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Archive - Feb 21, 2012

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Extra 2% wage tax set for mid March

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All wage earners in American Samoa will soon pay a new 2% wage tax, to help fund the government’s no-interest $3 million loan — which is to be given to the LBJ Medical Center, as a cash infusion to the financially strapped authority. After the ASG loan is paid off, the new 2% wage tax is earmarked to continue to provide funding to the only hospital in the territory.

This new wage tax — which is on top of the current 4% minimum income tax — has no sunset provision, meaning it will continue unless repealed by law.



Lavea’i e le Seabourne Odyssey ia ni ali’i …

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Samoa na tafefea

O alii fai faiva e toatolu mai Aleipata ia sa tafefea i le lua vaiaso talu ai, na toe maua i le aso ananafi, ina ua piki mai e le vaa meli o le Seabourne Odyssey, a’o aga’i mai mo lana tafaoga i Pago Pago, i le taeao ananafi.

O lea ripoti na mafai ona fa’amaonia mai e le susuga Lt. Steven Caskey, o ia lea o lo o fa’auluulu i ai le Ofisa o le U.S Coast Guard i Pago Pago.



DHR director: Calls ASDOE hiring process “multi-faceted and complex”

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Department of Human Resources director Evelyn Vaitautolu Langford says hiring for vacancies at the Department of Education are not simple processes that can be said to be solely the fault of DHR, it is a shared responsibility.

She noted that some of the currently vacant teaching posts will be filled soon, after thorough consultation with ASDOE officials.



Senate seeks to override another Togiola veto

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The Senate has moved to override another of Gov. Togiola Tulafono’s vetoes on a Senate sponsored bill, which would allocate $800,000 each to the LBJ Medical Center and ASG matching funds for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funded projects.

The governor had vetoed the proposal, totaling $1.6 million saying that $800,000 in additional funds for LBJ “will only cover two weeks’ worth of personnel costs” and if other costs to run the hospital are factored in, “this amount will have a most short term effect on a very large problem.”



Court Report

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VAITOGI MAN RELEASED AFTER 48 HRS

The Attorney General’s office has released a Vaitogi man who was arrested last week Wednesday in connection with the alleged sale of marijuana.

Police had a confidential informant allegedly buy from the man the equivalent of 20 marijuana joints in the plants’ leaves.

The Vaitogi man was released from the Territorial Correctional Facility late Friday afternoon, after the 48 hours had expired. 



Woman’s death over weekend under investigation

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The Department of Public Safety is conducting an investigation into the death of a 58-year old woman from the Tualauta District over the weekend.

The woman was found dead in her home on Sunday. Police and the EMS technicians were called for assistance. The woman was pronounced dead at the LBJ hospital Sunday afternoon.

Deputy Commissioner Leiseau Laumoli said detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division are questioning the woman’s children.



Togiola departs Territory for meetings in DC, SFO and SEA

(BASED ON A PRESS RELEASE) — Governor Togiola Tulafono departed the Territory on Sunday night for annual meetings in Washington DC. In the nation’s capital, Togiola will take part in the US Coral Reef Task Force meetings, which begin this Thursday.

On Friday, the Governor will join the Democratic Governors for a morning meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House, and in the afternoon will join Pacific  island governors for the winter meeting of the Pacific Basin Development Council at the Hall of States..



SHS holds Heritage Extravaganza Gala

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Samoana High School held the closing for their ‘Heritage Extravaganza Gala’ this past Friday, which showcased displays, skits and information on different heritages from countries around the world.

“The American Samoa Humanities Council (ASHC) is the sponsor for our Heritage Extravaganza Gala. We started off with an opening this past November and this is the closing for the event,” said the Department Head for the Social Studies department at SHS, Brenda Aisoli.



Fa’afiafiaga o le Sisigafu’a

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Ua mae’a fa’asalalauina le avanoa e lesitalaina ai so’o se Autalavou, Fa’alapotopotoga ma Ekalesia fo’i e fia fa’aalia ni a latou Fa’a-fiafiaga Fa’asamoa i le vaitaimi o le Sisigafu’a 2012 a le tatou nei malo.

O lea fa’afiafiaga ua fa’atulaga e faia ia Aperila 11, 12 ma le aso 13 i afiafi e pei ona masani ai i tausaga ta’itasi, ae mana’omia lava fo’i ona mua’i pasia lelei fa’ato’a mautinoa lea o se avanoa lelei mo lau ‘au fa’afiafia.



US military jet rolls off CNMI runway after emergency landing

A US Air Force F-16 Falcon fighter aircraft has rolled off the runway after an emergency landing at Saipan International Airport in the Northern Marianas.

According to a release from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, the pilot has no injuries.

It was earlier reported that the aircraft had crashed.

The jet fighter, assigned to Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, was conducting a training mission in support of Cope North 2012.

The exact cause of the emergency is under investigation.

There is no reported damage to the airfield and the damage to the aircraft is unknown.