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Archive - Apr 13, 2012

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ASG fuel allotment for 2012 already $80,000 overrun

Meanwhile, 34 vehicles assigned to Flag Day activities

The government’s fuel allocation for the current fiscal year 2012 is already in the red by more than $80,000 while the 2012 Flag Day Committee has identified thirty-four ASG vehicles to be used for this year’s celebration.

In an Apr. 5 memo to all executive branch departments and agencies, Office of Program Planning and Budget director Malemo L. Tausaga says the current fiscal year’s fuel allocation of $150,000 was approved under the FY 2012 budget.



IS IT TRUE? IS IT TRUE?

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Is it True that the power was turned off — islandwide —on Ofu, Manu’a for about 3 hours, a week ago, Monday, by the families that own the land where the American Samoa Power Authority generators are located?

Answer:

Yes, it’s true, according to the Tili and Ta’amu family matai, who say the family owns the land where ASPA has their generators.



Four defendants plead not guilty in Hawai’i meth case

Case linked to John Tai
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A Samoan woman accused by federal agents of using her airline security credentials to bypass airport security in order to transport drug money to California has pled not guilty along with her three co-defendants at the federal court in Honolulu.

Sifatutupu Fuamatu, who worked as a ramp agent for Delta Air Lines at the Honolulu International Airport, along with co-defendants  Walter Dominguez, Larry Chung, Lloyd Talia, and Falefia Fuamatu were charged late last month under a federal criminal complaint.



Army Reserve has personnel shortage

Recruiters seek to fill 90 infantry positions
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The infantry battalion of  the Army Reserve Unit in American Samoa is “experiencing personnel shortages” of around ninety positions and recruiters in the territory and in Hawai’i are working together to fill these positions, says Brian Melanephy, spokesman for the Honolulu-based 9th Mission Support Command, or 9th MSC, which has jurisdiction over the local Army Reserve.



Court Report

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INMATES UNDERGO SURPRISE DRUG TEST

The Vice and Narcotics division with the Department of Public Safety conducted a surprise drug test on all inmates and detainees at the Tafuna Correctional Facility yesterday morning.

Police officers and detectives conducted the test, and police told Samoa News that two inmates who are currently serving time tested positive.

A report on the test results will be handed to the probation office and the Attorney General’s office.



NEG participants find valuable job experience in the program

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Three American Samoa National Emergency Grant (NEG) participants, who were paid interns at the American Samoa Power Authority and the Governor’s Office, were very pleased to be given the chance to work, even though it was only for a certain period of time.

The duration of paid work experience is 520 hours for each participant, and the hours assigned are planned in consideration of the needs of the participant and the job duties to be performed. Last week Samoa News reported on four NEG participants (see Apr. 4 edition for details).



USDOL Wage and Hour Division conducts enforcement initiative

Focus is on fed funded construction projects

HAGATNA, Guam —The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has launched an enforcement initiative focused on Guam’s construction industry to increase employer compliance and remind construction workers, including those hired under the H-2B temporary nonimmigrant worker program, of their rights under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts, and the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act.



Center, pregnant woman settle discrimination suit

SAN FRANCISCO -- A San Francisco homeless resource center has agreed to pay $10,000 and rehire a counselor who said she was dismissed from her job in 2007 because she was Samoan and pregnant.

The United Council of Human Services, a nonprofit in Bayview Hunters Point, settled a lawsuit by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accusing the center of discriminating against Tanya Thompson because of her pregnancy and national origin. A federal magistrate approved the settlement this week.



Hawaii state sheriff's deputy indicted on sexual assault charges

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewNow) - A state sheriffs deputy stationed at the District Court cellblock was indicted Thursday on sexual assault charges.

Benjamin U. Fonoti, 30, has been a sheriff's deputy for three years, according a spokeswoman for the state Department of Public Safety.

The indictment brought by the Attorney General's office charged that the incident happened October 10, 2011 when Fonoti had a woman detainee perform oral sex on him and placed her hand on his penis.

Investigators have DNA that will help prove their case, a source said.



Fish Processing plant in Apia?

A fish processing plant may soon open in Samoa if a fishing company from Taiwan gets the green light from the Government.

Yuh Yow Fisheries Company has submitted a proposal to the Government asking to hire sheds at the Apia Harbour to use for the project. Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Le Mamea Ropati Mualia said the company will provide jobs for the local economy.

What do you think? John McNally asked people in Samoa Observer's Street Talk, follow the link to see what they said.