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Church Ministers did not mince words when they expressed anger and disappointment at the government’s decision to tax their incomes – and gratuities - starting on 01 January 2018. Strong emotive language was used which led to one government official shedding tears in an attempt to appease unhappy...
It’s not goodbye Samoa for N.Y.C.’S Ari Roland Jazz Quartet. After an action packed cultural exchange, the band has left Samoa’s shores but they hope to return soon. The band performed at 15 different locations includingthe Mapuifagalele Home for the Elderly, Poutasi Village, Pesega College, T.V....
Samoa Airways is copping flak in the first week of its operation but says "Rome wasn't built overnight". Samoa Airways' general manager Seiuli Alvin Tuala said he was working on solving problems that sparked criticism following the first day of the airline's operation on Tuesday. The one aircraft...
Palauli College in Savaii in Samoa has banned the sale of junk food on campus. The principal Papalii Ene has told Talamua online the aim was for the children to eat healthily for a healthy body and mind. He said if students had healthy minds and healthy bodies, "our job of teaching them will be...
The U.S. Embassy in Apia has announced that Samoan students have an opportunity to apply for the United States-South Pacific Scholarship Programme, which supports Master’s and Bachelor’s degree study at the University of Hawaii. The United States-South Pacific Scholarship Programme is a competitive...
Two decades ago, Eteuati Ete punched his wife Mele Wendt so hard while she was driving that she ended up with a black eye. "There was a violent side to Ete," Wendt says. "But to the rest of the world he was this charming, effervescent person." Ete, now 55, rose to fame as half of the comedy duo the...
'Akilisi Pohiva's Democratic Party has won a resounding election victory in Tonga, with voters seemingly continuing to back political reform. This week's election was brought forward a year, after the King dissolved parliament over concerns about the Pohiva government's conduct. Mr Pohiva's...
Honolulu, HAWAI’I — Hawaiian Airlines this week announced the planned retirement of Mark Dunkerley, president and chief executive officer, and the selection of Peter Ingram, executive vice president and chief commercial officer, to replace Dunkerley, effective March 1, 2018. Dunkerley’s departure...
FASHION GIANTS JOIN FORCES FOR CHRISTMAS COLLECTION — In an ever changing and dynamic retail environment, two of Samoa’s high profile and longstanding family businesses, MENA and Eveni- Koko Pacific, have joined forces to give their customers the best Christmas experience.   MENA and Eveni are...
solThe faasamoa (Samoan culture and way of life) has nothing to do with the struggles of today. The problem lies with us – the people. So says 65-year-old Lua Pule, a father and grandfather of Si’ufaga, Savai’i. Lua says we need to do away with the mentality that fa’alavelave contributes to our...

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