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Mata'afa Keni Lesa

God blesses people who are prepared to work

When we talk about hardship, struggles and poverty, an element that is often lost in the debate is that there are people who are doing their absolute best to try and get out of it. We think they deserve credit and a mention for their efforts. Today we want to pay tribute to their hard work, whatever it is that they do.

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor Re: Typical of a one party state The voters at grassroot level don’t seem to know either that the very candidate they are voting for are those that are undermining their livelihoods.

Dear Editor, Re: Commemorating ANZAC in Samoa Hearing that bugle sound “The Last Post” at dawn break always brings tears to my eyes. It’s not just about remembering our fallen brave ANZAC soldiers. It’s about remembering that they fought and died for our freedom.

Re: Farewell, Manamea! I like the way the Bahai faith conducts funerals. People must be buried within 2-3 days of death. Here, Manamea Apelu-Schwalger, was buried one day after death according to Bahai beliefs. I like this. Simple, no hassles, no fuss.

Columns

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Orlando Huaman*

The decision between processed and local food

We all know that this planet have problems of hunger and malnutrition, about 900 million people. Remember obesity is malnutrition, an illness. All United Nations members have committed themselves to eradicate hunger and malnutrition in all its forms by 2030.

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Dr Alex Frame*

A look at some features of South Pacific Constitutions

I have elsewhere contrasted two metaphors for the work of constitution-making.

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Alexia Slaven

Samoa’s Champ: Lupesoliai Joseph Parker

People are always asking me what I want to be when I grow up. My answer typically varies with mood - journalist, a doctor, political leader, a professional singer - but the theme remains the same.

Between the Lines

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

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.

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.

Think a Minute

Think a minute…What’s your problem? Not all problems are bad. In fact, certain kinds of problems mean you are successful and making progress. A big hardware business moved into the same building with a small hardware store.

Street Talk

Public oppose new chicken tax

The recent passing of the Customs and Tariff Bill in Parliament means new tariff rates will be imposed on all imported chicken. This is a grave concern given that chicken is one of the most affordable meat for families living below the poverty line and middle income earners. Taxing such goods is no doubt a burden on these families because a decent meal every day is now being robbed from them with price increase. Our reporter, Ulimasao Fata asked the public on their opinion on Government’s move to tax imported frozen chicken. This is what they said:

Eseta Faasao, 42

Falelauniu

Lui Mareko, 34

Faleula

Vaine’a Faatafe, 65

Nu’u

Waldell Brown, 58

Leauva’a-Uta

Lima Salatielu, 38

Toamua

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