Samoa Airways – a brave decision or what?

It’s great for travellers like yours truly to compare airfares on line to find that Samoa Airways offers the cheapest fare for the Auckland to Apia route.

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THE E.F.K.S. AT MALUA: The E.F.K.S. Church is standing up to the Government’s law to tax the alofa of church Ministers. File photo.

Tuila’epa and taxing the clergies

I have been watching with great interest from afar the development of this issue in our beloved country. Interestingly, many, including the highly credentialed Rev Vaiao Eteuati, have been fooled by the apparent simplicity of the issue. But I do not see the issue as simply about the clergies paying taxes.

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Member of Parliament, Olo Fiti Vaai.

P.M., P.S.C. and Olo Fiti Vaai

I found two very interesting stories in the paper recently. One was titled “Govt. considers removing hire and fire powers from P.S.C” and the other was “Board members qualifications in spotlight.”

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STROKE HAS BEEN REVERSED: Fonoiā Anzac Day Fitu tells his story.

Changing lives: Tackling the epidemic of obesity

Talofa Samoa! M.E.T.I. is thankful to N.H.S. for having invited us last year to open our Medical Clinic at Motootua. This has definitely allowed us to reach out to a larger segment of the population compared to the days when our Clinic was located at Tuanaimato.

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Why Bananas

Well, how does the morning break for you besides prayers? I am at a crossroads with words and waking up with birds chirping.

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Faife’aus employees of God?

Oh, when will this faife’aus’ tax saga end? In last Saturday’s Weekend Observer, the spokesperson for the E.F.K.S. was defiant in defending their stand on faife’aus paying income tax.

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How to find your own gold

Not where to go, but how to get there. Why should you look into your past at the painful failures when it is your accomplishments that count?

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Coconuts or not that is the question!

How much more coconut headed can we get? The fish in the sea are creating underwater war museums as we meddle with their environment, and by which they will categorize themselves into curators of course.

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We’re sitting on goldmine we didn’t know we had

I see that New Zealand’s acting Prime Minister Vaovasa Winston Peters is considering re-shaping his country’s aid to the Pacific “by redefining (its) spending by partnering with others, in projects which last 50 years or more, pointing to support for a Kiribati reclamation project (as an example)”.

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Taxes, God and meaninglessness

Of taxes and clergies, the point in the middle if you look downwards and upwards is the spread of the economy.

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To tax or not to tax

With apologies to Shakespeare, but this is no longer the question. Prime Minister Tuila’epa and his Government have made up their mind. Faife’aus will pay tax. The only question left is how they will get them to pay and what process will be used to ensure that the tax they pay is fairly assessed.

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A STORY TO TELL: Christina Robert.

Changing lives: The risk of dying at an early age

Talofa Samoa! We have emphasized in previous Columns that M.E.T.I’s strategy to tackle the ‘epidemic’ of obesity and N.C.D. is - instead of targeting the general population- to direct its health promoting messages to the thousands and thousands of N.C.D. sufferers, who feel miserable and incapacitated and are at a real risk of dying from their disease at an early age.

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Recognise, encourage and stimulate exports

I am honored and humbled to present the opening remarks at this very important event, the Samoa Exports Awards 2018.

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FIRST IN HISTORY: Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has declared that the Miss Samoa Pageant 2018 will be held in Savaii.

‘History in the making’

This evening is history in the making. It marks the 33rd anniversary since the Government of Samoa launched the Miss Samoa Pageant in 1985.

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“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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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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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.

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My Jerusalem

Eh. Koe fa a laga kala ga. Oh well. Let’s roll. She sat there knowing very well she was going to be on the plane. But maybe if she got them up to speed, God would work it out. Sigh. Probably not, but hey - worth a try.

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Gafa Silipa suffered from diabetes but he has managed to reverse his condition thanks to a plant based diet.

Changing lives: No wonder we have an obesity problem

Talofa Samoa! As mentioned in our last Health Column, last month, M.E.T.I. attended a Regional Forum meeting in Suva focusing on ‘Promoting Nutritious Food systems in the Pacific Islands’.

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Manamea “Mana” Apelu Schwalger.

My sister, her strength and Palliative care

Manamea Apelu-Schwalger is my sister. My name is Lumepa, in short mepa. Ever since I can remember, I am often referred to as Mana’s sister. Her name in short is mana. Yin and yang, she wrote about us.

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Editorial

Death of young boy is a tragedy, let it not be in vain

Life is precious. In some instances, it is too short for some people, way too short. So today, as you gather your loved ones for some much needed rest and relaxation after a tough week, spare a thought for the family of 16-year-old Orlando Maulelia.

Letters to the Editor

Church, Bible, authority and moral duty

Dear Editor, There is only one true church and that is the Catholic Church or the Universal Church that Christ established upon Himself in Israel. The first members and servants of the church are the twelve apostles or the twelve Disciples of Christ.

Street Talk

Asiata Sataraka

Public speak on vaccines controversy

The death of two one-year-old babies last Friday following their vaccination at Savai’i has led to independent investigations by authorities and galvanized debate throughout the nation. Health experts have come out defending vaccinations while urging patience until the inquiries are completed. The public was asked if they have confidence in the health system and the health of their children.

Think a Minute

A better way

Think a minute…Virtually all of the world’s progress has come from people who were not satisfied to “leave well enough alone.” Sir Francis Bacon said: “Acorns and nuts were good until someone invented bread.”

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

Go Samoa Airways Well Samoa Airways is getting some good press this week. Take this one from the only Cindy of Samoa who posted on Facebook about her wonderful experience flying our national carrier.

Sunday Reading

Rev. Dr. Upolu Lumā Vaai (PhD)

'Why a Pacific Philosophy Conference: Rewriting a Pacific Development Narrative'

On the 11-14th June 2018, the inaugural Pacific Philosophy Conference (I.P.P.C.) was held in Suva, Fiji. The Pacific Theological College, the University of the South Pacific, Pacific Islands Association of N.G.Os, and Fiji National University were the four hosting partners who sponsored the event.

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