The talk was a platform for church ministers and government officials of the Ministry of Revenue to interact and raise issues associated with the taxing of pastors.

Church Ministers outraged by tax law

Church Ministers did not mince words when they expressed anger and disappointment at the government’s decision to tax their incomes – and gratuities - starting on 01 January 2018.

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Local

SAMOA AIRWAYS: Mary Pavitt Chan, Seiuli Alvin Tuala, Adele Kruse, Mina Godinet and Papali'i Sonja Hunter.

Passion for Samoan hospitality

Whether you’re an experienced or nervous air traveller, it’s all part of the travel experience to be greeted by the gracious and smiling flight attendants awaiting your entrance onboard the aircraft.

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Whoever they are, he urged them to act immediately because the bad smell had become a health concern for residents nearby.

Abandoned dead dog concerns resident

A dead dog lying on the streets of Vailima near the Carmelites Monastery has become a health concern for residents around the area.  

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World

Delegates take moving stairs in the convention center during the COP 23 Fiji UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany.

Bonn climate talks end with progress despite US stance

As the first glimmer of dawn appeared across the Rhine River, delegates stumbled out of an all-night negotiating session at this year's global climate talks, expressing satisfaction Saturday at the progress made toward creating a comprehensive rule book for fighting global warming.

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A happy protester pulls a face as he and others stand under a large national flag, at a demonstration of tens of thousands at Zimbabwe Grounds in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Zimbabweans say Mugabe must quit now, but more talks planned

Giddy with joy and finally free to speak out, vast throngs of demonstrators turned Zimbabwe's capital into a carnival ground on Saturday in a peaceful outpouring of disdain for President Robert Mugabe and calls for him to quit immediately.

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Sport

Jordan Chewlit wins Tupua Fred Wetzell Trophy

Jordan Chewlit has done it again. He is triumphant following the Squash tournament sponsored by Apia Concrete Products yesterday.

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Italy's Ian McKinley runs with the ball during the rugby test match between Italy and Argentina at the Artemio Franchi Stadium in Florence, Italy.

Pumas beat Italy 31-15, end 7-test losing run

Argentina ended a seven-match losing streak in beating Italy 31-15 with a strong second half in their rugby test on Saturday.

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Street Talk

Head of State or Governor General?

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s government has moved to amend the Constitution once more in relation to the position of the Head of State. But the change has given rise to suggestions that since anyone is now eligible to become the Head of State, is it not time to consider changing the title from Head of State to Governor General. What do you think? Ioana Tupa’i asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Aitasi Ugapō Aumua

Manunu

Asafo Keti

Salani Falealili

Ene Taliaoa

Vaitele-uta

Foutanu Maiai

Saoluafata

Lemanaia Simone

Luatuanuú

Michael Tamanikaiyoroi

Aleisa

Talimalama Tenari

Salesātele Falealili

Think a Minute

Think a minute…I know a woman who gets sad when her husband sends her roses! She says: “The only reason my husband gives me flowers is because it’s Valentine’s Day and he thinks he’s expected to.

Editorial

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“Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s”. Matthew 22:21.

Something that is so rare we believe it’d never happened before in this country actually happened yesterday morning. It did when while glancing across the front page of yesterday’s Weekend Observer, right there was that headline, saying: “Pay your taxes, P.M. tells Church Ministers.”

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, O le alagaupu masani “O le Alai le Pule o le Tautua” o lo’o tumau pea ona laulauviviluai Samoa aemaise i lana aganu’u o le tu’u faasoloina o le pule e ala i suafa matai. Aepeita’iona o suiga o nisi o faigauaiaineii lea agaifanua, ua foliga mai ua ala ga tatau ona faaopoopo iai, pe suia fo’i, i le faaupuga faafeagai “O le Alai le Tautua o le Pule.” E iaini pine faamau e lagolagoina ai lea manatu ma suiga.

Malo Chief! If I could award you with a Victorian cross I would. Any government must justify their spending to eliminate distrust from the people. People matter and they can’t keep addressing people in the business world.

Dear Editor, To Love:Are Samoans really 98% Christian? If you are then you should give this passage a chance. My Father always told me, ever since I was young, that we must all love one another. I cannot stress how many times he told me this everyday.

Entertainment

FILE -  A March 3, 2003 file photo of from left: Malcolm Young, Brian Johnson, Angus Young, Phil Rudd and Cliff Williams from AC/DC posing for photographers at the Apollo Hammersmith in London.

AC/DC founding member Malcolm Young dead at 64

Malcolm Young, the rhythm guitarist and guiding force behind the bawdy hard rock band AC/DC who helped create such head-banging anthems as "Highway to Hell," ''Hells Bells" and "Back in Black," has died. He was 64.

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Technology

In this Oct. 30, 2017, photo, workers of Toyota Motor Corp. set hydrogen-stored tanks, in yellow, to be placed into a Mirai fuel cell vehicle at the automaker's Motomachi plant, in Toyota, western Japan.

Amid global electric-car buzz, Toyota bullish on hydrogen

At a car factory in this city named after Toyota, the usual robots with their swinging arms are missing. Instead, workers intently fit parts into place by hand with craftsmanship-like care.

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