New airlines please

We really need another airline that is not affiliated to an existing one which is also flying in and out of Samoa. In other words, competition please, not a cosy relationship where you both maintain the status quo at the expense of the trapped customers

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First impressions

Let’s hope Samoa is not judged on first impressions because if it is, we are in deep trouble. The tail end of the hundreds of passengers arriving at the weekend on a full flight from N.Z. were subjected to close to a two hour wait to be processed.

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BETWEEN THE LINES

Just for a coffee? So here’s the thing. We know those vehicles with DC number plates are driven by mostly expats.

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Give us a break

Many people, especially women, would have had a chuckle at an opinion piece in the Sunday Samoan commenting on our P.M.’s exhortation that we need more babies. As well as Bronnie suggesting he have them himself, she spoke for over half the population when she said,

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A TOURIST’S VIEW

With a beautiful, cruise ship at Apia wharf and one which was berthed overnight, locals were intrigued to see a group of tourists on the Vaisigano Bridge gazing up stream.

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ENDANGERED SPECIES?

With the current shortage of teachers, the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture and the National University of Samoa are now facing a new problem - a shortage of applicants enrolling to join the primary teaching profession.

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BETWEEN THE LINES

QUERY FROM FACEBOOK Why is there an expiration date for data in Samoa?

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WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

So the entry point for English for aspiring teachers at N.U.S.has gone UP to 50% for 2017? What?

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O.M.G.

Talk about the need to “Keep calm and carry on”.

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YOUR RESPONSIBILITY

C’mon Land Transport Authority!

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Why so paranoid?

What is it with Ministers having high security cameras in their tiny waiting rooms?

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You have got to be kidding me!

With the latest reports and video postings involving some child vendors in a nasty incident of physical abuse of an individual, it was astounding to hear a response from the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Fauono Talalelei Tapu reported in the Weekend Observer.

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Maybe we’re unique?

A friend of the B.T.L. was at the front desk of one of Samoa’s prestige hotels when he overheard a funny commotion.

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Government vehicles

My challenge to all the current C.E.O.s is to buy their own vehicles and ask for your transport allowance from the government.

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Sad, sad, sad

Don’t you think it’s kind of sad how some Cabinet Ministers and his highly esteemed colleagues in the telecommunication sector were posting photos on social media...

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“If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck …”

While the Samoa Rugby Union and the P.M. may call him the coach or Head Coach, we beg to differ.

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Keeping it sealed

So we now have the ludicrous and unsafe practice of a police officer taking it upon himself to take a revolver home from a police station because it “might go missing”.

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The Donald Trump of Australia

Oh my goodness, someone has had a severe case of “I can dish it out, but I can’t take it.”

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Get off the road

Could the driver of OOTR 01, a spanking brand new Ford Ranger I might add, please be mindful there are other cars on the road, especially when it’s a two-lane road.

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Answer the phone

Here’s a scenario. You spend so much money buying the cash power for your aigas in the rural areas and Savai’i right?

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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.

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

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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