Something for everyone at Independence

As we head towards the first day of June on Thursday of this week to celebrate 55 years of Independence, let’s not forget that that is the underlying reason behind the many celebrations that will take place.

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Taxes, church and the Head of State

It was inevitable. The government’s plan to tax pastors and members of the clergy was always going to come up against some pretty stiffed opposition and today none more so than the biggest denomination in the country.

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Climate change and the little things that matter

Climate change. While many people see the term and immediately turn the page, there is no denying the fact that on these shores, the impact is becoming more real by the day. The onset of heavy downpours despite the fact we are well and truly past the wet season, the ridiculously humid and hot temperatures we have been experiencing and much, much more.

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Domestic violence, love and the Bible’s formula for happy couples

Bad habits are sure hard to break. And when it comes to the ugly issue of domestic violence, while much has been said, written and done in an effort to eradicate it completely, the truth is that we have a long, long way to go.

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Politicians are not above the law

Democracy, elections and all that is good about a freer and fairer election are on the agenda in Apia this week. Down at Tanoa Tusitala Hotel, relevant stakeholders have been taking part in the “Democracy and Development in Samoa: the Role of Elections” National Conference.

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Peaceful Samoa the place to be

It’s happening just about every day. Everywhere we look in the world, there is suffering, losses and unimaginable pain. There are deaths right, left and centre. Terrorism has changed the way we live and the world we live in.

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Praise from the I.M.F and the simple plight of the poor

Well here’s the good news. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s government is in the good books of the International Monetary Fund (I.M.F) so that today, the orgsanisation established to “ensure the stability of the international monetary system” only has great things to say about Samoa.

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Yazaki closure will be a disaster unless there is a concrete plan

While we expected it, the day we feared would soon arrive has finally been confirmed. On page 2 of your Sunday Samoan yesterday, the story titled “Cabinet confirms end of production for Yazaki” contained the bad news.

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Many questions about air transport

And so Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s government has made a decision. After more than 12 years of working with Virgin Australia in the joint venture to operate Virgin Samoa, the government is pulling out.

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Road safety begins with you and me

The statistics are extremely frightening. And although many of us don’t think too seriously about the trauma caused by road traffic crashes, the fact is these have far more implications than the burden it places on health care systems and national resources.

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A Minister on the move

The Minister of Communications and Information Technology (M.C.I.T), Afamasaga Rico Tupa’i, is hard to miss these days. As one of the most energetic Ministers in Prime Minister Tuilaepa’s Cabinet, he is in the limelight all the time. For good reason.

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We need to proceed with caution

It’s true that the chance to host the Pacific Games in 2019 could potentially be a great opportunity for Samoa. And given the short time frame remaining, the government and local authorities will have to move quickly and be proactive.

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Crime wave, safety and unemployment

Whether it’s petty theft, violence, rape or stealing someone’s mobile phone, the crime wave sweeping over Samoa is a menace this country can surely do without.

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Any improvement is great progress

It has taken a while but at the tail end of the World Rugby Sevens Series, we are at last seeing the Manu Samoa Sevens play like the team we know they can.

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We cannot place a value on our mothers. They are priceless

And so it’s Mother’s Day once again. Today is a special day for all the mothers of this country and when it comes to such a day, we all have mothers and different stories to tell.

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Of Lupesoliai Joseph Parker’s doubters

There is no doubt about it. The court of public opinion is a vicious one. It’s also contradictory in nature. You see it’s as hard to fathom where the pendulum will swing just as it is easy to predict what people will say about certain developments.

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The government, the truth and 400 sex workers

Let’s face it. Whether or not Prime Minister Tuilaepa would admit it, the truth is that there’s a big problem facing him. And that problem is called prostitution. Now already 400 women are reported to be already involved in it, the indications are that the number is growing, and yes, there is no doubt it will continue to grow.

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Youth, employment and tourism

Yesterday, our lead story on the front page may have seemed like a departure from many of our previous leads. However despite other competing articles for the front page, it was decided that it was deserving of that front spot.

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Why is the sky always dark and covered with clouds? Where is the sun hiding?*

Almost every morning over recent weeks now, the sky is covered under a cloak of menacingly dark clouds which, once in a while they’d unleash those cascading buckets of pouring rain, so that for quite sometime there you begin to wonder if the sun would remain forever hidden, behind those dark, menacing clouds.

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Is Samoa still a democracy? What is there for the poor?

Is Samoa still a democracy, the way of life that ensures fairness, classlessness, consensus and social equality, will always prevail no matter what? We’re not sure.

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Letters to the Editor

Remember this?

Dear Editor Re: The rise of Tuilaepa as P.M. On 7 December 2011 Terry Bourke considered that without an independent public sector, an anti-corruption body capable of investigating corruption and prosecuting those found responsible for the corruption and an independent Electoral Commission and electoral act which

Street Talk

Ali Fa’afetai, 37

How do we address number of alcohol-related deaths?

The growing number of alcohol-related deaths is alarming. Hardly a month goes by without several incidents where precious lives are wasted due to alcohol abuse and drinking sessions gone wrong. What can we as a country do to stop these unnecessary deaths? What is your solution? Ilia L. Likou asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Think a Minute

Use it or lose it

Think a minute…A pilot was flying his small airplane, a Cessna 150, when suddenly he lost control. His plane began spinning and falling to the ground! He panicked and began doing everything he could think of with the controls.

Columns

With the mayor of Auckland Mr Phil Goff.

Green is the new Black

Past, present and future. Three simple words yet with three very different meanings. But what we must come to understand is that their fate is all intertwined to ours.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

GREGOR PAUL FAN CLUB Don’t you just love the New Zealand Herald rugby writer, Gregor Paul?

Sunday Reading

Myth, legends of ancient worlds

“Higher Daddy!Higher!” the little boy squealed, his face bright with excitement. Sigurd laughed and caught his son before tossing him up even higher than before.

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