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Save & Sandra ask for review of election statute

Legitimacy of their opponents challenged
rhonda@samoanews.com

A letter has been sent to Soliai T. Fuimaono Chief Election Officer, dated April 4, by gubernatorial candidates Save Liuato A. Tuitele and Tofoitaufa Sandra King Young (Save & Sandra), requesting the Election Office to review a provision of the local election laws governing the resignation of government employees when running for the public offices of governor and lieutenant governor.



Study points to huge revenue loss from cigarette smuggling

Recommended solution: a stamp tax program
fili@samoanews.com

A local feasibility study of a cigarette tax stamp program in American Samoa estimated that some 5 million cigarettes were smuggled into the territory two years ago, resulting in a loss of more than $700,000 to ASG in excise tax revenues.



Bar fight at airport escalates, man in critical condition, suspect still at large

reporters@samoanews.com

A man is in critical condition at the LBJ hospital after a fight which allegedly escalated inside a bar and proceeded out to the parking lot at the Airport.



No confidence in ASG’s ability to collect revenue projected for bill says faipule

fili@samoanews.com

Before he left left last night for a previously scheduled meeting, Rep. Larry Sanitoa said that the government will not be able to collect any revenues from the proposed excise tax hikes on beer, alcohol and tobacco to fund the $10 million appropriation bill for LBJ Medical Center’s off-island medical referral program.

The House approved last Thursday in second reading the bill, including amendments which deleted the new 4% wage tax and reduced the excise tax on alcohol, beer and tobacco. There was also a reduction in the corporate franchise tax.



Governor fires back at private sector over excise tax hikes

Alleges scare tactics from those who sell beer, alcohol & tobacco
fili@samoanews.com

Gov. Togiola Tulafono used his radio program to fire back at the private sector over their opposition to the administration’s proposal to hike excise tax on beer, alcohol and tobacco as one of the funding sources for the $10 million appropriation for the LBJ Medical Center off island medical referral program.

He describes comments by the private sector about laying off workers if higher excise taxes are imposed as “threats”, saying that businesses should be paying their fair share for medical care in American Samoa.



Twenty one year old receives jail time, restitution for stealing, damaging govt property

reporters@samoanews.com

 A man who broke into the Tafuna Community Health Center, vandalized the gate into the building and stole two DOH vehicles was sentenced to serve 28 months in jail.

Although initially facing second degree burglary and third degree property damage, Andres Villar, who is 21-years old, pled guilty to two counts of stealing in a plea deal with the government, who dismissed the earlier charges.

Sentencing for the defendant was handed down by Chief Justice Michael Kruse.



Six exciting energy saving projects ongoing in the territory

frostlehualani@yahoo.com

According to TEO deputy director James Christian Rawson, there are six Territorial Energy Office projects in progress he is calling “most exciting”  for the territory.

They are part of nine Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) projects which have netted a total of $9.5935 million in funding granted to TEO, and they must be completed by the end of December 2013.

The six projects yet to be completed are:

* A TEO audit inspection of certain buildings to find out which phase of each building loses the most energy;



Samoa: Stop the ‘smacking culture'

The incessant use of smacking by some teachers to run the classroom has been criticised by one of the Commissioners of the Public Service Commission (PSC).

Former Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Safuneitu’uga Pa’aga Neri, has shown her strong disapproval of the method used that has led to abuse and assault on some students.

A teacher for more than thirty years, Safuneitu’uga says teachers should never allow their frustrations to take over them.



Op-Ed: An Open letter to the Fono

“Find a permanent and fair solution or none at all”

First I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the Senate for the leadership and wisdom shown in its decision to return the two administration bills to sender. In my opinion it was the right decision and I thank you.

If I may, let me dedicate the balance of this letter to the House of Representatives decision to throw a life jacket to the $10 million loan bill. 



Faga’alu has Two Fautasi in 2012 Tu’uga Va’a

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Samoa News Sports coverage of the 2012 Flag Day fautasi race is brought to you by the good people at GHC Reid and the cool refreshing and super cold as the Rockies blue mountain beer, Coors Light.