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Mata'afa Keni Lesa

How things might have been different if Parliament and the Government listened to Chief Auditor and O.P.C.

And so once more, the Controller and Chief Auditor, Fuimaono Camillo Afele, has made some pretty alarming discoveries in his latest report to Parliament to have been made public. The report to Parliament for the financial years 2013 and 2014 paints quite a grim picture of wrongdoing, abuse of power and misuse of taxpayers monies in the public service.

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Regarding the front page story titled “$13million investment lacked proper papers.” What can we do about it and what’s the point here? We were clearly told that all these high profile officials running the show were well educated, and some of them had more than 2, 3 or more Degrees up their sleeves.

Dear Editor, Re: Public against banana distribution I feel for all of you. Unfortunately, that boat has sailed due to the inconsiderate heads of the agricultural Ministry. Yes. You were all correct the needs of the less fortunate should outweigh that of the rich.

Dear Editor, Prime Minister Tuilaepa is absolutely right about the issue of the Chinese debt. While Tonga may be struggling to repay loans, Samoa certainly is not. Asking for a debt write-off is tantamount to admitting that Tonga is going to default.

Columns

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Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Ta’isi Efi

“Se’i mai le mui’a’a; tau mai na o le pua e ulā”

There is a common Samoan saying: “Tau mai na o le pua e ulā; se’i mai le mui’a’a” – “Pick only the most fragrant of frangipani; harvest the royal roots”. It is both a directive and a gentle plea.

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Rev. Apelu Tielu*

Don’t forget the Faletua

It’s a cliché, but it is true nevertheless that, behind every successful man is an even stronger woman holding him up! This is particularly true in the case of the Samoan faife’au in Samoa, especially the wife of the faife’au E.F.K.S., the Faletua.

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Orlando Huaman*

Teak: Grow your own money tree

On 9 July 2008, Mr. Aaron Kama, a Lecturer at the U.S.P. Alafua Campus presented to the interested public a very stimulating topic titled: Growing money on trees.

Between the Lines

Those parking meters A lot has been said about the Government’s move to install parking meters - good and bad.

How bizarre! Get this; the Ministry of Revenue guys have been going around to the local bars and restaurants asking them to remove certain spirits from the shelves.

Fiji Airways delay A flight from Fiji to Samoa yesterday was among the flights affected by delays at Nadi International Airport. The culprit?

Think a Minute

Think a minute…You remember the first time you tried to ride a bike? It can be quite tricky. The bike shakes and wobbles everywhere until you finally learn how to balance your weight. Balance is important in everything.

Street Talk

Public against Government’s banana distribution decision

The decision made by Government to prioritise commercial farmers regarding the distribution of banana has received a backlash from members of the public. Our reporter, Adel Fruean asked the public about their opinion on the decision made by the Government and they responded:

Faasisili Isaako, 58

Papaloloa

Lusia Sagato, 50

Leauvaa

Malota Alosina, 34

Falelima

Maria Faailoga, 45

Manono

Romeo Silva, 46

Faleula

Tupai Iulai, 66

Solosolo

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