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Mata'afa Keni Lesa

Who said there was no corruption in Government?

Two weeks ago a reporter brought a document and landed it on the desk. It was bundled up, stapled and quite a thick one too. Upon closer examination, it was revealed that the document was the Report on Irregularities in the Ministries and Parliamentary Offices reported to the Audit Office for several years. For 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 in fact. Quite a lot of bed time reading.

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor Re: Editorial on Sogi issue He has absolutely no legal right whatsoever to be “seised of” his estate. He has no fee-simple estate because the land he is on he paid rent to the government for. How can you argue he is “seised of” his estate when he paid rent?

Dear Editor, Re: You can’t tax the alofa Double dipping I would say. I get paid after tax and I donate my contribution to my faifeau as alofa. Why should they have to pay tax again?

Re: Minister issues final warning That is what they call tax rebates. Sanitarium is a huge food manufacturing plant for the Seventh Day Adventist, despite it being a manufacturer that generated products for sale, Sanitarium is still classed as charity and is not subjected to taxation.

Columns

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Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Ta’isi Efi

“Oi auē, ua maumau le vasa!” “What a pity, such a waste of ocean!”: Idiosyncrasy and wisdom in Samoan creation and funeral chants

June the 8th last week was World Ocean’s Day. I would like to dedicate this address to all those who have and are working tirelessly to protect our oceans. The ocean is family and we have a sacred responsibility to ensure that we protect and nurture it like family.

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Orlando Huaman*

Bad fats for you: Trans fats

On May 14 2018, the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) urged developing countries to eliminate man-made trans fatty acids from our food supplies. By doing so countries could reduce a tidal wave of heart disease and strokes that results in more than ½ million death annually.

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Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi

We have come a long way as a sovereign nation

On behalf of His Highness the Head of State, I wish to convey our heartfelt appreciation to you all for joining us for the celebration of the 56th anniversary of independence of Samoa. We acknowledge especially the presence of His Excellency the President of the Republic of Fiji, and His Excellency the President of the Republic of Nauru.

Between the Lines

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

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.

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.

Think a Minute

Think a minute…Imagine we are on a large ship out on the ocean. The captain knows that there is a hole in the boat and we’re sinking, but he does not tell us passengers. Instead, he invites us all to go up to first class. All the beer and liquor is free. We’re allowed to party and do basically anything we want on the ship. Naturally, we passengers are loving our freedom.

Street Talk

Mixed opinions about arming Police officers

The recent violence in Savai’i involving, which led to Salelologa men interfering with the work of the Police, has revived the question about the need to arm the Police Force to deal with such issues. Do you think the Police Force should be armed, to allow them to deal with incidents where their lives are under threat in carrying out their work? Adel Fruean asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Peteru Taoipi, 53

Fasito’o

Tamatoa Toelau Pakeafaiga, 84

Sapunaoa

Vailima Amosa, 47

Vaiala

Sera Fela’ia’i, 60

Saleimoa

Taulapapa Taulapapa, 52

Tane, Savai’i

Asovale Stowers, 65

Satapuala

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