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Mata'afa Keni Lesa

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

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.

Dear Editor, Re: P.M. gives instruction on terrorist Are these people nuttas or just frustrated at having no freedom of speech often denied in Samoa? I haven’t seen the video in question.

Dear Editor, When the Prime Minister of the country calls his people dogs, stupid, stinking pigs, uncircumcised horses, and threat to drop an atomic bomb on them, then this much is undeniable, the language he used is low, even worse it cannot be ignored.

Columns

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Dr. Walter Vermeulen

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.

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Lumepa Hald

The bus artists inspire and those false promises

The rain drops on the road, pot holes, running children in front of the open houses, mothers and sisters sweeping the aftermath in the mornings and boys idly standing by, till the rubbish of leaves and dirt are ready to be collected.

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Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Ta’isi Efi

Lagimalie (heavenly harmony) in peace, security and human development

There is a Samoan saying, “E le sili le toa e a’ea le olo, i le toa e pulea lona loto”, meaning, “he who overcomes the fort is no less courageous than he who overcomes his impulses”. This is linked to the biblical saying in Proverbs 16, verse 32.

Between the Lines

A prominent member of the community had his house broken into where the thief ransacked it looking for valuables to take.

So as he gratefully accepted a donation of boots from an Australian Good Samaritan, Prime Minister thanked Jo Mikarna for 3000 pairs, only to learn there were 4000.

A simple sign will do Samoans who support their national airline, Samoa Airways, want the management to know something.

Think a Minute

Think a minute...This is the true story of a boy named Jim who started working on farms at the young age of eight. By the time he was 20 Jim was training as a store manager, and within a year was a successful salesman.

Street Talk

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:

Anesone Elama, 43

Saleimoa

Easter Nun Yan, 20

Vaoala

Fa’aa’e Faletaoga, 35

Saina

Iulio Ioane, 46

Salepoua’e

Meatuai Sefo, 35

Vaitele

Queenmary Maia’i, 21

Moamoa

Toalua Tauavae, 42

Siusega

Valma Tonu’u, 34

Fugalei

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