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Las Vegas company looks to Am. Samoa as possible site for new business

Workforce could include 2,000 employees by late 2017

If selected as the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) contractor for a major U.S. company, the Las Vegas based Aviana Technologies is looking at setting up BPO operations in American Samoa with an initial workforce of just over 200 this year, with the goal of 2,000 employees in two to three years time.

TCF disagreement only ‘verbal’ says Commish


Commissioner of Public Safety Save Liuato Tuitele says that it was a verbal altercation between an inmate and a corrections facility officer that led to numerous police officers responding to the Tafuna Correctional Facility, “nothing more.”
Samoa News received calls about numerous police vehicles passing by — close to 10 police vehicles that responded to the TCF and an Emergency Medical Services vehicle was parked near the jail.

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Cops from the Dept. of Public Safety will be cracking down on drivers of vehicles that blare loud music on the road, as well as those litterbugs who continue to trash the island.
Police Commissioner Save Liuato Tuitele has announced that enforcement will be carried out, and those found in violation will be issued a citation.



An assistant professor at the University of Wyoming hopes that a book, which she is working on about the canneries in American Samoa will bring to light a better understanding about the needs of the local “indigenous population” and the rules created by the federal government.

Update on alleged harassment by Immigration


Attorney General Talaeuega Eleasalo Ale says that anyone who signed up for the Amnesty program is protected from deportation until his or her case is denied by the Immigration Board.
The AG was responding to Samoa News following receiving documents and information from a woman who claims she was harassed by immigration officers after she refused to adhere to a demand by an Immigration official who paid her fare to go to Apia last year.

If sales tax passes, 2% wage tax will be eliminated says Tax Office


The government is looking at collecting around $18 million annually under a proposed sales tax measure, currently being worked on by the Tax Office, with the hope of having the proposal sent to the Fono in July, or else in January next year.
ASG’s sales tax proposal was first revealed early last month by government officials who testified on some of the administration’s tax measures. No details were provided at the time, although Sen. Galeai Tu’ufuli suggested a sales tax so that everyone pays the same thing.

Update: DOT fines Hawaiian Air for violation of federal regs


Hawaiian Airlines been fined by the U.S. Department of Transportation for violating federal rules on liability for mishandled domestic baggage and full-fare advertising that was made through the airline’s VISA Signature credit card program. According to Hawaiian, corrective actions have already been implemented.
USDOT announced last week Thursday the fine of $160,000 levied against Hawaiian and ordered the Honolulu-based carrier  to cease and desist from further violations.

ASPA receives national recognition for high degree of reliable service


American Samoa Power Authority has been given a three-year designation by the nation’s utility association — with more than 2,000 members from states and territories — for “providing consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service”.
The American Public Power Association (APPA) presented the Reliable Public Power Prover (or RP3) designation to ASPA during the association’s May 18th Engineering & Operations Technical Conference held in Sacramento, California.

Woman alleges harassment by Immigration Office

Immigration says woman overstayed, tried to bribe CIO

A Filipino woman feels she’s being "harassed" by Immigration officers after she refused to adhere to a demand by an Immigration official who paid her fare to go to Apia last year. This is alleged to have occurred after the official from the immigration office allegedly told her that her amnesty application had been denied in June 2014. According to the woman, the Immigration official told her that she had to go to Apia and come back.

Amata on Min Wage: We must fix the mechanism

Chamber of Commerce says Congress needs told of our plight, loud & clear

Congresswoman Aumua Amata has responded to Samoa News’ questions concerning the federally mandated minimum wage in American Samoa, which is set to rise another 50¢ this year on September 30. The local Chamber of Commerce has said they are “disappointed that there hasn’t been enough... action from our government and from our Delegate about what they may be contemplating to try and prevent this further increase from going on.”

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