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ASEDA reviewing possible projects for $6Mil bond proceeds now floating

Proceeds are from relocation of airport jet fuel tank project, now funded by FAA

With the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) pledging to fully fund the relocation of the airport jet fuel tank project, the $6 million in proceeds from bonds issued by the American Samoa Economic Development Authority is now floating and can be used for other government projects.
ASG is providing $2 million in local matching funds for two FAA projects — the jet fuel relocation and improvements to Pago Pago International Airport.

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For the first time ever, species in AmSamoa protected under Endangered Species Act

Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service media release

Honolulu, HI —The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that five animal species from American Samoa warrant listing as federally endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This final listing, which includes the Pacific sheath-tailed bat, mao, American Samoa population of the friendly ground-dove, and two land snails, marks the first time ESA protections have been applied to species on the territory, which covers seven islands and atolls in the South Pacific.

Two men arrested in sex for drugs & money scheme

Allegedly involved in scheme involving young teenage girls

Two men charged with drug possession were arrested over the weekend at a vacant house which was unlawfully occupied by the owner’s male relative, who allegedly told young teenage girls they had to have sex in exchange for drugs and money, according to court documents.
Defendants Wayne Gasolo and Ioane Sakopo, aka Inky, made their initial appearance Tuesday in District Court with bail set at $10,000 each. It’s unclear at press time if either of the defendants were able to post bail.

Police commissioner says majority of drug sources are two local companies

Many DPS challenges are “not new” — they were just not resolved by previous admins

Police Commissioner Save Liuato Tuitele says three or four recent suicide cases “have something to do with drugs” and claims that two locations or companies are the source supplier of illegal drugs.
Save made the revelation during Tuesday’s cabinet meeting at the Agriculture Department conference room, where he spoke about the many challenges faced by the Department of Public Safety, saying that they are not new — they have been there for a long time — but now with the current administration, they are working to address them.

Amper facing a lawsuit from local minority shareholders

As Bluesky Pacific Group owner Amper SA seeks to sell Bluesky to a Fijian company in lieu of an offer from a local investor group, Amper is also facing a lawsuit in Spain filed by its local minority shareholders.
Amper and Fijian telecommunications company Amalgamated Telecom Holdings Limited (ATH) are still in the process of obtaining necessary approvals to complete a pending purchase of Bluesky after passing over a competing offer by the current Bluesky management group, Bluesky employees, and local investors.

Governor clarifies: gov & lt. gov not entitled to OT and annual leave


During yesterday’s cabinet meeting Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga moved to clarify one issue that was raised in the Fono regarding payouts for political appointees of the current administration, when it officially ends before 12noon on Jan. 3, 2017.
According to the fiscal year 2017 budget, $1 million is allocated under Special Program budget category as payout for political appointees, which includes directors, some deputy directors and staff at the Governor’s Office — who are all on contract. The payouts are for unused annual leave.

“The only trade high school in American Samoa needs a gymnasium,” say Voc-Tech students

Exercising their right to free speech a wave happened last week Friday

Senior students studying government, as part of their Social Studies class at Nu’uuli Vocational Technical High School (NVTHS), last Friday, exercised their right to “freedom of speech”, by taking to the street in front of the school with their message — “The only trade high school in American Samoa needs a gymnasium.”


Senate approves in final reading admin’s bill overhauling local litter laws


Calling it a long overdue proposed law, the Senate yesterday approved in final reading its version of the administration bill, which overhauls local litter laws, under the Keep American Samoa Beautiful Act, which gives six government agencies enforcement authority and also empowers village mayors to issue citations to persons in their jurisdiction for littering.

FY 2017 Budget in approval process


The Senate and House on Monday approved in third and final reading their respective versions of the fiscal year 2017 budget totaling $380.87 million. The two chambers now go through the process of approving each others budget version before sending one version to the governor for approval.

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