Putting 2 and 2 together

Dear Editor Re: Govt. reacts to shameful E.U. tax haven blacklist Maybe this is why the E.U. moved their office out of Samoa in May last year?

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Just stop it!

Dear Editor Re: Nothing new in the treatment of Samoans in American Samoa Oh Gosh!!! You’re saying that American Samoa treats people from Samoa like slaves now?

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How crazy is this

Dear Editor Re: Samoa Airways a low front heading towards Samoa As I have said, Samoa Airways is paying $30,000 USD every single day in lease.

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Please, let’s learn from others

Dear Editor Re: Miss Pacific finale arrives, Samoa envies Fiji tourism Can the Associate Minister of Tourism, Amituanai Fagaivalu Kenrick please tell the P.M. and C.E.O. of Tourism Sonja Hunter to be humble and go learn from Fiji Tourism?

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Is this a cover up?

Dear Editor Re: They are just simple questions from reporter Ilia L. Likou Are they going to use Samoa Airways as the sacrificial lamb when failing as a scapegoat for the millions not accounted for in these reports and what we owed to the financial institutions?

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Creating inequality

Dear Editor Re: A critical march for Samoa Oh good god, PS Jeffrey, when has an Australian, NZ, Canadian, or any Judiciary body that evolved from a British system upheld the right of indigenous people and their lands?

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Nothing new

Dear Editor Re: Govt. reacts to shameful E.U. tax haven blacklist Well the PM actually knew this all along since he defended having Samoa as a tax haven last year June 30th, 2016...

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A solution to being ignored

Dear Editor Re: Permit granted for protest march Awesome. One step closer for average and poor Samoans to see there is a solution to the problem of them being ignored and disregarded in Samoa by the current government.

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Samoa Airways a low front heading towards Samoa

Dear Editor, In response to your editorial yesterday titled “They are just simple questions from reporter Ilia L. Likou,” the sign of things for Samoa Airways don’t look good at all but as gloomier as a low front heading towards Samoa weather-wise; storm coming to doom no doubt.

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Dengue fever mosquitoes and Samoa

Dear Editor, Re: False alarm and Olo False alarm or not, Olo is absolutely correct to bring up the issue of doing something to eradicate mosquitos in Samoa. They are a problem that will keep tourists away, whether it’s dengue, Zika, chikuyunga or just plain annoying.

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The real problem

Dear Editor Re: Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, the fulcrum on which the wheel is turning, turning! It says the “Controller and Chief Auditor may conduct a yearly audit report on any examination or investigation” that he finds appropriate, and necessary.

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The thing with time

Re: Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, the fulcrum on which the wheel is turning, turning! The wheel is the metaphor for time. As time is ticking, no one can stop the compounding power of time. You measured everything with time; your life, your work, your future, your past, everything.

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A critical march for Samoa

Dear Editor, Re: The protest march You know they would lose because the government passes laws to suit whatever they have in mind. Tuilaepa does whatever he wants with the Constitution.

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Nothing new in the treatment of Samoans in American Samoa

Dear Editor, Re: Shocking breach of human rights This kind of treatment is not unusual from Amerika Samoa towards passengers on the inter-island ferry.

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You’re correct about teachers

Dear Editor, Re: Corporal punishment Don’t you worry Mr. Editor, the U.N. the sovereign ruler of Samoa will overrule our government with their child’s right and remove parental authority.

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Refreshing to see

Re: Criminal libel, what fantastic fun! It’s refreshing to say the least. You give the P.M. more credit than I think he deserves but that’s ok that we differ on that, I like what your saying.

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Keep digging

Re: Samoa Airways lease cost I can just smell financial problems with this new airline. The Samoan government should have taken the extra mile and researched it out the best way to proceed with the new airline.

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Samoa as a tax haven

Dear Editor, Congratulations Samoa. You have just been named as one of the 17 blacklisted E.U. countries for being an illegal tax haven aiding tax evasion. What kind of tax overhaul plans are in store for you to get off this blacklist?

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Troubled kids mirror of Samoa

Dear Editor, In response to Mata’afa’s editorial about corporal punishment, I want to say that these so-called troubled kids are a mirroring their surroundings. Violence won’t help. And the message the government sends by digging this up from the past is “Violence is the answer.”

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Call for a fundraising

Dear Editor, Re: Samoa Airways lease cost Six months planning is not enough for such undertaking considering having an airline. They should have a public offering to raise more money to secure funding for the long run. $50 million to start out with is not bad, however you can always have a second offering if you need more.

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Editorial

The other side of success

Not everyone travels in a straight line as they leave school and seek further education or enter the work force. One of our front page stories, “Hurdle after Hurdle …” is a wonderful story with a twist, in comparison with some of the others we have featured over the past weeks.

Street Talk

Aitasi Ugapō Aumua

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:

Think a Minute

The Real Competition

Think a minute…Did you have to compete with someone else to get the girl or guy you wanted? Whether we like it or not, competition is part of life.

Columns

BREADFRUIT: Like the banana and plantain, the breadfruit may be eaten ripe as a fruit or under ripe as a vegetable.

Breadfruit tree has many uses

This article deals exclusively with the food uses of the breadfruit then and now. THEN. Back in the early Polynesian times, when the breadfruit reached these islands they used just about everything needed to survive.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

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.

Sunday Reading

PRESIDENT OF THE S.A.M.E.:Tagaloa Eddie Wilson with Happy Ava Farmers Tupai & Asoono- from Savaii.

Samoa’s Ava Exports expected to rise to prominence again

Samoa’s Ava Exports is looking promising, with exports expected to increase in the next couple of years. Ava exports was Samoa’s second largest export commidity from 1998 to 2001 until some European countries led by Germany imposed restrictions on the Pacific Kava Trade. Samoa’s exports of Ava in 1998 was just under $20m.

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