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

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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.

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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.

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SLOW DOWN PLEASE Those midnight rally drivers might want to be careful out there.

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YOU’RE THE BEST! Admiration and thanks to the school pupils, supervised by teachers, for manning the pedestrian crossings near schools and keeping their many fellow students and drivers safe on our roads.

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DEPENDS WHICH SIDE YOU’RE ON Does that adage "one swallow make a summer" apply to football? If you’re an Aussie rugby fan and have been waiting for a win for yonks, it’s a resounding yes.

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Con artist at work So there is apparently someone conning unsuspecting members of the public at the Land Transport Authority compound. In a public notice, L.T.A has warned members of the public to be alert.

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SAYING IT OUT LOUD Women, children and their loved ones from all over Samoa should be saying thank you to the Ombudsman and his team involved in the National Public Inquiry into Family Violence.

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NUMBERS PLEASE Is it our imagination or has there been a genuine upsurge in the number of tourists in Samoa? We say genuine, because we are not counting those who are our own ‘sons and daughters (and other aiga) for the return home’!

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LATER! So the new Tanumalala Prison will be finished in about July next year? Correct us if we’re wrong, but did we not hear our Prime Minister inviting a certain 60 Minutes reporter, Liam Bartlett to the opening of the new prison in June this year?

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LEARNING FROM OTHERS Oh no! First we got a lesson in rugby success from the visiting Flying Fijians and now we have to swallow our pride and learn from their successful airline, Fiji Airways.

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7 QUESTIONS THAT ARE KEEPING US AWAKE 1. So come July 26, the day after the current Tui Atua is no longer the Head of State, is he still His Highness? 2. After being addressed as His Highness for 10 years, what new honorific if any, will he be known by?

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WE DON’T GET IT How exactly does the Minister of Education’s suggestion of “implementing Christian values within families and villages” solve the situation of alarming numbers of students dropping out of school at an early age (under 14 years of age)?

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GREGOR PAUL FAN CLUB Don’t you just love the New Zealand Herald rugby writer, Gregor Paul?

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ALL PUBLICITY IS GOOD PUBLICITY It was wonderful to see instant and very positive feedback to the ‘Clash of the Colours’ promotion of the Blues-Reds rugby game on the evening of June 2 at Apia Park.

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The righteous thing The Ministry of Revenue is not the most popular of government Ministries right now. That’s for sure.

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Make it relevant, P.M. Once again, the P.M. managed to deflect from his Government’s shortcomings and deliver a ridiculously rant.

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New Ministry mooted Do we need yet another Ministry? One wit has suggested the new ministry should be called M.O.F. - for Ministry of Fa’afetai!

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JUST CURIOUS A friend of BTL was looking through the coaching staff for the Samoa A team that’s in Fiji right now.

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WHAT A TEASER! If the Samoa Rugby Union needed some publicity for the upcoming game to be held at Apia Park later in the year, the Auckland Blues rugby side gave it to them by defeating the Melbourne Rebels 56-18 on Thursday night.

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Editorial

Church tax not about theology, E.F.K.S. or whatever. It’s about money

And so once more, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, has issued a veiled threat to the E.F.K.S. Church in connection to the ongoing dispute over the taxing of the alofa received by Church Ministers.

Letters to the Editor

E.F.K.S. gives reasons for clergy not paying taxes

Dear Editor, Finally, the E.F.K.S. church gives in writing the reasons for refusing to have its church ministers pay income tax. Here are a few brief responses to some of the reasons given and to the church’s General Secretary’s comments about his own beliefs and actions on the subject.

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Should the Govt. listen to plea from E.F.K.S. Church?

“The Elders of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) are urging Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and his administration to reconsider the law to tax the alofa received by Church Ministers. This is the gist of a letter from the Church to Prime Minister Tuilaepa, dated 15 June 2018. The 11-page letter, written in Samoan, highlights the church’s position on the issue. It was submitted to Tuilaepa prior to their much-anticipated meeting on Monday. Do you think the Government should reconsider based on the request from the church? Adel Fruean asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Think a Minute

Mama’s Boys

Think a minute…In 1946, the United States Army showed to the public its brand new 30-ton computer called the ENIAC. All the credit for this invention was given to two men, John Mauchly and J. Eckert. But it was actually a group of six women who programmed the computer and made this complex machine work.

Columns

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.

Sunday Reading

HONOURING THE VOLUNTEER VETS: The members of the A.P.S. board alongside the 3 volunteers at Taumesina Island Resort.

The Howler: A.P.S. says thank you

Members of the Animal Protection Society (A.P.S.) board gathered at the beautiful Taumeasina Resort for a dinner to honor the volunteer vets that came over from Australia to help conduct the clinics.

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