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ASPA’s trash and sewage rate hike will bring in an additional $.5M annually


American Samoa Power Authority is estimating it will collect around half a million dollars annually in additional revenue from the new rate increases that went into effect last week for waste water and solid waste services, says ASPA executive director Utu Abe Malae.

Community Briefs

compiled by Samoa News staff

The local Department of Homeland Security / TEMCO Division reminds the public that the monthly territory-wide emergency siren test for December is set for 12 noon today. The monthly siren test is held on the first Friday of every month.

In tradition of “fa’aaloalo,” Savali Talavou Ale will again be Speaker of the House

It appears that the House Speakership’s race, when the new 35th Legislature is sworn in come January next year, will have only one candidate, current House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale, who will  — for the second time — run unopposed.
And the consensus decision for Savali came at special meeting two weeks ago, where incumbent faipule along with faipule-elect were in attendance, according to information received by Samoa News early this week.

ASG continues quest for help for displaced employees of Samoa Tuna Processors


American Samoa continues to collect data for it’s application to the federal government for possible funding to help workers who will be dislocated when Samoa Tuna Processors cannery plant operation closes down indefinitely in less than two weeks.
Commerce Director Keniseli Lafaele told Samoa News last month that Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga had appointed a committee to look at ways to assist, including possible federal funding, for the “up to 800 or possibly more,” employees who will lose their jobs when STP closes indefinitely on Dec. 11.

ASG’s goal at Fishery meeting is to support local canneries and home ported vessels


American Samoa’s main goal at next week’s Western and Central Pacific Fishery Commission annual fishery meeting is supporting the local canneries and vessels home ported here, according to Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources director Dr. Ruth Matagi-Tofiga, head of the territory’s group, which is part of the US government delegation.

Layoffs likely at ASPA in the coming new year

ASPA is planning to cut about $150,000 per month from overhead

American Samoa Power Authority Executive Director Utu Abe Malae has confirmed layoffs are planned for early next year for the government’s semi autonomous agency, which he says has accumulated too much accounts payable over the years.
While the total number of employees to be laid off was not immediately clear nor the actual date of the lay off, Utu said that ASPA is planning to cut about $150,000 per month from payroll, goods and services.

Accused Leone substation shooters going to trial

Samoa News staff translation

Trial of the four men accused of shooting at the Leone police substation two years ago has been reaffirmed to get underway next week Tuesday, after the High Court dismissed several motions including those pertaining to “missing pages” and information “erased” on a police report of the shooting, according to information revealed at last Friday during a hearing defense motions.

ASDOE to remedy lack of qualified service providers for special needs students

Part of the settlement agreement with USDOE’S Civil Rights office

As part of the settlement agreement with the federal government, the local Department of Education (ASDOE) has agreed to put in place by the summer of next year “student remedies” by ensuring that all students with disabilities attending public school, receive among other things, free appropriate public education (FAPE), as required by federal law.

Community Briefs

compiled by Samoa News staff

On World Aids Day, tomorrow, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga is urging residents of American Samoa to take part in prevention activities and observances designed to increase awareness and understanding of HIV/AIDS as a global challenge, and to join the global effort to prevent the further spread of HIV/AIDS.

Court Report

Samoa News staff translation

A woman, who went to the Tafuna police substation to discuss an incident and ended up being charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, will be sentenced in January after the court accepted the plea agreement between the defendant and the government.

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