Why is Money Laundering Bill being rushed? Does it have anything to do with a certain E.U. blacklist?

Come to think of it, the verbal sparring between the Speaker, Leaupepe Toleafoa Fa’afisi, former Speaker Laaulialemalietoa Leuatea Schmidt and Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi in Parliament was really unnecessary. As senior leaders of the country, it wasn’t a good look at all.

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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.

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Poor Prime Minister Tuilaepa!

Poor Prime Minister Tuilaepa! We really do feel for him. As the Chairman of the Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.), he must be running out of excuses in a bid to appease members of the public who are obviously upset and angry about the performance of our national teams. It doesn’t help that he leads a broke Union where he is then required to front up to the nation and beg for more money.

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Budget, aid, cost of handouts

And so the Minister of Finance, Sili Epa Tuioti’s 2018/19 Budget tabled in Parliament two weeks ago was passed last night. Guided by the theme “The Right Path,” the passing of the budget will no doubt come as music to the ears of Government bodies and businesses whom the Government owes money to.

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Rape, incest and rise of vile crimes

We live in an increasingly sick society. Not just physically but morally too. All you have to do is read some of the stories that have been published in the recent past to know that something is terribly amiss somewhere. It has everything to do with the rising number of rape, incest and vile crimes committed against innocent young girls – and sometimes boys.

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P.M.’s obsession with O.L.P.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa’s obsession with O.L.P. hit a new level last week when he reportedly named two members of the public as people behind the infamous blog. He apparently coughed up the names during his weekly programme with Talamua Media, which immediately posted a story on its website.

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Government and Church Ministers tax law threat

Two Sundays ago, the Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, issued a thundering warning to Ministers of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa.

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What Baby Miracle’s life told us

Now and then, people come along and things happen near us we can’t quite work out, let alone explain. You see it’s natural for us as mere mortals to always try to rationalise, reason and figure out everything that happens near us. It’s just the way we were created.

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Who said there was no corruption in Government?

Two weeks ago a reporter brought a document and landed it on the desk. It was bundled up, stapled and quite a thick one too. Upon closer examination, it was revealed that the document was the Report on Irregularities in the Ministries and Parliamentary Offices reported to the Audit Office for several years. For 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 in fact. Quite a lot of bed time reading.

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Try doing the basics right … like catching the ball

It wasn’t a perfect start, let alone a winning one, but if we are honest with ourselves, many of us were quietly happy with the effort from the Manu Samoa last week during their opening game of the Pacific Nations Cup. You see new beginnings are always exciting. Anxious times too. Which is what it was last week.

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Mālō le folau, U.S.P!

Here’s a fact. Not many tertiary institutions can lay claim to the title of ‘regional and international university’ at the same time. But at the University of the South Pacific (U.S.P.) at all its campuses across the region, this is truly the case. Set up in 1968 to serve its member countries’ tertiary education needs – including Samoa – U.S.P. has gone beyond that to also service the educational needs of people from all walks of life, across the globe.

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Hardship, desperation, poverty and denial

Two days ago, Samoa joined the rest of the world to commemorate the World Day against Child Labour. Driven by the local office of the International Labour Organisation (I.L.O.) and its partners in Samoa, the occasion was marked with a gathering at Tuana’imato where the work being done so far to address the issue was acknowledged.

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‘I ask P.M. Tuilaepa’s Govt. to dig a hole and throw us all in there’

Several years ago, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s Government ordered residents of Sogi to relocate. With the offer of a quarter acre land at Falelauniu they could lease to own for $30,000 and $3,000 relocation cost, residents were given a few years to make the move. At first many of them opposed the decision. But as time wore on, some residents decided to accept the offer, packed up and headed inland to what they now call home.

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We need to wake up and see why the ocean is so valuable to us all

The facts are clear. Samoa and her Pacific neighbours occupy the biggest ocean in the world. In fact, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (N.O.A.A.), the Pacific Ocean covers 30 percent of the Earth’s surface, making it the largest water mass on the planet.

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Old Court house, letter from a friend and S.I.F.A.

The inevitable is about to happen. A few nights ago, what many people who fought and expressed views in a bid to preserve the old Courthouse feared, has come true with the announcement that work will soon begin to demolish one of the last remaining historical buildings in Samoa.

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“Church’s decision is like someone putting a gun on the Government’s head” - Prime Minister Tuilaepa.

Well, it’s Sunday again today, so perhaps Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, should slow down on his plan to tax church ministers in Samoa. Perhaps he should sit down and rethink his decision, and yes, much harder this time, if he would. From what we’ve discovered, there are 195,979 members of all churches in Samoa. Of that number, 56,818 are members of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.), who has 201 churches.

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World Cup qualification should matter the most for Samoa

It’s an uphill battle for Samoa. That much we know. During the next few weeks, the Manu Samoa has a lot to do, not just to restore some pride in Samoan rugby but most importantly to secure a spot in next year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan. If anything, it will be nice to win over Fiji, Tonga and Georgia in the Pacific Nations Cup, which begins today. Make no mistake about that. How we would love to see the Manu Samoa get back to their winning ways.

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Who is telling the truth here, who is telling lies?

On Wednesday this week a press statement from the Attorney General, Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff, arrived. Explaining that the statement was merely addressing media inquiries alleging government corruption, it seemed the writer was either being evasive or perhaps he was being diplomatic, we could not tell.

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Tupou suspension should be the template for all players and officials

The suspended Manu Samoa Sevens captain, Alatasi Tupou, is not the first rugby player to misbehave – in Samoa or anywhere in the world for that matter. But he is certainly the first player in Samoa the Samoa Rugby Union has chosen to make an example of – publically at least – of how they are moving to deal with bad behaviour that soil the sport’s reputation.

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Let the Police do their job

Let’s see. This country has been politically independent for 56 years now. Throughout that time, although there have been a few skirmishes here and there, we’ve been largely blessed to have been able to enjoy an environment of peace and mutual respect driven by our culture, Christian values and protected by the rule of law.

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Letters to the Editor

Faifeaus in the news

Re: Church on taxes Malo uso Leituala, you are absolutely right. It’s unusual to have so many faifeau news these days but all the commotions are about the potential loss of personal wealth to the tax man...unbelievable!!!

Street Talk

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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

Yes means stress

Think a minute…Are you a “yes man” or woman? Do you always say yes to everybody who asks you for a favor or help? Some of us just cannot say no to others. The problem is our “yes” sometimes means stress—to us and our family.

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.

Between the Lines

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.

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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