Ministry of Revenue clarifies Clearance and Deferral scheme

Dear Editor, I refer to the above matter, which was reported in your Sunday paper on the 14 October 2018 and also as an editorial feature on the 18th October 2018. This is to provide a response on further clarifications sought from your paper on the subject matter.

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How to prepare

Re: Games athletes laud Samoa’s preparations I agree with where Samoa athletes can do their training while Samoa is getting ready for the Pacific Game next year. Overseas facilities can help prepare them for the Pacific Games.

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Great work from Parliamentary Committee

Dear Editor, Re: Fairness, $2.6 million of unpaid water bills and the sacking of coach Fuimaono I applaud the Parliamentary committee too. It does show that the parliament (H.R.P.P.-dominated legislative branch) is not a rubber-stamp for the H.R.P.P.-led executive branch.

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The right place to settle this mess

Dear Editor, Re: It is within his rights to sue S.R.U. The Court is the right forum to end this arduous and hideous saga for this son of Samoa. And I hope Fuimaono will take the matter to Court to have the closure once and for all to put it to rest.

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A natural occurrence

Re: Response to Penehuro Lefale The Climate Change phenomenon that has divided the world today is a natural occurrence cycle. The earth goes through this every 2000 years.

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Not good for Samoa

Re: Problem with coconuts That is very scary. The population of healthy coconuts from Samoa is now under threat by pests and diseases that got introduced to the region by whom?

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HUGE CHALLENGE FOR THE SAMOAN BANANA GROWERS! A Gold Mine Waiting For You.

Dear Editor. Everybody enjoys eating a banana in any shape or form. Monkeys do too. Most of the Samoans never thought that what is left after you enjoy your banana can make you rich. No kidding! So, what is left, apart from the peels?

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Leo’o Mulitalo M.M.M.F. Pius writes

Dear Editor, Can’t help the urge on joining the well-wishers’ wishing Samoa Observer best wishes of Congratulations for a sustain service to our people in the past 40 years. Reminds me of the number of years God allows for His chosen people/village to wondered around in the desert while pilgrimage towards the Promised Land.

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Tiavea middle of nowhere

Re: Stream of benefits and net present value The problem with NPV and stream of benefits is that it is quite impossible to foresee into the future the stream of benefits that an airport in the bush will bring.

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Not the first time

Re: Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua The Samoa Rugby Union did the same thing to Aveau Niko Palamo when they removed him as head coach of the Manu Samoa, when Niko Palamo has had a much better record than that of Michael Jones.

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Hoping for cheaper internet

Re: Internet speeds open local job prospects This is a fantastic direction and support led by government. The potential to be unlocked using I.C.T. is not limited to these types of operations and I hope the government lets the private sector share some of the reins on where this industry could be headed for the future.

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More exposure needed

Re: Samoa A Samoa needs more time to develop local talent. Going on tour, as well as competing in tournaments is key. A schoolboy’s team should go on tour and should also have an annual competition involving Fiji, Tonga, Cook Islands, etc.

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An open letter to leaders of Samoa

Dear Editor, A headless body loses its life. It is the reason why foreign military invaders historically go after the leaders first of the invaded communities. Take away the leadership and the community will scatter making it easier to defeat them.

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What might have happened with the Tiavea project

Dear Editor The sale of goods and services are largely governed by the laws of supply and demand but for the sale of land the rules are slightly different. In this instance the sale price is often determined not by what the market is prepared to offer but by what the seller is willing to accept.

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Stream of benefits and net present value

Dear Editor, Re: The issue of land at Ti’avea I was trying to find the best way to respond to this letter until this old lady at the makeki whispered in my ear, tell him about stream of benefits and net present value.

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Great work

Re: Banana breakthrough for Samoa Keep up the hard work that you do for Samoa and especially your families. You should be proud of your work and keep going. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t achieve your export goals.

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Apply same rule to everyone

Re: Editorial on customs duty issue I was wondering why the Minister couldn’t disclose the companies and how often they use this route? Because that will tell us if they are cash strapped and not some multi million dollar warehouse.

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Waste of money

Re: P.M. on cryptocurrency If you want to invest, invest in real estate is the way to go, not so much people living in Samoa but some of us are living in Australia and NZ, too many of our people are wasting a lot of money in casino and with expensive cars.

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Time to introduce a fine

Re: Apia’s growing litter problem an eyesore It’s great to see this initiative in Samoa and good on Shaanarlei for doing this. It is apparent for anyone travelling to Samoa that there is an issue with the rubbish and is something the government needs to sort out (it’s right outside the government’s doorstep to see).

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The issue of land at Tiavea and the taxing of church Ministers

Dear Editor Re: Give Tiavea Village a fair go This letter is wrong. At the moment, the land is just bush. There is little value there at the moment. The land is yet to be built on and used. Only then will the value of the land increase. Not before.

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Editorial

Vile crimes, shocking deaths and sadness in Samoa today

For such a small country, the amount of deaths reported by the Police on a weekly basis – including crime-related deaths - is quite high. It’s disturbing. So much so you cannot help but ask the question; what is happening in Samoa today? You see gone are the days where these incidents were a rarity.

Street Talk

Faaofonuu Iosefo Faamausili, 59

Should Ministers and Associate Ministers run private businesses while they are in the Government?

The interviews were done by Talaia Mika, a NUS diploma program final year student.

Think a Minute

Eternal security

Think a minute…Queen Victoria was one of England’s most popular rulers, with the Victorian era being named for her. She was one of the richest, most powerful women in the world.

Columns

Peace, security and climate change

I have the honour and privilege to present to You the Letter of Credence addressed to Your Highness by His Majesty King Willem Alexander, accrediting me as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Independent State of Samoa.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

P.M. on Church leaders It seems Prime Minister Tuilaepa can’t leave members of clergy alone. During a radio programme last week, he had plenty to say about Church Ministers. For instance, he reminded them that Church Ministers were only taught on spiritual matters, not on Economics.

Sunday Reading

Myths and Legends of the Ancient World

The spears flew towards the youth on the hill, whistling as they cut through the air. Grinning, Queen Medb’s general drew his sword, eager to take back to his Queen the head of this warrior whom they called the Hound of Ulster. He had no doubt his spears would find their mark.

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