M.P. for Gagaemauga No. 3, Nafoitoa Tala’imanu Keti.

Deputy Speaker caught in tax dispute crossfire

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi rebuked the Member of Parliament for Gagaemauga No. 3, Nafoitoa Tala’imanu Keti, in relation to the simmering tax dispute between the E.F.K.S. Church and the Government. “You can’t endorse the law and then you get up and say something else,” Tuilaepa said. “I want to ensure that members of the public are not misled.”

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MINISTER OF FINANCE: Sili Epa Tuioti.

Parliament passes budget

The Minister of Finance, Sili Epa Tuioti’s $932.92million budget for 2018/2019 was passed by Parliament last night. The nod of approval was given after three days of budget debate where Parliament worked into the night to discuss the budget allocations.

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‘Fisher of men’ hooks big catch

Fishing comes naturally for Lt. Colonel Rod Carey. The Regional Officer and Pastor of the Salvation Army Samoa caught a 30.4kg yellowfin tuna.

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World

First lady Melania Trump arrives at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday, June 21, 2018, after visiting the Upbring New Hope Children Center run by the Lutheran Social Services of the South in McAllen, Texas. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Melania Trump dons 'I really don't care, do u?' jacket

Melania Trump went to Texas to show she cared about migrant children. Her fashion choice carried a baffling counter-message. The first lady wore a green, hooded military jacket from the fast-fashion brand Zara that read "I really don't care, do u?" both as she departed and returned to Washington.

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First lady Melania Trump visits the Upbring New Hope Children Center, run by the Lutheran Social Services of the South, in McAllen, Texas, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

First lady visits migrant children at Texas detention center

Melania Trump made an unannounced visit to a Texas facility Thursday, talking with children and staff as she got a first-hand look at some of the migrant children sent there by the U.S. government after their families entered the country illegally.

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Sport

Argentina's Lionel Messi reacts after the third goal of Croatia during the group D match between Argentina and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. Croatia won 3-0. (AP Photo/

Messi, Argentina beaten 3-0 at World Cup, Croatia advances

Lionel Messi's frustrating international career may be coming to an early and anti-climactic finish after Argentina's worst loss in World Cup group play in 60 years. With Diego Maradona watching from the stands, the 2014 runners-up were routed by Croatia 3-0 Thursday. The Croats are moving on to the round of 16.

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Australia's Mile Jedinak scores his side's opening goal from the penalty spot during the group C match between Denmark and Australia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Australia gets crucial 1-1 draw with Denmark at World Cup

Mile Jedinak has a knack for penalty kicks and his strategy is beyond simple. "Just to get that ball in the back in the net," the Australia captain said after converting from the spot to give Australia a 1-1 draw against Denmark on Thursday and new life at the World Cup.

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Street Talk

Public express views on Pacific Games 2019 logo

With a few months left for Samoa to host the Pacific Games 2019, expectations are high. In the lead up to the region’s biggest sporting event, the Pacific Games logo was unveiled on Friday evening. Our reporter, Adel Fruean asked the views of the Samoan people on the new Pacific Games logo, which people responded to.

Ata Laban, 37

Alamagoto

Katalina Tuasivi, 62

Matautu-uta

Lagi Felise, 50

Falelauniu-tai

Tasiaeafe Tomasi, 19

Mulifanua

Unapo Tuimauga, 72

Faleasiu

Think a Minute

Think a minute…An army general was asked what kind of good-luck charms he carries when he goes to war. The general answered: “I don’t carry a lucky charm on my body. I carry it in my heart.”

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Budget, aid, cost of handouts

And so the Minister of Finance, Sili Epa Tuioti’s 2018/19 Budget tabled in Parliament two weeks ago was passed last night. Guided by the theme “The Right Path,” the passing of the budget will no doubt come as music to the ears of Government bodies and businesses whom the Government owes money to.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor It is beyond belief that the C.C.C.S. Ministers and the church somehow believed they should be exempt from paying the alofa tax. Jesus was not paid for his work or ministry so if you want to talk biblical then take a leaf out of Jesus’ example.

Dear Editor, Re: I’m not a sifi Wonderful to hear some real exchange of taofi ma manatu being exchanged on the floor of the Fono. This is refreshing and long over due.

Dear Editor Re: Tui Atua’s piece in Fiji Tui Atua Tupua is the best of the best when it comes to the Samoan language and understanding Samoan mythology. He is the authority of the Samoan language and myths intellectually.

Entertainment

Professional tennis player Serena Williams appears at an event to launch a national street art campaign with Allstate Foundation Purple Purse to make domestic violence and financial abuse visible, at TicTail Market on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in New York

Serena Williams: Young boys need domestic abuse education

Serena Williams says the conversation about stopping domestic abuse shouldn't just center around women, but men as well. The tennis superstar says education about domestic abuse should start when men are young boys.

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Technology

a college student plays a computer game at an Internet cafe in Seoul, South Korea. On Monday, 18, 2018, the World Health Organization said that compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a mental health condition. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Science Says: What makes something truly addictive

Now that the world's leading public health group says too much Minecraft can be an addiction, could overindulging in chocolate, exercise, even sex, be next? The short answer is probably not.

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