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Fono to focus on ANZ Bank complaints in new session

A year after previous hearing services are “absolutely horrible”

Tualauta lawmaker Larry Sanitoa is suggesting a House Resolution be sent to the CEO/Chairman of ANZ bank in New Zealand highlighting the territory’s dissatisfaction with the bank’s overall services to the people of American Samoa, with a copy forwarded to the Federal Reserve System, the FDIC and/or any other federal or local regulator that oversees operations in American Samoa.
This was revealed in Sanitoa’s email to his colleagues on the recent issues for which he will be calling hearings before the House when it is back in session.

Tutuila Summer Youth workers to receive first paychecks today


Good news! After four weeks of waiting, the estimated 600 local youth who are employed on Tutuila under the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), administered by the Department of Human Resources, will receive their first paycheck today at 2 p.m.
SYEP participants working in the Manu’a Islands will be paid at a later date, as they started the program at a later date and their time cards were submitted just last week.
This is according to Makerita Enesi, head of the DHR Training Division, when asked by Samoa News last Friday.

Community Briefs


The last trip for the Lady Naomi is Wednesday, August 5, when it arrives at 8:30a.m. and departs later in the afternoon at 4 p.m.
A representative from Polynesian Shipping Services told Samoa News last Friday that Wednesday’s trip will be the last time both passengers and cargo will be transported on the vessel to and from Samoa.

LBJ CEO, board, Pediatrics chief come to agreement

Dr. Marrone to remain at Pediatrics Ward through December 2015

Correspondence between Chief of Pediatric Services, Dr James Marrone and LBJ’s Chief Executive Officer, Taufete’e Faumuina indicates that Dr. Marrone will remain at the Pediatric Ward up until December 2015.  According to information received, there will be a shortage of physicians at the Pediatric Clinic after August and the board has decided to reinstate his full housing allowance and his request to have his termination letter formally rescinded.

Medicaid Director dismisses notion she was the one who hired convicted felon


Medicaid Office Director, Sandra King Young his dismissed concerns that her office hired a convicted felon, the hospital’s former business manager Jennifer Tofaeono as a grant writer, and explains that she works for an outside firm that does consultancy work for the Medicaid office.

Vets and volunteers tend to the animals of Manu’a


This summer the Manu’a Islands were visited by Territorial Veterinarian, Dr. Brenda Smith from the Dept. of Agriculture, and a few hard-working and dedicated volunteers, who conducted free spay and neuter clinics for the dogs and cats of Fitiuta,Ta’u and Faleasao on consecutive days in mid-June.

Second Seafood Vendors Forum focuses on data collection for AS fisheries


Nineteen local seafood vendors took part in the 2nd Seafood Vendors’ Forum held last week at Toa Bar and Grill in Nuuuli and co-hosted by the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources (DMWR), and the Western Pacific Regional Fishery and Management Council (WPRFMC).

Local Chamber of Commerce is newest member of regional business organization

“Exciting development,” says PIPSO chairman

The American Samoa Chamber of Commerce is now the newest member of the Fiji-based Pacific Islands Private Sector Organization. The PIPSO board approved the new membership during the regional organization’s 9th General Meeting in Nadi, Fiji in July.

Community Briefs


Local longline boat owner Edgar Feliciano has come out in support of Tri Marine International’s petition to the U.S National Oceania Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for exemption of the U.S. flagged purse seiner fleet which delivers 50% of its catches to the local canneries, allowing them to fish in the US EEZ and on the high seas.
The specific fishing areas are now closed to fishing by the U.S. purse seiner fleet til the end of 2015.

Lawmaker vents frustration with ANZ’s “horrible” service


Tualauta Lawmaker Larry Sanitoa is calling for a House resolution pointing out to the CEO/Chairman of ANZ bank in New Zealand the territory’s dissatisfaction with their overall services to our people, with a copy forwarded to the Federal Reserve System, FDIC and/or any other Federal or local regulator that oversees operations in American Samoa.

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