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It's back to school


Summer was officially over for thousands of local public students this past week.
All public schools in Tutuila, Aunu'u and the Manu'a Islands, from Early Childhood Education (ECE) to the high school level, kicked off the first day of the 2015-2016 school year Thursday morning.
Traffic stalled in some areas as parents were busy shuffling the little ones to class.

Federal tax fraud sentence postponed to October


Based on a request by the US government, the sentencing of tax fraudster Pepe Anetipa has been continued for 30 days at the federal court in Anchorage, Alaska.
Anetipa, 58, was charged under a 28 count indictment handed down last year for making false, fictitious, and fraudulent claims against the federal government. Federal prosecutors allege that Anetipa filed falsified tax returns, using tax information from local residents to fraudulently obtain more than $200,000 in IRS refund checks.

Federal wage subsidy for StarKist not likely says CEO

Tells Lolo he is sending “wrong message” to Congress

Federal wage subsidies for the manufacturing industry “most likely” would violate World Trade Organization (WTO) rules, and such a subsidy could take time to get US Congressional approval, says Andrew Choe, president and chief executive of StarKist Co., owner of StarKist Samoa Inc. in American Samoa.

Bill to require drug testing of gov’t employees has no funding source


Attorney General Talaeuaga Eleasalo Ale and Acting Human Resources Director, Eseneiaso Nafanua Liu are in support of the move for the territory or political subdivision employers to require applicants, appointees, employees, elected officials, and independent contractors to submit to drug testing, to be administered by Human Resources Department.
Talauega however said that what is missing in the proposed measure is a source of funding to carry out these drug tests.

Amata pays a visit to Samoans in California

Source: Media Release, Aumua Amata's office

Congresswoman Aumua Amata was in Sacramento Monday, Aug 24 for a town hall meeting with the Samoan community there, and later met with the Native Hawaiians. She also met with Pastor Koroseta Va'a who runs a huge Food Bank, which she toured.


Discussions were held that day with the ever-growing Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Chamber of Commerce headed up by Mormon community leader Helaman Hansen.


Bonds’ proceeds deposited into a New York bank

Sale of Series B Bonds delayed due to negative publicity flooding the airwaves

As of 2a.m., Thursday morning, a total of $55.2 Million was deposited into a New York bank, says Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga, who further stated that all the proper documents for the bonds are in place and taken care of, except the one of the three series, which is allocated for the charter bank, which will not be finalized until sometime next week.

DOH employee claims “no grounds for termination”

Accuses director of harassment, bullying

Mickey Reynolds, Federal Grants Management Specialist over the Health Resources and Services Administration grants of $1.4million awarded to DOH, has alerted their division financial integrity auditors following an email sent by DOH Employee Vasati Ieremia, a Quality Assurance and Improvement Manager, after she was allegedly terminated by the DOH Director, Motusa Tuileama Nua.

“Play Music on the Porch Day” this Saturday, a celebration of life

“Go outside and play music … just enjoy the moment”

Local musicians can help put American Samoa in the international spotlight — in a very positive way — through participation in a global event that starts tomorrow in Samoa (Saturday in Samoa) and ends in American Samoa the next day (Saturday local time in Pago Pago) — which is on the other side of the International Dateline.

DOC presents draft proposal on min. wage to be sent to U.S. Congress

Says cost to ASG and private sector: approx $11MIL

The three federal bills that were introduced by Congresswoman Aumua Amata, dealing with minimum wage in American Samoa, most likely will not make it out of committee, unless they fast track them, says the Fono’s Legal Counsel, Nathaniel Savali.

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Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga’s nomination of long time educator Dr. Moreli J. Niuatoa to the Board of Higher Education, the governing-body of the American Samoa Community College, was introduced yesterday in both the Senate and House.

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