakfast.

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Afamasaga M. F. Toleafoa

Straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel

The tirade by NZ radio 1ZB commentator Heather du Plessis against the Pacific Islands has rightly invited adverse comment, only a small part of which has filtered to us in Samoa I suspect.

Between the Lines

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.

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?

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.

Think a Minute

Think a minute...The worst shooting massacre in America’s history took place on the campus of Virginia Tech University. A student named Cho Seung-Hui went on a shooting spree killing 32 people before committing suicide.

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